ADA Retains a Leading Government Affairs Firm to Accomplish 18x18 Initiative

Lexington, KY - The Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA) is pleased to announce that it has engaged Prime Policy Group, one of Washington’s premier government relations firms, to assist in the achievement of audiology’s 18x18 Initiative to amend Title XVIII (18) by 2018 to:
  • Allow audiologists the autonomy to make clinical recommendations and practice the full scope of audiology and vestibular care as allowed by their state license and as dictated by their educational requirements and competencies.
  • Eliminate the need for the physician order required for a Medicare beneficiary to receive coverage of medically necessary, covered audiology and vestibular services
  • Allow for Medicare coverage of medically necessary, covered treatment services such as vestibular rehabilitation, cerumen removal, and aural rehabilitation provided by an audiologist practicing within their state defined scope of practice.
Please take the following links for more information about the 18x18 Initiative:
“The ADA Board of Directors vetted several firms before selecting Prime Policy Group,” said ADA President Nancy Green, Au.D. “We are so pleased to have found a firm that not only has the right experience and expertise, but also the roll-up-your-sleeves work ethic and passion that will ensure the successful achievement of 18x18 objectives.”

Rich Meade, Chair of Prime Policy Group’s Health Care Practice will serve as ADA’s lead strategist and lobbyist. Prior to joining Prime Policy Group seven years ago, Meade served for 14 years in the House as staff director for the House Budget Committee and Chief of Staff to Congressman Jim Nussle (R-IA).  Mr. Meade served as the Budget Committee’s principal liaison to the House Leadership, the administration and all committees of the House of Representatives, and also served as Nussle’s lead policy advisor for his work as a member of the Ways and Means Committee. Meade’s time on Capitol Hill placed him at the center of major legislative accomplishments in the 107th and 108th Congresses including the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act.

“Prime Policy Group is pleased to have this opportunity to work with the ADA to help achieve the 18x18 Initiative,” said Rich Meade.  “Our firm’s health care team which includes veteran lobbyists Cary Gibson and Vickie Walling are excited to begin work for this dynamic organization.”  Full biographies for Rich Meade, Cary Gibson, and Vickie Walling can be found here on Prime Policy Group’s website.
About Prime Policy Group
Prime Policy Group  is one of Washington’s leading government relations and public affairs firms. Prime Policy Group provides clients with strategic thinking and program execution across a full range of government relations and advocacy services. Collectively, the company offers decades of experience in public affairs, government relations and political analysis with a reputation for excellence in client service.

About ADA:
The Academy of Doctors of Audiology is dedicated to the advancement of practitioner excellence, high ethical standards, professional autonomy and sound business practices in the provision of quality audiologic care. ADA provides programming, services and resources to audiologists and students who are, or who desire to be autonomous practitioners.

Contact: Stephanie Czuhajewski, CAE
(866) 493-5544