Louisiana Speech-Language-Hearing Association Website: www.lsha.org Facebook: Louisiana Speech-Language-Hearing Association Established: 1965 Members: 270 Contact: Emily Rampmaier, president, ebrampmaier@gmail.com or office@lsha.org LSHA’s legislative chair has been a huge asset in updating the membership on the introduction of new and passed bills in the state legislature that are of interest to the professions. LSHA ... State Spotlight
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Louisiana Speech-Language-Hearing Association
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  • —Rhonda Regouffre Hodo, LSHA publications chair
    —Rhonda Regouffre Hodo, LSHA publications chair×
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Hearing & Speech Perception / State Spotlight
State Spotlight   |   August 01, 2017
Louisiana Speech-Language-Hearing Association
The ASHA Leader, August 2017, Vol. 22, 84. doi:10.1044/leader.STSP.22082017.84
The ASHA Leader, August 2017, Vol. 22, 84. doi:10.1044/leader.STSP.22082017.84
Website: www.lsha.org
Facebook: Louisiana Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Established: 1965
Members: 270
Contact: Emily Rampmaier, president, ebrampmaier@gmail.com or office@lsha.org
How are you making a difference in your members’ professional lives?
LSHA’s legislative chair has been a huge asset in updating the membership on the introduction of new and passed bills in the state legislature that are of interest to the professions. LSHA also hosts a yearly convention that provides the opportunity for members to listen and learn from top-notch professionals in their field and earn CEUs.
What is the most significant challenge, unique circumstance or pressing frustration facing communication sciences and disorders (CSD) professionals in Louisiana today?
Medicaid reimbursement for CSD professionals is a hot topic and has been a source of frustration for some time. There has been recent Medicaid expansion in Louisiana—which LSHA supported—which was passed in January 2017 and provides 30 percent more people access to Medicaid. However, discussions are needed with Medicaid about reimbursement for hearing aids.
What is your association’s proudest accomplishment?
Our annual advocacy day, “A Day at the Capitol,” is a huge success, with members of LSHA and SPALS (Speech Pathologists & Audiologists in Louisiana Schools) gathering in Baton Rouge. Professionals and graduate students—representing various universities, schools, medical sites, and private practices—participate. At the 2017 Day at the Capitol, LSHA members discussed the Louisiana Practice Act, ASHA’s Code of Ethics, and information regarding billing and coding during a professional, CEU-eligible presentation. Members also offered hearing screenings to those attending legislative sessions and to visitors at the Capitol.
What is a particularly memorable event in your association’s history and how did it come about?
The most memorable event in LSHA’s history dates back to only one year ago at our last convention. The theme was “Meeting Needs for Brighter Futures,” and the convention offered an exciting addition: an advocacy track. In this track, people with communication difficulties (or their family members) that resulted from a variety of disorders and injuries spoke about their experiences.
What should every CSD professional in Louisiana know about the association?
We are here to serve our members. LSHA strives to be the unifying force to make effective communication, a human right, accessible and achievable for all. As it is for ASHA, this is our vision! LSHA members can take advantage of valuable benefits, such as professional publications, CEU opportunities, submission of CE administrative paperwork to ASHA, networking opportunities and career-building tools.
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