Scott Haug Foundation Endorses H.R. 5304

At its recent 30th Annual and Final Texas Hill Country Audiologist Retreat, the Board of Directors of the Scott Haug Foundation (SHF) announced its endorsement of H.R. 5304, the Audiology Patient Choice Act, which if enacted will dramatically improve access to audiologic care for older Americans.

“The Scott Haug Foundation’s endorsement of H.R. 5304 speaks directly to the legislation’s merits,” said ADA President-Elect Kim Cavitt, Au.D. “Scott Haug stood for exemplary professional practices and the work of the Foundation has certainly reflected those values. I had the opportunity to meet many SHF leaders in 2013 and I could not be more grateful that they have chosen to endorse the Audiology Patient Choice Act as one of their final acts.”

The Audiology Patient Choice Act, introduced in the 113th Congress on July 31st by Representative Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) and native Pennsylvanian, Representative Matt Cartwright (D-PA), 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 referral 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).
The SHF letter of endorsement stated, “H.R. 5304 will remedy current shortcomings and bring Medicare in line with best practices in audiology health care delivery models, and trends in patient care and participatory medicine.”