DSHPSHWA Representatives: Karin Neidt and Brian Shakespeare
The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Alliance (DHHA) is a coalition of consumer and professional organizations. The purpose of DHHA is to focus on federal public policy that can improve the quality of life for people who are deaf or hard of hearing, and all people with hearing loss. The DHHA’s major objective is to provide a forum whereby relevant information can be shared, plans made and actions taken for collaborative and mutually supportive efforts. The DHHA implements actions approved by its membership.
Other Members of DHHA: Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing(AG Bell), American Academy of Audiology (AAA), American Society for Deaf Children (ASDC),American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), Conference of Educational Administrators of Schools and Programs for the Deaf (CEASD), Council of American Instructors of the Deaf (CAID), Hands & Voices, Hearing Health Foundation, Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), International Hearing Society (IHS), National Association of the Deaf (NAD), National Court Reporters Association (NCRA), National Cued Speech Association, Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID), and Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc (TDHH)
DSHPSHWA representative: Carrie Overschmidt, AuD, CCC-A
Committee meets: monthly
Quality reporting is here to stay and with that concept in mind, AQC has been working on new measures that will be submitted for temporary endorsement by Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS). PQRS is a program sponsored by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Systems (CMS) with the aim of improving the quality of care provided to Medicare recipients. The measures under consideration demonstrate quality in the practice of audiology and have clinical relevance for audiologists in private and group practice. Topics currently under consideration by the AQC are: tinnitus; vestibular evaluation; ototoxicity; cochlear implant referral qualifications; functional communication.
Audiologists who bill Medicare Part B beneficiaries must participate in PQRS in 2014 to avoid a 2% deduction to claims in 2016.
Benchmarks have been established-2014 is the final year to obtain a .5% incentive bonus for participating.
Current benchmark is reporting on a quality measure for 50% of eligible Medicare patient visits.
Available Measures for Reporting by Audiologists:
#261: Referral for Otologic Evaluation for Patients with Acute or Chronic or Dizziness
#130: Documentation of Current Medications in the Medical Record
#134: Screening for Clinical Depression and Follow Up Plan
For up to date information regarding PQRS, go to http://www.asha.org/ and search Audiology Quality Measures Step by Step Guide. Go to http://www.audiology.org/ for details on how audiologists can meet CMS' minimum reporting requirements in 2014.
To ensure DSHPSHWA has a voice in initiatives that impact speech and hearing programs at the Federal and State levels, DSHPSHWA representatives participate in various committees and organizations.
ASHA (American Speech Language Hearing Association)
ADA (Academy of Doctors of Audiology)
AAA (American Academy of Audiology)
ARA (Academy of Rehabilitative Audiology)
EAA (Educational Audiology Association)
NHCA (National Hearing Conservation Association)
AVAA (Association of VA Audiologists)
MAA (Military Audiology Association)
DSHPSHWA Representative: Marcia Fort, AuD, CCC-A
Committee meets: Monthly conference calls for Audiology Groups and one face-to-face meeting annually
Liasons with the ASHA Vice President for Government Relations and Public Policy
Assist the Governmental Relations and Public Policy (GRPP) Board and the GRPP cluster staff in determining the current economic issues and developing goals for ensuring equitable coverage and reimbursement for audiology and speech-language pathology services that can be incorporated into the Association's annual public policy agenda; focus on developing recommendations for coding and relative values of speech-language pathology and audiology procedures, for coverage of services by all payers, and to anticipate further socioeconomic needs of the professions and consumers.
DSHPSHWA Audiology Representative: Kirsten Coverstone, AuD
DSHPSHWA SLP Representative: Patricia Burk, CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT
Committee meets: 1-2 times per year face to face and as needed by conference call
The Joint Committee on Infant Hearing was established in late 1969 and composed of representatives from audiology, otolaryngology, pediatrics, and nursing. The Committee was charged with a two-fold responsibility: first, to make recommendations concerning the early identification of children with, or at-risk for hearing loss and second, newborn hearing screening. Throughout its over 30-year history, the Committee explored the complexities of hearing loss and its effect on a child's development, seeking to find newer and better methods to identify and serve the infants and their families. Today, the Joint Committee is comprised of representatives from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, the American Speech Language Hearing Association, the American Academy of Audiology, the Council on Education of the Deaf, and Directors of Speech and Hearing Programs in State Health and Welfare Agencies. The Committee's primary activity has been publication of position statements summarizing the state of the science and art in infant hearing, and recommending the preferred practice in early identification and appropriate intervention of newborns and infants at risk for or with hearing loss.