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The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (HR 2) was overwhelmingly approved on a 92-8 vote in the US Senate on April 14, repealing the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula and paving the way for ICD-10 code set implementation. However, an amendment to HR 2 that would have repealed Medicare’s Part B outpatient therapy caps was defeated.
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Representatives Devin Nunes (R-CA) and Mike Thompson (D-CA) reintroduced the bipartisan Hearing Aid Tax Credit (HR1882 or HATC) which would provide a $500 credit to people who need a hearing aid (or $1000 for a binaural fitting).
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ASHA announced its support of the Medicare Audiology Services Enhancement Act of 2015 (HR 1116) that was introduced February 26.
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On January 29, 2015, Senators Dean Heller (R-NV) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) reintroduced the Hearing Aid Tax Credit (S. 315), which would provide a $500 credit to people needing a hearing aid.

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IHS has announced that a bipartisan federal bill (HR 353) that aims to improve veterans' access to hearing healthcare services was introduced this week in Washington, DC.
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An update from the HIA reports that various medical device manufacturers and associations have filed comments with the FDA urging the agency to revise its Draft Guidance for companies that send messages about their medical devices via Twitter.
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The Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA) announces that the California Academy of Audiology (CAA) has endorsed the Audiology Patient Choice Act. Additionally, the Northern Illinois University (NIU) Chapter of the Student Academy of Audiology is reportedly the first university SAA Chapter to endorse the Act.
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The American Academy of Audiology (AAA) has endorsed the Academy of Dispensing Audiologists’ (ADA) 18x18 initiative launched at the 2013 ADA Convention, as well as ADA’s introduction of the Audiology Patient Choice Act of 2014 (HR 5304).
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Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) announces that Medicare will continue providing coverage for Auditory Osseointegrated Implants (AOIs).
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Rep David B. McKinley, P.E. (R-WVa) applauded a decision made by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to drop a proposed rule that would have eliminated Medicare coverage for several types of hearing devices.
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The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released its final rule, stating that it will maintain Medicare coverage of auditory osseointegrated implants (AOIs), reversing its earlier proposal to have AOIs classified as hearing aids (thereby eliminating coverage for them).
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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services proposed a new rule that would effectively end coverage for people who need bone-anchored hearing solutions—systems that have traditionally been covered by Medicare.
Oticon is working with otolaryngologists, audiologists, and bone anchored implant users to increase understanding and appreciation of the value of bone anchored implants in advance of the proposed CMS changes to withdraw its current coverage policy for bone anchored hearing devices.
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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed a new rule on July 11 that would effectively end coverage for people who need bone anchored hearing solutions. The deadline for clinicians and their patients to submit comments ends September 2.
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Representatives Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) and Matt Cartwright (D-PA) introduced the Audiology Patient Choice Bill, HR 5304, on July 31. The legislation, if enacted, would amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for treatment of audiologists as physicians for purposes of furnishing audiology services under the Medicare program.

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The FDA recently finalized elements of its Unique Device Identification (UDI) Guidance Document which will require hearing aid manufacturer compliance starting in September 2016.
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The HIA recently organized a Congressional briefing and screening event hosted by the Friends of the Congressional Hearing Health Caucus.
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A recent commentary published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal outlines the reasons improvements in hearing screening tests for newborns are necessary.
The UK's Daily Mail reports that health chiefs in North Staffordshire have proposed new regulations that would deny free hearing aids to thousands of people currently covered by the country’s National Health Service (NHS).
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The US Immigration Department has not classified the AuD as a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) designated degree program—and this will continue to pose significant problems for foreign students, as well as AuD programs.