Audiologist Fee Schedule
The 2002 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for Audiologists is now available on ASHAs Web site, http://professional.asha.org/resources/reimbursement/aud_2002mfs.cfm. The schedule provides a listing of all procedures used by audiologists, the national average payment amounts, and describes three methods for accessing payment figure based on the geographic location. The guide also includes a summary of the major changes in reimbursement levels for 2002, new rules on Medicare billing through physician offices, as well as changes affecting rehabilitation agencies and cost reports. To obtain a copy, visit ASHAs Web site. Audiologists may also contact Mark Kander, ASHAs Director of Health Care Financing Analysis, by email at [email protected]; 800-274-2376, ext 4139.
Hearing Aid Telephone Interconnect Systems (HATIS), Walnut Creek, Calif, introduces its newly designed Web site, www.HATIS.com.
Kids Online Program
A new program called HiP Chat Pals, funded by an $80,000 grant from Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation (MEAF) to HiP Publishing Group, a California non-profit educational group, helps deaf and hard-of-hearing students explore the world of cyberspace. Aimed at students in sixth through ninth grades, HiP Chat Pals uses chat rooms that have been created to appeal to students from as far away as three time zones, who are encouraged to connect. Special lessons also teach students how life and language are different in various regions of the country. For more information, call (510)-523-7874.
GN ReSound has launched a hearing healthcare locator on its Web site, www.gnresound. This allows consumers to read about products, and then immediately find the GN ReSound distributor in their area. When the desired office is located, the consumer clicks the Map Quest link for a detailed map and directions. For additional information or details on how to be included on the site, call (800)248-4327.
Conferences & Conventions
Summer Adventure 2002
The CLARKE School for the Deaf, Northampton, Mass, announces its Summer Adventure 2002, an auditory/oral program for hearing-impaired children ages 9-12. The 2-week program, which takes place July 14-26, will combine academics, recreation, arts and crafts, field trips, computer literacy, and summer activities that foster leadership and independence while enhancing spoken language skills. For more information, call (413) 584-3450.
The 10th Annual Mid-America Conference on Hearing will take place May 16-19 in Louisville, Ky. The event is hosted by the states of Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana, and includes seminars by Leonard Naeger, Richard Nodar, and Becky Morris. For more information, contact Pat Cook at (859) 236-3865; email: [email protected].
The National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA) and National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health present the Best Practices Workshop: Combined Effects of Chemicals and Noise on Hearing, April 11-12, 2002, in Cincinnati. For registration information, go to www.hearingconservation.org/bestpractices.html, or call NHCA at (303)224-9022.
NYS Speech-Language-Hearing Association
The New York State Speech-Language-Hearing Assoc., Inc, presents its 2002 Convention on April 25-25 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Rochester, NY. Covered topics will include adult disorders, speech & language assessment, counseling issues, digital hearing aids, school concerns, professional issues, auditory neuropathies, and more. Registrants may earn up to 1.5 CEUs through participation in this program. For additional information visit www.healthcaresource.com/nysslha, email [email protected], or call (518) 786-0947.
AVI European Conference
Auditory-Verbal International (AVI) presents its European Conference on May 29 in Lake Como, Milan, Italy. The conference precedes the Second International Conference on Newborn Hearing Screening, Diagnosis and Intervention at the same site. For information, visit www.biomed.polimi.it/nhs2002/registration.htm.
The Colorado Neurological Institute (CNI) Center for Hearing, Denver, is launching two new cochlear implant assistance programs, the Cochlear Implant Assistance Fund and The Angel Network. The first program will offer support to cochlear implant candidates who lack financial resources, and the second program will match a donor with a child in need of financial assistance to help defray the costs of post implantation rehabilitation services. For more information, visit the Web site at www.thecni.org or call (303) 788-4010.
The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Washington, DC, is seeking a deputy executive director of development. This person will direct the fund raising efforts of the association, as well as work with volunteers and staff to obtain financial resources from all sources to advance the programs and services offered by AG Bell. The director will also be expected to establish and maintain the relationships and records to support the fund raising effort. To send a resume, or for more information, contact Carol Fraser Fisk at (202) 337-5220, ext 108.
Magnatone, Casselberry, Fla, has begun offering continuing education courses at select CompUSA training centers across the country. The courses are conducted by Erwin Bud Towne, NBC-HIS, and students may earn 10 CEC hours. Towne has been dispensing hearing instruments for the past 16 years, and is also a hearing instrument wearer. The cost of the classes is $49 per person, with limited space available. For more information, call (800) 327-5159.
Vestibular System Book
CRC Press, Boca Raton, Fla, announces the publication of Neurochemistry of the Vestibular System, written by Alvin J. Beitz, PhD, and John H. Anderson, MD. The book covers the proliferation of new information stemming from the technical advances in the areas of molecular biology and neurochemistry. To order a copy, call (800) 272-7737.