Audiologist's Role Within the Changing Climate of Fall Prevention: Are We Ready? This article is aimed to address the vestibular audiologist's role in assessing patient fall risk as tasked by Medicare. With implementation of the Physician's Quality Reporting System (PQRS), audiologists performing standard measures of the vestibular battery must report on measures #154: Falls: Risk assessment and #155: Falls: Plan of care ... Article
Article  |   December 29, 2016
Audiologist's Role Within the Changing Climate of Fall Prevention: Are We Ready?
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Alaina M. Bassett
    Director of the Vestibular and Balance Disorders Laboratories, Head and Neck Institute, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
  • Julie A. Honaker
    Director of the Vestibular and Balance Disorders Laboratories, Head and Neck Institute, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
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  • Financial: Alaina M. Bassett has no relevant financial interests to disclose. Julie A. Honaker has no relevant financial interests to disclose.
    Financial: Alaina M. Bassett has no relevant financial interests to disclose. Julie A. Honaker has no relevant financial interests to disclose.×
  • Nonfinancial: Alaina M. Bassett has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose. Julie A. Honaker has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose.
    Nonfinancial: Alaina M. Bassett has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose. Julie A. Honaker has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose.×
Article Information
Balance & Balance Disorders / Practice Management / Part 1
Article   |   December 29, 2016
Audiologist's Role Within the Changing Climate of Fall Prevention: Are We Ready?
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, December 2016, Vol. 1, 4-13. doi:10.1044/persp1.SIG8.4
History: Received June 15, 2016 , Revised September 6, 2016 , Accepted September 22, 2016
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, December 2016, Vol. 1, 4-13. doi:10.1044/persp1.SIG8.4
History: Received June 15, 2016; Revised September 6, 2016; Accepted September 22, 2016

This article is aimed to address the vestibular audiologist's role in assessing patient fall risk as tasked by Medicare. With implementation of the Physician's Quality Reporting System (PQRS), audiologists performing standard measures of the vestibular battery must report on measures #154: Falls: Risk assessment and #155: Falls: Plan of care for Medicare beneficiaries. Mandated reporting of this measure includes vestibular audiologists in the multidisciplinary medical management of fall prevention in older adults. In order for audiologists to provide the most relevant care, it is important to evaluate the current fall risk assessments in medical settings, how the implementation of these measures can be structured within the audiology clinic, and challenges audiologist may face with implementation.

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