The provision of and billing for services provided by audiologists, including diagnostic testing, hearing aids and the future Over The Counter devices, is often misunderstood and evokes fear. In this webinar, we will discuss how to itemize hearing aid services, offer niche service markets and considerations with including OTCs in your practice. .
Our speaker, Debbie Abel, AuD, is an audiologist employed by Audigy Medical as the manager of coding and contract services, as well as the author and editor of The Essential Guide to Coding in Otolaryngology: Coding, Billing, and Practice Management*.
Topics for discussion:
• Identify beneficial codes when itemizing hearing aids and associated services.
• Identify strategies to accommodate third party payer administrators
• Identify management and reimbursement options for the inclusion of Over The Counter hearing aids in your office
Debbie Abel, AuD
Our speaker, Debbie Abel, AuD, is an audiologist employed by Audigy/Audigy Medical as the manager of coding and contract services. Debbie received her Bachelor and Master's degrees from Kent State University and her AuD from the Arizona School of Health Sciences. Employed by the Alliance Eye and Ear Clinic for 14 years, she transitioned that practice into a private one where she was for 13 years. Dr. Abel was the American Academy of Audiology's Senior Specialist, Practice Management and served as an Academy Board member-at-large, as the chair of the Academy's Coding and Reimbursement Committee and as a member of the Academy's Ethical Practice Board. Currently, she is a trustee on the board of the American Academy of Audiology Foundation. Dr. Abel has authored several chapters in Plural Publishing texts including the first, second and third editions of Strategic Practice Management: A Patient Centered Approach/Business and Procedural Considerations and The Essential Guide to Coding in Otolaryngology: Coding, Billing, and Practice Management and is the editor of The Essential Guide to Coding in Audiology: Coding, Billing and Practice Management.
*The Essential Guide to Coding in Audiology: Coding, Billing, and Practice Management, written by audiologists for audiologists, addresses coding, reimbursement, contracting with third party payers, and the federal and state regulations that govern the practice of audiology. This pragmatic guide for all practicing audiologists in the United States fills the gap in training students in coding with a readable yet searchable book, yet offers everyday information for the seasoned audiologist as well as one considering the launching of a private practice. Included are sections on audiology coding basics and advanced issues, federal regulations, and ICD-10-CM.
*This program has the prior approval of AAPC for 1.0 continuing education hours. Granting of prior approval in no way constitutes endorsement by AAPC of the program content or the program sponsor.