Medicare regulations do not currently recognize audiologists as eligible providers of telemedicine services. The Academy has long advocated to change this, and we are currently working with congressional leaders to seek inclusion of such a change in legislation moving forward to address the COVID-19 pandemic. The Academy is here to support its members, and we appreciate that our members want to continue to serve patients and their communities during this unprecedented situation. Please note that some state Medicaid programs will reimburse audiology codes with a GT modifier as long as there is justification for how services will be completed. It is important to check with your state for telehealth and scope of practice policies.
On March 20, 2020, the Academy submitted letters to House and Senate leadership requesting that a provision be included in the third COVID-19 legislative package to allow audiologists to provide services to Medicare beneficiaries via telehealth.
Below is a resource list with information on the provision of telehealth services. The Academy will post additional information as it comes available.
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….