July 12, 2017 Legislative/Medicaid Update Webinar

July 12, 2017 Legislative/Medicaid Update Webinar

Presenters: Jessica Thoene, M.S.; Cindy Johnson, AuD, CCC-A and Josh Sevier, AuD

Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists on NSLHA's Insurance and Reimbursement Committee have been meeting with representatives from all of Nebraska's Heritage Health Medicaid Managed Care plans as well as Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Medicaid staff in the past year. This presentation will provide a summary of the current issues that have been discussed with the individual Heritage Health Plans, as well as general Medicaid updates. Legislative efforts for 2017 will also be reviewed. Time will be provided for audience members to present their issues and questions about Nebraska's implementation of Medicaid managed Care and share their stories/problems.

This webinar is offered for up to 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Introductory level, Professional area).

Register online or download the registration brochure.

Learning Objectives:

1. Identify correct procedures for authorization with Nebraska Total Care.

2. Understand documentation requirements for providing speech-language pathology services for Medicaid clients enrolled in Nebraska Total Care.

3. Identify the Heritage Health plans available in Nebraska.

4. Implement appropriate pre-authorization and billing procedures.

5. Discuss barriers to providing services to patients covered by Nebraska Medicaid.

6. Understand the process of contacting state and U.S. representatives in pursuit of advocacy efforts.

7. Identify current and future advocacy needs at both the state and federal levels.

News & Announcements

  • The Nebraska Speech-Language-Hearing Association has experienced several recent legislative and regulatory advocacy accomplishments, and wanted to share with you the ongoing work being done for members in our state. Listen to this recording for more information.

  • This webinar will include an overview of the current Nebraska Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) proposed plan, along with the role of SLPs in schools. Current national topics will be discussed including: telepractice, SLPAs, universal licensure, dyslexia and caseload vs. workload. Next steps in collaborating with the Nebraska Department of Education on these issues and current eligibility criteria for speech and/or language impairment will also be discussed.

  • Colleagues, we are hoping that you will agree to take a very short survey regarding augmentative and alternative communication and therapy in aphasia. The aim of the survey is to find out more about how speech-language pathologists describe and use AAC in aphasia therapy. We have purposely not included our own definition of AAC because we want to hear your ideas first. If you are willing to help with the survey, please click on the link above or paste the link into your browser to go to the web-based survey. After completing the survey, you may choose to enter a drawing to win a $25 gift card.

  • Join your peers at the Nebraska Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Fall Convention on September 14-15, 2017 at the Cornhusker Marriott in Lincoln, NE to learn, collaborate, share, network and socialize. Up to 1.35 ASHA CEUs are available.

  • The Fall Convention brings together audiologists, speech-language pathologists and students from around the state who are looking for the best products and services available for their schools, hospitals, universities and private practices. Sponsorships help enhance the visibility and recognition of your company or organization while supporting the speech-language-hearing profession. Exhibitors also have the opportunity to offer continuing education at their booths.