The Georgia Academy of Audiology is a professional organization of audiologists and friends of the audiology community that promotes quality hearing and balance care by advancing the profession of audiology through leadership, advocacy, education, public awareness, and support of research.*
Alice Cellino, Au.D., 2015-16 GAA President
Dear GAA Member,
As we begin the thaw from winter to spring, I’m reminded of how healthy “change” can be. And how it surrounds us. In the past 12 months, we’ve experienced significant changes in disease classification (ICD-10), changes in Medicare reporting (PQRS), changes in CPT coding (92537, etc) and proposed changes to federal legislature (HR 2519 The Audiology Patient Choice Act). Technologically, things are changing exponentially, and now many disciplines are interested in hearing aid amplification, including mega-producer Samsung, who is expected to product a direct-to-consumer hearing aid within the next 12 months. Just this week, I’ve had 3 patients come in with hearing aids purchased online (two on Ebay!). And none of these changes have been easy, particularly if you are like and are trying to juggle your job and family. But as I sit here reflecting, I am grateful that I have been able to connect with other audiologists across the state to discuss these changes. I am grateful to be on this journey with colleagues whom I trust and enjoy being with. Thank you all for your comradery and support of your profession and each other. I believe the changes around us will strengthen us professionally, if we band together and face them.
If you attended convention, you heard my plea for PAC (political action committee) funds. I will say it again. We desperately need your PAC funds to buoy our stability with our Georgia Legislators and protect the laws which provide us the privilege of practicing audiology. Yearly, we give about $8,000 to PAC. The Georgia Optometrics Association gives nearly four times that amount! We simply do not have the funds available to put up much of a fight, whenever that next fight arises, and we will pay for that professionally. All around us, other professions are noticing that audiology is a growing field, and we will be fighting to protect our practicing rights forever more. At the risk of sounding presumptuous, I’d like to challenge each of you to give $100 to the “GA-AUD PAC”. If all 90 GAA members gave $100 each year, and with continued support of our annual convention and smaller CEU events, we could double our PAC contribution next year. Remember, all GAA proceeds go directly towards YOUR professional benefit and protection. Please invest in yourself and your friends.
Thank you all who supported the 2016 GAA Convention at the Georgia Tech Learning Center. The event was quite a success, with audiologists crossing state lines to attend. Congratulations to the “Beer and LiqEAR Store” trivia bowl team for winning in a tie-breaking match on Thursday night! It turns out they are masters at knowing random bits of audiologic knowledge.
**Dr. Rita Chaiken President of Academy Doctors of Audiology, presented an update on lobbying efforts and progress on supporting HR 2519 . Please review her presentation and communicate with your representatives to support and pass this very critical audiology bill!!! ADA 2016 Presentation