Audiology Quality Consortium Joint Announcement—Merit-Based Incentive Payment System and Healthmonix

The Audiology Quality Consortium (AQC), comprised of nine representative audiology organizations, has worked over the last year to create new, audiology-specific quality performance outcome measures that could be used in the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).

These measures represent additional options for reporting, a supplement to the nine extant measures available in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) designated MIPS measures set for audiology.

NASEM Releases Report on Evaluating Hearing Loss in People with Cochlear Implants

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) has released the report Evaluating Hearing Loss for Individuals with Cochlear Implants.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) requested that NASEM study and recommend generalized testing procedures and criteria for evaluating the level of functional hearing ability needed to make a disability determination in adults and children after cochlear implantation. 

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AUDIOLOGY ADVOCATE | New Year, New Congress, and New Opportunities for Success

2021 marks the start of a new administration, a new Congress, and the end of a year punctuated by a global pandemic, economic strain, and political turmoil. The start of 2021 will be dominated by efforts to contain the pandemic, as well as efforts related to transitions in the House, Senate, and federal agencies.

The new administration headed by President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris places Democrats in control in the White House. In addition, Democrats control the House of Representatives and, with a slim margin, the Senate.

Topic(s): Advocacy, audiology, Medicare, COVID-19, Over-the-Counter (OTC) Hearing Aid Act


Publication Issue: Audiology Today March/April 2021

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CODING AND REIMBURSEMENT | From Student to Practitioner: Administrative Steps to Take After Graduation

For graduates of AuD programs across the country, understanding the steps required to become an independent audiologist can be helpful for a smooth transition from student to practitioner.

Topic(s): Coding, Reimbursement, audiology, NPI Number

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ON TREND | A Smarter Way to Work

Digital ear scanning opens doors when it comes to added benefits for both audiologist and patient. One priority on everyone’s list is reducing patient contact. How do you provide exceptional patient care while keeping a safe distance during a pandemic? Do it by reducing the amount of touch points.

Topic(s): Technology, audiology

Publication Issue: Audiology Today March/April 2021

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The Final Frontier: Heightening Our Vigilance to the Taboo of Discussing Death During Patient Encounters

Mrs. Jones came to her hearing-test appointment with her daughter-in-law. She looked more than her 84 years, arriving in a wheelchair with an oxygen tank strapped to the back. She was quiet during most of the intake interview and cooperative during testing. But when the topic of hearing aids was broached, Mrs. Jones looked the audiologist directly in the eyes for the first time, saying in a weakened voice: “I don’t think all that will be necessary. I doubt I’ll be on this earth that much longer. I should’ve gone before Henry those 20 years ago.”

Topic(s): Counseling, audiology

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The Effects of COVID-19 on 1–3–6

COVID-19 and Audiology

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has had an unprecedented effect on the delivery of health care in the United States. Most states instituted public quarantine mandates from March to June 2020, and many health-care practices closed for weeks and, often, for months, delaying or suspending health-care access. Audiology practices and services also were affected, which sparked a debate on whether audiology services were essential.

Topic(s): infant hearing, audiology, Pediatric, COVID-19

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Women in Audiology—Stories of Courage and Strength

Let’s face it. In many situations, women make the world go around, especially in the world of audiology, where women make up 82 percent of the workforce (American Academy of Audiology, 2019).

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused women to show their true strength. The pandemic forced audiologists to rethink and restructure their method of service delivery, as many of our patients are at the highest risk for morbidity. In addition, a record number of audiologists have been furloughed or forced to reduce their workload.

Topic(s): audiology, COVID-19, Diversity


Publication Issue: Audiology Today March/April 2021

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Serving a Culturally Diverse Pediatric Population

As audiologists continue the much-needed and long-awaited discussion about ways we can improve service provision to a culturally diverse patient population, we have an obligation to include the unique needs of our pediatric patients and their families. This consideration is critical because, if we don’t connect with parents in a way that supports them along their journey, it can disrupt the audiologist-parent relationship that is so crucial to the success of children with hearing loss.

Topic(s): Pediatric, audiology, culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD)

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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE | Inspiration, Gratitude, and Indebtedness to Our Colleagues

Recently, Kitty Werner, MPA, the Academy’s vice president of public affairs and executive director of Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education (ACAE), mentioned that James (Jay) Hall, III, 2018−2020 chair of the Board of Directors for the ACAE, has been in continuous service to the Academy and the profession of audiology since participating as an Academy Founder in 1988.

Topic(s): Volunteer, audiology


Publication Issue: Audiology Today March/April 2021