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Coding and Reimbursement Series: Itemization-Optimizing Opportunities (.1 CEUs)

Recorded On: 04/14/2015

Coding and Reimbursement Series: Itemization-Optimizing Opportunities

Recorded April 14, 2015

Duration: 60 Minutes

Presenter: Debra Abel, AuD and Stephanie Sjoblad, AuD

CEUs: .1 CEUs

Who Should Attend: Audiologists who provide clinical services

Instructional Level: Intermediate

Program Focus: Knowledge

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

  1. Identify methods of providing reimbursable services for patients who have purchased device elsewhere
  2. Identify methods of optimizing reimbursable services for existing patients
  3. Identify the process in effectively itemizing for audiology services and devices

Description: The hearing aid delivery landscape has dramatically changed in the last few years with a commercial payer, the internet, and big box stores dispensing hearing aids directly to patients. This eAudiology session will describe how to optimize the services you provide to current and new patients.

Debra Abel, AuD received her BS in Education (1975), MA in Audiology (1977) from Kent State University and her AuD from the Arizona School of Health Sciences (2002).

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.

Previous to serving as a Board member-at-large of the Academy, Dr. Abel served as the chair of the Academy's Coding and Practice Management Committee (now known as the Coding and Reimbursement Committee) and is now the Senior Specialist, Practice Management, for the Academy and is also associated with a private practice within Arch Health Partners in Poway, CA, where she provides audiologic services on a limited schedule.

Dr. Abel is an adjunct assistant professor at A. T. Still University’s School of Audiology and taught a coding/reimbursement/compliance course for over 5 year at Salus University. She is a past member of the Ethical Practices Board, past President of the Ohio Academy of Audiology, past Chair and Vice Chair of the Ohio Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, and served as a member and executive committee member of the Alliance Community Hospital Board of Directors. She is the Alliance Area's 1994 Athena Award recipient and in 2006, was awarded the first "Active Advocate of the Year" by the State Leaders' Network of the American Academy of Audiology and received the President’s Award in 2012.

Stephanie Sjoblad, AuD is an Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in the Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences. She has served as Clinical Coordinator for over thirteen years and is the Clinic Director for the UNC Hearing and Communication Center. Dr. Sjoblad also teaches graduate courses and supervises students in the clinic. A consumer of hearing instrument technology from childhood, she offers a unique perspective to patients and students alike. She is Past-President for the American Academy of Audiology – North Carolina, a division of the North Carolina Speech and Hearing Association and has recently completed a three year term on the Coding and Reimbursement Committee for American Academy of Audiology.


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