State Leaders Share Insights, Challenges Intense discussion of weighty topics—ethical dilemmas, use of support personnel, federal education funding, Medicare reimbursement—took place against a backdrop of the breathtaking Alaska Range at the annual spring meeting of the Council of State Speech-Language-Hearing Association Presidents (CSAP) in Anchorage, Alaska. During the three-day meeting, sponsored by CSAP in collaboration ... ASHA News
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ASHA News  |   July 01, 2012
State Leaders Share Insights, Challenges
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  • Molly Thompson, MS, CCC-SLP, president of CSAP, can be reached at polarspeech@yahoo.com.
    Molly Thompson, MS, CCC-SLP, president of CSAP, can be reached at polarspeech@yahoo.com.×
  • Eileen Crowe, director of state association relations, can be reached at ecrowe@asha.org.
    Eileen Crowe, director of state association relations, can be reached at ecrowe@asha.org.×
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ASHA News   |   July 01, 2012
State Leaders Share Insights, Challenges
The ASHA Leader, July 2012, Vol. 17, 42. doi:10.1044/leader.AN2.17092012.42
The ASHA Leader, July 2012, Vol. 17, 42. doi:10.1044/leader.AN2.17092012.42
Intense discussion of weighty topics—ethical dilemmas, use of support personnel, federal education funding, Medicare reimbursement—took place against a backdrop of the breathtaking Alaska Range at the annual spring meeting of the Council of State Speech-Language-Hearing Association Presidents (CSAP) in Anchorage, Alaska.
During the three-day meeting, sponsored by CSAP in collaboration with ASHA, state leaders from across the country learned about state and federal regulatory updates, networked, and participated in leadership training.
After a 4.8-magnitude earthquake greeted many participants on their arrival, the meeting opened with a performance of dancing and singing by the Sivuqaq Dancers of Anchorage, an Aleut group from St. Lawrence Island.
CSAP Past President Carol Fleming kicked off the meeting with a talk on leadership skills. ASHA President Shelly Chabon and Vice President for Government Relations and Public Policy Theresa Rodgers then spoke about resolving ethical dilemmas and led roundtable discussions on ethics in the workplace.
Presenters also addressed and led roundtable discussions on training, licensing, and regulation of support personnel. In addition, participants learned “insider tips” on convention planning from Ellen Shortill, ASHA director of convention and meetings.
Turning to public policy, Rodgers and Janet Deppe—ASHA director of state advocacy—offered insights on ASHA’s agenda related to funding for the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act, the Medicare outpatient therapy cap, scope of practice issues as related to the American Music Therapy Association, and habilitative coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
Participants celebrated the passage of licensure laws for speech-language pathologists and speech-language pathology assistants in South Dakota and a certification bill in Colorado awaiting signature that would regulate speech-language pathologists. Many states are facing a number of legislative and regulatory concerns, including Medicaid funding issues, the changing landscape of hearing health care, cuts to early intervention, regulation of speech-language pathology assistants, and scope of practice and encroachment issues.
ASHA’s state team offered a session on ASHA’s recognition renewal process, the three ASHA networks [State Education Advocacy Leaders (SEALs), State Medicare Administrative Contractor’s Networks (SMACs), and State Advocates for Reimbursement (STARs)], and new continuing education disclosure requirements.
The state team also shared resources available to state leaders, including web-based information on support personnel, hearing aid dispensing, legislative and regulatory trends, and a new model licensure bill.
They also discussed ASHA personnel and reimbursement grants available to ASHA-recognized state associations, ASHA’s legislative/regulatory e-mail blast system, and the availability of members of the ASHA Board of Directors as speakers for state associations.
CSAP participants also joined in an informal gathering—a reception and auction at the Anchorage Museum at Rasmusson Center. For the auction, members and past presidents of the Alaska Speech-Language-Hearing Association donated items found only in Alaska: from dance fans made on St. Lawrence Island to Christmas ornaments from Brevig Mission made from “healthy seals.”
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