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Autism Spectrum Disorder and Hearing Loss: A New Frontier of Clinical Care

The popular Marion Downs Lecture in Pediatric Audiology is one of the highlights of the American Academy of Audiology annual conference. The 2019 conference in Columbus, Ohio, will mark the 15th anniversary of the lecture series. To celebrate this landmark honoring the legacy of Marion Downs, the American Academy of Audiology Foundation (AAAF), with support from the Oticon Foundation, is pleased to host a presentation and panel of experts discussing autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and the clinical audiologist.

Topic(s): Audiologist, Hearing Loss, Pediatric


Publication Issue: Audiology Today January/February 2019

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KNOW HOW | Improving the Patient Experience

Audiology, as a profession, is ever changing, growing, and evolving. Once again, with the upcoming over-the-counter hearing aid definition and Merit-Based Incentive Payment System, we all are trying to look in our crystal balls to see what the future holds. Audiologists have been the patient’s best option for the best patient care. We are, after all, part of the health-care industry. 

We must focus now on how to provide the best patient experience, the most patient-centered care to ensure success.  

Topic(s): Audiologist, Practice Management, Telehealth

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CODING AND REIMBURSEMENT | CMS Includes Audiologists in the QPP

Under the final Quality Payment Program (QPP) rule for 2019, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that audiologists will be considered “eligible clinicians” for QPP participation, effective January 1, 2019. The QPP replaced the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula that for many years served as the underpinning of Medicare provider payment. 

Topic(s): Audiologist, Medicaid, Medicare, Coding, Compliance, Reimbursement, Practice Management

Hearing Aids Covered Under Maryland Medicaid

Recent changes in the state Medicaid coverage will allow all Medicaid-eligible adults to obtain hearing aids, cochlear implants, or other oseointegrated heating devices. The changes that went into effect in October of 2018 were on WTOP on January 9, 2019. 

Previously such coverage was limited to children and adults under the age of 21. It is also noteworthy that the process of determining candidacy and procuring the appropriate treatment starts with the PCP but explicitly involves the audiologist. 


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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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Together We Can Do So Much: A Challenge to All Academy Members

Sarah Sydlowski, Academy Board of Directors

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A Movement Was Born: Thank You to Our Founders

Thirty years ago, this week (November 13-16, 1987), the catalyst for a professional movement was triggered during a panel discussion at the annual American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana. Rick Talbott chaired a session called “The Future of Audiology,” with panel members James Jerger, Lucille Beck, George Osborne, and Jay Hall. 

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Puerto Rico Audiology Program Requests Help

In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma's destruction, the University of Puerto Rico Audiology Program would like to make a heartfelt request for the following items:

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Is It the Offer You Have Been Waiting For?

You’ve been on the hunt for a new job. You’ve gone on the interview and have been offered the job. Now what? Should you accept?

If you find yourself in this situation, you may want to check out Rebecca Knight's article, “How to Evaluate, Accept, Reject, or Negotiate a Job Offer,” in Harvard Business Review. This article provides the reader with job-offer consideration, potential negotiation strategies, and, if appropriate, how to turn down the job offer. She even provides two case study examples.


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Surf's Up?

Do you ever daydream about living in Hawai'i? Are you curious if there would be opportunities for audiologists in this tropical paradise? If so, you may be interested in a recent article by Shaikh et al (2017) titled "Hearing and Balance Disorders in the State of Hawai‘i: Demographics and Demand for Services."

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