A discussion of fee for service, also known as unbundling, in an audiology practice, written in an engaging Q & A format.
Course created on March 11, 2019
- After this course learners will be able to define 'fee for service' and explain how it differs from the traditional pricing model used historically in most audiology practices.
- After this course learners will be able to explain how a fee for service model may help audiology practices respond to market forces and consumers' needs.
- After this course learners will be able to describe considerations for moving to a fee for service model as well as a general process for doing so.
John A. Coverstone
President and CEO of Sentient Healthcare
John A. Coverstone, AuD, received B.S. degrees in Speech Communication and in Speech & Hearing Science from Portland State University, an M.S. degree from Portland State University, and an AuD degree from PCO School of Audiology. Dr. Coverstone has previously worked in hearing instrument and medical equipment manufacturing and is currently the President and CEO of Sentient Healthcare, an audiology consulting and educational services company. He is the clinical audiologist at Audiology Ear Care in New Brighton, MN, where he developed a unique fee-for-service model that has served as the basis for many of his lectures on the subject. Dr. Coverstone is the co-host of AudiologyTalk, a monthly podcast for audiologists and Conversations in Tinnitus, the podcast of the American Tinnitus Association. Dr. Coverstone is the research writer for Tinnitus Today, and is a former columnist and occasional contributor to various industry and professional publications. He has lectured at numerous conferences, private meetings, and universities including numerous lectures on the topic of unbundling and developing fee schedules. Dr. Coverstone is a former Chair of the American Board of Audiology (ABA), former President of the Minnesota Academy of Audiology (MAA), and has previously served on the Board of Directors for the Sight & Hearing (S & H) Association, St. Paul, MN. He has also chaired and served on a number of committees for the American Academy of Audiology, ABA, MAA, and S&H.
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