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AUDIOLOGY ADVOCATE | Academy Kicks Off 116th Congress with In-Person Congressional Visits

The 2018 mid-term elections left a reshaped Congress, with nearly 100 new representatives and senators coming to Washington, DC. This much turnover has led to great opportunities for the Academy’s government relations department to build relationships with new members of Congress, many of whom have not held elected office before. The new class is the most diverse and the most educated in congressional history.

Topic(s): Advocacy, Medicare Telehealth Parity Act (MTPA), Medicare administrative contractors (MACs)


Publication Issue: Audiology Today May/June 2019

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AUDIOLOGY ADVOCATE | Congressional Swearing-In Day—the 116th Congress Begins

On January 3, 2019, the 116th Congress officially was sworn in. Having worked in Washington, DC, for a number of years, when Congress is inaugurated is one of my favorite days of the year. It is a day filled with celebration as the Capitol and surrounding buildings are filled with members of Congress and their families, congressional staffers, campaign staffers, constituents, and lobbyists.

Topic(s): Advocacy


Publication Issue: Audiology Today March/April 2019

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AUDIOLOGY ADVOCATE | 116th Congress Presents Opportunities, Challenges for Legislation

As the dust settled from the midterm elections in November, the Academy, along with all DC policy shops, lobbying firms, and advocacy organizations began preparing for a new reality that would dominate Capitol Hill for at least the next two years: a split Congress. 

Democratic candidates made sharp gains in suburban areas of the country, while Republicans maintained their dominance in more rural states. Both parties are able to claim national victories, with Democrats picking up 40 seats in the House and Republicans picking up two Senate seats. 

Topic(s): Advocacy, Telehealth


Publication Issue: Audiology Today January/February 2019

The Listening Project: Interview with Jane Madell, PhD

Jane Madell, PhD, is an internationally recognized expert in pediatric hearing loss and spoken language. She has been on the front lines of advancing efforts in pediatric audiology and speech-language pathology for over 45 years. A few years ago, while giving a workshop she ran across the mother of a former patient, who happened to be the award-winning filmmaker Irene Taylor Brodsky. The serendipitous encounter resulted in The Listening Project, a documentary film about 15 deaf adults who were former pediatric patients of Dr. Madell.

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Medicare Telehealth Parity Act of 2017 Would Expand Role of Audiology

Much of the focus of the Over-the-Counter (OTC) Hearing Aid Act of 2017 (S.670 and H.R.1652) has been on improving accessibility and affordability to hearing aids by providing a “do-it-yourself” (DIY) distribution channel for patients who are comfortable with self-assessment and fitting of hearing aids.

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Academy Responds to USPSTF

In December 2011, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) invited comments on their Screening for Hearing Loss in Older Adults draft recommendation statement. President Therese Walden submitted a response on behalf of the Academy.

How could the USPSTF make this draft Recommendation Statement clearer?

The statement is clear – there is a great need for evidence to support (or refute) the benefit of screening for hearing loss in adults without symptoms/report of hearing loss.

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New Senior Director of Government Relations

The Academy welcomes Melissa Sinden as our senior director of government relations (effective February 2). Having served the American Chiropractic Association, Sinden’s experience spans both legislative and regulatory affairs. A graduate of University of Missouri-Columbia, she has a political science degree and speaks Italian as a second language. In her own words, “I'm thrilled to be joining the audiology team at such an exciting time both within the Academy and in the political arena. I have great expectations for what we will be able to accomplish.”

American Academy of Audiology Awarded Seat on the Current Procedural Terminology/Health Care Professionals Advisory Committee (CPT/HCPAC)

The American Academy of Audiology has been awarded a seat on the American Medical Association (AMA) Current Procedural Terminology/Health Care Professionals Advisory Committee (CPT/HCPAC). The CPT/HCPAC is a panel of specialty societies charged with facilitating the review and development of applications for CPT codes used by qualified non-physician health care professionals.

Hearing Advocates Prepare for New Administration and New Congress

Patients hope to build on monumental doubling of cosponsors/endorsements of the Medicare Hearing Health Care Enhancement Act (H.R.1665/S.2352)

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Academy Announces Introduction of Direct Access Legislation

(Washington, DC – June 25, 2009) — The American Academy of Audiology is pleased to announce the introduction of H.R. 3024, the Medicare Hearing Health Care Enhancement Act of 2009 in the 111th Congress. This bill is identical to H.R. 1665 from last Congress and Congressman Mike Ross (D-AR) has taken the lead again this session, along with 13 original cosponsors. In the 110th Congress, H.R. 1665 garnered 108 cosponsors.

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