NSLHA Working on Your Behalf
Take a few minutes to reflect on all that the Nebraska Speech-Language-Hearing Association is doing on behalf of its members, and for the speech-language-hearing profession.
What NSLHA is Doing on Behalf of its Members
- Continuing a partnership with SpeechPathology.com and AudiologyOnline. When you sign up for a 12-month subscription, you will receive a 10% discount as a NSLHA member.
- Continuing a mentoring program. If you’d like to serve as a mentor or benefit from having a mentor, please sign up for that option on the membership renewal form or application.
Professional Development/Continuing Education
- Offering up to 15 hours of continuing education at NSLHA’s Virtual Fall Convention on September 17-18, 2020. There are also options to purchase individual recorded sessions as a self-study option. Register here.
- Offering a minimum of one webinar or other online education annually.
- NSLHA is exploring offering a conference or workshop for school-based SLPs.
- NSLHA’s Schools-Based Issues Committee submitted SLI verification guidelines to the Nebraska Department of Education and is offering training at the upcoming Fall Convention.
- Developing telepractice guidelines for the Nebraska Department of Education’s consideration.
- Helping school-based SLPs navigate changes with Medicaid in Public Schools (MIPS).
- Advocating for an interstate licensure compact for audiologists and speech-language pathologists.
- NSLHA was successful during this legislative session in getting the Governor and state legislature to pass a law (LB15) that requires private insurers in Nebraska to provide hearing aid coverage for children.
- NSLHA successfully advocated for a 2% increase in reimbursement rates for speech-language pathology and audiology services for Medicaid beneficiaries.
- Supporting an interim state legislative study to examine discrepancies in reimbursement under the medical assistance program between the three Heritage Health managed care plans and the impacts of applying a multiple-procedure payment-reduction policy to therapy services.
- Meeting and communicating on a regular basis with Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) staff and the leaders of the Heritage Health Medicaid managed care plans to help our members recoup reimbursement and addressing the needs for more audiology and speech therapy services for Medicaid beneficiaries in our state.
- NSLHA’s Insurance and Reimbursement Committee’s audiology members recommended and obtained one uniform and consistent prior authorization form for audiology practices to use for Medicaid clients.
- NSLHA’s Insurance and Reimbursement Committee’s audiology members worked with the Nebraska DHHS staff to successfully update the codes in the Nebraska Medicaid speech-language pathology and audiology practitioner fee schedule and hearing aid fee schedule to reflect current services.
- Meeting with Nebraska’s Congressional delegation and lobbying for support of federal legislative issues including: Unbundling Speech-Language Pathology and Physical Therapy Utilization Thresholds; Comprehensive Services for Audiology Services and Recognize Audiologists as Independent Practitioners who Can Provide Treatment and Diagnostic Services under Medicare; Increase IDEA Funding; and Early Hearing Detection Program Funding.
Networking and Communications
- Launching a new look to the NSLHA website that will make it easier for you to find the information you need to practice and connect with fellow members.
- Allowing the general public to connect with you when they need audiology or speech-language pathology services. If you’d like the public to connect with you, please mark on your membership renewal form that you’d like to be included in the “find an audiologist/speech-language pathologist” feature on the NSLHA website.
- Keeping you updated on the latest news and information impacting your profession through email and NSLHA’s YouTube Channel.
- Connecting you with fellow speech-language-hearing professionals at NSLHA events, through NSLHA Connects (Facebook group), the NSLHA Facebook page and Twitter.
- Providing volunteer opportunities to enhance your leadership skills and give back to your profession.
- Hosting social events around the state for you to connect with your peers.
Your membership will allow us to continue to protect your scope of practice, advocate on your behalf and provide you with continuing education and networking opportunities. We look forward to serving you in the coming year.
NSLHA provides support to advance the professional development of its members through leadership, education and networking opportunities. Topics are offered that meet the needs of audiologists, speech-language pathologists and students. NSLHA offers concurrent sessions at its Fall Convention and other events.
Education programs focus on topics such as:
- Childhood Apraxia of Speech
- Complexities of Learning and Understanding in Children with Minimal/Mild Hearing Loss
- Sensory Issues with Dementia
- Patient-Centered Care in Audiology
- Use of Response to Intervention in Kindergarten Children
- Supporting Auditory Development in the Home
- Ethical Considerations Regarding End of Life Decisions with Swallow Dysfunction
- Advances in Hearing Loss Diagnosis and Treatment
- Supporting Auditory Skill Development in the Classroom
- Milieu Communication Teaching-An Intervention for Children in the Prelinguistic and Early Stages of Language Development
- New Developments in Speech Generating Devices for People with Aphasia
- Screening for Fall Risk in the Audiology Hearing Clinic
- School Forum on Assessment and Verification
- How Aided Speech Audibility Verification Can Build a New Social Norm in Hearing Health Care
- Functional Limitation G Codes for Medicare B Billing
- AAC Assessment in Adults and Children Across Four Specific Populations
- Not All Words are Created Equal: Choosing Speech Targets for Maximum Treatment Efficiency
- Documenting and Reporting on Flexible Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES)
- Love Your IEP Meetings
- Indicators of Auditory Speech Development & Interventions for Infants and Toddlers Who Have Hearing Loss
- Wideband Acoustic Immitance (WAI) Measurements
- Sensory Processing Disorders: Our 7 Senses Working & Not Working Together
- Phonological Abilities and Interventions for Preschoolers & School-Age Children Who Have Hearing Loss
- A Context Driven Approach to Teaching Academic Vocabulary
If you are interested in presenting an education program for NSLHA, please complete and submit a speaker request form.