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SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY
Jeanne McMillan, VP SLP
Committee members are very busy preparing for the new legislative session. In conjunction with ISHA’s lobbyist, Mark Scherer, committee members are working diligently to prepare ISHA’s response to the following:
ISHA takes a very active role in monitoring and responding to legislative issues that have potential to directly or indirectly impact our profession in the state of Indiana. We work closely with ASHA for assistance and guidance. Should you wish to become involved in this process, do not hesitate to contact Jeanne McMillan, ISHA VP of Speech Language Pathology or Ruth Ann Morrell, ISHA President.
Susan Latham, VP Marketing
To the world you may be one person,
but to one person, you may be the world!
Help our future professionals by participating in
ISHA's new mentoring initiative!
ISHA is launching a mentoring program. Student members of ISHA are paired with speech language pathologists and audiologists who provide guidance, feedback and support for career development in a meaningful, one-to-one relationship. Get involved as a mentor or mentee. Sign up at ISHA convention in April. If you are interested in helping to coordinate the mentoring program, please contact Susan Latham at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Marketing Committee is still searching for volunteers to participate in "Share Your Stories Indiana!" By sharing your human interest stories you make our professions accessible and real to the public. Tell us why you decided to become a speech language pathologist or audiologist. Tell us the powerful stories of how you have made a difference in the lives of children and families or have your clients/patients share their stories. We want to share your stories on our website. You can submit a written essay or we can send someone to film your story. Contact Susan Latham at email@example.com to schedule a date for filming. You may submit your written essay anytime to the same email address.
ISHA has followed with great interest the development of the Indiana Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education (CDHHE).
You can access the proposal CDHHE Transition Plan 2012 and more information about this transition process through the ISHA website.
ISHA encourages you to take time to read over this information and respond with your comments. Perhaps you were a member of the stakeholder group, if so we would love to hear your feedback. ISHA represents a diverse group of professionals and the development of the CDHHE touches many of us.
Replies requested by Friday, January 25, 2013.
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 @ firstname.lastname@example.org or @ 317-468-4664.
Happy New Year!
As the New Year approaches there are several items important for all ISHA members to be aware of.
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.
To support and empower members to provide the highest quality, life changing communication, swallowing and hearing services to the people of the State of Indiana.
Email: ISHAIndiana@gmail.com; Phone: 855-727-2836
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