The Medicare Audiologist Access and Services Act (H.R. 1587/S. 1731) is legislation that would expand coverage to include all Medicare covered diagnostic and treatment services that correspond to the scope of practice in audiology. It would also allow for direct access to audiology services by removing language that requires a physician referral and reclassify audiologists from “supplier” to “practitioner”, which would acknowledge the role audiologists play in providing hearing health care services and enable them to provide services via telehealth.
Currently, Medicare only covers diagnostic tests performed by audiologists to assess hearing and balance when ordered by a physician, and vestibular and audiologic treatment (which are within an audiologist's scope of practice under state law) are only covered when provided by other practitioners.
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Please complete the form to email your members of Congress and ask them to support H.R. 1587/S. 1731.
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