Board of Audiologists, Hearing Aid Dispensers & Speech-Language Pathologists

Announcements

  • PQRS for Audiologists

 The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is a unit of the United States’ Department of Health & Human Services.  Physicians Quality Reporting System (PQRS) promotes reporting of quality information for covered services that are provided to original Medicare Part B Fee-for-service beneficiaries.  CMS issues eligible measures reporting information and screening protocols for PQRS annually. Audiologists have been required to report to the CMS since its inception in 2009.

 
Licensed audiologists in Maryland have raised concerns on whether or not recently amended CMS-determined screening protocols are within the scope of practice for audiologists in Maryland.
 
The Board of Examiners for Audiologists, Hearing Aid Dispensers and Speech-Language Pathologists (“the Board”) has determined that a licensed audiologist may perform the screening protocols as required by PQRS as health care screenings are not a scope of practice matter since screenings do not require diagnosis, only referral to an appropriate healthcare provider.
 
As a best practice, the Board encourages licensed audiologists to seek additional training in the area of the eligible measures to ensure ongoing compliance with CMS screening protocols.
 
For more information regarding PQRS please visit the CMS webpage for guidance:
 
 
Board responses to concerns and inquiries are intended for guidance purposes only.  As these positions do not necessarily reflect a discussion of all material considerations required to reach the conclusions stated, they are not intended to be rules, regulations or official statements of the Board. Accordingly, due to their highly informal nature, these responses are not considered binding upon the Board and should not be relied on as definitive.

 

  • Renewal for Licenses Expiring May 31, 2017

    Renewal notices will be mailed in late March 2017 to individuals with a license expiring on May 31, 2017.  The Board will issue e-mail reminders issued after the online renewal system is open.

    Continuing education audit notices for SLPs will be issued in late October 2016.

    Continuing education audit notices for AUDs will be issued in late March 2017.

    Do not send continuing education documentation to the Board unless instructed to do so as part of an audit.



  • Suspicion of Child Abuse/Neglect - Health Care Providers Are Mandated Reporters
    The Maryland Family Law Article requires health care professionals to report suspicion of child abuse and child neglect. To report abuse:
    In Baltimore City call the police at 911 or Child Protective Services at 410-361-2235;
    In Baltimore County call Child Protective Services at 410-853-3000;
    In all other counties call 800-332-6347.


  • ASHA Certification Not Required For Medicare Billing
    The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has det​ermined that a licensed speech-language pathologist does not need to be certified by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association to be eligible to bill for Medicare. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services is review all federal regulations to ensure that no confusion exists regarding this topic. This Board has nor jurisdiction in billing matters unless fraud has been committed. Accordingly, any questions and need for clarification regarding Medicare billing and ASHA certification should be directed to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and ASHA.


  • MDResponds
    MDResponds is a a web-based system where licensed health care professionals in Maryland can volunteer to assist in the aftermath of a disaster, emergency, public health crisis or with other public health needs. MDResponds is administered by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Office of Preparedness and Response.
    More information about MDResponds.


  • FDA Consumer Warning - Simply Thick
    The FDA has issued a warning to consumers regarding the use of Simply Thick - this information is also of interest to speech-language pathologists that may have patients that use Simply Thick. Read the FDA's warning to consumers.