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Presenter(s): A Collaborative Project of ASHA Professional Development and SIG 13, Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia)
Credit(s): PDHs: 2.0, ASHA CEUs*: 0.2
Summary: Speech-language pathologists working in health care are faced with many challenges, including an ever-changing reimbursement and regulatory landscape and varied patient population. These challenges require ongoing education and training, as well as knowledge of evidence-based practices and appropriate roles and responsibilities. This self-study addresses issues that SLPs working with dysphagia need to consider so that they can help their patients achieve the best possible clinical outcomes. The course begins with a discussion of the role of the SLP in addressing cough and then delves into a further discussion of sensory processing and how that may affect swallowing. It continues with a detailed description of issues the SLP must consider in long-term care settings and when providing palliative care. SLPs working with individuals with dysphagia can use this information to improve services and advocate for their role in the challenging health care environment.
Presenter(s): Nancy B. Swigert, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-S
Credit(s): PDHs: 2.0, ASHA CEUs*: 0.2
Summary: This course provides an overview of the documentation requirements for Medicare reimbursement for dysphagia-related services, including evaluation, treatment plans, treatment notes, progress notes, discharge summaries, and common diagnostic and procedure codes. The speaker discusses frameworks – including the SMART and International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF) frameworks – to help focus treatment plans on meaningful, measureable, and functional goals, giving examples of long- and short-term goals. The course also includes tips for streamlining documentation and suggestions for documenting progress to show skilled service.
Presenter(s): Michelle S. Bourgeois, PhD, CCC-SLP; Tammy Hopper, PhD, CCC-SLP; Renee Kinder, MS, CCC-SLP; Michelle Tristani, MS, CCC-SLP
Credit(s): PDHs: 5.5, ASHA CEUs*: 0.55
Summary: This course includes five recorded sessions from the 2016 online conference “Maximizing Functional Outcomes for Patients With Dementia.” These sessions focus on key components of functional assessment and treatment of dementia within the constraints of current service delivery models. The conference included a total of 13 sessions, with the broad goal of describing a range of evidence-based clinical care techniques to get to the heart of patient-centered dementia care.
Presenter(s): Dee Adams Nikjeh, PhD, CCC-SLP; Neela Swanson, BA
Credit(s): PDHs: 2.0, ASHA CEUs*: 0.2
Summary: This on demand webinar covers the latest speech-language pathology CPT and ICD-10 coding and payment updates and provides a targeted review of the 2022 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and its impact on payment for speech-language pathology services. Speakers review key health care payment compliance guidelines related to coding, billing, and supervision as well as tackle complex coding, payment, claims, and compliance scenarios submitted by clinicians throughout the year.
Presenter(s): Renee Kinder, MS, CCC-SLP, RAC-CT
Credit(s): PDHs: 2.0, ASHA CEUs*: 0.2
Summary: This on demand webinar explains Medicare's definition of and requirements for skilled maintenance therapy compared with skilled restorative-based care. The speaker discusses the regulatory history and landscape changes related to Medicare coverage of skilled maintenance services. The speaker then provides guidance on best practices for developing maintenance treatment plans and documenting skilled care.
Presenter(s): Neela Swanson, BA; Wendy DeLeo LeBorgne, PhD, CCC-SLP
Credit(s): PDHs: 2.0, ASHA CEUs*: 0.2
Summary: This course provides a foundation of practical coding knowledge to help SLPs accurately submit payment claims. The course reviews diagnosis and procedure coding fundamentals, including the important rules and tools to help avoid common pitfalls. Speakers explore real-world coding and claims case studies and provide strategies you can use to navigate your own unique scenarios.
Presenter(s): Mary Lee Casper, MA, CCC-SLP, FNAP; Aneesha Virani, PhD, CCC SLP
Credit(s): PDHs: 1.0, ASHA CEUs*: 0.1
Summary: Due to the rapidly changing climate in dysphagia management, adhering to recent changes in billing and documentation standards and procedures can be challenging for SLPs. In this on demand webinar, speakers will identify common pitfalls and discuss strategies to meet expectations, so clinicians can avoid unethical decisions, prevent dings, and maximize local coverage for dysphagia reimbursement. The speakers will also illustrate how advocating for accurate representation in SLP billing and documentation supports clinician competency and patient outcomes. This webinar – part of the SIGnature Series – was developed by SIG 13: Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia).
Credit(s): PDHs: 1.0, ASHA CEUs*: 0.1
Summary: These Perspectives (SIG 15) articles discuss issues related to dementia care, student supervision, and the home health patient driven groupings model. Warren describes the rational for the development of a new payment system, how it will be changing, and what speech-language pathologists can do to be prepared and successfully navigate the transition. Davies explores the relating concepts of participation and communication in dementia care research and to propose future avenues of research within the field of communication disorders. Bice and Smith discuss current issues found in external clinical placements, their possible causes, and offers practical solutions for assisting students to benefit from their experiences.
Presenter(s): Dee Adams Nikjeh, PhD, CCC-SLP; Shannon Butkus, PhD, CCC-SLP
Credit(s): PDHs: 1.0, ASHA CEUs*: 0.1
Summary: Coverage of and payment for SLP services for patients with complex medical conditions requires SLPs to navigate provider guidelines and payment systems related to multiple sites of service and multiple episodes of care. SLPs must also exhibit professional mastery of the principles of clinical decision-making pertaining to a continuum of care from intensive skilled treatment to maintenance intervention and termination of SLP care. This session presents critical information to support accurate payment for SLP services provided to patients with complex medical conditions. The speakers share a pediatric and an adult case scenario and provide useful resources.