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  • 05/24/2018 12:35 PM | Anonymous

    The Purdue Aphasia Group has been hard at work this spring!  We have highlighted our recent events in the new Spring 2018 newsletter.  Please feel free to share with your patients, friends and colleagues.  

    As always, please visit our website at:,

    And on Facebook:

    Click Here to Download the Newsletter!

  • 04/24/2018 11:37 AM | Anonymous



    Call for Papers - ISHA CONVENTION 2019

    April 4-6, 2018

    Sheraton Indianapolis Keystone Crossing - Indianapolis, IN

    If you are interested in submitting papers to be considered for a presentation at the 2019 Convention - April 4th-6th, please submit the information electronically here prior to July 1, 2018. 

    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!

  • 04/23/2018 4:40 PM | Anonymous

    International Noise Awareness Day
    23rd Anniversary

    INAD 2018: Wednesday, April 25, 2018

    All over the world, people, organizations, and governments will commemorate the 23rd Annual International Noise Awareness Day (INAD) on Wednesday, April 25, 2018. The Center for Hearing and Communication (CHC) founded this yearly event in 1996 to encourage people to do something about bothersome noise where they work, live, and play.

    Click to learn more:

  • 04/16/2018 4:39 PM | Anonymous


    Come spend a day and a half learning, sharing, and making new connections at the First Steps Conference 2018 in beautiful Monroe County. Fueled by relaxing walks and delicious food, spend your time talking through concrete skills to support your practice, learning about inspiring new research from national keynote speakers, and developing strong connections with fellow providers across the state.

    Join us to learn as well as celebrate the hard, important work you do every day. Credentialing points offered for all formal sessions.

    Click Here to Learn More: 

  • 03/23/2018 3:22 PM | Anonymous

    Dear Members, Student Affiliates, and Associates of ISHA,

    A new year means preparation; preparation to develop and achieve new goals. This year, ISHA is diligently working to achieve several goals: increase membership, provide additional continuing education opportunities, and offer scholarships to students in the fields of audiology and speech-language pathology.


    While you can play an integral role in assisting ISHA to achieve its 2018 goals, I am writing to specifically ask for your help with the goal of raising $2000.00 toward scholarship funds. ISHA will hold its Second Annual Silent Auction during Spring Convention, which takes place April 5-7.


    Last year, ISHA held its First Annual Silent Auction during Spring Convention and raised a total of $1768.00. Popular Silent Auction items included designer accessories, gift certificates, wine baskets, and collegiate gift sets. 


    ISHA is currently accepting donations for Silent Auction items. So far, the following items have been committed:


    ·     Wine baskets (2)

    ·     Skincare basket

    ·     Purdue basket (2)

    ·     Vera Bradley bag with office supplies

    ·     Agnes and Dora clothing

    ·     Basket on behalf of the Indiana Voice Clinic

    ·     St Mary's basket

    ·     Notre Dame basket

    ·     Movie basket


    If you are interested in donating a gift set or basket, please follow this link to confirm your donation. If you have contact information for a business/organization that might be interested, please contact me. ISHA will also accept monetary donations for the scholarship fund!


    With the continually rising costs of education, it is important as ever to provide funds for students in the state of Indiana on their educational path to becoming future audiologists and speech-language pathologists and the future of ISHA.


    Best regards,

    Carolyn Wade, M.S., CCC-SLP

    Secretary of ISHA/2018 Silent Auction Coordinator

  • 03/12/2018 12:46 PM | Anonymous

    Hello Colleagues!

    The ASHA Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology advisory councils will be on Capital Hill tomorrow advocating for our profession and our patients. Tomorrow is  also virtual advocacy day.  Please take just a few minutes of your time to advocate along with the ASHA advisory councils.


    We have included the link to the ASHA website below. There are four topics that ASHA has identified as important.

    • Participants should click on the topic beneath the TAKE ACTION NOW!
    • Then enter your zip code and click "Check Zip Code" to continue. On some occasions you may need to enter your entire address; but it will be clear based upon the instructions.
    • Your congressional legislators and an email for each topic will populate.

    Thank you for your participation. We are stronger together!!!!

  • 03/06/2018 11:49 AM | Anonymous

    You are invited to participate in a research project, being conducted by graduate students at Saint Mary’s College. The purpose of this research project is to identify the pros and cons of having a caseload vs a workload in the school system, in regards to the guidelines of Indiana’s caseload and Michigan’s workload, thus drawing attention to the benefits of the guidelines implicated by ASHA. The procedure involves filling an anonymous online survey, attached below, which contains only 10 questions. If you have any questions about the research study, please contact Dr. Rhonda Tomeko at or Grace Connelly at

  • 02/21/2018 4:26 PM | Anonymous

    The Purdue Aphasia Research Laboratory and the M.D. Steer Speech and Language Clinic are inviting persons with aphasia to participate in the 2018 Purdue Aphasia Boot Camp.  The Boot Camp includes: 

    -Three weeks of aphasia therapy (3 times per week, 1.5 hours per day) including both individualized and group therapy sessions.

    -Up to 4 research testing sessions.

    Participation is FREE with a language assessment completed prior to beginning of the program to determine eligibility.

    Tentative schedule:  June 11-29 (Monday, Wednesday, Friday am)

    Location: Purdue University Speech and Language Clinic, Lyles-Porter Hall

    Participants must commute to Purdue Campus (West Lafayette) for the Boot Camp

    If you know persons with aphasia that may be interested, don’t wait! This is first come, first served and spots are limited!

    Please contact: Emily Bauman, Project Coordinator with the Purdue Aphasia Research Laboratory: or Michelle Gutmann, Clinical Associate Professor:

    Thank you for your consideration!

  • 02/13/2018 2:07 PM | Anonymous

    ISHA Convention 2018

    April 5th-7th

    Celebrating Everyday Heroes

    Leading the Way with Evidence-Based Practice!


    Click here to register online
    click here to download the full registration brochure


    Click Here to Learn More & Register Now!

    Click Here to Download the Exhibitor Prospectus



    Sheraton Indianapolis Hotel at Keystone Crossing

    8787 Keystone Crossing ~ Indianapolis, IN 46240

    Click Here for Directions


  • 02/12/2018 5:03 PM | Anonymous

    Congress has permanently repealed Medicare Part B therapy caps and permanently extended the Steve Gleason Enduring Voices Act, which authorizes the purchase of speech-generating devices (SGDs).

    The measures were included in a continuing resolution passed yesterday that funds the federal government for the next two years.

    Medicare Part B Therapy Cap

    The resolution permanently eliminates the hard cap on how much outpatient speech-language, occupational and physical therapy each Medicare beneficiary is allowed per year. Congress has allowed an exceptions process in most of the past 20 years, but this permanent fix repeals the cap and replaces it with a more flexible targeted medical review threshold of $3,000.

    Even with a threshold of $3,000, clinicians must use the KX modifier—which indicates ongoing medical necessity—when a patient’s therapy services exceed $2,010 (the level of the previous cap). If an SLP meets certain billing criteria (yet to be announced), the clinician may be required to submit medical records for some of the claims above the $3,000 threshold for review.

    ASHA anticipates that the targeting criteria and review process will be similar or identical to the most recent therapy caps exceptions process. We will share the details when they become available.

    Steve Gleason Enduring Voices Act

    The resolution also requires Medicare to cover the purchase of SGDs permanently. Most of the people who use SGDs have neurodegenerative diseases such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis. Prior to 2015, people who used SGDs couldn’t take the devices with them to nursing homes, hospices or hospitals because the SGDs were rented, rather than purchased.

    The Steve Gleason Enduring Voices Act lifted this limitation through Sept. 30, 2017; Congress eliminated the rental requirement permanently in this most recent funding legislation, allowed SGD-users to use their devices during facility stays.

    To pay for outpatient therapy and SGC access, Congress made several other Medicare policy changes. ASHA will issue additional guidance and information as needed.

    • The Home Health Prospective Payment System (HHPPS) will move from the current 60-day episode of care to a 30-day episode beginning in 2020. This change could result in reduced reimbursement for home-based speech-language services. Additionally, the annual payment update to HHPPS was restricted to 1.5 percent in 2020.
    • The annual update to the Skilled Nursing Facilities Prospective Payment System was restricted to 2.4 percent in 2019.
    • The annual payment update for the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule was revised from 0.5 percent to 0.25 percent in 2019.

    Other Provisions

    The legislation also:

    • Reauthorizes the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) through 2027.
    • Gives additional funding to the National Health Service Corps through fiscal year 2019 to support graduate education for health care providers, including audiologists and speech-language pathologists.
    • Permanently repeals the Independent Payment Advisory Board, empowered to implement spending reductions to Medicare with limited congressional oversight.


    Jeffrey P. Regan, MA, is ASHA director of government affairs and public policy. 

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