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  • 19 Dec 2017 4:33 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ISHA Convention 2018


    April 5th-7th

    Celebrating Everyday Heroes

    Leading the Way with Evidence-Based Practice!


    Attendees:

    Save the Date!

    Exhibitors/Sponsors:

    Click Here to Learn More & Register Now!

    Click Here to Download the Exhibitor Prospectus

     



    LOCATION:

    Sheraton Indianapolis Hotel at Keystone Crossing

    8787 Keystone Crossing ~ Indianapolis, IN 46240


    Click Here for Directions

     


  • 13 Dec 2017 4:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)




    ISHA LEGISLATIVE DAY 2018


    LEGISLATIVE DAY LUNCHEON AT THE STATE CAPITOL

    WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 31, 2018 - 8:30 am -1:30 pm

    ADVOCACY TRAINING: 8:30 am - 11:30 am

    LEGISLATIVE LUNCHEON: 11:30 am - 1:30 pm


    WHAT:   Indiana Speech-Language-Hearing Association

                  Legislative Day

    WHEN:  Wednesday, January 31st 2018

                  8:00-11:00 Preparation/training for students or any interested participants

                  11:30-1:30 Legislative luncheon

    WHERE:         Indiana State Capitol

    200 W Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204

    (317)233-5293

    Training: Supreme Court Chambers- North end of the third floor

    Luncheon: South Atrium - second floor

    Directional information within the Capitol;

    The second floor is considered the main floor. The rotunda is in the middle, the north atrium is the north side of the building that faces Ohio Street. The Supreme Court is on the 3rd floor north end. This is where we will meet in the morning.  Our lunch will be in the South Atrium of the 2nd floor.


    There are two public entrances. The Capitol Ave. entrance leads you directly on to the main floor; people will turn right from the rotunda. If you use the Senate Ave. door, which is the first floor (basement), people should turn left when they get through security, take another left, and take elevator to 2nd floor. It opens to the north atrium.

    Visit website to get driving directions from your location:

    http://www.visitindy.com/indianapolis-indiana-state-house

    WHY: Every year there is legislation that impacts our profession and those we serve. ISHA is fortunate to be well-represented by our lobbyist, Mark Scherer; but it is the personal stories that only we can share that leave a lasting impression on our legislators. It is imperative that our legislators understand 1) the multifaceted roles of speech pathologists and audiologists 2) who/what ISHA is and what our organization does for our profession and our consumers and 3) current legislation impacting our profession and our patients/clients/consumers. Each year has been better than the last. Let’s make this the BEST. WE CAN DO MORE!

    Once your plans to attend are confirmed:

    Please take that extra moment to send a personal invitation to your state legislators. When contacting legislators, contact both State Senator and State Representative but NOT Congressional legislators. Be sure to let them know that you will be attending and look forward to meeting with them. ISHA has sent an invitation to all of the state legislators but a personal invitation from a constituent is always more effective in getting legislators to attend.



    Want to ensure you meet the legislators from your district?


    Information for contacting Legislators:

    General Assembly information -  http://iga.in.gov/


    Finding your legislator

    https://iga.in.gov/ From here, click on ‘Find Your Legislator’.

    This link https://iga.in.gov/legislative/find-legislators/ should take you directly there.

    Fill in your street address, city, and zip code in the space provided.
    The site will identify your legislative district, and state and congressional legislators.

    Click on the legislator’s name and this will take you to their site where you will find their phone numbers, how to email, and information regarding bills they have sponsored etc.


    Mail:
    Indiana State House
    200 W. Washington St
    Indianapolis, IN 46204-2786

    Letters may be addressed to the individual legislator with c/o Indiana House of Representatives or the Indiana Senate.


    Phone:

    Representatives

    Senators

    The TDD Telephone Numbers

    (317) 232-9600

    (317) 232-9400

    TDD (317) 232-0404

    (800) 382-9842

    (800) 382-9467

    TDD (800) 548-9517



    Information you need to know:


    We cannot enter the building before 7:30.

    All visitors are screened using metal detectors.

    All bags and packages are screened using x-ray equipment.


    Parking:

    Closer but more expensive parking garages:

    Embassy Suites (entrances off Capitol and Washington streets)

    Hyatt (entrance off Capitol)

    Westin (entrance off Washington)

    Marriott (entrance off Washington)

    Hilton (entrance off Market)

    Less expensive but not as close parking garages:

    Circle Center Mall Indianapolis has 3 parking garages around the location:

    • World of Wonders Garage: 24-hour access (Entrances on Illinois and Maryland)
    • Sun Garage: Mon. - Sat.: 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m., Sun.: 10:00 a.m. - Midnight (Entrances on Washington and Maryland)
    • Moon Garage: Mon. - Sat.: 8:00 a.m. - Midnight, Sun.: 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m(Entrance on Georgia)

    Parking Hours & Rates:

    Before 5:00pm Mon. - Fri.

    0 - 3 hours     $2
    3 - 4 hours     $4


  • 08 Dec 2017 2:27 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    To Whom It May Concern:

     

    We are conducting a survey to gain further insight into the knowledge, skills, comfort level, and caseloads of speech-language pathologists working in the area of feeding and swallowing, and the families that receive these services. You were identified as a resource for seeking potential participants. We would greatly appreciate if you could forward the following survey links to your organization. Each link contains more detailed information on the survey, which takes less than ten minutes. Should you have any questions please feel free to contact the research personnel.

     

    Speech-Language Pathologist Survey Link: 

    You are eligible to participate if you are a licensed speech-language pathologist. Even if you are not currently seeing individuals with feeding and swallowing difficulties you are still eligible to participate as this is one focus of this study. The purpose of this survey is to gain further insight into the knowledge, skills, comfort level, and caseloads of speech-language pathologists working in this area and families receiving these services. Your participation involves a short survey that includes questions pertaining to basic demographics, your experience with feeding and swallowing disorders, caseload, and comfort level. It is estimated participation will take less than 10 minutes.


    Feeding and Swallowing Therapy SLP Survey

    Copy/paste link: 

    https://usu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6gk58KJpZiXS6sR


    Thank you in advance for your support and time. 


    Best, 

    Andrea Seagren, BS

    Utah State University 

    Feeding & Swallowing Lab 

    andrea.seagren@aggiemail.usu.edu


    IRB Approval - Feeding and Swallowing Survey - Utah State University .pdf


  • 04 Dec 2017 1:36 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    As a speech-language pathologist working with children with speech sound disorders in the US/Canada, you are invited to complete a short anonymous online survey about the treatment approaches that you use to treat Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS).


    Participation is voluntary.  For information on the survey and to complete the anonymous online survey, please visit: https://sydneyhealthsciences.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6MsXYIhPczlaXDn

     

    The research has been approved by the University of Sydney Human Ethics Research Committee (project 2017/832). Anyone with concerns about research at the University of Sydney can contact the Human Research Ethics Committee (human.ethics@sydney.edu.au). 

    Thank you,

    Maryane Gomez
    PhD Candidate
    The University of Sydney, Australia


    ethics approval-CAS survey.pdf

    Participant information statement (USA_Canada)_v2 pdf.pdf


  • 30 Nov 2017 4:35 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    New and Revised CPT Codes For 2018

    Speech-Language Pathology

    The following are additions and deletions to speech-language pathology related Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes and modifiers, effective January 1, 2018.


    New CPT Codes

    The following new CPT code will replace current CPT code 97532 (cognitive skills development, each 15 minutes).


    97127 Therapeutic interventions that focus on cognitive function (e.g., attention, memory, reasoning, executive function, problem solving, and/or pragmatic functioning) and compensatory strategies to manage the performance of an activity (e.g., managing time or schedules, initiating, organizing and sequencing tasks), direct (one-on-one) patient contact


    ASHA Notes:

    • This code is untimed and can only be billed once per day regardless of the length of the session.
    • Medicare will not accept CPT code 97127 and is replacing it with its own 15-minute G-code, G0515, for cognitive therapy. See New Medicare G-code below for additional information.
    • Check with non-Medicare payers regarding implementation of 97127. You should also make sure reimbursement rates are reflective of a session, and not 15 minute units. 
    • Contact reimbursement@asha.org if you find a payer is incorrectly implementing 97127.

    Deleted CPT Codes

    97532 Development of cognitive skills to improve attention, memory, problem solving (includes compensatory training), direct (one-on-one) patient contact, each 15 minutes


    Revised CPT Codes

    No speech-language pathology codes have been revised for 2018.


    Other Changes

    New Medicare G-code for Cognitive Treatment

    G0515 Development of cognitive skills to improve attention, memory, problem solving (includes compensatory training), direct (one-on-one) patient contact, each 15 minutes


    ASHA Notes:

    • Medicare will not accept new CPT code 97127 (Cognitive function intervention). Medicare has created G0515 to report cognitive treatment instead.
    • G0515 mirrors former CPT code 97532 and should be reported on the claim form exactly as 97532 would have been, and in 15-minute units. 
    • Like 97532, G0515 should not be billed with CPT code 92507 (speech, language, voice, communication treatment). Review  Correct Coding Initiative (CCI) edits for more information on same-day billing of CPT codes.
    • Non-Medicare payers (i.e., Medicaid, Medicare Advantage or Part C, and private health insurance) may choose to implement either G0515 or 97127. Check with each non-Medicare payer to verify which code they will implement for cognitive treatment.
    • Contact reimbursement@asha.org if you find that a payer is incorrectly implementing a new code for cognitive treatment.

    See ASHA's  2018 Medicare Fee Schedule for SLPs, published in mid-November, for further details. 


  • 29 Nov 2017 11:05 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hello all,

     

    I'm sure you've seen this proposal on tax reform for graduate schools come across your email through one organization or another. Basically the proposition would really hurt those who have assistantships, as they would be taxed for their tuition waiver AND stipend. Obviously, this is not super feasible for a graduate student who may already be struggling to make ends meet.

     

    We need to take action and it needs to be quick (by November 30th) 

     

    Here are some options to make your voice heard by your senator:


    Fill out one, fill out both but do it!


    If you have time, look up your senators and call -- means a lot more than a form email.

     

    Let me know if you have questions!!

     

    Liz Marler

    Graduate Assistant, University Residences Support Center

    Doctoral Candidate of Audiology, Purdue University


  • 27 Nov 2017 4:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Indiana Speech-Language-Hearing Association is now offering the opportunity to receive ASHA approved online CEUs from MedBridge at a discounted rate of $95/year!


    Please CLICK HERE to see the

    ISHA MedBridge brochure for more information.


    If you are interested in this offer, please click on the link below (or copy it into your browser's address bar) and click "Subscribe Now" to choose the MedBridge plan that best fits your continuing education needs.


    CLICK HERE*---> https://www.medbridgeeducation.com/islha


    *Please make sure to use/copy the exact link above. This link automatically includes your promo code at checkout. Helpful hint: if you do not see your promo code on the cart page when clicking on your affiliate link then you have not applied it properly.


    Audiology online CEUs are coming soon!


    Questions?

    Please contact Joey Box, ISHA VP of Professional Development, at joeyabox@gmail.com


  • 21 Nov 2017 10:16 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    You are being invited to participate in a research study about ABA therapy and speech-language pathology. This study is being conducted by Elizabeth Brochin, Erica Brown, Karen Corcoran, Brandi Sears and Dr. Vicki Hammen, from the Communication Disorders program at Indiana State University. This study is being conducted as part of a graduate student project for our research methods class.

    There are no known risks if you decide to participate in this research study. There are no costs to you for participating in the study. The information you provide will give us a better understanding of SLPs experiences with ABA. The questionnaire will take about 10-15 minutes to complete. The information collected may not benefit you directly, but the information learned in this study should provide more general benefits.

    This survey is anonymous. We will not be collecting any identifying information, such as IP addresses; however, it is not possible to guaranteed absolute anonymity over the Internet. No one will be able to identify you or your answers, and no one will know whether or not you participated in the study.

    Your participation in this study is voluntary. By clicking on the link below you are voluntarily agreeing to participate in this survey. You are free to decline to answer any particular question you do not wish to answer for any reason.

    Please feel free to forward this on to any other SLPs you know that would be willing to participate in this survey.

    Click below for the link:

    SLP Experiences with ABA Therapy

    We greatly appreciate you taking the time to complete our survey.  If you have any questions about the study, please contact: Dr. Vicki Hammen, Communication Disorders Program, 311B University Hall, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN 47809; Phone: 812-237-2805; email: Vicki.Hammen@indstate.edu

    Sincerely,

    Elizabeth Brochin, Erica Brown, Karen Corcoran, Brandi Sears


  • 20 Nov 2017 10:45 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Important update for Coding Cognitive Services with Medicare and Medicaid


    On 1/1/18 the code 97532 will no longer be used

    • Medicaid will replace 97532 with 97127
    • Medicare will replace 97532 with G0515
    • Both of these new cognitive codes are session codes and not time based codes. 


    Watch for more updates as soon as they become available.


  • 09 Nov 2017 2:41 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    You'll find in the link below a non-regulatory, optional speech-language guidance document that has been developed by an ISHA school-based task force for districts to use when considering best practice and eligibility/dismissal decisions for students.  What impacts caseload size is a complex issue, but it was found that districts (nationally and locally) who have used similar guidance have more reasonable caseloads than districts who don't have guidance considerations.  This document also emphasizes that caseload is just one part of a SLP's responsibilities in schools.  The range of roles that the SLP has in schools needs to be considered for the SLP to work most collaboratively with other general education and special education professionals, as well as to work toward supporting positive outcomes for all students.


    Please contact directly the task force members below with any questions, thoughts, and/or comments that you may have about the document.  We will develop a FAQ document to share-out the collection of questions / responses.  There will also be a session at ISHA's Spring Convention (in April 2018) to address the development and implementation of the document. 


    Christina Bradburn (cdbradburn@shelbycs.org)--ISHA VP of Speech-Language Pathology

    Kara Landis (klandis@bsu.edu)--ISHA Task Force Co-Chair

    Rachel Ross-Kroemer (rross-kroemer@gcsc.k12.in.us) --ISHA Immediate Past-President


    This guidance document has also been reviewed by ICASE Executive Committee members, input provided, and collaborative updates made to the document.  This document was also shared with the IDOE's Office of Special Education for review.  


    Speech-Language Guidance Document.pdf


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