Audigy’s Deb Abel Wins Industry Honor for Educational Contributions

Oct. 10, 2017, VANCOUVER, Wash. — Deb Abel, Au.D., Audigy’s manager of coding and contracting and one of the nation’s few audiology-coding experts, has won the Academy of Doctors of Audiology’s Joel Wernick Award.

The honor, presented in September during the ADA’s annual conference in Connecticut, recognizes “outstanding educational contributions[s] within the profession of audiology or hearing science” by an individual, organization, or institution.

“Dr. Abel is a true renaissance woman, widely recognized for her expertise in the areas of billing, coding, and reimbursement,” said ADA president Dr. Angela Morris while presenting the award, as quoted by The Hearing Review. “Dr. Abel is an avid teacher and transformative leader who is widely sought after to present at training seminars, to author articles, and to answer one-on-one questions on quality outcome measures and practice operations.”

Like Joel Wernick, Ph.D., the late scientist, educator, author, and industry executive after whom the award was named, Abel champions the audiology industry and is passionate about helping others. She provides expertise in navigating one of health care’s most difficult-to-understand aspects: Medicare coding, billing, reimbursements, and third-party contracts.

Known for her deep knowledge, Abel has edited or contributed chapters to various industry guides on coding and practice management and has worked with national companies and organizations such as the American Academy of Audiology (AAA).

She currently serves on the board of trustees for the AAA Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting scientific research, professional and student education, and public awareness for advancements in hearing and balance.

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