Support the Audiology Patient Choice Act Fund

Representatives Tom Rice (R-SC), Matt Cartwright (D-PA), and Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) have introduced H.R. 2276 Audiology Patient Choice Act legislation because they believe that Medicare patients and the public will be best served if it is enacted. Nearly 50 organizations have made an investment of time and resources to endorse the Audiology Patient Choice Act because they recognize that it will enhance patient care and advance the interests of their membership. The Audiology Patient Choice 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.

Our budget for each year of this effort is $150,000. We are just $50,000 short of our goal. Please help us reach this goal by December 31, 2017!

Help ADA and Representatives Rice, Cartwright, and Jenkins declare audiology’s independence from outdated Medicare requirements including requirements for a physician’s order as a requisite of care by donating to the Advocacy Fund now. Your donation of $18, $180, $1,800 or any amount will be used exclusively to advance best practices and patient choice by advancing the Audiology Patient Choice Act. Contact Adam Haley to find out how you can get involved in other volunteer efforts to support this legislation.

Audiology and Medicare Patients Need Your Help to Pass the Audiology Patient Choice Act
  • Write your legislators and tell them to support The Audiology Patient Choice Act—it is easy to do with ADA’s Congressional Connect tool.
  • Tell 18 colleagues and friends to visit www.18x18.org and like The Audiology Patient Choice Act on Facebook. Visit the AuDvocacy Action Page to view many great tools to share with anyone who needs more information about the Audiology Patient Choice Act.
  • Become an active investor in advancing the Audiology Patient Choice Act by making a contribution now. You have the power to change your profession and patient care forever — support The Audiology Patient Choice Act today! All funds will go to the 18x18 Advocacy Fund and there are no restrictions on who can donate.
The Audiology Patient Choice 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 physicians (chiropractors, dentists, doctors of osteopathy, medical doctors, optometrists and podiatrists).
The Audiology Patient Choice Act was borne from audiology’s 18x18 Initiative, which includes a call to action for Congress to update Title 18 of the Social Security Act by 2018 with the changes included in this bill. The Audiology Patient Choice 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 the Audiology Patient Choice 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 Audiology Patient Choice Act.

Visit ADA’s AuDvocacy Action Center for more information about The Audiology Patient Choice Act including the following:
Audiologists Advocate for 18x18
What is 18x18?
18x18 is a national audiology initiative that seeks to amend Title 18 of the Social Security Act by 2018 (thus 18x18) to achieve:
  • Direct access for patients to audiologists;
  • Expanded access to coverage to include all Medicare-covered services that audiologists are licensed by their states to provide; and
  • Physician status to define audiologists as physicians only under the Medicare definition, which will put audiologists in professional parity with other non-M.D. doctors including dentists, optometrists, chiropractors, and podiatrists.
Why 18x18?
18x18 is a single piece of proposed legislation that will change Medicare in three interconnected ways: 18x18 comprehensively changes what audiologic services are provided, how they are provided and by whom they are provided. Expanded Coverage, LLP status, and Direct Access are thus logically and practically linked, so that they are best sought together.