Texas Academy of Audiology Endorses 18x18 Initiative

On April 11, the Texas Academy of Audiology (TAA) became the ninth national, state or regional organization to officially endorse the 18x18 Movement to advance legislation that will amend Title XVIII (18) by 2018 to:
  • Provide Medicare patients with direct access to audiologists, eliminating the need for a referral from a medical doctor.
  • Allow audiologists to be reimbursed for Medicare-covered services that are within their state-defined scope of practice.
  • Define audiologists as limited licensed physicians (LLP) under the Medicare program. This is the same status held by other non-medical doctor providers such as optometrists, dentists, chiropractors and podiatrists.
“When you think of Texas, you think of both freedom and autonomy both! TAA’s support of the 18x18 Movement exemplifies its commitment to freedom of choice and access for Medicare patients and professional parity and autonomy for audiologists,” said ADA President, Brian Urban, Au.D. “We look forward to working with our TAA colleagues to advance 18x18 for the good of our patients and our profession.”

18x18 is a grass roots movement, embraced by audiologists who believe that safe, efficient and effective audiologic care is best achieved when patients have unrestricted access to their choice of qualified provider and when audiologists are recognized and reimbursed for the full scope of services that they provide. Organizations that have officially endorsed the proposed 18x18 legislation include:
  • Academy of Doctors of Audiology
  • Audiological Resource Association
  • Illinois Academy of Audiology
  • Georgia Academy of Audiology
  • Kentucky Academy of Audiology
  • Maryland Academy of Audiology
  • New York State Speech-Language Hearing Association
  • South Carolina Academy of Audiology
  • Texas Academy of Audiology
To add your association to the list of those officially endorsing 18x18, please download and complete the 18x18 Proclamation Template at: http://www.18x18.org/resources/proclamation-template and send it to advocacy@audiologist.org. Please contact Stephanie Czuhajewski or visit www.18x18.org for more information and additional resources.