The Academy of Doctors of Audiology has made a significant investment of time and resources to promote the Medicare Audiologist Access and Services Act (H.R. 1587 / S.1731) because we recognize that it will enhance patient care and advance the interests of our membership. The act is a Declaration of Independence for Medicare recipients—allowing them their choice of qualified providers for audiologic care and authorizing Medicare to reimburse audiologists for the Medicare-covered services that they are licensed to provide under their scope of practice.
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The Medicare Audiologist Access and Services Act will specifically:
- 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 practitioners.
The Medicare Audiologist Access and Services Act (H.R. 1587 / S.1731) is a call to action for Congress to update Title 18 of the Social Security Act with the changes included in this bill. The 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
The introduction of the Medicare Audiologist Access and Services Act provides a historic opportunity for Congress to improve access to safe, effective hearing and balance health care services for Medicare beneficiaries, while adding efficiencies that will streamline the continuum of care. This legislation will have lasting benefits for Medicare patients and American taxpayers alike. As a national organization, representing audiologists from all 50 states, ADA is proud to endorse The Medicare Audiologist Access and Services Act.
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