But Wait…There’s More! (Part 1)

“Peeling the Onion” is a monthly column by Harvey Abrams, PhD.   As widely reported, President Donald Trump signed the FDA Reauthorization Act into law on August 18th. As part of this law, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is directed to create and regulate a new category of hearing aids that can be sold…

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Shooting from the HIPAA: Confessions of a Provider Trying to Provide

Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to achieve. (With apologies to Sir Walter Scott) Speaking as a dispensing audiologist (“provider”) who writes on economic issues related to hearing care (“blogger”), let the record show that the confusing landscape of rules and regulations (R&Rs) these days has brought on writer’s block…

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PQRS Measures: Why Bother?

Downstream Consequences of Aging is a bi-monthly series written by guest columnist Barbara Weinstein, PhD.   The Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) is a program through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) designed to improve the quality of care to Medicare Part B beneficiaries by tracking practice patterns of health care practitioners.  …

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So You Want to be a Doctor

“Peeling the Onion” is a monthly column by Harvey Abrams, PhD. We like to think of Audiology as a doctoring profession. Those who practice the profession have the requisite training, license and letters after their names.   Amending a Barrier to Our Doctoring Vision   While we (and our patients) may view ourselves as doctors,…

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Hearing Health Enters the Big Data Arena: Ownership Considerations

Privacy and Security guidelines for ear-level testing and ear-level devices were discussed in a previous post which focused on who has authority over data and devices.  Authority is not the same as ownership, which is the subject of today’s post. Willingness to endorse and participate in these Big Data-driven environments will vary among stakeholder groups (manufacturers,…

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