Public Announcements

 

Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2017 Introduced

On March 21, Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Charles Grassley (R-IA), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), and Johnny Isakson (R-GA) introduced the Over the Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2017. A companion bill was introduced in the House by Representatives Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Joe Kennedy (D-MA). The Academy has been actively engaged on this legislation since the start of the 115th Congress and was able to see several key changes to this version based on the bill that was introduced at the end of the 114th Congress. While the legislation is not perfect, the Academy is pleased to see that the bill’s sponsors are so willing to work with key stakeholders to ensure that consumers are protected and the interests of audiologists are understood.

The Academy’s conversations have been based on its two statements released on OTC Devices and on accessibility and affordability for hearing care. The Academy will continue to work with Congress on this bill at it advances through the legislative process.

 Read the bill text.

 

New Audiologist Appointment to the TDLR Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists Advisory Board

 

Kim Ringer, Au.D., past TAA Membership Chair and Board Member, was recently chosen to fill the last open audiologist position on the Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists advisory board with TDLR.
Kim will join Cristen Culp, Au.D., 2014 TAA President, and past TAA Board Member, Michelle Tejada, Au.D., as the third audiologist member on the advisory board.
Kim will be replacing resigning advisory board member Robert Novak: https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/slpa/slpaboard.htm

 

 

Calling all Pediatric Audiologists

Do you perform outpatient screens or diagnostic audiological evaluations for children from birth through age five years?  If so, the Department of State Health Services, Texas Early Hearing Detection and Intervention program needs your help. 

TEHDI must report audiological outcomes to the CDC and some HRSA funds are tied to successfully meeting the 1-3-6 EHDI goals. Texas Pediatric Audiologists are responsible for reporting screening and diagnostic outcomes to TEHDI for the infants and toddlers they serve. 

If you are already reporting these data through the TEHDI website, thank you!  If not, make the state of Texas shine by reporting. Contact us today at 888-727-3366 opt 3 to obtain a username & password for the TEHDI MIS website.

 

FDA News Release FDA takes steps to improve hearing aid accessibility

For Immediate Release

December 7, 2016

Release

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced important steps to better support consumer access to hearing aids. The agency issued a guidance document explaining that it does not intend to enforce the requirement that individuals 18 and up receive a medical evaluation or sign a waiver prior to purchasing most hearing aids. This guidance is effective immediately. Today, the FDA is also announcing its commitment to consider creating a category of over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids that could deliver new, innovative and lower-cost products to millions of consumers.

“Today’s actions are an example of the FDA considering flexible approaches to regulation that encourage innovation in areas of rapid scientific progress,” said FDA Commissioner Robert Califf, M.D. “The guidance will support consumer access to most hearing aids while the FDA takes the steps necessary to propose to modify our regulations to create a category of OTC hearing aids that could help many Americans improve their quality of life through better hearing.”

The FDA has cited that hearing loss affects some 30 million people in the United States and can have a significant impact on communication, social participation and overall health and quality of life. Despite the high prevalence and public health impact of hearing loss, only about one-fifth of people who could benefit from a hearing aid seek intervention.

In October 2015, the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) issued recommendations intended to facilitate hearing aid device innovation, and improve affordability and patient access. Additionally, the FDA and other federal agencies and a consumer advocacy group sponsored a study published by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NAS) in June 2016.

Both PCAST and NAS cited FDA regulations regarding conditions for sale as a potential barrier to availability and accessibility of hearing aids, and concluded that the regulation was providing little to no meaningful benefit to patients. PCAST noted that, at present, hearing aids often cost more than $2,000 a piece, and such barriers to distribution channels may limit new entrants who could achieve technological breakthroughs that could offer a greater variety of lower-cost hearing aid options to those suffering from hearing loss. The regulation requires that all prospective hearing aid users have a medical evaluation by a licensed physician to determine the cause of hearing loss and whether medical or surgical treatments would be more appropriate. Individuals 18 and up may waive the requirement for a medical evaluation by signing a waiver statement. 

For the guidance document issued today, the FDA considered recommendations from the PCAST and NAS reports and public comments received on a draft guidance issued in 2013, as well as comments received at an April 2016 FDA workshop.

Under the new guidance, the FDA will continue to enforce the medical evaluation requirement for prospective hearing aid users under 18. Under the FDA’s hearing aid regulations, hearing aid labeling must include information about medical conditions that should be evaluated by a licensed physician. In addition, the FDA requires that information and instructions about hearing aids be provided to consumers before any purchase from a licensed hearing aid dispenser. 

The guidance is “Immediately in Effect,” which means it is implemented without prior public comment because it presents a less burdensome policy that is consistent with public health. The public can still comment on the guidance, and the FDA will consider all comments received and revise the guidance document as appropriate.

The FDA intends to consider the PCAST and NAS recommendations regarding a regulatory framework for over-the-counter hearing aids without the requirement for consultation with a credentialed dispenser. The agency is committed to seeking additional public input before proposing such an approach.

The FDA, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, protects the public health by assuring the safety, effectiveness, security of human and veterinary drugs, vaccines and other biological products for human use, and medical devices. The agency is also responsible for the safety and security of our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, dietary supplements, products that give off electronic radiation, and for regulating tobacco products.

FDA Announcement click here.

 

TAA Board Election Results

TAA BOD Election Results:
Dr. Jami Brooks was elected by the TAA Membership to serve as President-Elect, President, and Past President, for the upcoming 2017-2019 calendar years (3-year term).
Dr. Robert Herring and Dr. Shawna Jackson were elected by the TAA Membership to serve as Member-at-Large for the upcoming 2017-2018 calendar years (2-year term). 
Dr. Crystal Wiggins was elected by the TAA Membership to serve as Secretary/Treasurer for the upcoming 2017-2018 calendar years (2-year term).
If you are interested in volunteering on a committee or have some comments/suggestions about our annual conference please email incoming President, Chris Araj at draraj@pearlandhearingaids.com

 

Texas Academy of Audiology 2017 Board Nominees

Originally published on August 1st 2016:

The Texas Academy of Audiology Board of Directors is pleased to announce that the following individuals have expressed formal interest in serving on the Board as Elected Members for terms beginning on January 1, 2017. Selection of Elected Members to the Board will take place through formal vote and approval by the Membership at the TAA Business Meeting held at the Annual Conference on Friday, October, 21.

Click here to read more about each candidate.

Position: President Elect

Phillip "Lee" Wilson, Au.D.

Jami Brooks, Au.D.


Position: Member-At-Large (2 positions to be filled)

Robert Herring, Au.D.

Shawna Jackson, Au.D.

Kelli House, M.A.

Adriana Miciak, Au.D.

Sarah Wainscott, Ph.D.

 

Position: Secretary / Treasurer:

Crystal Wiggins, Au.D.

 

Message re: Transition to TDLR, Input Requested

Dear Texas Audiologists.

The administration of our licenses is now being managed by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR).  The transition was completed in September and they began managing all functions on October 3, 2016.

I will be meeting with the management of TDLR later this week.  They will be reporting on the transition and implementation process.  They also want to know what we think of how they are doing so far.  They have requested that I advise them of any problems that you may have encountered.  Please send your comments directly to me.  I would like to know of any good or bad experiences you have had.

I will be talking with them on Friday, October 14, 2016, so please send your comments as soon as possible.

Thank you,

 

Matt Lyon

TAA Governmental Liaison

915.487.0751 (cell)

mlyon@ephearing.com

 

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Notice to TAA Members regarding Changes to hearing aid purchase agreements and office signs

Notice to TAA Members regarding Changes to hearing aid purchase agreements and office signs

Beginning October 1, 2016, our licenses will be administered by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR).  As a result of this change, there are several minor rule changes that have occurred. Two that will immediately affect us is the language required on a purchase agreement for hearing aids and the notification sign in our offices regarding complaints.

The following items must be contained on the hearing aid purchase agreement.  None of this is new; however, please ensure that all of this is printed on each agreement.  The one change is the name and address of the agency.  See 16 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 111, §111.220

(c) - Joint Rule Regarding the Sale of Hearing Instruments.

(c) Upon the sale of any hearing instrument(s) or change of model or serial number of the hearing instrument(s), the owner shall ensure that each client receives a written contract that contains:

(1) the date of sale;

(2) the make, model, and serial number of the hearing instrument(s);

(3) the name, address, and telephone number of the principal place of business of the license holder who dispensed the hearing instrument;

(4) a statement that the hearing instrument is new, used, or reconditioned;

(5) the length of time and other terms of the guarantee and by whom the hearing instrument is guaranteed;

(6) a copy of the written forms (relating to waiver forms);

(7) a statement on or attached to the written contract for services, in no smaller than 10-point bold type, as follows: "The client has been advised that any examination or representation made by a licensed audiologist or licensed intern in audiology in connection with the fitting and selling of the hearing instrument(s) is not an examination, diagnosis or prescription by a person duly licensed and qualified as a physician or surgeon authorized to practice medicine in the State of Texas and, therefore, must not be regarded as medical opinion or advice.”;

(8) a statement on the face of the written contract for services, in no smaller than 10-point bold type, as follows: “If you have a complaint against a licensed audiologist or intern in audiology, you may contact the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, P.O. Box 12157, Austin, Texas 78711, Telephone (512) 463-6599, Toll-Free (in Texas): (800) 803-9202www.tdlr.texas.gov”;

(9) the printed name, license type, signature and license number of the licensed audiologist or licensed intern in audiology who dispensed the hearing instrument;

(10) the supervisor's name, license type, and license number, if applicable;

(11) a recommendation for a follow-up appointment within 30 days after the hearing instrument fitting;

(12) the expiration date of the 30 consecutive day trial period under subsection (b) of this section; and

(13) the dollar amount charged for the hearing instrument and the dollar amount charged for the return or restocking fee, if applicable.

Also, we are required to have a sign posted in our office advising patients of who to contact if they wish to file a complaint.  This is not a new requirement; however, the name and address of the agency is new. See Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 111, §111.151

(a) A licensee shall notify each client of the name, mailing address, telephone number and website of the department for the purpose of directing complaints to the department.  A licensee shall display this notification:

(1)  on a sign prominently displayed in the primary place of business of each licensee; and

(2)  on a written document such as a written contract, a bill for service, or office information brochure provided by the licensee to a client or third party.

There is no specific wording required by the rule.  The following was reviewed by TDLR personnel.  They state that this meets the requirement and may be used.

Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation 

Unless exempted by State law, a person who provides speech-language pathology

and/or audiology services to clients must be licensed by the

Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation

(16 TAC CHAPTER 111. SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGISTS AND AUDIOLOGISTS).

 

A consumer who wishes to file a complaint against an individual licensed by this agency may contact:

 

Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation

P.O. Box 12157

Austin, Texas 78711

(512) 463-6599

(800) 803-9202 Toll-Free (in Texas):

www.tdlr.texas.gov

 

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Oct. 3: First day of business for SLPA program at TDLR

TDLR has announced that they will begin issuing licenses and performing all regulatory duties associated with the Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (SLPA) program on Monday, October 3, 2016. Below is a summary of the timeline leading up to the program launch date at TDLR:

Feb. 9:  Post Statement of Work to select vendors for contract to convert the transferring programs to TDLR-managed hardware and software (IT contract)
Feb. 22: Bids due to TDLR for IT contract
March 19: Contract award
April 3: Conversion Project Kick-off
Oct. 1: Effective date of TDLR administrative rules
Oct. 1-2:  SLPA program inactivated at DSHS / Go live at TDLR
Oct. 3:  First day of business for SLPA program at TDLR

Until October 3, 2016, all licensing, compliance, and enforcement responsibilities for the SLPA program will remain at DSHS. For assistance in these areas, please visit the DSHS Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology home page.

When does the transfer happen?
The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) will assume all activities relating to the Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists program—including licenses and renewals, customer service and enforcement—on October 3, 2016.

When the transfer happens, will I need to get a new license issued by TDLR?
No. The license you have now—issued by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS)—remains valid until its expiration date. When you renew, you will receive a TDLR license.

Have the rules changed?
Yes, TDLR has adopted rules for all of the transferring health profession programs. Most of the newly adopted rules are very similar, but some changes have been made. The TDLR rules become effective on October 1, 2016. View the rule changes and links to the TDLR rules

What is going to happen with open complaints and cases?
If you filed a complaint with DSHS or had a complaint filed against your license and it is not resolved by the transfer date, TDLR will assume responsibility for the case at that time. You will receive notification by mail if your complaint is transferred to TDLR.

How do I stay informed about changes impacting me?
You have several options to stay connected:

  • Email updates – Sign up for email updates to receive notices about rules, the law, fees, examination requirements, meetings and more. Email updates are the best way for you to stay informed.

 

  • Meetings – TDLR’s advisory board and Commission meetings are available to watch online live or later at your convenience.

 

  • Facebook and Twitter – TDLR has a Facebook page and Twitter account dedicated to TDLR Health Professions.

 

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Status- Transition of Regulatory programs to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation

Texas Department of State Health Services

Senate Bill 202 was enacted into law on September 1, 2015. This law mandated that the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) develop a transition plan for the “orderly transfer of powers, duties, functions, programs, and activities” related to the following professions: Athletic Trainers, Dietitians, Dyslexia Therapists, Fitters and Dispensers of Hearing Instruments, Midwives, Orthotics and Prosthetics, and Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists. The plan has now been fully executed and is in effect. We are providing this notice in order to keep you apprised of several important steps related to the plan that will be occurring over the next few weeks. 

The licensing data held by DSHS will be transmitted to TDLR in mid-September. The current target date for the complete transmission of this data is September 22nd. In order to maintain the integrity of all licensing and related data that must be transmitted to TDLR, DSHS will cease the performance of licensing activities for the above listed professions on September 18th. TDLR will begin performing licensing activities for the transferred professional programs on October 3rd, 2016. This means there will be a gap of approximately two weeks, during which time neither agency will be able to perform licensing functions. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this short interruption may cause you; however, this step is essential to ensure the accurate transfer of data. 

In an effort to avoid renewal problems for licensees during the transition period, a 60 day license extension has been automatically granted to all licenses that expire in August, September, and October 2016. DSHS has already sent new and updated license cards to licensees that had previous expiration dates set in August and September. The October licensees will receive new licensing cards in the upcoming few weeks.

To access more information about the transition of these professional licensing programs, please go to TDLR’s website, which can be found at: https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/newprograms.htm.

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Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists Advisory Board Meeting Friday, Sept. 23

Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation

The Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists Advisory Board is scheduled to meet Friday, September 23, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. in the 1st Floor Public Meeting Room (125E) of TDLR's North Campus Building, located at 1106 Clayton Lane in Austin.

When the agenda is available, it will be posted on TDLR's web site. The meeting will be broadcast on TDLR's YouTube channel.


Questions? Post them on TDLR's Facebook pagetweet us or email customer.service@tdlr.texas.gov

 

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Effective October 1st, New TDLR rules require changes to purchase agreements and posted office signs

Notice to TAA Members regarding changes to hearing aid purchase agreements and office signs.

Beginning October 1, 2016, our licenses will be administered by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR). As a result of this change, there are several minor rule changes that have occurred. Two that will immediately affect us is the language required on a purchase agreement for hearing aids and the notification sign in our offices regarding complaints.

The following items must be contained on the hearing aid purchase agreement. None of this is new; however, please ensure that all of this is printed on each agreement. The one change is the name and address of the agency. See 16 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 111, §111.220 (c) - Joint Rule Regarding the Sale of Hearing Instruments.

(c) Upon the sale of any hearing instrument(s) or change of model or serial number of the hearing instrument(s), the owner shall ensure that each client receives a written contract that contains:

(1) the date of sale;

(2) the make, model, and serial number of the hearing instrument(s);

(3) the name, address, and telephone number of the principal place of business of the license holder who dispensed the hearing instrument;

(4) a statement that the hearing instrument is new, used, or reconditioned;

(5) the length of time and other terms of the guarantee and by whom the hearing instrument is guaranteed;

(6) a copy of the written forms (relating to waiver forms);

(7) a statement on or attached to the written contract for services, in no smaller than 10-point bold type, as follows: "The client has been advised that any examination or representation made by a licensed audiologist or licensed intern in audiology in connection with the fitting and selling of the hearing instrument(s) is not an examination, diagnosis or prescription by a person duly licensed and qualified as a physician or surgeon authorized to practice medicine in the State of Texas and, therefore, must not be regarded as medical opinion or advice.”;

(8) a statement on the face of the written contract for services, in no smaller than 10-point bold type, as follows: “If you have a complaint against a licensed audiologist or intern in audiology, you may contact the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, P.O. Box 12157, Austin, Texas 78711, Telephone (512) 463-6599, Toll-Free (in Texas): (800) 803-9202”;

(9) the printed name, license type, signature and license number of the licensed audiologist or licensed intern in audiology who dispensed the hearing instrument;

(10) the supervisor's name, license type, and license number, if applicable;

(11) a recommendation for a follow-up appointment within 30 days after the hearing instrument fitting;

(12) the expiration date of the 30 consecutive day trial period under subsection (b) of this section (*see below); and

(13) the dollar amount charged for the hearing instrument and the dollar amount charged for the return or restocking fee, if applicable.

Also, we are required to have a sign posted in our office advising patients of who to contact if they wish to file a complaint. This is not a new requirement; however, the name and address of the agency is new. See Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 111, §111.151

(a) A licensee shall notify each client of the name, mailing address, telephone number and website of the department for the purpose of directing complaints to the department.  

A licensee shall display this notification: 

(1) on a sign prominently displayed in the primary place of business of each licensee; and

(2) on a written document such as a written contract, a bill for service, or office information brochure provided by the licensee to a client or third party.

There is no specific wording required by the rule. The following was reviewed by TDLR personnel. They state that this meets the requirement and may be used.

Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation

Unless exempted by State law, a person who provides speech-language pathology and/or audiology services to clients must be licensed by the
Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation
(16 TAC CHAPTER 111. SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGISTS AND AUDIOLOGISTS).

A consumer who wishes to file a complaint against an individual licensed by this agency may contact:

Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation
P.O. Box 12157
Austin, Texas 78711
(512) 463-6599
(800) 803-9202 Toll-Free (in Texas):
www.tdlr.texas.gov

*(b) Guidelines for a 30 consecutive day trial period.

(1) All clients shall be informed of a 30 consecutive day trial period by written contract for services. All charges associated with such trial period shall be included in this written contract for services, which shall include the name, address, and telephone number of the department.

(2) Any client purchasing one or more hearing instruments shall be entitled to a refund of the purchase price advanced by the client for the hearing instrument(s), less the agreed-upon amount associated with the trial period, upon return of the instrument(s), in good condition, to the licensed audiologist or licensed intern in audiology within the trial period ending 30 consecutive days from the date of delivery. Should the order be canceled by the client prior to the delivery of the hearing instrument(s), the licensed audiologist or licensed intern in audiology may retain the agreed-upon charges and fees as specified in the written contract for services. The client shall receive the refund due no later than the 30th day after the date on which the client cancels the order or returns the hearing instrument(s), in good condition, to the licensed audiologist or licensed intern in audiology.

(3) Should the hearing instrument(s) have to be returned to the manufacturer for repair or remake during the trial period, the 30 consecutive day trial period begins anew. The trial period begins on the day the client reclaims the repaired/remade hearing instrument(s). The expiration date of the new 30 consecutive day trial period shall be made available to the client in writing, through an amendment to the original written contract. The amendment shall be signed by both the licensed audiologist or licensed intern in audiology and the client.

(4) On delivery of a new replacement hearing instrument(s) during the trial period, the serial number of the new instrument(s), the delivery date of the hearing instrument(s), and the date of the expiration of the 30 consecutive day trial period must be stated in writing.

(5) If the date of the expiration of the 30 consecutive day trial period falls on a holiday, weekend, or a day the business is not open, the expiration date shall be the first day the business reopens.

 

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Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists Administrative Rules

 

Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists Administrative Rules

You can download the Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists Administrative Rules document (306kb) as an Adobe PDF file suitable for printing. Acrobat Reader is necessary to view .pdf files. If you need to obtain a copy of this program it is available as a free download for Windows or Macintosh operating systems.

SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGISTS AND AUDIOLOGISTS
Administrative Rules
16 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 111
(Effective October 1, 2016)

TABLE OF CONTENTS

SUBCHAPTER A. GENERAL PROVISIONS
111.1. Authority
111.2. Definitions

SUBCHAPTER B. SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGISTS AND AUDIOLOGISTS ADVISORY BOARD
111.10. Membership
111.11. Duties
111.12. Terms; Vacancies
111.13. Officers
111.14. Meetings

SUBCHAPTER C. EXAMINATIONS
111.20. License Examination--General Requirements
111.21. License Examination--Written Examination
111.22. Waiver of Written Examination Requirement
111.23. License Examination--Jurisprudence Examination

SUBCHAPTER D. REQUIREMENTS FOR SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY LICENSE
111.30. Speech-Language Pathology License--Licensing Requirements
111.35. Speech-Language Pathology License--Application and Eligibility Requirements
111.36. Speech-Language Pathology License--Issuing License
111.37. Speech-Language Pathology License--License Terms; Renewals

SUBCHAPTER E. REQUIREMENTS FOR INTERN IN SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY LICENSE
111.40. Intern in Speech-Language Pathology License--Licensing and Internship Requirements
111.45. Intern in Speech-Language Pathology License--Application and Eligibility Requirements
111.46. Intern in Speech-Language Pathology License--Issuing License
111.47. Intern in Speech-Language Pathology License--License Terms; Renewals

SUBCHAPTER F. REQUIREMENTS FOR ASSISTANT IN SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY LICENSE
111.50. Assistant in Speech-Language Pathology License--Licensing Requirements
111.55. Assistant in Speech-Language Pathology License--Application and Eligibility Requirements
111.56. Assistant in Speech-Language Pathology License--Issuing License
111.57. Assistant in Speech-Language Pathology License--License Terms; Renewals

SUBCHAPTER G. REQUIREMENTS FOR TEMPORARY CERTIFICATE OF REGISTRATION IN SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY
111.60. Temporary Certificate of Registration in Speech-Language Pathology--Registration Requirements
111.65. Temporary Certificate of Registration in Speech-Language Pathology --Application and Eligibility Requirements
111.66. Temporary Certificate of Registration in Speech-Language Pathology--Issuing Registration

SUBCHAPTER H. REQUIREMENTS FOR AUDIOLOGY LICENSE
111.70. Audiology License--Licensing Requirements
111.75. Audiology License--Application and Eligibility Requirements
111.76. Audiology License--Issuing License
111.77. Audiology License--License Terms; Renewals

SUBCHAPTER I. REQUIREMENTS FOR INTERN IN AUDIOLOGY LICENSE
111.80. Intern in Audiology License--Licensing and Internship Requirements
111.85. Intern in Audiology License--Application and Eligibility Requirements
111.86. Intern in Audiology License--Issuing License
111.87. Intern in Audiology License--License Terms; Renewals

SUBCHAPTER J. REQUIREMENTS FOR ASSISTANT IN AUDIOLOGY LICENSE
111.90. Assistant in Audiology License--Licensing Requirements
111.95. Assistant in Audiology License--Application and Eligibility Requirements
111.96. Assistant in Audiology License--Issuing License
111.97. Audiology Assistant License--License Terms; Renewals

SUBCHAPTER K. REQUIREMENTS FOR AUDIOLOGY TEMPORARY CERTIFICATE OF REGISTRATION
111.100. Temporary Certificate of Registration in Audiology--Registration Requirements
111.105. Audiology Temporary Certificate of Registration--Application and Eligibility Requirements
111.106. Temporary Certificate of Registration in Audiology--Issuing Registration

SUBCHAPTER L. REQUIREMENTS FOR DUAL LICENSE IN SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY AND AUDIOLOGY
111.110. Dual License in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology--Licensing Requirements
111.115. Dual License in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology--Application and Eligibility Requirements
111.116. Dual License in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology--Issuing License
111.117. Dual License in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology--License Terms; Renewals

SUBCHAPTER N. CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION
111.130. Continuing Professional Education--Requirements and Hours
111.131. Continuing Professional Education--Courses and Credits
111.132. Continuing Professional Education--Records and Audits

SUBCHAPTER O. RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE COMMISSION AND THE DEPARTMENT
111.140. Rules

SUBCHAPTER P. RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE LICENSEE AND CODE OF ETHICS
111.150. Changes of Name, Address or Other Information
111.151. Consumer Information and Display of License
111.152. Advertising
111.153. Recordkeeping and Billing
111.154. Requirements, Duties, and Responsibilities of Supervisors
111.155. Standards of Ethical Practice (Code of Ethics)

SUBCHAPTER Q. FEES
111.160. Fees

SUBCHAPTER R. COMPLAINTS
111.170. Telephone Number for Complaints
111.171. Complaints Regarding Standard of Care

SUBCHAPTER S. ENFORCEMENT PROVISIONS
111.180. Administrative Penalties and Sanctions
111.181. Enforcement Authority
111.182. Refunds
111.183. Surrender of License

SUBCHAPTER T. SCREENING PROCEDURES
111.190. Communication Screening
111.191. Hearing Screening
111.192. Newborn Hearing Screening

SUBCHAPTER U. FITTING AND DISPENSING OF HEARING INSTRUMENTS
111.200. Registration of Audiologists and Interns in Audiology to Fit and Dispense Hearing Instruments
111.201. General Practice Requirements of Audiologists and Interns in Audiology Who Fit and Dispense Hearing Instruments
111.202. Requirements of Audiologists and Interns in Audiology Conducting Audiometric Testing for the Purpose of Fitting and Dispensing Hearing Instruments

SUBCHAPTER V. TELEHEALTH
111.210. Definitions Relating to Telehealth
111.211. Service Delivery Models of Speech-Language Pathologists
111.212. Requirements for the Use of Telehealth by Speech-Language Pathologists
111.213. Limitations on the Use of Telecommunications Technology by Speech-Language Pathologists
111.214. Requirements for Providing Telehealth Services in Speech-Language Pathology
111.215. Requirements for Providing Telepractice Services in Audiology

SUBCHAPTER W. JOINT RULE REGARDING THE SALE OF HEARING INSTRUMENTS
111.220. Requirements Regarding the Sale of Hearing Instruments

SUBCHAPTER X. JOINT RULES FOR FITTING AND DISPENSING OF HEARING INSTRUMENTS BY TELEPRACTICE
111.230. Purpose
111.231. Definitions
111.232. Requirements for Providing Telehealth Services for the Fitting and Dispensing of Hearing Instruments

For further information click here to go to the TDLR site.

 

Top 10 Reasons to Attend the 17th Annual TAA Conference...#10

 

TAA Conference Frisco Golf Tournament

 

Join us for our first Annual TAA Golf Scramble

Shotgun start at 8am, Thursday October 20th.

Plantation Country Club

4701 Plantation Lane

Frisco, Texas 75035

(972) 335-4653

Click here to register.

 

TAA Golf Scramble

First Annual TAA Golf Scramble

Let’s get “back to the basics” of America’s favorite pastime! Golfers will enjoy a pleasant round of golf, TAA style! The event will be a scramble format with a shotgun start at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 20, 2016.

Click here for an information and sign up sheet.

TAA Golf Scramble 2016

 

Auditory Rehabilitation to Become a Benefit for Audiologists

Auditory Rehabilitation to Become a Benefit for Audiologists for Texas Medicaid and the CSHCN Services Program

 

State of Texas Provider Types Required to Pay Application Fee List has Been Updated

Audiologists serving as hearing aid providers will not be charged a fee for enrollment in TMHP.
TMHP is also in the process of issuing refunds to those that had paid the fee in this year’s enrollment process. TMHP has posted the correction. Click here to read.

 

New Rules Adopted for Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists Program - Effective October 1, 2016

Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation


The Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation adopted new rules regarding the Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists program (16 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 111).

View the adoption justification

View the full adopted rules

The rules take effect October 1, 2016.

Questions? Post them on TDLR's Facebook pagetweet us or email customer.service@tdlr.texas.gov.

 

Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists Advisory Board Meeting May 23

Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation

The Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists Advisory Board is scheduled to meet Monday, May 23 at 1:00 p.m. in the 1st Floor Public Meeting Room (125E) of TDLR's North Campus Building, located at 1106 Clayton Lane in Austin.

When the agenda is available, it will be posted on TDLR's web site. The meeting will be broadcast on TDLR's YouTube channel and available on TDLR's web site.

Questions? Post them on TDLR's Facebook pagetweet us or email customer.service@tdlr.texas.gov.

 
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Texas Medicaid Hearing Services Policy: Request for Review and Comment

Dear Colleagues:

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC)  is soliciting input from providers on current hearing services policy.

As you may or may not be aware, an Audiology Work Group has been working with HHSC over the past 18 months and raised many issues and concerns related to policies that are affecting access for children and their families as well as diminishing the provider base.

This Work Group has agreed to take the lead in distributing the handbook to hearing providers and other stakeholders, to compile received recommendations/suggestions and to forward these to HHSC.

HHSC wants to conduct a comprehensive review of the policy but would like guidance and recommendations from providers on things to consider as they start this process.

Please use the Template Hearing Services Policy Review guide as you review the policy. This template is located in the Member Area of the TAA website, Downloads section.

Please be as clear as possible in documenting the policy issue and its impact.  Also, item 6 of the template would be a good opportunity to document current examples of adverse policy impact.

You can send your comments directly to HHSC at MCDMedicalBenefitsPolicyComment@hhsc.state.tx.us.

However, to assist with the process, we would also like to provide a compiled recommendations document to HHSC. (Click here for a template of requested information.)

I am requesting that you send a copy of your comments for inclusion in the group response to me at Angela Shoup at angela.shoup@utsouthwestern.edu and to Yolanda Cantu at Yolanda.Cantu@dshs.state.tx.us byFriday, April 1, 2016.

Feel free to e-mail any questions or suggestions about this process to myself and Yolanda Cantu.

Thank you in advance for your assistance with this important process!

Angela


-- Angela Shoup, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, OtolaryngologyDirector, Division of Communicative & Vestibular DisordersUT Southwestern Medical Center

 

TDLR Begins Issuing Licenses 10/3/2016

 

TDLR Appoints Members to the Speech Language Pathology and Audiology Advisory Board

Advisory Board Announcement

 

TDLR Appoints Members to the Hearing Instrument Fitters and Dispensers Advisory Board

 

Letter Regarding Impact of Senate Bill 202

ATTENTION: Regarding Impact of Senate Bill 202

Letter from: Kathryn C. Perkins, RN, MBA?Assistant Commissioner?Division for Regulatory Services?Texas Department of State Health Services?

I want to take a moment to share important information about Senate Bill 202, which was recently enacted by the 84th Texas Legislature.  The provisions of the bill have significant impact on the licensing program overseen by your board or committee, as well as the DSHS Professional Licensing and Certification Unit.

  • The bill de-regulates (eliminates) the following licensing programs: bottled and vended water certificate of competency, contact lens dispensers, opticians, personal emergency response systems, bedding, indoor air quality in state buildings, rendering, and tanning bed facilities, effective 9/1/15.  Licenses will no longer be required in Texas for those occupations/businesses.

 

  • The bill transfers the following licensing programs to the Texas Medical Board (TMB): respiratory care practitioners, medical radiologic technologists, medical physicists, and perfusionists.  A transition plan will be developed between the two agencies to include a date for transition.

 

  • The bill transfers the following licensing programs to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) during the next two years:  athletic trainers, dietitians, fitters and dispensers of hearing instruments, midwives, orthotists and prosthetists, speech-language pathologists and audiologists, and dyslexia therapists and practitioners.  A transition plan will be developed between the two agencies, and the plan will include the date of transfer, which must be accomplished no later than August 31, 2017.  We expect that this transfer will be completed sometime in 2016.

 

  • The bill discontinues the six boards named above on the transfer date established in the transition plan.  TDLR is required to appoint an advisory board for each of the six professions.  TDLR expects to begin accepting applications for advisory boards in August.

 

  • The bill transfers the following regulatory programs to TDLR during the Fiscal Year 2018/2019 biennium:  code enforcement officers, laser hair removal, massage therapists, mold assessors and remediators, offender education providers, and sanitarians.  A transition plan will be developed between the two agencies that will accomplish the transition no later than August 31, 2019.

 

  • The bill does not transfer the following licensing programs: Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Professional Counselors, Social Workers, Council on Sex Offender Treatment, and Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselors.

 

  • The bill provides that rules that are in effect on the date of transfer will continue in effect until amended by TDLR.

 

At the end of the legislative session, my staff and I immediately began planning for implementation of SB 202.  Initial meetings with TMB and TDLR have been held and we are planning next steps.  We have also been meeting with HR and Legal regarding potential impacts on staff.  Our goal is to provide all staff the opportunity for a job without a break in service.

We have provided TDLR staff with a list of upcoming board meetings and we expect that their representatives may be attending some or all of your meetings in the near future.

The attached chart is a useful tool in understanding the impact of the bill on each of the professional licensing programs. To read, download, or print SB 202, please visit http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/ and enter SB 202 in the search field.  To learn more about the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, please visit www.tdlr.texas.gov

We will continue to provide you with updates regarding this transition as additional information becomes available.  We are committed to assuring that our daily work in support of your programs continues.  Please know that we will work closely with TDLR to ensure a successful transition and to minimize the impact to license holders, stakeholders, and the public.

Kathryn C. Perkins, RN, MBA, Assistant Commissioner Division for Regulatory Services, Texas Department of State Health Services, Phone: 512/834-6660, Fax: 512/834-6635

Chart: SB202 Impact

 

 

JANEK ANNOUNCES DECISION TO LEAVE HHSC

NEWS RELEASE

Kyle L. Janek, M.D.
Executive Commissioner

Date: June 5, 2015
ContactLinda Edwards Gockel 512-424-6951 

 

Janek Announces Decision to Leave HHSC

Texas Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Kyle Janek, M.D., announced today he is stepping down from his position effective July 1 to make way for new leadership as the agency prepares for major reorganization.

“I’ve been honored to lead this agency for nearly three years but we’re getting ready for some big changes and the time is right for new leadership to provide continuity throughout,” Janek said. “I think it’s important we have a smooth succession as the agency takes on these new challenges.”

State lawmakers recently approved legislation calling for consolidation of certain health and human services administrative functions and programs.

Janek was appointed executive commissioner by Governor Rick Perry in September 2012 and is the second physician to serve in that capacity. During his tenure, Janek guided the agency and its programs through multiple challenges, including a transformation of the Department of Family and Protective Services, which led to improvements in the way the agency recruits and retains caseworkers. He guided HHSC through required implementation of the federal Affordable Care Act, which forced massive system changes and led to a dramatic increase in applications for state health benefits. He oversaw Texas’ health and human services response to the surge in border crossings by unaccompanied minors, and preparedness for the potential outbreak of infectious diseases. He also helped direct the state’s response to last year’s Ebola threat.

In a news release today, Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced his intention to nominate HHSC Chief Deputy Commissioner Chris Traylor as the new HHSC executive commissioner and Charles Smith, currently deputy for child support at the Texas Office of the Attorney General, as deputy executive commissioner.  

“I thank Dr. Janek for his years of dedication and service to the State of Texas,” said Abbott. “I look forward to working with Chris Traylor to make needed reforms to ensure that the millions of Texans who rely on the vital services HHSC performs are able to have the utmost trust in the agency. Chris Traylor and Charles Smith have the proven leadership experience necessary to address the challenges facing HHSC, and I am confident in their ability to confront these challenges head on.”

Traylor, who was contemplating retirement, will take over as executive commissioner July 1.

 

Petition Update: HB 2979

Posted by Kellie Berger on Change.org: Petition Update

May 15, 2015 — As feared, there was not enough time yesterday for the House to consider this bill. They were behind already and with Wednesday's leftovers and Thursday's planned list they had 290 bills to consider before midnight. 

We have been told that there was a "buzz" about it and that there was a lot of support for the bill thanks in no small part to all of you! 

A huge thank you to TAA, Karen, and their lobbyist Brad, Representative Anderson, for getting this bill moving in the first place and to Jenny, Stephanie & Michael, Chelsea, Chrystal, Jamie, Wendi and all the other parents, family and friends who helped get HB 2979 as far as we did! Last session it didn't even make it through the insurance committee step. This time we were ready for a vote! 

Now it is time to fall back, regroup and reorganize. We will come back stronger and make this happen next session! If you want to be part of this, connect with us at www.lettexashear.org Third time's a charm?

 

Latest Update on HB2979

Latest Update from Karen Ditty, Texas Academy of Audiology VP of Governmental Issues:

HB 2979 - Hearing Aid Coverage for Children Act

This bill will be discussed and voted on Thursday, May 14th on the floor of the House. We need everyone to support this bill by sending a note to his or her own representative to vote in favor. It makes a huge difference if you can physically be present, however our Lobbyist feels that it is unnecessary.

Please go to the website and write your House Representative. If you are not sure who your representative is, click here. Also, you can download an app for your android or iPhone to keep track of the bills. ??Key Points: To find out more information and sign the petition go to Change.org. If you have not yet signed the petition, please do so. We have reached almost 5000 signatures, the majority are Texans.

 

Important Update, Act Now!: HB 2979 - Hearing Aid Coverage for Children Act

Important Update from Karen Ditty, Texas Academy of Audiology VP of Governmental Issues:

HB 2979 - Hearing Aid Coverage for Children Act

MADE IT ON THE HOUSE CALENDAR!

This means HB2979 will be discussed and voted on this Thursday, May 14th on the floor of the House. This was literally scheduled in the last minutes, as no further bills will be scheduled after this.

We need anyone who can come this Thursday May 14th to support this bill and/or send a note to his or her own representative to vote in favor. It makes a huge difference if you can physically be present. Anyone who can come to the Capitol is welcome.

Please wear blue, so we can identify you when you arrive. We plan to send letters of support to the Representatives so they will receive information outside their own constituency.

If you cannot come, PLEASE, I know we are all so busy, but go to the website and write your House Representative. If you are not sure who your representative is, click here. Also, you can download an app for your android or iPhone to keep track of the bills.

Key Points: To find out more information and sign the petition go to Change.org. If you have not yet signed the petition, please do so. We have reached almost 5000 signatures, the majority are Texans.

Thank you!!

Karen M. Ditty, TAA VP of Governmental Issues

 

Texas Legislative News

Texas Legislative News:

On Wednesday, April 29, 2015, the House Insurance Committee heard public testimony regarding HB 2979 by Rep. Rodney Anderson. This Bill was promoted by the Texas Academy of Audiology and, if passed, will require insurance companies to provide a hearing aid benefit to children.
Rep. Anderson did an excellent job of explaining the need for the bill and with the organizational enthusiasm of TAA's Vice President of Governmental Affairs Karen Ditty and about 11 families and professionals who testified in favor, 33 more people signed witness affirmations in favor of the bill.
 
We received an overwhelming response from the legislators serving on the committee and we anticipate that the bill will be voted out of committee unanimously within a few days.
 
The bill will be sent to the Calendar’s committee to be scheduled on the House floor for debate hopefully within the next 2 weeks. Then we have to do it all over again in the Senate. Time is short, but the pace is faster during this final month.
 
Please contact Rep. Anderson's office to indicate your support of this Bill.
 
We need to thank Karen Ditty and Brad Shields, our TAA lobbyist, for working hard to get this Bill to this stage of the Texas Legislative process.
HP 2979 4-29-2015

 

Support HB 2979

We need your support for the bill that TAA is proposing: HB 2979 by Rodney AndersonHearing Aid coverage by private health insurance.  This bill is simple because we were asked to keep it that way for it to even get through the legislature. It does say what we want. We know that medicaid children are served, but not those that have private insurance.
Please see the document links below to send a correspondence to your legislature and ask to co-sponsor or support this bill.  The documents will better educate you on the topic.  We are concerned this bill will languish without the attention of emails and letters.

 

Action Alert: EHDI Act 2015 Update

TAA supports the AAA's legislative efforts to reauthorize Early Detection and Intervention (EHDI) programs over the next five years.

Representatives Brett Guthrie (R: KY-2nd) and Lois Capps (D: CA-22nd) have introduced H.R. 1344, the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Act of 2015.  To ensure the continued success of existing EHDI programs, this legislation makes a number of key improvements, including expanding EHDI programs to include young children, clarifying the roles of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Health

Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and improving access to appropriate follow-up and intervention when hearing loss is identified.


To learn more and take action today visit:
http://capwiz.com/audiology/issues/alert/?alertid=64205756

 

American Academy of Audiology Foundation at AudiologyNOW!

AAA Foundation  is Rustlin’ Up Fun at AudiologyNOW!

Auction 4 Audiology

Texas-sized bargains will be available at the Auction 4 Audiology in San Antonio and online!  Item preview and bidding begins on March 16.  Don’t miss the final showdown when the auction ends at 6:30pmCT on Friday, March 27.  Register to place your bids at www.biddingforgood.com/auction4audiology or stop by Academy Central.

Happy Hour

Say “howdy” to friends old and new at the annual Happy Hour benefit!  Join the festivities on March 25, 6:00-7:30pm, and share wine and snacks while watching the Texas sunset from the balcony at the Presidio Room at the Grand Hyatt.  Tickets are $85 for members and $35 for students until March 24, and can be purchased with your AudiologyNOW registration.  

Cheers for Ears

Cowpokes both young and young-at-heart will enjoy the SAA benefit celebration on March 25, 8:00-9:30pm at Pat O’Brien’s on Alamo Plaza.  Network with students from around the country, help raise funds for SAA programs and have ‘ten-gallon’ fun!  Get your tickets when you register for AudiologyNOW:  $25 for students and $40 for members when purchased by March 24

For more information about Foundation giving and events, contact Kathleen Devlin Culver at 703.226.1049 or kculver@ audiology.org.

 

2014 Election Analysis

 

Sunset Commission Meeting 8/13/2014

Update as of 12pm August 13th 2014:  Today The Sunset Commission adopted the Sunset Advisory Committee's recommendations to transfer licensing and regulation of SLP/Auds and Fitters and Dispensers to the Texas Department of Licensure and Regulation during the 2016 - 2017 budget cycle.  TAA is committed to staying involved by monitoring new developments and offering our audiology expertise to TDLR in hopes of a smooth transition.

Live Streaming:  Live Streaming of Meeting

Sunset Commission Meetings

 

TAA Files Complaint with the State Board of Examiners for SLP/A Investigations Department Against HiHealth Innovations Business Practices in Texas

On June 12th, TAA's Board of Directors, on behalf of TAA, sent a complaint to our State Board informing them of several violations of state law being committed by HiHealth within their direct-to-consumer business model.  The violations include lack of proper verification of fit of hearing aids and fitting and dispensing hearing aids in Texas without a license.  To read the full complaint, click here

 

Governor Perry Appoints Four to the State Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

Gov. Perry Appoints Four to the State Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

Thursday, May 29, 2014  •  Austin, Texas  •  Appointment
 
Gov. Rick Perry has appointed four members to the State Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. The board licenses and regulates speech-language pathologists and audiologists, including assistants and interns in speech-language pathology and audiology.
Tammy Camp of Shallowater is an associate professor of pediatrics at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC). She is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and an executive board member of the Texas Pediatric Society. She is a member of the Association of Pediatric Program Directors, the Lubbock Pediatric Society, the Academic Pediatric Association and a past member of the American Medical Association. She is also chairman of the Texas Boys Ranch Board of Directors. Camp received a bachelor's degree from Abilene Christian University and a medical degree from TTUHSC School of Medicine. She is reappointed to the board for a term to expireAug. 31, 2019.
Shannon K. McClendon of Dripping Springs is an attorney and co-owner of Demand Control, LLC. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the Association of Women in Energy and the Gulf Coast Power Association. She is a board member of the Texas Business Hall of Fame and the Texas League of Conservation Voters. She is a past board member of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), past vice chair of the ERCOT Technical Advisory Committee and a past member of the University of Houston (UH) Alumni Association Board, the Texas Appraiser Licensing and Certification Board and the Texas Board of Professional Engineers. McClendon received a bachelor's degree from UH-Clear Lake and a law degree from UH Law Center. She will serve as public member to the board for a term to expire Aug. 31, 2015.
Leila Salmons of Bellaire is a speech-language pathologist and owner of Therapy Connections P.C. She is a member of the American and Texas Speech-Language Hearing Associations, the Houston Association for Communication Disorders and a founding member of the Executive Moms Society of Houston. She is also a past member of the Bellaire and Houston Hispanic Chambers of Commerce. She received a bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University-Kingsville and a master's degree in communication disorders from the University of Houston. She is reappointed to the board for a term to expire Aug. 31, 2019.
Phillip Lee Wilson of Dallas is a clinical associate professor at the University of Texas at Dallas. He is a member of the American and Texas Academies of Audiology and the American and Texas Speech-Language-Hearing associations. Wilson received a bachelor's degree from Southern Methodist University, a master's degree in communication disorders from UT Dallas and a doctorate in audiology from the University of Florida. He is reappointed to the board for a term to expire Aug. 31, 2019.

 

Resource: EHDI-PALS

TEXAS Pediatric Audiologists: Do we know who you are?

EHDI-PALS is a web-based link to information, resources, and services for children with hearing loss. At the heart of EHDI-PALS is a national web-based directory of facilities that offer pediatric audiology services to young children who are younger than five years of age.  If you are a Texas Facility and you provide Pediatric Audiology services for infants 0-5 years of age, please sign up so that Texas Parents will know where they can go for help when they do not pass a newborn hearing screen, need diagnostic testing, need hearing aids or CI assistance. Go to

http://www.ehdi-pals.org and sign up. DSHS refers to this site when parents contact them for help. TEXAS AUDIOLOGISTS stand up and help the little Texans that need your help.

 

Get in the LOOP!

Attention Houston area audiologists: Get in the LOOP!

The Alley Theatre is preparing for major renovations with anticipated start date sometime this June. TAA member, Sara Nagel, Au.D. has met with management a few times regarding looping the Alley during renovations.

The general manager and production manager were receptive; the production manager actually attended an international looping conference at some point and was quite knowledgeable re: looping.
The major point of resistance is funding. Here's where you all come in:

1. Let your patients know about this opportunity! Encourage them to contact the Alley Theater to voice their support for this effort (see www.alleytheatre.org for contact info). If any of your patients might be willing/able to fund a portion of the cost through an earmarked donation, please have them contact snagel@centerforaud.com or Amelia Ribnick Kleiman, MBA, JD, the Director of Major Gifts at the Alley Theatre at ameliak@alleytheatre.org.

2. If any local audiologists are interested in sponsoring part of the cost in return for acknowledgement, again, please contact snagel@centerforaud.com or Amelia Ribnick Kleiman, MBA, JD, the Director of Major Gifts at the Alley Theatre at ameliak@alleytheatre.org.

3. See Linda Remensnyder's article in this month's The Hearing Journal:http://journals.lww.com/thehearingjournal/Fulltext/2014/03000/Hearing_Loops___Theater_Industry_s_Interest.8.aspx

As these Chicago area practices did, I would like to get the Mayor's office involved.

Let me know if you would like to get involved!
Sara Nagel, Au.D.

 

Direct Access Introduced

 

The Passing of Friend and Colleague, Dr. Ron Ritter

The Texas Academy Board of Directors received sad news today of the loss of TAA friend and colleague, Dr. Ron Ritter. 

Ron, one of the original Army audiologists and a long-time San Antonio private practice audiologist, passed away peacefully at home, while preparing to drive to his clinic on Tuesday morning, February 11th.   To view his obituary, click here

 

Direct Access Introduced - Take Action Today

 

 

FEBRUARY 2014

 

DIRECT ACCESS INTRODUCED – TAKE ACTION TODAY

 

Congressman Jim McDermott (D-WA) has introduced the Access to Hearing Healthcare Act (H.R. 4035). If passed, this legislation would eliminate the need for Medicare patients to obtain a physician order prior to seeing an audiologist. The sponsorship of this legislation by Congressman McDermott is particularly noteworthy given his background as an M.D. and his position as the ranking member of the U.S. House Ways & Means subcommittee on Health; a committee which has jurisdiction over this issue.

Why Direct Access?

  • Improves access to quality hearing health care for Medicare beneficiaries
  • Increases professional autonomy for audiologists
  • Is a singularly-focused platform that is favored by policymakers on Capitol Hill
  • Evidence supports significant cost-savings, an extremely important consideration for the budget-conscious federal government
  • Continuity of this legislative initiative for the past several Congresses demonstrates a mature and respected presence on Capitol Hill

What Can You Do to Advance This Legislation?

  • Visit the Academy’s Legislative Action Center and urge your representatives to support H.R. 4035, the Access to Hearing Healthcare Act.
  • Ask your state audiology organization to endorse this legislation; more information and a sample letter is available here.
  • Contribute to the American Academy of Audiology Inc., PAC. Your contributions help to ensure the success of legislation that benefits audiology and Medicare patients.

To see the extensive list of other initiatives on which the Academy has been hard at work on your behalf, visit the Government Relations News page of the Academy’s Web site. Also, sign up to receive government relations updates on Twitter at AcademyofAud_GR. Contact Melissa Sinden, Senior Director of Government Relations with any questions.

 

 

Useful Resources

The Academy’s Legislative Action Center. 
Here you can identify your representatives and send them an e-mail in support of audiology initiatives. Feel free to personalize the message to make it your own.

Consumer/patient information on the Academy’s Legislative Action Center. 
Consider asking patients and family members to weigh-in!

Prepare, arrange and facilitate a successful district visit with your Congressional representative.

Additional information and an issue brief that you can use with meeting participants.

 

 

 

Your New Texas Academy of Audiology Website

Welcome to the new Texas Academy of Audiology website!  

Launched in January 2014, this new site is a work in progress...we invite you to take a look around and let us know what you think.

To start, even if you are a current member, you will need to set up a new password and update your member profile.  

Send an email to website@texasaudiology.org if you have any questions, or need help logging in / updating your profile.