Pittsburgh neurologist Partha Thirumala, MD is learning (and showing) that a few phone calls can go a long way.
A bill in the Pennsylvania State Senate (SB 1352), titled the Speech-Language and Hearing Act, would expand the scope of audiology and allow them to perform Intraoperative Monitoring. When the bill started moving forward Dr. Thirumala took the initiative to contact and educate legislators and legislative staff on this broad skill set as well as the dangers that occur if they are performed insufficiently.
Thankfully the PA legislature came to an end without final passage of this legislation. However this bill will most certainly come up again in 2013. Thanks to Dr. Thirumala’s educational and relationship building efforts neurology is in a good position to get our concerns addressed.