In a letter to the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), the Academy requests that the agency exercise the full extent of its regulatory authority to allow Medicare beneficiaries to access audiology services via telehealth.
CMS is expected to be issuing additional guidance about telehealth in the coming days to further reduce regulatory barriers and maximize provider participation for the benefit of Medicare beneficiaries.
Medicare currently lags behind the Veterans Administration, some private payers, and state licensing boards in allowing direct access to audiology services and for them to be provided via telehealth.
Access to hearing health care during the COVID-19 pandemic is critical, and telehealth delivery offers the most protection to the high-risk Medicare population.
The Academy continues to collaborate with the Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA) and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) to advocate for and advance the bipartisan Medicare Audiologist Access and Services Act (H.R. 1587/S. 1731) this year. Now is a critical time to build additional support for this bill by asking your Senator and member…
The Alliance for Connected Care has updated its COVID-19 State Telehealth and Licensure Expansion Dashboard, which tracks state-by-state developments on the status of COVID-19 emergency waivers and its impact on temporary telehealth and licensure policies. As of June 15, 2022, 39 states and Washington, D.C. have ended their emergency declarations, while 11 states continue to…
National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) has updated its map and chart that describes each state’s latest emergency orders and actions designed to safeguard residents during the COVID-19 pandemic, including statewide mask requirements. In states without mask mandates, local governments, school districts, and businesses may still choose to require masks as they see fit….