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  • 28 Mar 2016 11:33 AM | Ann Ninness (Administrator)


    This is Jennifer Freeman, your new representative for Indiana with the ASHA State Advocacy for Medicare Policy (StAMP).  So far I have attended one StAMP meeting via goto meeting and have learned about the structure of the ASHA StAMPS.  I am now a member of their ASHA community where StAMP representatives from most of the 50 states and ASHA representatives post information about current trends and questions about the various MAC (Medicare Administrative Contractors).  I hope to create Blog entries to keep you informed of StAMP topics.  I also want to hear about any specific trends or problems you are experiencing with Medicare.  The best way to contact me is by email   I am very new to all of this, but want to strive to communicate through the ISHA blog. 

    The latest topic was about coverage for skilled speech-language pathology services in skilled nursing facilities after a qualifying acute care stay.  The bottom-line is that Medicare beneficiaries are entitled to all medically necessary care related to the condition for which they were hospitalized or any other such conditions that arose or were identified during the qualifying acute care stay.  Some MACs are questioning speech services in SNF when they were not provided in acute care. 

    Also discussed in the March meeting were University Clinic Medicare Issues for Audiology and Speech Language Pathology.  Nationally, very few SLP’s are enrolled as a Medicare provider when compared to our fellow Audiologist, OT and PT colleagues.  Why should university supervisors enroll?  SLP’s cannot provide services to any Medicare recipient without being enrolled.  Barriers discussed were the need to have a physician on site and the supervision requirement of students being under the direction of enrolled SLP 100% of time.  Check out this article written by a fellow StAMP from Texas, Lisa Milliken, she does a great job explaining about enrolling to be a Medicare provider.


    The next meeting will be 4/5/2016 and the topic will be Value based payment Part B:  Merit based Incentive Payment System.

    Advocating for Indiana!

    Jennifer Freeman, MA CCC-SLP

    ISHA member

    ASHA StAMP for Indiana

  • 24 Mar 2016 3:29 PM | Ann Ninness (Administrator)

    My name is Zane Langenbrunner, and I am an undergraduate student in the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology at Ball State University in Muncie, IN.  I am conducting an online survey of professional speech-language pathologists for my Honors research thesis and I am in need of subjects! 


    The survey will examine SLPs’ level of training in bilingual service delivery topics, as well as their own practice with bilingual Spanish-English children.  The survey only takes 5-10 minutes to complete.  Participants’ responses will be completely anonymous, and data will not be stored past the completion of the thesis project in May 2016.


    Even if you do not or have never worked with bilingual children, your response is greatly needed for this research.  This research seeks to report on the level of training that SLPs in all environments are receiving on this important topic.


    This study has been approved by the IRB of Ball State University (IRB protocol # 877701-1 ).  


    Please follow this link to complete the survey:


    Thank you for your participation, 

    Zane Langenbrunner

  • 23 Feb 2016 4:24 PM | Ann Ninness (Administrator)

    It is not too late to join ISHA tomorrow at the State House!

    WHAT:   Indiana Speech-Language-Hearing Association

                  Legislative Breakfast

    WHEN:  Wednesday, February 24th, 2016


    WHERE: Indiana State Capitol /North Atrium

                  200 W Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204


    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. 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:

    WHY: It has been several years since ISHA has sponsored a legislative day at the Capitol. 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.

    Information you need to know:


    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

    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. 

  • 29 Jan 2016 1:44 PM | Ann Ninness (Administrator)

    My name is Brandall Bond, and I am an undergraduate student from Truman State University. I am interested in gathering your professional perspective concerning the use of different testing measures.

    The purpose of this study is to collect data on diagnostic testing procedures.

    To gather this data I am asking for 10-15 minutes of your time to complete the questionnaire attached below. Participants will have complete anonymity, and will not be associated with the publication or reporting of the data.

    Even if you do not specialize or have never treated this population, please consider completing the survey, it holds the potential to reveal information about quality testing procedures used for other populations.

    By contributing you individual methods of practice, you will assist in the collective understanding of assessment procedures within the discipline.

    Please Click here to complete the questionnaire.

    Thank You,

    Brandall Bond

    Principal Investigator: Brandall Bond,

    Communication Disorders Undergraduate Student


    (314) 201-3011

    Co-Investigator: Dr. Janet Gooch,  Ph.D , CCC-SLP

    Dean of Health Sciences and Education

    (660) 785-4383

  • 25 Jan 2016 2:44 PM | Ann Ninness (Administrator)

    Be sure to plan on coming “Back to the Future” with us at the 2016 Annual Convention. 

    Registration will open mid-February!

    If you are planning on attending, please make your hotel reservations right away. 

    The rooms fill up quickly!!  Call the Sheraton Hotel and Suites – Keystone Crossing at

    (be sure to mention ISHA or Indiana Speech-Language-Hearing Association)
    or book online at:

    Rates are as follows: 



    Single Rate

    Double Rate

    Triple Rate

    Quad Rate

     Deluxe Rooms





    Club Level Rooms





    The cut-off date for making reservations is March 21st

    If you have trouble making a reservation, feel free to give us a call at 317-916-4146.

    Convention highlights include:

    3 full days of sessions with Breakfast & Learn by Shari Robertson, a keynote session presented by Brett Eastburn entitled “No Handicaps,” EBS Director/ASHA Board of Directors Melanie Hudson presenting “You’ve Got What it Takes,” and numerous other sessions to include Literacy, Technology, Speech and Resonance, the Healthcare Environment, Coding and Documentation, Medicare -- plus Movie Night and much more!

    New this year, EBS is sponsoring a Quiz Bowl for students (to earn 2.0 CE’s) on Friday, April 15th. In addition, ASHA is hosting a session especially for students “Embarking on Your New Career – Understanding Resources, Licensure and Issues Impacting the Profession.”  Friday is “STUDENT FOCUS DAY!”  Poster Presentations are Friday evening (earn more CEU’s for attending).

    BE PREPARED! This year coffee will be available all day – every day, however no snacks will be provided unless a sponsorship is secured. If you know anyone who might be interested in sponsoring a break, please contact ISHA at 317-916-4146.

    REMEMBER – RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP BY APRIL 3rd in order to get reduced rates for registration.

    We look forward to seeing you when we go “Back to the Future!”

  • 02 Oct 2015 3:30 PM | Ann Ninness (Administrator)

    James Clements Shanks, PhD, 93, Indianapolis, a Professor Emeritus at Indiana University Schools of Medicine and Dentistry, went peacefully to the Lord on September 26, 2015. He was preceded in death by his wife of nearly 50 years, Dottie Coyle Shanks. Survivors include his daughters Barb (Andy) Qualls of Bloomington, Carol (Greg) Foulke of Indianapolis, and Betsy (Paul) Grocki of Carmel; grandchildren Bethany and Cassie Qualls, Kevin and Brad Foulke, and PJ and Sam Grocki; sister Janet Foster; and several nieces and nephews.

    Jim was a veteran of WWII and proudly served in the 9th Bomb Group, 313th Wing, US Air Force. An alumna of Michigan State University, he held graduate degrees from Denver (MA ’49) and Northwestern (PhD ’57) Universities. 

    Dr. Shanks was a professor of Speech Pathology in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, at the IU Medical School from 1955 to 1988. He served on the faculty of the orthodontic division of the Oral Facial Development at the IU School of Dentistry from 1960 to 2009 and also taught at Butler University.

    “Uncle Jim”, as he was fondly known, had a special interest in speech of persons who lost the larynx by surgery, usually from cancer. He presented more than 300 seminars/workshops around the world and authored some 60 professional publications. He was a Fellow of the American Speech and Hearing Association, past president of the Indiana Speech and Hearing Association and member of the International Association of Laryngectomies, from which he was awarded Master Clinician.

    Jim was eternally optimistic, never met a stranger, and joyfully lived a life of service to others. He was a long-time member of First-Meridian Heights Presbyterian church, where he served as an Elder and Deacon and loved participating in Mariners, playing bridge and singing in the Chancel Choir. Other volunteer activities included mentoring high school students for the Executive Service Corps and radio reading to the blind for IRIS at WFYI.

    A celebration of his life will be held Friday, October 9 at 10:30am at First-Meridian Heights Presbyterian Church, 4701 North Central Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana, 46205 with visitation immediately following. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in his name to the First-Meridian Heights Memorial Fund.

  • 31 Aug 2015 3:37 PM | Ann Ninness (Administrator)

    Link to survey:


    The EBP-Decisions Project at SUNY Fredonia would like to invite your participation in a study on how speech language pathologists make decisions regarding diagnosis and treatment. We would like your help in this study by completing a survey ( that will take approximately 10-15 minutes of your time. Your participation is voluntary and you may withdraw from the survey at any time without penalty. Your name and answers to the survey will be kept confidential. Your responses to this study will be kept for future research. 

    To thank you for participating in this study, you will be offered the option to enter in a raffle for a $200 Amazon Card. This raffle will take place in October, 2015. Your name and email address will be used only for the raffle, and will be deleted from our database after the raffle is completed.

    Please contact us if you have any questions at

    Thank you in advance for your cooperation,

    Katrina Fulcher-Rood
    Assistant Professor
    Principal Investigator for the EBP Decisions Project
    Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences
    SUNY Fredonia

  • 27 Mar 2015 3:48 PM | Ann Ninness (Administrator)

    Thank you for taking 10-15 minutes of your time to participate in a research study examining factors that motivate and deter participation in workplace wellness programs:

    Chantel Sidara, MOT, OTR

  • 19 Feb 2015 11:24 AM | Ann Ninness (Administrator)

    2015 ISHA Convention

    Spring is here.  It’s time for you to grab your “Passport to Excellence” at the 2015 Indiana Speech, Language, and Hearing Association Annual Convention April 23-25.  We listened to our members and have exciting announcements about the 2015 Convention.

    • Convention location returning to the Indianapolis Sheraton at the Fashion Mall.  Free parking, fun shopping, and great entertainment right outside your door.
    • New, improved convention format with more opportunities to earn CEUs both onsite and at home through webinars!
    • Reconfiguration of convention time—1/2 day Thursday, full day Friday and Saturday to better meet your needs.
    • “University Day” on Saturday with special sessions aimed at meeting the needs of our future SLP and audiologists as well as showcasing our student research poster sessions and ISHA award winners.
    • Return of the very popular “ISHA Movie Night” on Thursday.
    • Keynote presentation from Al Condelucci-exploring relationship and social capital.
    • Breakfast and Learn opportunity with Shari Robertson “I used to have a handle on life, but it broke!”  Strategies for managing time and stress, boosting clinical efficacy, and enjoying your job more. 
    • Breakout sessions on autism, behavior, dysphagia, aphasia, AAC, audiology and more!
    • New and improved ISHA Marketplace

    We look forward to traveling with you in April!  Grab your “Passport to Excellence” and join us at the Indianapolis Sheraton for ISHA Convention 2015.  More information and registration at


    will be presented at this year's convention - April 23-25th at the special "Awards & Desserts" event beginning at 1:30 on Saturday the 25th 

    Do you know someone who is deserving of an ISHA Award?  The following opportunities are available:


    HONORS OF THE ASSOCIATION is presented to a member who has made significant contributions to the field of speech, language, or audiology and has served at the state, regional, or national level(s). The nominee must have been a member of ISHA for at least five years.

    PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD is presented to an ISHA member for advancement of knowledge in clinical practices, with emphasis on achievement within the preceding five years.

    CERTIFICATE OF COMMENDATION is presented members, outside individuals and organizations performing acts or activities which are particularly meritorious in advancing the welfare of ISHA, its members, or persons with communication disabilities.

    FRIEND OF ISHA AWARD is presented to organizations, agencies, or individuals outside of ISHA performing acts or activities which are particularly instrumental in advancing the welfare of ISHA, of the professions comprising its membership, or of persons with communication disabilities.

    To nominate someone you feel is worthy, please complete the following online form: 

    Yes, I want to nominate someone! 


    Questions?  E-mail: 

    Jennifer Freeman

    or Ann Ninness  


    Please submit all nominations no later than March 31st.  Awards will be presented Convention during the Awards Presentation at 1:30 pm on Saturday, April 25, 2015. 

  • 18 Nov 2014 2:00 PM | Ann Ninness (Administrator)

    Dear Indiana Colleagues:

    We would like your help in improving services for people with aphasia!  Please take a few minutes of your time to let us know if you agree with our Best Practices Recommendations for aphasia.

    Here is a little background on the project: Aphasia United is an international organization designed to unite the global aphasia community including people affected by aphasia, researchers, clinicians and policy makers for the advancement of aphasia science and services. Our goal is to further a shared vision and advocate for aphasia internationally.

    One aim of Aphasia United has been to create a set of international Best Practices Recommendations for aphasia to help advocate for appropriate aphasia services. To that end, the Aphasia United Best Practices Working Group has crafted a list of 10 aphasia ‘best practice recommendations’ (BPRs). These BPRs were synthesized from a variety of published recommendations and guidelines from around the world .  Our Aphasia United BPRs represent many cycles of editing and revising by our working group. Please note that we have attempted to retain wording or meanings that are not too far from the original sources in order to reasonably represent the evidence base, while at the same time create a relatively short list of internationally relevant recommendations.  At the end of this email is a “preamble” that will be published with the BPRs to create a context along with the sources cited in each recommendation statement. The current version of the BPRs has been accepted by the Aphasia United Advisory Group


    We are now beginning a process to obtain wider international consensus on the BPRs. We are inviting people associated with various professional organizations or databases that relate to aphasia or speech-language pathology to complete a short survey. We would very much  appreciate your feedback.  Below is a link to a SurveyMonkey site that will allow you to give your input on the Aphasia United Best Practices Recommendations.

    Please take a few minutes to complete the survey (only 10 questions) by rating your level of support for each recommendation. Our hope is to gain agreement on aphasia best practices from interested parties around the world. Please help us with this important consensus process.

    Best wishes,

    Laura Murray

    Professor, Indiana University

    On behalf of:

    Aphasia United Best Practices Working Group: Nina Simmons-Mackie, Pam Enderby, Tami Howe, Anu Klippi, Julie Morris, Laura Murray, Ilias Papathanasiou, Stacie Raymer, Miranda Rose & Gloriajean Wallace

    For background details on this project please go to the Aphasia United Summit 2014 Best Practices powerpoint presentation link at (please note that the BPRs on the ppt do not reflect the most recent, updated version that you will see in the survey). 



    Aphasia United Best Practice Recommendations for Aphasia



    Aphasia is an acquired communication disability resulting from damage to the language areas of the brain, most often due to stroke, although other etiologies such as brain trauma or tumor can also cause aphasia. Aphasia is characterized by impairments in language modalities including speaking, understanding, reading and writing. Because of the pervasive importance of communication in daily life, aphasia typically has a negative impact on social relationships, participation and wellbeing. People with aphasia have preserved pre-onset intelligence, but intelligence can be masked by difficulty communicating. It should never be assumed that a person with aphasia is mentally incompetent. People with aphasia are typically able to make decisions and participate in activities if information or activities are made communicatively accessible.


    People with aphasia have the right to be treated with dignity and respect and to participate in the same level of health care as people without aphasia (including  participating in personally relevant decision making). People with aphasia and their family members have the right to relevant services designed for the individual to enhance communication and participation in life activities of choice. Health care services for people with aphasia should be person-centered and collaborative.


     “Best practice recommendations” for health care or community services involving people with aphasia are provided below. These have been compiled from a variety of sources around the world. Sources are cited along with the level of recommendations/evidence cited in the source.  Sources have not been directly quoted; rather, themes across cited sources have been worded to be representative. For more details on the levels of evidence please refer to the original source documents. It should be noted that most recommendations have been drawn from general stroke guidelines, rather than other etiologies or aphasia specific guidelines.


    Sources for Aphasia United Best Practice Recommendations for Aphasia


    • 1.      National Health and Medical Research Council Clinical Centre for Research Excellence in Aphasia Rehabilitation (CCRE) (2014). Australian Aphasia Rehabilitation Pathway.

    • 2.      Intercollegiate Stroke Working Party. National clinical guideline for stroke, 4th edition. London: Royal College of Physicians, 2012.

    • 3.      Lindsay MP, Gubitz G, Bayley M, Hill MD, Davies-Schinkel C, Singh S, and Phillips S. Canadian Best Practice Recommendations for Stroke Care (Update 2012). On behalf of the Canadian Stroke Strategy Best Practices and Standards Writing Group. Ottawa, Ontario Canada: Canadian Stroke Network

    • 4.      Miller, E., Murray, L., Richards, L., Zorowitz, R., Bakas, T., Clark, P. Billinger, S. (2010). Comprehensive Overview of Nursing and Interdisciplinary Rehabilitation Care of the Stroke Patient: A Scientific Statement from the American Heart Association. Stroke. 2010;41:2402-2448. Downloaded from

    • 5.      National Stroke Foundation Australia (2010) Clinical guidelines for stroke prevention and management. Melbourne Australia.

    • 6.      Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists (2005).RCSLT Clinical Guidelines

    • 7.      Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (2010) Management of patients with stroke: Rehabilitation, prevention and management of complications, and discharge planning A national clinical guideline. Edinburgh, Scotland.

    • 8.      Stroke Foundation of New Zealand and New Zealand Guidelines Group. Clinical Guidelines for Stroke Management 2010. Wellington: Stroke Foundation of New Zealand; 2010.

    • 9.      US Veteran’s Administration / Department of Defense (2010). Management of Stroke: VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline.

    Levels of Recommendation / Evidence


    Level A:          Body of research evidence can be trusted to guide practice

    Level B:          Body of research evidence can be trusted to guide practice in most situations

    Level C:          Body of research evidence provides some support for recommendation

    Level D:          Body of research evidence is weak

    Good Practice Point:  Recommendation is based on expert opinion or consensus



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