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American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery Lauds Decision for Continued Medicare Coverage of Hearing Devices

November 4, 2014 - 11:45am

ALEXANDRIA, VA—The American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery commends the decision by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to allow continued Medicare coverage of auditory osseointegrated bone conduction implants (AOI).

“We very much welcome this news,” said David R. Nielsen, MD, Executive Vice President and CEO of the Academy. “As we explained in discussions with representatives from CMS, these auditory prosthetic devices are used only when traditional hearing aids aren’t possible or are ineffective, so eliminating coverage would have been hugely detrimental to patients who had no other options.”

On October 31, CMS announced that it would reverse a 2015 proposed rule to eliminate the longstanding coverage of such hearing devices. The decision came after weeks of discussions with physician and patient advocates.

The Academy, joined by the American Otological Society and the American Neurotology Society, advocated strongly against the proposed rule to eliminate coverage.

About the AAO-HNS
The American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery, one of the oldest medical associations in the nation, represents about 12,000 physicians and allied health professionals who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the ears, nose, throat, and related structures of the head and neck. The Academy serves its members by facilitating the advancement of the science and art of medicine related to otolaryngology and by representing the specialty in governmental and socioeconomic issues. The organization's vision: "Empowering otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeons to deliver the best patient care."

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