February 1, 2013 Association

ASHA News: February 2013

Send in Your Convention Session Proposals

Prospective 2013 ASHA Convention presenters are invited to submit proposals for sessions.

This call for convention papers closes on April 10.

The 2013 convention, "The Magic of Teamwork: Science and Service Delivery," cochaired by Donise Pearson and Colleen O'Rourke, will take place Nov. 14–16 in Chicago.

Tell ASHA What's Happening in Health Care

Did you receive ASHA's 2013 SLP Health Care Survey in the mail? This biennial survey, designed to gather information about the job market, work conditions, salaries and patient caseload, was recently mailed to a sample of SLPs in health care settings, including clinics and offices.

If you received a survey, please take the time to respond. Your answers provide information vital to the membership, professions and discipline. For more information, contact Jeanette Janota, senior research associate and statistician, at jjanota@asha.org.

Did You Know?

  • You can find continuing education courses from ASHA-approved CE providers Course Search. You can search by keyword, date, location or subject area.
  • When you join the ASHA Community—where ASHA and NSSLHA members and affiliates communicate and collaborate online—you can find and connect with other professionals who share your interests.
  • You have instant access to resources on running a practice at ASHA's Practice Management site, where you'll find information on billing and reimbursement, health care reform, best practices and standards, ways to promote your services, ethics, state licensure and multiculturalism.
  • You can search EdFind for information about more than 300 institutions offering degree programs in audiology, speech-language pathology, and speech, language and hearing science.

Apply for Leadership Development Program for School-Based Clinicians

by Andrea Falzarano

ASHA invites school-based speech-language pathologists and audiologists to apply for the spring Leadership Development Program, which helps participants develop leadership skills, coach and mentor others, and develop strategies for preventing and managing conflict.

All applicants must work in schools and never have served on an ASHA or ASHA special interest group committee, board, council, working group or task force. Preference will be given to SIG members and past leaders of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association. The program is limited to 30 participants.

The year-long program will begin with a workshop on Thursday, July 11, the day before ASHA's Schools Conference in Long Beach, Calif. Those in the program also will participate in six web seminars, identify and develop a learning project, and be part of a learning team with program colleagues. Applications must be submitted by April 3 at 3 p.m. (ET).

Individual learning projects for SLPs should focus on one of the following:

  • Performance assessment of SLPs' contributions and effectiveness.
  • Response-to-intervention.
  • Changing roles and responsibilities.
  • Workload/caseload.
  • Common Core State Standards.
  • Individual learning projects for audiologists should focus on one of the following:
  • School hearing screening.
  • Linking IEP goals to Common Core Standards for students with hearing loss.
  • Classroom acoustics.
  • Managing audiology support personnel.

For more information or to apply, visit ASHA's Leadership Development Program or contact Haley Jones, volunteer operations manager, at hjones@asha.org.

Andrea Falzarano (afalzarano@asha.org) is ASHA director of association governance operations.

Find Out About 'Big Data' to Track Outcomes

Interested in outcomes data? Check out recordings of the presentations from the 2012 Research Symposium, "Measuring Rehabilitation Outcomes Using Large-Scale Databases".

The four sessions include:

The annual symposium is held at ASHA's annual convention and is cosponsored by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. For more information on students and early-career investigators who received mentor-protégé travel awards to attend the symposium, visit theResearch Mentoring-Pair Travel Award page.

Call for Certification Council Nominations

The Nominating Committee of the Council for Clinical Certification in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology seeks nominations for five CFCC vacancies—one ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist and three ASHA-certified audiologists. The three-year term for these positions begins Jan. 1, 2014.

The CFCC, which offers voluntary certification to individuals who hold a graduate degree in audiology or speech-language pathology, administers all facets of the certification program. It defines clinical certification standards, grants certification to those who meet the qualifications, defines and administers reinstatement, and administers certification maintenance.

Applicants for the open CFCC positions must be ASHA members and hold ASHA certification. They should be familiar with the CFCC's roles and understand the responsibilities involved.

CFCC service requires commitment and time, up to two or three hours per week during certain times of the year. Members establish certification standards and implementation language; determine the passing score on the Praxis examinations; review and evaluate selected applications; help develop and approve certification forms; and participate in e-mail discussions of questions from applicants, graduate educational programs and certification staff. The CFCC uses online collaboration to conduct much of its work.

Every year, the CFCC holds three- or four-day meetings in February and July, and a one-day meeting at the annual convention.

The Nominating Committee will prepare a slate from the nominations received, with at least two candidates for each vacancy. The slate will be presented to the ASHA Board of Directors for final approval.

Interested candidates can apply using the nomination form. Submit completed forms by fax (301-296-8569) or mail, dated or postmarked no later than June 1, to Earl "Gip" Seaver, CFCC Nominating Committee Chair, c/o Neil DiSarno, ASHA, 2200 Research Blvd., Rockville, MD 20850-3289.

For more information, contact Neil DiSarno, ASHA chief staff officer for audiology, at ndisarno@asha.org.

National Leadership Opportunity Available for Students

The National Student Speech Language Hearing Association is accepting applications for positions on the 2013–2015 NSSLHA Executive Council. Membership on the council provides students with a national leadership opportunity and the chance to shape the future of the professions.

The council is the governing board of NSSLHA, comprising 10 regional councilors and one member-at-large, 10 delegates and one delegate-at-large, and four ASHA members who serve as consultants. The council meets every spring and fall, with a required orientation session in the summer.

Council members work on committees that establish policy and develop programs to carry out the NSSLHA mission, and have oversight of the association's $800,000 operating budget.

The at-large and five regional councilor positions are open. Any student who lives in, attends or will attend an academic program in the regions listed below may apply:

  • Region 1: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Nova Scotia, Quebec.
  • Region 3: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia.
  • Region 4: Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Ontario.
  • Region 6: Colorado, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota.
  • Region 9: Arizona, Montana, New Mexico, Texas, Utah, Wyoming, Alberta, Puerto Rico, Mexico.

The member-at-large position represents populations of NSSLHA members in the areas of audiology, distance learning, nontraditional students and others.

Regional councilors serve two-year terms. The member-at-large serves a one-year term. Terms begin July 1.

The deadline for applications is March 1.

Institute to Focus on Changes in Health Care Environment

Speech-language pathologists looking for information on weathering upcoming changes in health care delivery and reimbursement will find answers at ASHA's 2013 Health Care and Business Institute, April 27–28 in Orlando, where SLPs will find the clinical, practical and business skills they need to improve clinical outcomes and achieve business objectives.

Participants may attend sessions in any of the four institute tracks: business, adult neurogenic disorders, swallowing and pediatrics.

Paul Rao, vice president of inpatient operations and compliance at Medstar National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington, D.C., will deliver the opening plenary presentation, "A Value Proposition: Speech-Language Pathology in the New Health Care Landscape." In his explanation of the impact of health care reform on communication sciences and disorders, Rao will focus on a value-based service delivery paradigm and how it differs from the current volume-based system; the new partnerships and alliances SLPs need to thrive in a value-based environment; and the use of the International Classification of Function as a framework for demonstrating the value of speech-language services.

The business track will include sessions on documentation, Medicaid changes, telepractice, productivity issues, ethical choices, billing code updates and reimbursement strategies, business strategies, situational leadership, supervision and more.

Adult neurogenic disorder sessions will examine assistive technology for cognition, college after traumatic brain injury, treatment for aphasic agrammatism and global aphasia in the changing health care environment, and other issues.

Swallowing sessions will focus on SLPs' roles in the intensive care unit, radiologic assessments for dysphagia, radiation safety, exercise-based dysphagia treatments and more.

The pediatrics track will include sessions on auditory processing disorder assessment and treatment, using music in speech-language treatment, tracheostomy issues in infants and children and the use of play in physical and mental well-being and development.

Participants can earn up to 1.3 ASHA continuing education units.


See what ASHA's Board of Directors voted on recently [PDF].


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