If you are an Audiologist or licensed Hearing Instrument Specialist, we invite you to join the team of quality hearing care professionals in the HearUSA Hearing Care Network and put the resources and advantages of HearUSA, a recognized leader in quality hearing care, to work for you.
AARP and HearUSA
HearUSA Hearing Care Network providers will soon benefit from the AARP/HearUSA Hearing Care Program. AARP Services and HearUSA are working collaboratively to develop and implement a far- reaching hearing care program that offers real value to AARP members. Both organizations are committed to dramatically expanding awareness of hearing loss in America and offer easy and affordable access to professional hearing solutions.
AARP is the premier nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that helps people 50 and over improve the quality of their lives. With 40 million members, it is the largest membership organization of its kind.
The pilot program is scheduled to launch in the coming months and represents a unique opportunity for HearUSA Hearing Care Network providers. More information is coming soon.
Benefits of Membership
HearUSA provides its network providers nationwide access, quality assurance, cost control and claims management. HearUSA Hearing Care Network members receive:
- Regional & National Contracting - Referrals for hearing tests and hearing aids through various benefit programs.
- Claims Support - Claims reimbursement from employers, insurance companies and HMOs.
- Directed Patient Referrals - Marketing of your practice through discount subscriber organizations.
- Provider Advantage Purchasing Program - Manufacturer discounts on hearing aids, batteries, ear molds and much more.
To become a HearUSA Network Provider, call toll-free (800) 333-3389 to request an application or complete the online application request form.
A successful applicant for participation in the HearUSA Hearing Care Network, shall demonstrate satisfactory professional qualifications and a commitment to the quality standards and cost containment principles of HearUSA.
A HearUSA Hearing Care Network provider:
- May be either an Audiologist or Hearing Instrument Specialist.
- Audiologist possesses either a Master’s or Doctorate (Au.D., Ph.D., Ed.D.) in audiology from an accredited university. Scope of practice includes pediatric and adult audiology and immittance measurements, hearing aid evaluation, fitting and dispensing, hearing aid checks, diagnostic procedures including OAE, ABR, ECoG, ENG/VNG, CAPT, aural rehabilitation, and cerumen management according to state licensing regulations.
- Hearing Instrument Specialist holds state licensure. Scope of practice includes testing for the purpose of fitting hearing aids in adults, hearing aid evaluation, fitting and dispensing, hearing aid checks, and aural rehabilitation.
- In states where there is no audiology licensure requirement, Audiologist provider has achieved the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and/or Board Certification in Audiology from the American Board of Audiology.
- Satisfies all licensure/registry requirements in each state where services are rendered.
- Practices at a facility at which all necessary equipment for the evaluation of hearing and dispensing of hearing aids is available and regularly calibrated.
- Has an independent practice of audiology and/or hearing aid dispensing or practices as an employee of a physician, a hospital, a medical clinic, an audiologist-managed corporation, or another audiologist or licensed hearing instrument specialist who satisfies network criteria.
- Agrees not to participate in an exclusive arrangement to sell a single manufacturer's product line of hearing aids.
- Maintains regularly scheduled office hours at each facility at which services are provided.
- Maintains professional malpractice insurance with a minimum coverage of $1,000,000/$3,000,000 aggregate and acceptable malpractice history.
- Maintains, or is covered by, adequate general commercial and/or umbrella liability insurance.
- Has completed and signed the Provider Application and Participating Provider Agreement.
Membership is dependant on successful credentialing to NCQA (for accounts regulated by CMS) and URAC standards, which may include verification of licensure, education, sanctions listed on the National Practitioner Databank, OIG, EPS, employment history, personal references, and presence on the Medicare Opt-Out list. Providers are credentialed as defined by the nature of the contractual agreement.
Applicants whose applications demonstrate, at the sole determination of HearUSA, compliance with these basic criteria shall be eligible for consideration for membership in the HearUSA Hearing Care Network. Membership decisions shall be at the sole discretion of HearUSA and may be based on any factors or information deemed to be relevant by HearUSA.