Third Party Reimbursement for Aural Rehabilitation Inherent in the practice of aural rehabilitation are many areas of knowledge and skills that are fundamental to both audiology and speech-language pathology. Accordingly, both professions have traditionally provided rehabilitative services for adults and children with hearing loss. Although scope of practice issues are well delineated, reimbursement for aural ... Article
Article  |   October 01, 2001
Third Party Reimbursement for Aural Rehabilitation
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  • Steven C. White
    Health Care Economics and Advocacy
  • Maureen Thompson
    Private Health Plans Advocacy
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Article   |   October 01, 2001
Third Party Reimbursement for Aural Rehabilitation
SIG 7 Perspectives on Aural Rehabilitation and Its Instrumentation, October 2001, Vol. 9, 2-4. doi:10.1044/arii9.1.2
SIG 7 Perspectives on Aural Rehabilitation and Its Instrumentation, October 2001, Vol. 9, 2-4. doi:10.1044/arii9.1.2
Inherent in the practice of aural rehabilitation are many areas of knowledge and skills that are fundamental to both audiology and speech-language pathology. Accordingly, both professions have traditionally provided rehabilitative services for adults and children with hearing loss. Although scope of practice issues are well delineated, reimbursement for aural rehabilitation services, as for all health services, is much more confusing.
One reason for the complexity is the plethora of third party payers—Medicare, Medicaid, and private health plans—and the specific coverage criteria and reimbursement policies of each. Medicare is administered at the federal level by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Medicaid is administered jointly by the federal and state governments, which results in coverage of speech-language pathology and audiology services that varies significantly from state to state. Private health plans are typically offered by commercial insurance companies (e.g., Aetna and Prudential) and by nonprofit health service corporations (e.g., Blue Cross and Blue Shield) and can be classified according to fee-for-service and managed care.
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