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Senate Mulls “Build Back Better Act” and Coverage of Hearing Aids by Medicare

The $1.9 trillion Build Back Better Act was passed by the US House of Representatives on Friday, November 19, and is now with the Senate for what is sure to be a bumpy ride. The bill includes coverage of hearing aids once every 5 years for people with severe to profound hearing loss, as well as funding for universal preschool, expanded Child Tax Credits, several health and pandemic-related initiatives, renewable energy credits, and more.

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Phone Script Tips: Arming Your Receptionist or PCC with the Tools to Succeed

In some ways, handling the initial phone call from a potential customer is as important as programming a hearing aid, says hearing care consultant Von Hansen. Because you don't have to worry about hearing aid programming, verification and validation, AR, etc, if you can’t get the patient to come into your office in the first place.

Hearing Loss Recognized in American Diabetes Association’s Standards of Medical Care

The American Diabetes Association has recognized hearing loss as being more common in people with diabetes, and added audiology to its table on referrals for initial diabetes care management in its recent updated “Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes-2021” published in the January 2021 edition of Diabetes Care, the organization’s professional magazine.

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Marketing Your Practice’s Hearing Aid Financing Options to Drive Growth

Partnerships between lenders and hearing care professionals can ensure that proper information is relayed to consumers with specific loan possibilities, such as low-interest loans that can work over 24, 36, 48, or 60 months. “Successful hearing care providers understand how to position financing as the ability to move forward with an improved quality of life,” says Chris Klemick of Ally Lending, “which is being able to hear well on a daily basis.”

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New Paper Explores Audiologists’ Evolving Role As a ‘Hearing Loss Mitigation Counselor’

A new paper from a group of private-practice audiologists explores how the future of hearing healthcare depends upon recognizing and serving patients from a whole-person perspective—moving away from the narrow view of addressing hearing loss through amplification only, to becoming “hearing loss mitigation counselors” and treating the needs of the individual.

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Future Ear Podcast: Life for Audiologists & Private Practice Owners from March-June 2020

A new “Future Ear” podcast by Dave Kemp of Oaktree Products features great ideas and perspectives from six audiologists in different parts of the United States. The podcast highlights the uniqueness of some of the individual work situations and regions, and includes several excellent tips about how to adapt a practice in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic and recovery.

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Warren and Rice Advocate to Attach Key Audiology Bill to COVID-19 Relief Packages

A bipartisan group is urging fellow Members of Congress to include provisions of the Medicare Audiologist Access and Services Act (H.R. 4056/S. 2446) in upcoming COVID-19 packages. The bill would include eliminating physician order requirements, updating the Medicare statute to classify audiologists as (LLP) practitioners, and authorizing Medicare to reimburse audiologists for the Medicare-covered medically necessary treatment services.

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