Dear Ravi Samy,
Thank you for your membership with the American Cochlear Implant Alliance! As a member, you are joining with clinicians, scientists, educators and others on cochlear implant teams as well as parent and consumer advocates who share commitment to eliminating the barriers to cochlear implantation. Your membership dues support our continuing efforts by sponsoring research, driving heightened awareness and advocating for improved access to cochlear implants for patients of all ages across the US.During the past year, memberships like yours have enabled us to accomplish so much:
- Launched CMS-approved multi-center study to evaluate expansion of CMS candidacy criteria to include adults with great pre-operative speech recognition skills than is currently allowed under Medicare.
- Initiated systematic assessment of cost utility of cochlear implantation, an analysis of 60 studies completed since 1995 with publication expected in 2015.
- Collaborated with Vanderbilt University Medical Center on the 14th Symposium on Cochlear Implants in Children December 11-13, 2014 with over 1100 attendees from around the world.
- Developed, published and widely distributed CI 2013 Abstract Proceedings in print and electronic formats.
- Organized and supported ACI Alliance State Champions in 35 states to address a range of access issues including coverage of cochlear implantation under Affordable Care Act Marketplace plans and barriers to access under Medicaid. Identified therapy caps as a problem areas in many such plans with efforts planned for addressing such caps.
- Submitted comments to CMS and US Office of Personnel Management asking for clarification of the cochlear implant benefit under the ACA Marketplace plans to address arbitrary limits on services (i.e., allowing only one CI per year or limiting the number of mapping or therapy sessions allowed in a given timeframe).
- Undertook aggressive campaign to retain Medicare coverage of Auditory Osseointegrated Implants. Worked organizationally and with other groups to submit comments and provide guidance to our members to facilitate individual input. Met with CMS officials and collaborated to encourage submission of a letter signed by 20 Members of the Congressional Hearing Health Caucus. CMS announced in late 2014 it would retain coverage.
- Launched new website and expanded Twitter with enhanced content for the general public and general healthcare professionals and greater member participation.
|Craig A. Buchman, M.D.|
Chair, Board of Directors
|William H. Shapiro, AuD|
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