The Voice of Speech, Hearing and Language Professionals in
NCSHLA promotes the professional practice of the speech, language and hearing sciences, advocates and serves as the voice of the profession, and works to enhance the lives of communicatively impaired citizens in North Carolina.
Augmentative Communication has taken a leap in popularity in recent years, in part due to additional options in the market and also with changes in our state Medicaid Rules, all SLP’s are able to complete AAC Evaluations and make equipment recommendations for purchase. There is a growing concern in the state that many SLPs are not equipped with the knowledge, skills, or resources to effectively complete an evaluation, make good recommendations and support the equipment once it is acquired.
Using a rare procedural maneuver, the Senate rejected the House’s education-focused spending plan without so much as a vote Monday.
Senate Rules Chairman Tom Apodaca sent the mini-budget – endorsed by Gov. Pat McCrory – back to the House without considering it, citing a rule that allows the chamber to return a spending bill that is not balanced.
Apodaca said the $134 million the House put toward Medicaid won’t cover the state’s obligations for the health insurance program and the budget didn’t include enough money for its pension obligations.
ASHA members are needed to advocate in support of new legislation that allows audiologists and speech-language pathologists to be reimbursed by Medicare for providing telehealth services. The Medicare Telehealth Parity Act of 2014 (H.R. 5380) was introduced by Representatives Mike Thompson (D-CA) and Gregg Harper (R-MS). In addition to providing reimbursement for telehealth services, this legislation will designate the beneficiary’s home as an “originating site” for home health services so that they do not need to travel to a medical facility to receive services via telehealth.
On July 31, 2014, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a final rule confirming the new ICD-10 (International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision) implementation date of October 1, 2015, after the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 delayed the planned October 1, 2014,
transition. The final rule also requires the health care industry to continue using ICD-9 (9th Revision) through September 30, 2015.