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AudiologyNOW! 2015: The Road to Financial Prosperity: Ethical and Legal Considerations for Audiologists (.3 CEUs; ABA Certificants: Tier 1 & Ethics)

Recorded On: 05/11/2015

The Road to Financial Prosperity: Ethical and Legal Considerations for Audiologists

Recorded March 26, 2015 at AudiologyNOW! 2015

Duration: 3 hours
(ABA Certificants: Tier 1)

Presenters: Debra J. Abel, AuD; Gloria Garner, AuD; and Michael Page, AuD

CEUs: .3

Who Should Attend: Any audiologist

Instructional Level: Intermediate
Program Focus:
Knowledge

Learner Outcomes: Upon completion, each participant in the eAudiology Web seminar will be able to:

  1. Describe the major federal regulations surrounding clinical practice
  2. Apply the American Academy of Audiology's Code of Ethics to evaluate financial scenarios facing audiologists
  3. Analyze case studies from a legal and ethical standpoint

Description: Regardless of their practice setting, audiologists need to remain fully abreast of the federal regulatory landscape as well as legal and ethical practice considerations. Using a case study approach, a variety of contemporary challenging reimbursement, billing and financial issues facing audiologists will be contemplated from a legal and ethical standpoint.


Debra J. Abel, AuD received her Bachelor and Masters degrees from Kent State University and her AuD from the Arizona School of Health Sciences. Dr. Abel spent 13 years in private practice in Alliance, OH after moving an existing practice from the Alliance Eye and Ear Clinic, where she was employed for 14 years, taking the ENT with her. Prior to being the Academy's Senior Education Specialist, Practice Management, she was the Director of Reimbursement and Practice Compliance and served as an Academy Board member-at-large and as the chair of the Academy's Coding and Reimbursement Committee. Dr. Abel is an adjunct instructor at A.T. Still and Salus Univesities.

William Eblin Jr, AuD is the Director of Audiology at Jacksonville Hearing & Balance Institute, a neurotology and audiology practice in Jacksonville, FL. His clinical interests include vestibular assessment, electrophysiologic testing, and adult aural rehabilitation. He is a previous member of the American Academy of Audiology's Ethical Practices Committee (2011-2014), and currently serves as chair-elect of this committee. He is board certified in audiology through the American Board of Audiology. Will received his bachelor's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Georgia and his Doctor of Audiology degree from Auburn University.

Garner D. Garner, AuD, leads the audiology program at the University Hospital Speech and Hearing Center in Augusta, GA and currently teaches a course on professional ethics and leadership at A.T. Still's School of Health Sciences for Au.D. students. She also taught the online ethics course for five years for Au.D. students at Salus University. She is serving a second term as Chair of the Ethical Practices Committee of the American Academy of Audiology. She serves on the Review and Editorial Boards for Audiology Online and Healthy Hearing Online. Her professional interests include cochlear implants, hearing aids, ethics, and infant hearing.

Michael Page, AuD, manager of audiology/cochlear implant program at Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City, UT, has over 30 years experience in adult/pediatric audiology, including cochlear implants/aural habilitation. His professional service includes: Utah Cochlear Implant team; president of the Utah Speech-Language-Hearing Association; chair, Advisory Board for the Division for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing; member, Primary Children's Medical Center Bioethics Committee; board chair, Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing. He has also held adjunct faculty positions at Utah State University, Brigham Young University, and University of Utah and served as chair, AAA Ethical Practices Committee. Beyond clinical care, he has held clinical and surgical support/manager positions at Advanced Bionics, LLC, and Cochlear Americas. His current role at Primary Children's Hospital encompases program growth and development, staff training, clinical and business oversight and management, as well as community outreach and collaboration.

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