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  • 09 Jan 2013 2:02 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    SMAC stands for ASHA’s State Medicare Administrative Contractor Network.  It was developed to enhance advocacy, leadership and communication of ASHA members at the State level to influence administrative and public policy decisions impacting Medicare coverage and reimbursement.  SMAC can work directly with the MAC’s (Medicare Administrative Contractors), Medicare regional office officials, state health agencies and consumer groups.


    If you or your agency has questions or concerns regarding compliance with local and national Medicare coverage and/or payment policies, you can contact our Indiana SMAC.  With continual implementation and changes with the Therapy Cap or with the new Functional Reporting Implementation in 2013 this network can provide guidance and assistance.


    STAR stands for ASHA’s State Advocates for Reimbursement Network.  STARS advocate in their states for improved health care coverage and reasonable reimbursement.  They target decision-makers in private and public agencies and the state legislature.


    Both networks meet monthly with other STAR and SMAC members from all around the country to effect positive changes in private insurance, Medicare, and Medicaid.


    For any reimbursement, policy or advocacy concerns and/ or to volunteer to assist in these areas, please contact our ISHA STAR and SMAC representative Susan Rockafellow @ or @ 317-468-4664.

  • 31 Dec 2012 12:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Happy New Year!


    As the New Year approaches there are several items important for all ISHA members to be aware of. 

    • The state legislature will be back in session in January.  If you are willing to support legislative efforts, or you wish to participate in a legislative day, please be sure to contact Central Office.  At the time of this writing, we don’t know what bills may be introduced that affect those in our profession and those we service.  As always, our lobbyist, Mark Scherer, will be monitoring all proposed legislation to keep us up-to-date.  There have been many changes in the make up of the legislature and the various committees, so we will need to be sure to monitor the process closely this year.
    • A task force is being formed to develop information concerning emergency permits for those serving students in the schools.  This task force will be compiling information to be dispensed to several groups in an attempt to be sure all are aware of the ramifications of having those who do not have adequate preparation working without the appropriate supervision.  If you have concerns about this process or would be interested in being a part of this task force, please contact Central Office.
    • A link has been added on the webpage to PACE, which is an evaluation tool that was developed by ASHA that can be adapted for use in the school systems.  It has a great deal of background information and research into the Value Added Assessment process in relation to speech pathologists.
    • Please be sure to notify Central Office if you are willing to serve ISHA as a volunteer on a committee or as an officer.  As in many organizations, it appears that people are less willing to volunteer their time.  ISHA is not just a means of achieving CEUs.  It is an organization that advocates for you, so please consider how you can be a part of ISHA fulfilling that mission to benefit you and other members.
    • Mark the dates of April 4 through 6 to attend the annual convention. The convention committee has been working since the conclusion of the last convention to procure speakers and plan other events. 

    My hope for all of you is that the coming year is one which brings you fulfillment, as little stress as possible, laughter and love. 

  • 30 Nov 2012 11:34 AM | Deleted user
    Does anyone know where I can get some good information on Clinical Fellow supervision in the school system?
  • 08 Jun 2012 9:05 AM | Mary Cathlene (Cathy) Sturm
    ASHA has recommended PACE- in response to the new evaluation system that the public school SLP is facing.  Does ISHA have recommendations or an example of a workable evaluation for accountability?  Time is of the essence in regards to information. 
  • 28 Jan 2012 2:30 PM | Deleted user
    Does anyone know why there are no caseload caps for public school SLPs?  Indiana is one of the LAST states to address this issue.  Check out the ASHA website to confirm this.  I love working in the schools.  I like the service we offer and the potential for helping students in a meaningful way.  Unfortunately with huge caseloads and new documentation programs every 2 -4 years, the job is becoming overwhelming.  Just wondered if anyone else has a thought on the subject. Thanks!   
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