Talking Points

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ADA and its allies in the 18 X 18 Initiative will seek 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.

Key talking points to share with your colleagues:

The 18 x 18 Campaign seeks the adoption of federal legislation necessary to complete the movement to full professional autonomy for audiology. It will do this in three main ways: 1) Establish limited license physician status for audiologists under Medicare, 2) Provide Medicare coverage for the full scope of audiology practice permitted under state license and 3) Remove the requirement that a physician order audiology services for them to be covered. 18 x 18 means the amendment of Title 18 of the United States Code to do these things by 2018.

The legislation would not affect how each state defines its own scope of practice nor how each state defines its own limited license physician status. Nor would it add hearing aids to Medicare coverage nor grant prescriptive or ordering rights to audiologists. Those further steps to achieve complete professional autonomy and to meet the full hearing health care needs of the public will be taken once the federal legislation is adopted. The federal legislation would permit those audiologists who choose to do so to opt out of the Medicare program.

Besides moving audiologists a long way further down the road to full professional autonomy, the 18 x 18 legislation should produce very substantial cost savings for taxpayers and much improved quality of care for patients.

Please also share the 18 X 18 Handout - Click here to download

We hope this gives you enough summary information about 18 x 18 to begin to spread the word to your professional colleagues and associates. Please do not yet begin discussing it with patients or your local media. We will be providing further information in the near future, including a way for you to get answers to your questions, so that you can communicate more fully with others. But this basic message for you to convey to professionals should get you going right now!”