Advocacy

Advocacy

Academy Advocacy in Action

The Academy’s advocacy efforts seek to educate and shape national policies regarding hearing health care issues, while raising the profile of audiologists with public policy makers. Our skilled government relations staff and consultants work diligently to represent the interests of our patients and our profession and seek effective legislative, regulatory, and other policy solutions to the challenges we face in practice. 

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The State of Affairs at AAA 2020

At AAA 2020 + HearTECH Expo, we are offering a reinvented state event, State Showcase, replacing the State Fair event of previous conferences. This new event features an educational component, recognition of state audiology organization activities, state recognitions, and a state outreach contest.

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President’s Message: Strategic Documents, Advocacy Update, and HearTECH Expo—February 2020

President’s Message: Strategic Documents, Advocacy Update, and HearTECH Expo—February 2020

Message from Catherine Palmer, PhD | February 2020

Academy Publishes Two New Strategic Documents

At the January 23, 2020, board meeting, the board approved two strategic documents contributing to our overall audiology body of knowledge. These are now published on the Academy website here and will be published in Audiology Today and the Journal of the American Academy of Audiology (JAAA) in various formats in the near future.

Advocacy in Review and Legislative Updates

  • Building on the Academy President’s videos, the Advocacy Year in Review is available to highlight activities over the last year.
  • Academy Senior Director of Government Relations Susan Pilch also did a webinar that offers the prospectus for this year ahead. The archive version of the webinar is available at no charge.
  • The Government Relations Committee (GRC) and staff also have planned a highly valuable and interactive session in the Future Hub. Come to the Thursday 1:30 session in the Future Hub to engage in communication exercises to hone skills and messaging for successful advocacy.
  • Legislation is being introduced in numerous states to adopt the Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology Interstate Compact. The Academy is helping efforts to counter opposition to the licensure compact, and do not hesitate to reach out to Academy staff if assistance is needed in your state.

AAA 2020 + HearTECH Expo in New Orleans

  • Check out the presentations, learning, and interactive fun in the HearTECH Expo…specifically, the Future Hub schedule and plan to attend these thought-provoking and informative sessions relevant to audiology practice today and in the future.
  • Special Accommodations: The Academy is committed to providing the utmost service to our conference attendees, while working closely with the New Orleans Convention Center and all of our vendors, to provide reasonable services to accommodate our attendees while in attendance at AAA 2020 + HearTECH Expo. This year, we have added complimentary options for auditory accommodations that will help make the most of your conference experience. 

Academy Weighs In on Eliminating Medicare Regulations that Exceed State Scope of Practice Laws and Limit Non-Physician Providers from Practicing at the Top of Their License

The Academy submitted comments in response to a Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services (CMS) request for information on identifying burdensome Medicare regulations that exceed state scope of practice laws and limit non-physician providers from practicing at the top of their license.

Federal Legislation Introduced to Expand Individuals’ Use of “529” Education Savings Accounts

Federal legislation introduced to expand individuals’ use of “529” education savings accounts to cover the costs of professional certification and credentialing programs.

Academy Takes Part in the World Hearing Forum

Jackie Clark, PhD, past president of the American Academy of Audiology represents the Academy as a member of the World Hearing Forum.

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AUDIOLOGY ADVOCATE | Building Grassroots Advocates at AAA 2020 + HearTECH Expo

An integral component of successful advocacy in an association is the strength of the grassroots network. Staff can lay the groundwork and make the necessary connections with legislative and regulatory offices; however, what can be most impactful is the messaging of many individual members. Members of Congress want to hear directly from their constituents on an issue. 

Topic(s): Advocacy, Grassroots Advocacy Network, HearTECH Expo, Future Hub, Workforce Diversity Act, Academy Advocacy in Action

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today January/February 2020

The Rising Popularity of Medicare Advantage and Implications for Audiologists

The Kaiser Family Foundation recently released a study of the 2020 Medicare Advantage plans and reported that 83% of the plans will offer some degree of coverage for hearing aids and related services.  In contrast, traditional Medicare (Part B) does not currently offer hearing, dental or vision coverage.  

 

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AUDIOLOGY ADVOCATE | Building the Future for Audiology

A new Congress offers hope. The American Academy of Audiology (the Academy), the Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA), and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) opted to seize the moment to move forward together to seek a legislative strategy for the 116th Congress. Rather than individually pursuing legislative initiatives for the profession, the three organizations committed to working together to draft a single Medicare bill to advance the recommendations of the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) report.  

Topic(s): Advocacy, ADA, american academy of audiology, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), Medicare, National Academy of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM)