Cochlear implants are highly underutilized by people who could benefit and one of the most common reasons that people don’t pursue the intervention is a misperception that they or their family will be paying for the device and related services out-of-pocket. This introduction to health insurance and cochlear implants will explain the typical coverage process in public and private health insurance plans as well as the likely financial responsibility of the individual or family. Presenters are the director of an innovative cochlear implant program and a national advocate for cochlear implant access. This course is presented by AudiologyOnline in partnership with ACIA.
Course created on January 29, 2020
- After this course, participants will be able to list the various types of health insurance that may be options for patients when they are being considered for a cochlear implant.
- After this course, participants will be able to describe procedures that patients can use to overcome some of the roadblocks that may be encountered with regards to coverage for a cochlear implant.
- After this course, participants will be able to describe counseling techniques for prospective cochlear implant recipients and family members regarding health insurance coverage of cochlear implants.
|5-15 Minutes||Overview of Cochlear Implant Insurance Coverage|
|15-30 Minutes||Procedures for Determining Candidates Insurance Coverage|
|40-50 Minutes||Processor Upgrades or Replacement|
|55-60 Minutes||Summary, Q & A|
Terry Zwolan, PhD
Terry Zwolan, PhD is Professor and Director of the Cochlear Implant Program, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, at the University of Michigan. She received her undergraduate degree from Purdue University and her master’s and doctoral degrees from Northwestern University. She is an adjunct professor in the Wayne State University Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. She is a founding member and currently serves as the Vice Chair of the American Cochlear Implant Alliance. She has published numerous articles and chapters related to cochlear implants.
Donna L. Sorkin, MA
Executive Director, American Cochlear Implant Alliance
Donna Sorkin is Executive Director of the American Cochlear Implant Alliance, a national organization devoted to expanding access to cochlear implantation for all who may benefit. She has had a long career in advocacy for people with hearing loss at for-profit and non-profit entities. She was previously executive director of two US organizations: Hearing Loss Association of America (an organization for adults) and Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (with a focus on children). Ms. Sorkin served for 11 years as Vice President, Consumer Affairs at Cochlear Americas where she led public policy initiatives and other activities aimed at the broad life needs of cochlear implant users including insurance coverage and reimbursement, habilitation for children and adults, and educational needs of children with cochlear implants. She has served on federal, corporate and university boards including the U.S. Access Board (as a Presidential appointee) and the National Institute on Deafness (National Institutes of Health) Advisory Board. She currently serves on the Advisory Board of Gallaudet University. She holds a Masters in Urban Planning and Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
Donna Sorkin: Financial: Donna Sorkin is employed by the American Cochlear Implant Alliance. She received an honorarium for this presentation. Non-Financial: Donna Sorkin wears a cochlear implant. She has served on federal, corporate and university boards including the U.S. Access Board, the National Institute on Deafness, NIH and Gallaudet University.
Sponsor Disclosure: This course is presented by the American Cochlear Implant Alliance in partnership with AudiologyOnline.
Content Disclosure: This learning event does not focus exclusively on any specific product or service.
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