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Planning, Evaluation & Research

RRM Category: AMBULATORY CLINICS

RRM Module: Audiology

Overview:
The RRM Audiology staffing module estimates the requirements for audiologists and audiometric technicians to provide hearing examinations, diagnoses, and treatments including ear surgery and general medicine ear care. The workload parameter that is the key variable in the staffing estimation is Service Population. Generally, the IHS uses contract services for Audiology according to the IHS Office of Clinical and Preventive Services.

Services Description:
Audiology services include:
  • Hearing evaluation, follow-up examinations, diagnosis and referral, and general aural rehabilitation.
  • Ear surgery and general medicine ear care are provided in the inpatient and ambulatory facilities.

Staffing Criteria:
Audiologist staff of 0.50 FTEs for every 3400 User Population.

0.50 FTEs Audiologist Technician for every 6,800 User Population above 6,800 User Population.

Note: A clerical staff pool of 0.3 FTE/10,000PCPVs will be formed for Audiology and Eye Care.

STAFFING FORMULAE

Driving Variables:
User Population

Personnel Categories:
Audiologist
Audiometric Technician

VARIABLE STAFFING LEVELS:

Personal Category FTEs per Driving Variables Min. Max.
Audiologist 0.50 3,400 Service Pop. 3,400 n/a
Audiometric Technician 0.50 6,800 Service Pop. 6,800 n/a


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