NYSSHLA Endorses 18x18 We Love New York!

The New York State Speech Language Hearing Association (NYSSHLA) has endorsed Audiology’s 18x18 Movement and supports legislation that will:

Amend Title XVIII (18) of the Social Security Act to provide for the treatment of audiologists as physicians for purposes of furnishing audiology services under the Medicare Program, to provide for a broadened scope of audiology services available for coverage under the Medicare program and to enable Medicare beneficiaries to have their choice of qualified audiologist—and to achieve this by the year 2018.

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The proposed 18 by 18 legislation, if enacted, would:
  • Allow audiologists the autonomy to make clinical recommendations and practice the full scope of audiology and vestibular care as allowed by their state license and as dictated by their educational requirements and competencies.
  • Eliminate the need for the physician order required for a Medicare beneficiary to receive coverage of medically necessary, covered audiology and vestibular services
  • Allow for Medicare coverage of medically necessary, covered treatment services such as vestibular rehabilitation, cerumen removal, and aural rehabilitation provided by an audiologist practicing within their state defined scope of practice.
18X18 is about securing the best future for our patients and our profession by ensuring that audiologists are recognized as the entry point for audiologic care. We look forward to working with NYSSHLA and other like-minded professional organizations and audiologists throughout the nation to achieve 18X18. Find out how to get your state association involved at www.18x18.org or call Stephanie Czuhajewski at 866-493-5544.