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.

ADA 2019 Lobby Day Schedule

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Lobby Day Briefing. Chesapeake AB Room on the Ballroom Level of the Gaylord National Resort & Conference Center.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

6:45 a.m. Gather for breakfast - A breakfast box will be available by the buses at the entrance near the Woodrow Wilson Ballroom.
7:00 a.m.
Buses begin to depart for Capitol Hill from the St. George Street entrance.
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Meetings on Capitol Hill. Buses will loop in the afternoon to take participants back to the hotel.
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Opening Reception in Exhibit Hall.

More details
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Legislative Progress


Sponsor:   Rep. Tom Rice [R-SC-7] (Introduced 7/25/2019)
Committees:   House – Energy and Commerce; Ways and Means
Latest Action:   House - 07/25/2019 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within
the jurisdiction of the committee concerned. (All Actions)
Tracker:   Introduced to House 11/14/19


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