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What's New

Call to ACTION:  Help Support HHP's Legislative Efforts!

Write the governor in support of SB 1326! On August 11, 2014 HHP-sponsored legislation, SB 1326 (Roth), was approved by the legislature and sent on to the governor for consideration. The bill clears up the existing warranty provisions for hearing aids. HHP is asking all of our members to write the governor asking for his signature on this legislation.
Click here for more information.

CIGNA Partners with HearPO

HHP managed care members began receiving letters from CIGNA regarding its decision to partner with HearPO for all digital and digitally programmable hearing aids and supplies effective 9/1/2014. HHP had recently learned that CIGNA was making this move by way of a letter received from HearPO addressed to one managed care member. We immediately began communications with CIGNA to verify the information as we were aware that none of our members had been properly notified. HHP fully appreciates that this is a deviation from our contract arrangement with CIGNA; however, the contract provision allows CIGNA to make a significant change to the agreement with a 45-day notification. We have attempted to push back the effective date since our members have only recently received notifications. We will keep you informed if there are any new developments. In the meantime, HHP has confirmed with HearPO that it is still accepting new providers.

Medi-Cal: Hearing Aids Reimbursement Rate and Policy Change

Effective for dates of service on or after April 1, 2014, the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) is revising the reimbursement policy for hearing aid codes. DHCS is changing the definition of "one-unit wholesale cost."

The existing definition is: The "unit price" or the "single" unit price as identified in the manufacturer's wholesale catalog not including rebates, discounts, taxes or any other factors.

The new definition is: The "unit price" or the "single" unit price as identified in the manufacturer's wholesale catalog less rebates, discounts, taxes or any other factors.

Also effective for dates of service on or after April 1, 2014, the markup for monaural and binaural hearing aids, click here for the full text of the Medi-Cal Bulletin notice.

SUPPORT HHP - Donate to the PAC

You can support HHP's advocacy efforts by donating to the Political Action Committee (PAC). Click here to make your donation.

 

Call to Action:  HHP Bill Scheduled for Hearing in Senate Judiciary Committee Letters of Support Needed by Noon Tomorrow (4/22/2014)

The HHP sponsored bill SB 1326 (Roth) successfully passed out the Senate Business, Professions & Economic Development Committee during the Monday, April 7 hearing with unanimous, bipartisan consent.

The bill is scheduled for hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee, Tuesday, April 29th.   HHP needs a STRONG show of support from as many members as possible.  So please write your letter of support and submit it by Noon tomorrow.

The bill would fix problems with the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act by giving the Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensers Board (Board) the authority to specify regulations that would clarify warranty provisions in purchase agreements for hearing aids.

The law specifies a 30-day warranty for assistive devices. However, the uniqueness of the fitting process has created ambiguity on when the 30-day period for a warranty begins. According to the warranty language, "If the device is not specifically fit for your [the consumer's] particular needs, it may be returned to the seller within 30 days of the date of actual receipt by you or completion of fitting by the seller, whichever occurs first." Clarification is needed on when the 30-day period begins.

The Board enforces the warranty provisions of the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act related to hearing aids, and handles consumer complaints related to warranties. Presently, the 30-day start date is left to interpretation by both buyers and sellers of hearing aids. The vagueness of the language makes it very difficult for the Board to mediate complaints.

If SB 1326 becomes law, the Board will have clear authority to enforce the Song-Beverly Warranty Act as it relates to hearing aids, to the benefit of both consumers and retail sellers of hearing aids. HHP therefore asks it members to support this important legislation.

Text of SB 1326

Fact Sheet



Click here for a sample letter that should be put on your letterhead.  Please be sure to add your practice name at the beginning of the letter, print it on your letterhead, sign and fax it to the following:


Tara Welch, Deputy  Chief Counsel, Senate Judiciary Committee: Fax:  (916) 445-8390 

Mike Petersen, Consultant, Senate Republican Caucus: Fax:  (916) 445-3105 

Bryce Docherty, KP Public Affairs: FAX: (916) 448-4923

In order for this support to be reflected in the committee analysis, these letters MUST be received NO LATER THAN 12:00 PM on Tomorrow, Tuesday, April 22nd
 
There are many different events for HHP members. Consult the calendar to see if the event you are looking for is listed. If you don’t see the meeting or event you are looking for feel free to contact us for more information. The calendar is updated as new information becomes available. 2014 Events
June 5 District 1 Meeting - 5:30pm - Mimi's café - Natomas/Sacramento, CA
June 12 Districts 2/3 Meeting - 6:00pm - Claim Jumper Restaurant - 1981 Diamond Blvd, Concord, CA
August 3-4 HHP Board Retreat – Harvey’s Lake Tahoe – 18 U.S. 50, Stateline, NV
September 18-20 IHS Convention & Expo – Renaissance Esmeralda – Palm Springs, CA
November 5 HHP Board Meeting – Sacramento, CA
  2015 Events
April 29 - May 2 2015 Annual Convention - Harvey’s Lake Tahoe – 18 U.S. 50, Stateline, NV, click here FMI

Save the Date Hearing Healthcare Providers CA 2015 Annual Convention April 30 - May 2, 2015 Lake Tahoe, CA

     
South Lake Tahoe Location: HHPCA is excited to be holding its 2015 Annual Convention at Harveys Lake Tahoe within the beautiful Sierra Nevada mountain range along the infamous Lake Tahoe. Tentative Topics Include: License Regulation Changes, Legislative Efforts on Song Beverly, Managed Care, IHS and NBC-HIS Updates, and Hearing Aid Features. A complete schedule will be available in February. Networking Opportunities: You will have an opportunity to network with your peers and visit the exhibits whichfeature the latest in new products, techniques, and services. Hotel Accommodations: Harveys Lake Tahoe, 18 U.S. 50, Stateline, NV 89449 Reservation line: (800) 455-4770Rates vary on day and scenery: Lake Tower: Wed - Fri $99, Sat $159 Mountain Tower: Wed - Fri $79, Sat $139 Reference Group Code: HHP Reservation deadline by March 30, 2015. Rooms are limited, so don’t hesitate, they will book up fast! Hope to see you in beautiful Lake Tahoe for another great educational session!
 

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Membership Qualifications

There are several different membership categories. We urge you to become acquainted with the different levels of membership that will meet your specific needs-and Become A Member TODAY.


Regular Member

Any person who fulfills the legal requirements of the State of California for fitting and dispensing hearing instruments and are actively engaged in the practice of testing human hearing and selecting, fitting, counseling clients and dispensing hearing instruments. (Voting Privileges)

Regular/Employee Member

Employee of a Regular Member who fulfills the legal requirements of the State of California for fitting and dispensing hearing instruments and are actively engaged in the practice of testing human hearing and selecting, fitting, counseling clients and dispensing hearing instruments. (Voting Privileges)

 

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