California Academy of Audiology Endorses the Audiology Patient Choice Act

ADA is pleased to announce that the California Academy of Audiology (CAA) has endorsed the Audiology Patient Choice Act, 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.

“We applaud the California Academy of Audiology for its strong endorsement of the Audiology Patient Choice Act,” said ADA President Kim Cavitt, Au.D. “CAA’s support of this landmark legislation will markedly advance efforts to ensure that California legislators are well informed about the merits of the bill and the need for its long overdue changes.”

The Audiology Patient Choice Act, if enacted, will:
  • Improve access to qualified, licensed Medicare providers, by allowing seniors with a suspected hearing or balance disorder to seek treatment directly from audiologists, eliminating archaic medical doctor order requirements.
  • Allow patients to choose among qualified providers for Medicare-covered audiologic services by authorizing Medicare to reimburse audiologists for the Medicare-covered services that they are licensed to provide. These services are already covered by Medicare when delivered by other providers.
  • Address the medical doctor workforce shortage confronting our country, while helping to meet the increasing demand for health care services by the growing Medicare population, through the inclusion of audiologists in the list of Medicare-recognized physicians (chiropractors, dentists, doctors of osteopathy, medical doctors, optometrists and podiatrists).

“As one of the earliest proponents of H.R. 5304 and a proud member of both CAA and ADA, I am excited that both organizations and their members are actively pushing the Audiology Patient Choice Act forward,” said Greg Frazer, Ph.D., Au.D., “Medicare patients deserve access to the same high-quality, cost-effective care that is available to the rest of America, and I look forward to working with audiologists throughout California and across the country to get the bill passed!”

The Audiology Patient Choice Act was carefully constructed to promote high-quality, cost-effective audiologic care for Medicare patients. The legislation will not:
  • Expand or add new services to the Medicare program
  • Expand or modify an audiologist’s scope of practice
  • Impact state licensure requirements for the practice of audiology
  • Increase patient risk or compromise quality of care

For more information about the Audiology Patient Choice Act, please visit www.18x18.org and ADA’s AuDvocacy Action Center:

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