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.

Professional Development/Continuing Education

Advocacy

Goals for 2022

  • Continuing to advocate for special education funding.
  • Partnering with the American Physical Therapy Association-Nebraska Chapter and the Nebraska Occupational Therapy Association to get legislation passed that would improve the prior authorization process so that patients can receive therapy services in a timely manner for their medical needs.
  • Advocating for a statutory change that would include audiologists and speech-language pathologists in Nebraska’s Loan Repayment Program.

Recent Advocacy Successes

  • Successfully advocated for a 2% percent increase in Medicaid reimbursement rates for audiology and speech-language pathology services. NSLHA continues to advocate for further increases to address actual costs of delivering speech-language-hearing services.
  • Advocated for successful Adoption of the Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Interstate Compact, which makes it easier for you to practice in multiple states without obtaining multiple state licenses and increases access to speech-language-hearing services for Nebraskans.
  • Successfully got a bill passed that stopped the Medicaid managed care companies in Nebraska from applying the Multiple Procedure Payment Reduction which reduced speech therapy reimbursement for Medicaid beneficiaries by 50%
  • Advocated for successful passage of legislation that expanded access to telepractice services.
  • Developed telepractice guidelines for the Nebraska Department of Education’s consideration.
  • Helping school-based SLPs navigate changes with Medicaid in Public Schools (MIPS).
  • Successful passage of a law that requires private insurers in Nebraska to provide hearing aid coverage for children.

    Regulatory Advocacy
  • NSLHA representatives meet and communicate 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.
  • NSLHA representatives meet 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

  • NSLHA's website provides information you need to practice and connect with fellow members.
  • NSLHA members are connected with the public when they need audiology or speech-language pathology services through a “find an audiologist/speech-language pathologist” feature on the NSLHA website.
  • NSLHA's members are apprised of the latest news and information impacting the speech-language-hearing profession through email and NSLHA’s YouTube Channel.
  • NSLHA connects you with fellow speech-language-hearing professionals at NSLHA events, through NSLHA Connects (Facebook group) and the NSLHA Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts.
  • NSLHA provides volunteer opportunities to enhance your leadership skills and give back to your profession.
  • NSLHA offers a mentoring program for members.
  • NSLHA hosts social events around the state for you to connect with your peers.

Additional NSLHA Member Benefit

  • NSLHA is 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.

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.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

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