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  • 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:

    Thank you in advance for your support and time. 


    Andrea Seagren, BS

    Utah State University 

    Feeding & Swallowing Lab

    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:


    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 ( 

    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 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 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*--->

    *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!


    Please contact Joey Box, ISHA VP of Professional Development, at

  • 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:


    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 ( VP of Speech-Language Pathology

    Kara Landis ( Task Force Co-Chair

    Rachel Ross-Kroemer ( --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

  • 23 Oct 2017 3:16 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hi all,

    SIG 13 will be hosting a live chat on reimbursement for dysphagia on Monday, October 23 from 8-10pm ET. More details can be found at the link below.

    I hope you will be able to attend!

    Sarah Warren, MA
    Director, Health Care Regulatory Advocacy
    American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
    2200 Research Boulevard
    Rockville, MD 20850

  • 12 Oct 2017 4:18 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We are excited to share with you our newsletter for the Purdue Aphasia Research Laboratory and the newly created Aphasia Group!  We wanted to highlight some of our recent events (Purdue Aphasia Boot Camp, Aphasia Support Group), research updates, and achievements.  Please feel free to share with your friends and colleagues!

    Or visit our website at or on Facebook at:

    Click here to access the newsletter.

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