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Health-Care Forecast: Dr. Jeffrey Bauer Discusses the Private Sector as a Solution Provider

By Academy Staff

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House Passes Bill to Stave Off Reductions to 2010 Medicare Fee Schedule

On November 19, 2009, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation in an attempt to avoid the projected 21 percent reduction to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for 2010. This system determines how audiologists are paid under Medicare.

With a vote of 243-183, the House passed H.R. 3961, the Medicare Physician Payment Reform Act of 2009. This legislation would replace the current sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula with a system based on the Medicare Economic Index.

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Office of Civil Rights Ensures Patient Access for Hearing Impaired Patients

A complaint filed by a deaf patient at the Orthopedic Institute of Pennsylvania has led to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) to ensure that, when necessary, qualified interpreters will be available for deaf patients at no charge.


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Student Academy of Audiology (SAA), Special Olympics, and More: Interview with Kari Morgenstein

Douglas L. Beck, AuD, speaks with Kari about the SAA’s initiatives for this year, her role as president of the SAA, and her recent trip to Athens, Greece, in support of the Special Olympics Hearing Health Program.


Academy:             Good morning, Kari. It’s nice to meet you. Congratulations on your presidency, which started July 1, 2011.


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