ASHA Launches Web Pages for Consumers and Payers New Resources Promote Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Services Bottom Line
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Bottom Line  |   May 01, 2005
ASHA Launches Web Pages for Consumers and Payers
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  • Neela Swanson, is ASHA’s health care financing information coordinator. Contact her at nswanson@asha.org.
    Neela Swanson, is ASHA’s health care financing information coordinator. Contact her at nswanson@asha.org.×
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Bottom Line   |   May 01, 2005
ASHA Launches Web Pages for Consumers and Payers
The ASHA Leader, May 2005, Vol. 10, 3-29. doi:10.1044/leader.BML.10062005.3
The ASHA Leader, May 2005, Vol. 10, 3-29. doi:10.1044/leader.BML.10062005.3
ASHA continues to improve reimbursement and coverage for audiology and speech-language pathology services through its Focused Initiative on Health Care Reimbursement. As a result, two new areas on the ASHA Web site have been created to target groups of people who can have a direct effect on the coverage and payment of speech, language, and hearing services. The following questions and answers provide more information on these new Web pages, including why they are important to you, as an audiologist or speech-language pathologist, and to those you serve.
What kind of information is available on the new sites?
Both of ASHA’s new sites are located in the public section of the ASHA Web site. On the Web page, “Understanding Health Insurance,” consumers are given a number of resources to help them understand their current health plans, advocate with their employers and health insurance plans to obtain better coverage, and find alternative sources of funding to enable them to receive the speech, language, or hearing services they need.
The Web page called “Adding Speech, Language, and Hearing Benefits to Your Policy” is designed to provide employers, insurers, and labor unions with answers to questions they might have about the value of these benefits, qualified providers for these services, and what ideal speech, language, and hearing benefits would look like. It also provides contact information to ASHA staff members who can help them develop comprehensive benefits for their employees and members.
Why are ASHA resources for consumers and payers important to clinicians? Why are ASHA resources for consumers and payers important to clinicians?
Consumers, employers, insurers, and labor unions can all have an impact on the coverage and payment of services you provide as an audiologist or SLP. Consumers who need your services can become strong and effective advocates for comprehensive coverage of speech, language, and hearing services. The Web page, “Understanding Health Insurance,” gives consumers the necessary guidance and tools to do so. Employers, insurers, and labor unions are the decision makers who will hear from the consumers and determine whether or not your services will be covered under their health insurance policies. The Web page, “Adding Speech, Language, and Hearing Benefits to Your Policy,” provides them easy access to the resources and contact information that will help them understand the value of your services and the benefits of adding these services to their health insurance policies.
How can my clients and patients learn about these resources?
Tell those you serve that the Web page, “Understanding Health Insurance” is a resource for them, especially if they need help getting services covered under their health insurance plan. Also tell consumers to refer employers or insurers to the Web page, “Adding Speech, Language, and Hearing Benefits to Your Policy.”
ASHA is in the process of contacting consumer groups to ask them to post links to these Web pages on their own Web sites. If you know of other groups that would be interested in providing information about speech, language, and hearing to consumers, tell them about the Web pages, “Understanding Health Insurance” and “Adding Speech, Language, and Hearing Benefits to Your Policy.”
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