Lexington, Kentucky -March came in like a lion as the Illinois Academy of Audiology (ILAA) and the Kentucky Academy of Audiology (KAA) boards signed official proclamations endorsing and supporting audiology's 18x18 Initiative to:
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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In addition to ILAA and KAA, the members of the Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA), the Georgia Academy of Audiology (GAA), the South Carolina Academy of Audiology (SCAA) and the Audiological Resource Association (ARA) have officially proclaimed support of and endorsed initiatives to advance audiology's 18x18 Initiative.
"The remarkable support for audiology's 18X18 Initiative has given March Madness a whole new meaning," said ADA President-elect, Brian Urban, Au.D. "It is reassuring to know that after thoughtful discussion and deliberation both ILAA and KAA, determined that the 18x18 legislative agenda will provide the most effective outcomes for taxpayers and Medicare recipients, while supporting the autonomous practice of audiology as consistent with other doctoring professions. We look forward to working with them and their members to achieve 18x18, for our patients and our profession!"
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 bigger than ADA or any single organization and its success hinges on the active support and sacrifice of the entire audiology community. If you or your organization, would like more information about how to get involved in advancing the 18x18 movement, please contact Stephanie Czuhajewski at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About ADA and 18X18
Established in 1977, the Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA) is the only national organization dedicated to audiologists in autonomous practice. ADA and its members strive to epitomize practitioner excellence, high ethical standards, professional autonomy and sound business practices in the provision of quality audiologic care. For more information, visit http://www.audiologist.org.
18X18 is a national audiology initiative that seeks to amend Title 18 of the Social Security Act by 2018 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. To learn more about the 18X18 Initiative and how you can help achieve it, visit www.audiologist.org/events48/18x18-webinar.
Contact: Stephanie Czuhajewski, CAE