HLAA Opposes CMS’ Proposed Rules on Bone-Anchored Hearing Devices
September 2, 2014, Hearing Loss Association of America filed comments with CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) in opposition to the proposed roll back of rules that would disallow Medicare coverage for bone-anchored hearing devices. We argued that these devices should be considered prosthetic devices under the rules, and that the coverage should include both osseointegrated devices and any innovations that are developed to help those who cannot successfully use hearing aids, such as dental-anchored conductive devices.
These proposed rules could hurt many people who would benefit from bone anchored devices, and those people who are already have these devices who may no longer be able to afford to have them repaired or upgraded. It’s not clear where people who could use these devices will turn if the CMS proposed rules are adopted.