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CPT Codes, MAASA, Scope of Practice, Medicare, and More: An Interview with Robert Fifer, PhD

As insurance coverage for hearing care services continues to grow and assume greater importance, so do the the myriad Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes that practices must use for reimbursement. But who actually creates these codes, and how are they established? Robert Fifer, PhD, an audiologist in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, is one of the leading experts in CPT codes in hearing care and has been working with professional organizations in this area for nearly 30 years.

The ACHIEVE Study, Cognition, Amplification, and Audition: An Interview with Jennifer Deal, PhD

Does untreated hearing loss exacerbate cognitive decline? Dr Jennifer Deal and her colleagues
at Johns Hopkins have been researching aspects of hearing loss and cognition, and are currently
engaged in the Aging and Cognitive Health Evaluation in Elders (ACHIEVE) study, a randomized
trial to determine efficacy of hearing intervention on reducing cognitive decline in older adults.

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A Comment on Biden’s Recent Executive Order Regarding Hearing Care

Recently, Good Morning America (ABC) aired a story about a recent announcement from the Biden administration regarding hearing aids. According to the story, the Biden administration has issued an executive order directed to the Department of Health and Human Services to do two things. First, to issue plans to “combat price gouging” regarding hearing aid costs within 45 days and second, to take action within 120 days to propose getting hearing aids available over the counter.

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Cognivue Clarity Compared to MoCA in Published Study

Neuroscience company Cognivue, Inc announced the publication of its clinical validation study showing its technology “equally as effective as the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) with superior test-retest reliability.” The peer-reviewed paper is now available via open access from “Neurological Sciences and Neurosurgery.”

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