Hearing Aid Health Plan Benefits–A Warning Audiologists must carefully review a contract before enrolling with a preferred provider organization (PPO) or a health maintenance organization (HMO). Although health plans have covered hearing evaluations for many years, in response to demand, more MCOs are adding hearing aids as a benefit. Audiologists should be familiar with the various ... Article
Article  |   June 01, 2010
Hearing Aid Health Plan Benefits–A Warning
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Steven C. White
    Health Care Economics and Advocacy
  • Janet McCarty
    American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Rockville, MD
    Private Health wPlans Advisor
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Article   |   June 01, 2010
Hearing Aid Health Plan Benefits–A Warning
Perspectives on Audiology, June 2010, Vol. 6, 33-34. doi:10.1044/poa6.1.33
Perspectives on Audiology, June 2010, Vol. 6, 33-34. doi:10.1044/poa6.1.33

Audiologists must carefully review a contract before enrolling with a preferred provider organization (PPO) or a health maintenance organization (HMO). Although health plans have covered hearing evaluations for many years, in response to demand, more MCOs are adding hearing aids as a benefit. Audiologists should be familiar with the various approaches to deriving reimbursement from managed care organizations (MCOs) and their obligation as network providers, or they may end up losing money if the reimbursement rate is lower than the cost of the dispensed product(s) and services that are provided.

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