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ASHA Advocacy

ASHA Advocacy communicates and informs ASHA's Advocates about federal and state issues related to health care, education, and speech-language pathology and audiology.

Q and A on billing and coding for pediatric audiology services

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How Medicare Reimbursement Works in Skilled Nursing Facilities: SLPs and other rehab professionals feel squeezed by a system that reimburses skilled nursing facilities only for face-to-face time with patients.

Under Pressure: Speech-language pathologists in many skilled nursing facilities report high productivity expectations amid sweeping changes in health care delivery. And they’re speaking out about the effect of these expectations on patient care and service delivery.

Does your state mandate hearing aid coverage for children?

Audiologists and speech-language pathologists who submitted Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) codes on their 2013 claims can check their participation on the Physician and Other Health Care Professionals Quality Reporting Portal.

On March 31, 2014, the Senate voted to pass the House-approved bill (H.R. 4302) to suspend the projected 24% cut to Medicare Part B payments and to extend the therapy caps exceptions process through March 2015. The legislation will also postpone implementation of ICD-10.

A system that requires congressional intervention every year needs a long-term fix, and lawmakers are grappling with what that might look like.