About H.R. 2276, the Audiology Patient Choice Act

It’s time to bring Medicare coverage for Audiology up to par with the rest of America— especially since hearing and balance disorders are most common amongst patients covered by Medicare.

If you’re tired of having to seek a doctor’s referral for visits to your audiologist, or paying out of pocket to cover these medically necessary services, then it’s time to reach out to Congress and say enough is enough! Tell Congress to support H.R. 2276, the Audiology Patient Choice Act.

The Audiology Patient Choice Act, if enacted, will:

  • Improve access to qualified, licensed Medicare providers, by allowing seniors with a suspected hearing or balance disorder to seek evaluation and rehabilitation directly from audiologists, eliminating archaic medical doctor order requirements.

  • Allow patients to choose among qualified providers for Medicare-covered audiology services by authorizing Medicare to reimburse audiologists for the medically reasonable and necessary Medicare-covered services that they are licensed to provide within their current state defined scopes of practice. These services are already covered by Medicare when delivered by other providers, including non-physician practitioners.

  • Address the medical doctor workforce shortage confronting our country, while helping to meet the increasing demand for health care services by the growing Medicare population, through the inclusion of audiologists in the list of Medicare-recognized limited license physicians (i.e. chiropractors, dentists, doctors of osteopathy, medical doctors, optometrists, and podiatrists). Know the Facts About the Audiology Patient Choice Act Several of the comments contained in the recent statement by AAO-HNS have already been refuted by individual AAOHNS otolaryngologist members as incorrect, false, and misleading. Previous statements by AAO-HNS proffer similar and familiar rhetoric against the direct access-only legislation that has been introduced repeatedly in Congress. The Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA) believes that discussions regarding improving access to audiology care for seniors should be based on fact, not fear-mongering, and we welcome the opportunity to have a continued open and transparent dialogue on the issue of allowing patients their choice of qualified provider for audiologic and vestibular care.