ASHA Forms Medicaid Committee In response to reports from speech-language pathologists and audiologists that state Medicaid funds for children’s services are being compromised by managed care organizations (MCOs), ASHA is forming an Ad Hoc Committee on Medicaid, charged with developing strategies to ensure that reasonable and necessary speech-language and audiology services are available to ... ASHA News
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ASHA Forms Medicaid Committee
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ASHA News   |   April 01, 2010
ASHA Forms Medicaid Committee
The ASHA Leader, April 2010, Vol. 15, 4. doi:10.1044/leader.AN2.15052010.4
The ASHA Leader, April 2010, Vol. 15, 4. doi:10.1044/leader.AN2.15052010.4
In response to reports from speech-language pathologists and audiologists that state Medicaid funds for children’s services are being compromised by managed care organizations (MCOs), ASHA is forming an Ad Hoc Committee on Medicaid, charged with developing strategies to ensure that reasonable and necessary speech-language and audiology services are available to children under state Medicaid programs.
The ad hoc committee will address concerns that arbitrary rules established by MCOs do not appropriately cover reasonable and necessary services for Medicaid beneficiaries. In schools, the other major Medicaid provider setting, SLPs are being asked to sign Medicaid billing forms for personnel they have not supervised and to perform tests and procedures they consider to be not medically necessary according to Medicaid regulations. The committee’s strategies will be designed to assist state associations in coordinating efforts to ensure coverage of reasonable and necessary speech-language pathology and audiology services, even in difficult state economic times.
ASHA’s Health Care Economics Committee (HCEC) recommended the formation of the ad hoc committee, which is chaired by Bernard Henri, HCEC member and executive director of the Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center. Committee members will include audiologists and SLPs with specific knowledge of Medicaid service difficulties in health care settings and in the schools. The work of the ad hoc committee will be conducted using conference calls, a collaboration site, and e-mail.
For more information, contactSteven White, PhD, CCC-A,director of health care economics and advocacy and ex officio member of the ad hoc committee, at swhite@asha.org.
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