Audiology in Brief Effective Jan. 1, all new Medicare beneficiaries are entitled to a preventive physical examination within six months of enrollment in Medicare Part B. The exam requires a review of hearing loss. The provider performing the exam is not required to use pure tone audiometric screening, but may ask appropriate ... News in Brief
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News in Brief   |   February 01, 2005
Audiology in Brief
The ASHA Leader, February 2005, Vol. 10, 5. doi:10.1044/leader.NIB2.10022005.5
The ASHA Leader, February 2005, Vol. 10, 5. doi:10.1044/leader.NIB2.10022005.5
Medicare Hearing Questionnaire
Effective Jan. 1, all new Medicare beneficiaries are entitled to a preventive physical examination within six months of enrollment in Medicare Part B. The exam requires a review of hearing loss. The provider performing the exam is not required to use pure tone audiometric screening, but may ask appropriate questions or use a screening questionnaire “recognized by national medical professional organizations.” Examples of questionnaires are the Hearing Handicap Inventory for the Elderly-Screening Version and the Five Minute Hearing Test. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) expect physicians and others to refer to other professionals if abnormalities are identified. This new requirement provides an opportunity for audiologists to serve as a resource to physicians, citing the CMS statement that abnormal screenings may warrant follow-up services. Visit www.cms.hhs.gov/MLNMattersArticles/downloads/MM3638.pdf. For more information contact Mark Kander at mkander@asha.org.
Change in Eligibility for CIs
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a draft coverage determination to broaden the eligibility requirements for coverage of cochlear implants. The proposed change would cover cochlear implants for Medicare beneficiaries with scores of 40% or less in the ear to be implanted on tape-recorded tests of open-set sentence recognition. The policy would also cover cochlear implants for scores of 40%ÿ60% if the beneficiary is participating in a Medicare-approved clinical trial. The draft decision memo is at www.cms.hhs.gov/mcd/viewdraftdecisionmemo.asp?id=134.
CMS is requesting public comments by Feb. 6. Submit comments to: www.cms.hhs.gov/mcd/viewnca.asp?where=indexncacomment&nca_id=134&basket=nca:00107N:134:Cochlear+Implantation:Pending:New. ASHA will be submitting comments on the draft proposal. For more information, contact Ingrida Lusis at ilusis@asha.org.
Tone Deafness Study
The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) is recruiting patients for a study on tone deafness. The primary goal is to identify regions of the genome which show genetic linkage to deficits in pitch recognition. Pitch recognition in subjects is being tested to identify individuals and families with poor pitch recognition, known as tune deafness. Family phenotypic data will be used for additional epidemiological studies. Members of families with multiple tune-deaf individuals will have blood drawn to obtain DNA. These samples will be genotyped and the information analyzed to determine which markers show linkage to tune deafness. Genetic linkage is the initial step in the process of positional cloning, and cloning the defective genes which underlie tune deafness is a long term goal of this research. For more information, visit www.nidcd.nih.gov/research/.
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