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Capital Ideas for Your Practice

Cavitt, Kim AuD; Schmidbauer, Lawrence AuD

doi: 10.1097/01.HJ.0000472648.37978.b3
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Dr. Cavitt is the owner of Audiology Resources, Inc., an audiology consulting firm that provides comprehensive operational and reimbursement consulting services to hearing healthcare providers. She is the president of the Academy of Doctors of Audiology, a representative to the Audiology Quality Consortium (AQC), and is a member of the State of Illinois Speech Pathology and Audiology Licensure Board. She also serves on committees through ADA and ASHA and is an adjunct lecturer at Northwestern University. Dr. Schmidbauer is an audiologist in private practice in northwest Ohio. He is a member of ADA and AAA, board certified in audiology, and CAOHC-certified, holding the professional supervisor in audiology designation.

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We're not promising you a meeting with President Obama, but the Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA) 2015 Convention will give you a once-in-a-lifetime chance to go behind the scenes of government to make our message heard.

The conference, “Capital Ideas,” to be held Nov. 12-15 at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, offers the best audiology education inside or outside the Beltway, and will showcase the best clinical, business, and advocacy practices in audiology.

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Most importantly, the 2015 ADA annual meeting combines continuing education with the opportunity to reach out to Congress to advocate for the Audiology Patient Choice Act. Ask not what those with hearing loss can do for you, ask what you can do for them. The answer to that question starts as we lobby on our patients’ behalf.

Join us on Thursday, Nov. 12, for a gigantic grassroots effort to raise awareness about the Audiology Patient Choice Act of 2015 (H.R. 2519), which, if enacted, will allow:

  • Direct access for Medicare patients to audiologists
  • Limited licensed physician status for audiologists under Medicare
  • Audiologist reimbursement for Medicare-covered services performed within their state-defined scope of practice

While our audiologist members are on Capitol Hill advocating for audiology autonomy, ADA will host a front-office training session for audiology staff. Courses will focus on telephone skills, marketing, management tips, interpersonal interactions, and the basics of hearing aid cleaning and maintenance.

On Friday at 8:30 a.m., join Robert Cooper, PhD, for a talk about “Winning in a Changing World: What Today's Top Leaders and Teams Do Differently.” This keynote address will feature inspiring, ultra-practical insights and uncommon tools gleaned from not-yet-published research with more than 1,000 top leaders and entrepreneurs in large and small organizations around the world.

The convention's program features 25 courses and more than 22 hours of continuing education with plenty of meaningful takeaways that you can apply in your practice immediately. Featured general sessions include “The Landscape of Hearing Healthcare,” featuring HIA President Carole Rogin, consultant Harvey Abrams, PhD, and policy analyst Colin Roskey at 10 a.m. Friday, and “The Business Case for Disruptive Innovations in an Audiology Practice,” featuring key thought leaders in audiology and the hearing industry at 1:30 p.m. Friday.

Often the most useful information is obtained through informal conversations outside the classroom, which is why the ADA has planned an array of networking activities and special events in addition to formal seminars. Let down your hair and put up your feet at the ADA Lounge, located in the central hub of the exhibit hall. Free WiFi will be available as well as a variety of other resources and amenities.

Enjoy food, fun, and friends at ADA's All-American Picnic on Thursday and a fantastic offsite event on Friday in the heart of the U.S. capital. As always, your registration fee for the ADA convention includes most meals and breaks.

The ADA Student Business Plan Competition Finals will be held on Friday, Nov. 13. Top student contestants will face off in a live event and one student or team will walk away with a $5,000 cash grant.

And you asked for it, so we're bringing back Bonus Sunday Sessions. Check the program for details. The courses are complimentary, but space is limited and preregistration is required.

Join us at the 2015 ADA Convention and discover the Capital Ideas that will forever transform the way you practice. Visit http://www.audiologist.orghttp://www.audiologist.org/ to register.

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