According to this ASHA article – “Currently, Medicare requires a physician order for patients to see an audiologist – and covers only diagnostic services provided by an audiologist, without allowing for follow-up treatment or a plan of care.”
This legislation will:
- Remove unnecessary barriers to patients’ receipt of appropriate, timely and cost-effective audiologic care.
- Reclassify audiologists as practitioners within Medicare – a category already shared by clinical psychologists, clinical social workers and advanced practice registered nurses.
- Align Medicare patient access to audiology services with those available to patients outside of Medicare.