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The Academy of Doctors of Audiology



Better Hearing Month is the Perfect Time to Spread the Word about Audiology’s 18x18 Initiative to Ensure Better Audiologic Care Under Medicare


May marks Better Hearing Month and there is no better time to help spread the word about audiology’s 18x18 Initiative to ensure better audiologic care under Medicare!

Please make a commitment to send 18 friends and colleagues information about 18x18, including the web address www.18x18.org, where they can go to learn more about the 18x18 Initiative to amend Title XVIII of the Social Security Act (by 2018) to provide for Limited License Physician Status,  Direct Access, and a Comprehensive Benefit under Medicare so that:
  • Audiologists will have 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.
  • The need for the physician order required for a Medicare beneficiary to receive coverage of medically necessary, covered audiology and vestibular services will be eliminated
  • 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 will be allowed.
Please also send information to any other professional audiology organizations, to which you belong, along with a request for them to consider signing a proclamation of support.

We will be holding another 18x18 member briefing webinar during June. Please be on the lookout for more details. Meanwhile, please contact Stephanie Czuhajewski anytime if you have any questions about the 18x18 Initiative.
 

HIPAA 2013: There are Significant Changes Ahead… ADA Offers Webinar and Toolkit to Help You Prepare for Compliance

The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced new changes to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 that may have a significant effect on audiology practices and the way they handle, manage and disclose a patient’s protected health information (PHI), business associates and an audiologist’s responsibilities related to their management of the PHI they are provided by your practice, and marketing.  It also has strengthened enforcement and fines for non-compliance. The new rules took effect on March 26, 2013 and providers and business associates are required to comply with the applicable requirements by September 23, 2013.
 
ADA will host an important HIPAA Webinar on May 22 at 12:00 p.m. EDT: Register Here

There are several important steps all audiology practices must take to comply with this Rule—please take the following link for more information: More Information about 2013 HIPAA Changes

The Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA) has commissioned our legal counsel, Robert Gippin, Esq., and the law firm of Roderick, Linton and Belfance LLP to create HIPAA Compliance documents and forms that can be purchased by our members. 
 
The package includes:
  • 2013 Notice of Privacy Practices
  • Acknowledgement of Notice of Privacy Practices (comprehensive and truncated)
  • 2013 Business Associate Agreement
  • Use and Disclosure form
  • 2013 Marketing Acknowledgement
 The complete ADA HIPAA Toolkit is $199 for ADA members and $499 for non-members.
 
Order here: Please note, you must be logged in to the ADA website to receive the member price. Please contact Stephanie Czuhajewski at sczuhajewski@audiologist.org if you have any questions, or need assistance logging in.
 
Please note: 
  • On the advice of legal counsel, this document package (with the exception of the truncated Acknowledgement of the Notice of Privacy Policies, which could be added to your patient registration or intake document and the Business Associate agreement) has been created as .pdf documents in Adobe Acrobat. 
  • As a result, the ADA staff, as part of the purchase fee, will upload your logo, name, address and privacy policy officer information into the documents at no additional charge.  The document package will then be sent to you via email within five business days of your order.
  • Any substantive changes in content to any of these forms and documents should only be made with the assistance and guidance of your own legal counsel.  ADA will not customize or modify documents beyond what is outlined above and will only customize documents for use in the purchaser’s practice.
  • Practices will still need to create the following policies on their own:
    • HIPAA Security Policy
    • Documentation of Training
ADA will host a live HIPAA Compliance webinar on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. EDT.  We will be discussing HIPAA, the recent changes and the ADA guidance package during this webinar. The webinar will be available for .15 CEUs through AAA.
 
Register Here (This webinar is free for ADA Members)
 
The Academy of Doctors of Audiology is approved by the American Academy of Audiology to offer Academy CEUs for this activity. The program is worth a maximum of .15 CEUs. Academy approval of this continuing education activity does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products, or clinical procedures.
 


Reminder: Intent to Participate in ADA Student Business Plan Competition is April 30th—Don’t Miss Your Opportunity to Compete for a $5,000 Cash Grant

The ADA Student Business Plan Competition is underway and as a reminder, students' intent to participate is due by April 30th (Please take the following link to submit your intent now, it only takes a moment): www.audiologist.org/student-business-plan-letter-of-intent 

NOTE: Students may participate either as a sole proprietor (one person) or as part of a two-person partnership/team (no more than two members per team please).

Please take the following link to review the rubric: www.audiologist.org/ada-student-business-plan-rubric.
 
Contestants will be required to submit a written business plan using SBA guidelines (the written business plan is due on July 5th). Finalists will receive an all-expense paid trip to the ADA 2013 Annual Convention at the Hyatt Coconut Point Resort in Bonita Springs, Florida, November 7-10, 2013, where they will present their business plans in person.
 
The Grand Prize Winner will receive a $5,000 ADA cash grant to be used to advance business objectives and enhance business and leadership skills.

Business plans will be judged based on the following criteria: 
  1. Creativity
  2. Feasibility
  3. Completeness
  4. Cohesiveness throughout the document
  5. Professionalism and polish
Reminder: Although the deadline for the written business plan submission is Friday, July 5th, your business plan will not be accepted unless you complete the intent form by April 30th. This is very important--please let Stephanie Czuhajewski know if you have any questions.
 
Contestants must be ADA student members in good standing and must be considered either 3rd or 4th year students at some time (or any time) during calendar year 2013 (for example, if you are a 2nd year student now, but will be a 3rd year student later in the year, you are eligible to participate. Likewise, if you are a 4th year student now, but will graduate before the competition ends, you are still eligible to participate).
 
There is no entry fee to participate. Please take the following link for complete requirements and participation guidelines: www.audiologist.org/ada-student-business-plan-rubric.
 
Please contact Stephanie Czuhajewski anytime if you have any questions, or if you need more information about the 2013 ADA Business Plan Competition. If you are interested in practice management and would like more hands on experience, we strongly encourage you to participate in the competition. We look forward to your participation!
 


ADA Member Discount Offered for 2013 Cerumen Management Workshop June 28th at George S. Osborne College of Audiology at Salus University: Register Now!

ADA is pleased to co-sponsor the George S. Osborne College of Audiology 2013 Cerumen Management Workshop to be held on Friday, June 28 on the Salus University campus in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania.
 
Registration Fee: $225 ($275 for Non-ADA Members): Click here to download registration form
 
This one-day course will be led by Rita Chaiken, Au.D., one of the nation’s leading cerumen management experts! Course participants must be licensed audiologists carrying professional liability insurance.
 
Please contact Ms. Paula Kane at pkane@salus.edu or at 215-780-1238 for more information and to register.
 
The official registration deadline is Monday June 10—but don’t’ delay—there are only 24 seats left for this fantastic workshop, and they won’t last long! Mention that you are an ADA member and receive a $50 discount on your registration.
 
Register now! Click here to download registration form.



ADA Welcomes Dr. Tom Goyne as New Practice Management Resource for Members

The Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA) is pleased to welcome Thomas R. Goyne, Au.D., as ADA’s newest contracted member resource. In this role, Dr. Goyne will work with ADA to develop and distribute practice management tools and resources for ADA members and will also answer basic member questions about practice management free of charge.

“We are pleased to be able to continue to enhance the benefits and services that we provide ADA members,” said ADA President, Nancy N. Green, Au.D., “and we look forward to working with Tom to deliver relevant and timely information that can be used to increase a practice’s success right away.”

Dr. Goyne, a long-time ADA member, has more than 15 years of clinical experience in academic medical institutions and private practice. He is the owner of Aberdeen Audiology in Wayne, Pennsylvania, adjunct professor at the George S. Osborne College of Audiology within Salus University, and is also a consultant with Oracle Hearing Group, a practice management consulting firm, established exclusively to provide professional support to individuals and institutions that practice Audiology.

“One of my particular passions is helping audiologists increase positive counseling outcomes so that patients adopt the recommendations that will help them hear better,” said Dr. Goyne. “One of the reasons why I am so excited about partnering with ADA is because ADA members understand the importance of best practices and the responsibility required to operate an autonomous practice.”

Members can visit http://audiologist.org/practice-development, where beginning this month, new materials, tips and resources will be posted on a regular basis. Members may also contact Dr. Goyne directly at trg3@drtomgoyne.com  to ask specific questions.

Looking for a Professional ADA Resource for Billing and Coding Questions? For questions about billing, coding and reimbursement issues, please continue to contact Dr. Kim Cavitt at kim.cavitt@audiologyresources.com



Audiology Awareness Campaign to Raise Awareness of Hearing Health Care

The Audiology Awareness Campaign® (AAC) is proud to announce the sixth Annual “Listen Up America“® Week, National Hearing Screening Week, May 13th through 17th, 2013 and the addition of a second "Listen Up America“® Week, National Hearing Screening Week, October 14th through the 18th, 2013. These week long events provide audiologists opportunities to raise awareness about hearing loss and hearing loss prevention and to promote treatment that can improve the quality of life for those who experience hearing loss.

Audiologists around the country will offer free hearing screenings during Listen Up America Week. Consumers may then contact your office to schedule an appointment at a time convenient for you during this week. AAC will promote this nationally and audiologists that participate will receive camera ready materials to promote their office in their local area.  In 2012, the AAC was featured in 1200 internet articles and 80 newspaper articles throughout the country promoting the event.
 
Be a part of this national event, call 800-445-8629 or email Christina@jee.com today to register your office, hospital, or clinic.  



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Contact
If you have any questions about the topics contained within this newsletter, contact:

Stephanie Czuhajewski, Executive Director
Academy of Doctors of Audiology
Phone: 866-493-5544 | Fax: 859-271-0607
sczuhajewski@audiologist.org

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