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  • 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.

  • 16 Aug 2017 3:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)



    Call for Papers - ISHA CONVENTION 2018

    April 5-7, 2018

    Sheraton Indianapolis Keystone Crossing - Indianapolis, IN

    If you are interested in submitting papers to be considered for a presentation at the 2018 Convention - April 5th-7th, please submit the information electronically here no later than November 1, 2017. 

    Please note individuals accepted to present will receive a complimentary convention registration.  Expenses and honorariums do not apply.

    Submissions should include the following:

    1.   Call for Papers Form.

    2.   Title with presenter name(s) and credentials.

    3.   Abstract of 75 to 100 words or less (will be used in the convention program book).

    4.   Summary of 500 to 1000 words including time ordered agenda.

    5.   Short, professional biography (not to exceed 100 words) for each presenter.

    6.   Learning Outcomes: list at least 3 learning outcomes participants will gain. Learning outcomes should be observable, measurable and achievable by the learner. Use ACTION VERBS; do not use words such as learn or understand. Suggested wording: "As a result of the activity, the participant will..."

    7.   A completed financial disclosure form.

    8.   If presentation is selected, a picture will be required for the registration brochure.

    If you have any questions, please call us at (317) 916-4146.




    Click here to submit information electronically!

  • 07 Jul 2017 11:32 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Your 60-Second Advocacy Update



    Tools You Can Use – Looking for telepractice/telesupervision requirements in your state? New webpages are now available for each state including laws and regulations to assist members in this area. Visit your state's page to learn more.


    Making an Impact – Last week, ASHA members sent over 7,600 emails to Congress opposing Medicaid block grants and preserving habilitation and rehabilitation services as essential health benefits in health care reform legislation. Thanks for speaking out!


    Working for You

    ASHA collaborated with state associations to encourage outreach to their Senators in expressing concern about certain provisions in the Senate health care reform bill, Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA). Concerns included a reduction in Medicaid funding, repealing federally-mandated essential health benefits, and promoting the interstate sale of health plans.

    • U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) pulled an important vote on the BCRA before a scheduled week-long recess over the Fourth of July. Senate leaders continue to negotiate the health care legislation, but it is unclear whether the Senate will have the necessary votes (52) to bring the bill to the Senate floor.

    • The U.S. Department of Education is requesting public comments [PDF] on regulations that may be appropriate for repeal, replacement, or modification in keeping with President Trump's Executive Order, ''Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda.'' ASHA staff are reviewing the notice and will submit comments by the August 21, 2017, deadline.

    • The U.S. Department of Education has announced [PDF] its intention to establish two negotiated rulemaking committees to prepare proposed regulations for the Federal Student Aid programs authorized under title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended.

    • The June 27, 2017, Congressional Briefing on the Value of Rehabilitative and Habilitative Services and Devices [video] was organized by 60 national groups, attended by over 150 people, included presentations from two members of Congress and five advocates, and ended with coalition visits to 48 Senators.

    Fast Fact

    460 people supported ASHA's Thunderclap to preserve access to rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices. The message reached over 22,250 people through social media. Learn more about Thunderclap.


    What is ASHA Advocacy? Speaking out personally and professionally for communication, a human right that is accessible and achievable for all!


    Follow ASHA Advocacy on Facebook and Twitter.

  • 26 Jun 2017 4:41 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires all non-grandfathered health insurance plans offered in the small group and individual markets, both in and outside of the marketplace, to provide benefits for 10 essential health benefit (EHB) categories. Habilitative and rehabilitative services and devices is one of the EHB required categories. These services are vital in helping clients with speech, language, cognition, swallowing, and hearing/balance/tinnitus disorders to achieve, acquire, maintain, or regain skills to improve functional communication outcomes.

    Request your members of Congress to reject efforts to eliminate coverage for habilitative and rehabilitative services and devices from legislative efforts to repeal, replace, or reform the Affordable Care Act.

    Learn More:

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