Self-Advocacy Is the Answer to Medicaid Challenges I read with great interest “The Top 10 Medicaid Challenges in Schools” in the September issue. The needed fix to Medicaid paperwork challenges in the schools is self-advocacy by school-based speech-language pathologists who are asked to complete Medicaid documentation for the financial benefit of school districts. Increased workload is a ... Inbox
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Self-Advocacy Is the Answer to Medicaid Challenges
The ASHA Leader, November 2017, Vol. 22, 4. doi:10.1044/leader.IN1.22112017.4
The ASHA Leader, November 2017, Vol. 22, 4. doi:10.1044/leader.IN1.22112017.4
I read with great interest “The Top 10 Medicaid Challenges in Schools” in the September issue. The needed fix to Medicaid paperwork challenges in the schools is self-advocacy by school-based speech-language pathologists who are asked to complete Medicaid documentation for the financial benefit of school districts.
Increased workload is a pervasive problem in the schools. Due to a change to encounter-based billing, Medicaid documentation now has a significant impact on the SLP, who has many other responsibilities—in addition to providing services—that consume the school day. Particularly in districts that require only teaching certification for hire, licensed SLPs need to advocate for time or compensation for completing Medicaid documentation.
As our professional organization, ASHA needs to encourage and support such advocacy efforts. This should include directing SLPs to resources for helping them understand exactly how much reimbursement is generated in their districts as a result of their work and helping them connect with other SLPs who have used such information to lead successful advocacy campaigns in their districts.
Stephanie Verrico, Amherst, New York

Advocacy is critical to handling of the paperwork burden in schools. Visit on.asha.org/mcaid-schls for information and frequently asked questions about Medicaid services and advocacy in schools.

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