University of North Texas SAA Chapter Endorses the Audiology Patient Choice Act

ADA is pleased to announce that the University of North Texas (UNT) Chapter of the Student Academy of Audiology (SAA) has endorsed the Audiology Patient Choice Act (H.R. 5304), which will streamline access to audiology services for Medicare patients, and bring Medicare in line with today’s best practices in the delivery of hearing and balance health care services.

The UNT SAA Endorsement states: “The University of North Texas Student Academy of Audiology (SAA) officially endorses H.R. 5304. As future audiologists, we are extremely passionate about audiology and we care deeply about the future of the profession. We submit this statement of strong endorsement for The Audiology Patient Choice Act of 2014.

H.R. 5304 will bring about a much-needed modernization in the way audiology services are made available to Medicare beneficiaries. It is a bi‐partisan piece of legislation that we hope will have the enthusiastic support of every member of Congress.

Medicare has not kept pace with changes in health care delivery models for diagnosing and treating hearing and balance disorders. Thus, patient access to care and choice of provider is detrimentally limited, and the treatment process inefficient.

As doctoral students in audiology, we frequently treat older Americans at both our internship and externship placements and we have witnessed, first-hand, the negative social and economic effects that result from untreated hearing and balance disorders, including social isolation, depression, cognitive decline, physical injury and the loss of independence.”

ADA applauds the efforts of the audiology students and the SAA Chapter at the University of North Texas to advance patient choice and best practices in audiologic care! The national Student Academy of Audiology (SAA) also endorsed the legislation in November. For more information about the Audiology Patient Choice Act, please visit www.18x18.org. Please visit Congressional Connect to write your legislators in support of the Audiology Patient Choice Act.