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How to Manage in Managed Care, Part 2

While provider participation in managed care remains optional, managed care is now an integral part of US healthcare, and hearing care as a supplemental benefit continues to grow in private and public health plans. Part 1 (published in September) of this 3-part series was a primer on health insurance and managed care. In Part 2, we investigate the recent growth of managed care and the expansion of supplemental benefits such as dental, vision, and hearing care and common perceptions and criticisms of managed care among hearing healthcare providers.

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HIA Reasserts Position on Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids

The Hearing Industries Association (HIA)—the national trade association for manufacturers of hearing aids—believes that if the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) creates an Over-the-Counter (OTC) hearing aid category as required by legislation now under consideration in Congress (S.670/H.R.1652), such medical devices should meet the same FDA standards as existing hearing aids and should be offered only to people with mild hearing loss, HIA announced.

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