Proposed Audiology Measure Clears Hurdle A proposed new audiology measure for the Medicare Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS)—otologic evaluation for patients with acute or chronic dizziness—has cleared a hurdle on the way to becoming finalized for 2012. Under PQRS, health care providers who satisfactorily report data on specific quality measures provided to Medicare beneficiaries receive ... Bottom Line
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Proposed Audiology Measure Clears Hurdle
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  • Mark Kander, director of health care regulatory analysis, can be reached at mkander@asha.org.
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Proposed Audiology Measure Clears Hurdle
The ASHA Leader, November 2011, Vol. 16, 4. doi:10.1044/leader.BML2.16142011.4
The ASHA Leader, November 2011, Vol. 16, 4. doi:10.1044/leader.BML2.16142011.4
A proposed new audiology measure for the Medicare Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS)—otologic evaluation for patients with acute or chronic dizziness—has cleared a hurdle on the way to becoming finalized for 2012.
Under PQRS, health care providers who satisfactorily report data on specific quality measures provided to Medicare beneficiaries receive an incentive payment. PQRS has provided measures for speech-language pathology and audiology since 2010. The system includes eight speech-language pathology measures and three audiology measures.
The dizziness reporting measure is included in the proposed 2012 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (see The ASHA Leader, August 2, 2011). The dizziness measure cleared a next-to-last hurdle when it received approval at an October meeting of PQRS measure-owners. The measure is expected to be included in the final 2012 fee schedule released later this year by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
ASHA played a role in the adoption of audiology and speech-language pathology measures. ASHA is a member of the Audiology Quality Consortium, a coalition of 10 audiology organizations formed to develop PQRS audiology measures, including the proposed dizziness measure.
In addition, eight functional communication measures from ASHA’s National Outcome Measurement System (NOMS) are used as speech-language pathology measures.
Information about participating in PQRS is available at ASHA’s PQRS webpage or by contacting pfarrell@asha.org (audiologists); information for speech-language pathologists is available at ASHA’s NOMS webpage.
Dec. 31 is Deadline to Reinstate Master’s CCC-A

Audiologists who hold a master’s degree and whose certification has lapsed have until Dec. 31 to reinstate their ASHA certificates of clinical competency in audiology (CCC-A). They will not be eligible to do so after that date.

According to the Council for Clinical Certification in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology, new certification standards effective Jan. 1, 2012, will require audiologists who want to reinstate lapsed certification to hold a doctorate.

For details on the reinstatement process, contact the ASHA Action Center, 800-498-2071

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