In the age of social distancing protocols related to the COVID-19 pandemic, many hearing care practitioners are transitioning to telehealth or teleaudiology solutions for remote patient appointments, fittings, and adjustments.
As part of the expansion, Medicare will pay physicians, nurse practitioners, clinical psychologists, and licensed clinical social workers to offer telehealth services in any healthcare facility including doctor's offices, nursing homes, hospitals, or their homes, according to the article.
CareCredit is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a Sweepstakes for cardholders. The CareCredit credit card is a flexible payment option available at more than 200,000 locations across the United States, including hearing health, veterinary, cosmetic, dental and vision practices. With nearly $70 billion of care financed since 1987, CareCredit has helped millions of people in the past 30 years.
Presenting information to colleagues is rewarding and a great way to give back to the profession, but it isn’t always easy or without its pitfalls. Dr Jerger, who has presented hundreds of audiology sessions and sat in on multiples more, provides some basic tips for making a better talk.
Adding value to the patient experience requires change. The use of innovative products and technologies in a hearing healthcare practice is essential for survival—and it is expected by patients. Why send patients to the internet or electronic stores for products that can be offered in the practice and increase the patient experience? Why not use technology to improve practice procedures and efficiency?
Current information suggests that older people and people with severe chronic health conditions are at higher risk of developing more serious illness from COVID-19. This may place hearing healthcare practices and their staff members in a uniquely vulnerable place. Here are some resources for informing staff members on how to protect themselves, their families, and patients.