Health Conference Draws More Than 500: First Business Institute Proves Popular Excitement and energy were in the air on March 31 and April 1—shortly before this issue went to press—when speech-language pathologists working in health care settings across the country gathered in Bethesda, Maryland, for “ASHA Health Care 2007” and the first-ever ASHA Business Institute. Attendance for the event reached an ... ASHA News
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Health Conference Draws More Than 500: First Business Institute Proves Popular
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ASHA News   |   May 01, 2007
Health Conference Draws More Than 500: First Business Institute Proves Popular
The ASHA Leader, May 2007, Vol. 12, 3. doi:10.1044/leader.AN3.12062007.3
The ASHA Leader, May 2007, Vol. 12, 3. doi:10.1044/leader.AN3.12062007.3
Excitement and energy were in the air on March 31 and April 1—shortly before this issue went to press—when speech-language pathologists working in health care settings across the country gathered in Bethesda, Maryland, for “ASHA Health Care 2007” and the first-ever ASHA Business Institute. Attendance for the event reached an all-time high for the fourth annual health care conference—and was boosted by high interest in the Business Institute, which offered practical guidance to clinicians at all levels of experience in the private sector.
The event’s keynote address, “Improving Health Literacy,” was delivered by acting U.S. Surgeon General Kenneth Moritsugu, who told a rapt crowd that SLPs were “at the core of what we do” in improving the nation’s public health.
Participants attended 32 concurrent sessions and moved among four clinical tracks—the Business Institute, pediatric issues, adult neurogenic disorders, and dysphagia—all of which provided in-depth guidance through a variety of sessions. The Business Institute included sessions on the basics of finance, coding and reimbursement, creation of business plans, documentation, and marketing. Pediatric sessions examined pediatric dysphagia, screening for developmental disabilities in the medical “home,” childhood apraxia of speech, and resonance disorders and velopharyngeal dysfunction.
The dysphasia track included sessions on clinical predictors of aspiration post-stroke, the clinical swallow evaluation, evaluation and treatment of patients with dysphagia and dementia, head and neck cancer, and case studies. Adult neurogenic sessions included medical management of stroke and primary progressive aphasia, effects of medication on swallowing disorders, dysarthria associated with degenerative disease, voice and resonance disorders, and more.
More than 100 attendees boarded buses to support the ASHFoundation on a special evening tour of “Washington, D.C., After Dark,” which included the floodlit national monuments and federal buildings.
On the Monday following the conference, 40 participants traveled to Capitol Hill to lobby on issues important to audiologists and SLPs across the country.
The joint conference and business institute was sponsored by seven ASHA special interest divisions. Full details of the conference—and an in-depth interview with the U.S. Surgeon General—will appear in the next issue of The ASHA Leader.
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