Look at What We've Accomplished Together

ASHA...Working With You

Advocacy

  • Engaged with more than 10,747 ASHA members, who submitted in excess of 37,780 messages to Congress and state legislators
  • Worked for introduction and passage of the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Act in the House of Representatives
  • Worked with Congressional leaders for inclusion on ASHA's principles—such as funding flexibility and use of SLPs in literacy programs as part of the recently enacted Every Student Succeed Act
  • Tracked more than 1,100 bills and 530 regulations related to speech-language pathologists and audiologists, with 98 pieces of legislation passed and 174 regulations adopted
  • Developed comments in response to the United States Preventive Services Task Force draft recommendation statement and evidence report on screening for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in young children
  • Called for universal ASD screening for children between 18 to 30 months recognizing that it is critical that children be identified as early as possible and receive necessary early intervention services
  • Department of Education issued guidance to ensure access to speech-language pathology services for children with autism in response to ASHA's advocacy efforts

Improving Coverage and Reimbursement

  • Worked for passage of the Steve Gleason Act of 2015, related to the reimbursement and coverage of speech-generated devices (SGD) under Medicare
  • Participated in the valuation and passage of new audiology vestibular codes included in the 2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule [PDF] rule and also published in the 2015 Current Procedural Terminology (CPT © American Medical Association) Handbook
  • Protected and improved access to speech generating devices for Medicare beneficiaries through a series of regulatory and legislative victories
  • Developed a Habilitation Advocacy Guide as part of a nation-wide initiative to collaborate with affiliated State Associations to expand coverage of habilitative services and empower members to advocate within their states
  • Successfully defended and increased the work value of audiology vestibular codes
  • Continued to advocate with Medicaid programs and managed care organizations for improved coverage, reimbursement and appropriate coding policy
  • Developed a series of Medicaid resources for members including a Medicaid Toolkit and an online education module
  • ASHA advocacy resulted in the Department of Education disseminating a statement regarding access to all needed services including audiology and speech-language pathology services for children with autism-clarifying access to just one type of service was inappropriate
  • Changed Medicare hospital payment policy to ensure that audiologists received payment for cochlear implant services
  • Implemented a nationally recognized program for assisting ASHA members with the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 coding
  • Analyzed and commented on the benchmark plans in all 50 states and provided direct feedback to each state and the federal oversight agency as part of ASHA's overall Affordable care Act advocacy strategy
  • Responded to thousands of individual member calls to provide direct, individual assistance with ICD-10 coding
  • Initiated a new advocacy campaign focused on improving insurance coverage and oversight by engaging directly with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC)
  • Enhanced Medicare coverage of member services by analyzing every local coverage determination and advocating directly with the Medicare Administrative Contractors for improved coverage
  • Advocated directly with multiple health plans on coverage of specific treatments including on coverage of voice, autism-related speech-language treatment, AAC devices and services, tiered networks, cognitive rehabilitation, multiple sclerosis speech-language and swallowing needs, and childhood apraxia of speech
  • Expanded ASHA's support for and work on behalf of consumers by joining the National Health Council to collaborate on consumer issues like insurance coverage and payment transparency

For the Professions

Strengthening the Professions

  • Awarded certification to over 9,300 audiologists and SLPs, which was an increase over 10% from 2014
  • Expanded the Practice Portal with new topics and additional subject matter experts, to provide easy access to the best available evidence, expertise, resources, and tools to guide evidence-based clinical decision making
  • Made several process improvements to the initial and reinstatement certification application processes designed to reduce the application processing times by 2 weeks, which includes electronic status reports for applicants with valid email addresses
  • Awarded $65,000 in state reimbursement and personnel issues grants to 13 states and 7 grants for student advocacy engagement totaling $7,000
  • Telepractice has been an active area of advocacy for ASHA and state authorities with Medicaid reimbursement for telepractice services increasing from 9 to 15 states, state licensure requirements increasing from 19 to 20 and 15 states having parity laws that include speech-language therapy and audiology services
  • Provided research career mentoring for 158 students and more than 108 early stage scientists in CSD to support academic and research careers
  • Developed Guidelines for the Clinical Doctorate in Speech-Language Pathology
  • Developed recommendations for undergraduate curricula in CSD
  • Launched a ten year initiative (2015–2025) on Interprofessional Education/Interprofessional Practice (IPE/IPP) as part of ASHA's Envisioned Future 2025
  • Conducted the annual CSD Education Survey in collaboration with the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CAPCSD) to track trends in the CSD pipeline and make informed decisions about the future supply of CSD personnel, achieving a 92% response rate
  • Continued to grow the number of CLARC (Clinicians and Researchers Collaborating) participants, to help clinicians and researchers find each other for the purpose of establishing research collaborations
  • Launched Quality Indicators 2.0: A Tool for Integrating Research and Clinical Practice, an updated self-assessment instrument designed for CSD programs to assess their use of evidence-based practice to inform clinical decision making
  • Developed and distributed a 2014–2015 Academic Year calendar of ASHA Award, Mentoring, and Research Education Programs and Events to help students and faculty stay connected
  • Made available more than 33,000 course offerings through ASHA Approved CE Providers
  • Conducted a telepractice survey in collaboration with SIG 18 to identify reimbursement and licensure trends among ASHA members using telepractice
  • Initiated a collaborative effort with AOTA and APTA to develop a Consensus Statement on Clinical Judgment in Health Care Settings to address concerns about workplace pressures
  • Developed online handouts illustrating development of functional goals using the World Health Organization's International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health
  • Developed a webpage on interprofessional education and interprofessional collaborative practice with an introductory PowerPoint
  • Developed a webpage on person-centered care in audiology with an introduction and links to resources
  • Coordinated the mentoring of more than 350 undergraduate and graduate CSD students through the S.T.E.P. mentoring program
  • Celebrated 10 years of the S.T.E.P. mentoring program and honored 80 individuals for their commitment to mentoring
  • Received ASAE's highest honor, the Summit Award, in recognition of ASHA's diversity recruitment programs, S.T.E.P. and the Minority Student Leadership Program (MSLP)
  • Celebrated 15 years of the MSLP, in which more than 500 students have been prepared for leadership development opportunities
  • Graduated 56 members from ASHA's Leadership Development Program, for a grand total of 263 graduates since inception of the program in 2007
  • Awarded $526,000 to 70 talented researchers, students, and clinicians through the generosity of more than 6,000 individual, corporate, and organization donors to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation
  • Held a transformative "Implementation Science Summit" via the ASHFoundation, bringing together expert speakers across several disciplines to address the science of integrating research into practice, including conceptual and methodological issues, implementation models, and research funding
  • Conducted surveys, such as the 2015 SLP Health Care Survey, to gather information about important issues, monitor trends, and provide data for advocacy efforts
  • Continued to grow the number of CLARC (Clinicians and Researchers Collaborating) participants, to help clinicians and researchers find each other for the purpose of establishing research collaborations
  • Worked with the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) to reaccredit 31 programs for an 8-year cycle, award initial accreditation to 2 programs for a 5-year cycle, award Candidacy status to 5 programs, place 4 programs on probation as a result of reaccreditation review, place 5 programs on probation as a result of an annual report review, remove 3 programs from probation, continue probation for 2 programs, approve 1 substantive change plan; in addition, the CAA reviewed approximately 200 annual reports from accredited programs
  • Received continued recognition for CAA by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) for the maximum 10-year cycle as a nationally recognized, quality accreditation program that promotes excellence in graduate education in audiology and speech-language pathology
  • Created useful resources for members and presented information through presentations, publications, and products, via ASHA Ad Hoc Committees and Joint Committees such as protocols for the instrumental assessment of voice production, parent (in English and Spanish) and professional handouts about oral reading fluency measures and accommodations for school-age students who stutter, a new communication bill of rights for persons with severe disabilities, articles about resilience in individuals with TBI
  • Created the Ad Hoc Committee on the Next Generation to study and submit a report to the Board of Directors on initiatives for ASHA's Early Career Professionals
  • Celebrated 50 years of accreditation as a nationally recognized, quality accreditation program that paves the way for future professionals and promotes excellence in graduate education in audiology and speech-language pathology
  • Conducted, via the CAA, a practice analysis and curriculum review for audiology, in collaboration with the Council for Clinical Certification in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CFCC), to help inform the development of and validation of accreditation standards
  • Conducted, via the CAA, a comprehensive review of accreditation standards and disseminated drafts for peer review

Raising Awareness About the Professions

  • ASHA Certified Logo Introduced new Value of the CCCs campaign aimed at professionals who refer, hire, supervise, and evaluate ASHA certified members
  • Honored Richard Tyler, CCC-A; Joseph Donaher, CCC-SLP; Lauren Barnett, CCC-SLP; and Nancy Alarcon, CCC-SLP as 2015 Media Champions for their efforts in fostering media relations that benefit the professions
  • Reached an audience of millions for the International Communication Project, generating hundreds of press releases globally
  • As a strategic priority, ASHA increased worldwide outreach resulting in increased numbers of international affiliates.
  • Earned recognition as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) through a strategic collaboration with PAHO, whereby ASHA volunteer members provide technical assistance in our professions to developing countries. At the same time, ASHA is contributing to the PAHO and WHO Global Disability Action Plan. We are working with very dedicated members and affiliates who are excited to be involved in this collaboration.
  • Presented seven concerts attended by more than 2,000 youngsters as part of Listen To Your Buds, an ongoing campaign that has attracted the interest of the World Health Organization (WHO), which requested that ASHA act in an advisory role on a planned WHO launch of a 2015 noise-induced hearing loss prevention campaign
  • Achieved more than 347 million audience impressions with ASHA's bilingual, award-winning Identify the Signs campaign
  • Reached over 22 million people during May's Better Hearing and Speech Month through broadcast, digital, online, and social platforms

For a Better Tomorrow

Providing Tools You Need to Succeed

  • Launched a record-breaking series of 15 Case Study video presentations focused on delivering practical takeaways using clinical case studies, all with free continuing education credit, in celebration of ASHA Professional Development's 15th year anniversary
  • Hosted six innovative conferences in 2015, each tailored to meet the needs of specific audiences within our professional community and featuring late-breaking content, renowned speakers, and engaging learning formats
  • Hosted four online conferences:
  • Hosted a record number of webinars for continuing education throughout the year on a variety of timely and compelling topics
  • Launched our second day-long "in-service" program (a new format that combines in-person and live streaming attendees), focused on innovative solutions in early identification and intervention for young children with autism
  • 2015 private practice cover Published Private Practice Essentials that offers guidance and business advice to new and existing private practitioners
  • Launched ASHA ProFind so the public can find qualified audiologists and SLPs in their neighborhood
  • Published 2016 Coding and Billing for Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology, ensuring members have access to essential codes—including ICD-10
  • Produced two new art posters that are perfect for educating and inspiring clients
  • Developed 9 journal CEU courses, providing members with low-cost, in-depth learning opportunities
  • Hosted two focused, in-person conferences— ASHA Schools and Health Care & Business Institute—in Phoenix so attendees can get unparalleled access to presenters, ASHA staff, and other members
  • Created new merchandise that celebrates members and the professions
  • Launched ASHA CEUFind with access to listings of tens of thousands of CE courses offered for ASHA CEUs through ASHA Approved CE Providers
  • Conferred the ASHA Award for Continuing Education (ACE) to more than 5,000 individuals
  • Launched two new columns in The ASHA Leader to help members in their daily work:
    • "Have You Tried This?" provides a look at a new way of reaching clients, from pen pals to visual aids to after-school clubs
    • "Case Puzzler" walks the reader through a head-scratching clinical case and how the clinician worked with others to identify problem sources and treatment strategies
  • Kept you informed about 1,466 job vacancies via ASHA's Online Career Center 
  • Provided workshops on work/life balance and résumé review service at ASHA's Annual Convention
  • Began accepting externship opportunities on ASHA's Online Career Center

Helping You Stay Connected

"The best use of my membership dollars."

— Lisa Chattler
SIG 1, Language Learning and Education
SIG 16, School-Based Issues

"I have been a member of the Special Interest Groups for more than 15 years. I love the articles. They make me smarter."

— Regina Weiner
SIG 1, Language Learning and Education
SIG 16, School-Based Issues

ASHA Makes a Difference

  • Nationally recognized certification
  • Access to the latest research
  • A proven track record on critical legislative and regulatory issues at all levels of government
  • Professional consultation with staff experts
  • Latest knowledge and information from fellow CSD professionals
  • A wealth of online resources
  • Tools for marketing our professions to consumers
  • Access to more than 250 continuing education courses produced by ASHA
  • Unparalleled networking opportunities
  • Participation in building the positive image of the professions
  • Improved patient outcomes
  • National standard for academic program accreditation
  • Rigorous ethical standards
  • Opportunity to impact the future of the professions through grants and scholarships
  • A place to enhance leadership skills
  • Using nationally recognized standards, accredits a network of 540 ASHA Approved Continuing Education (CE) Providers who provide continuing education to speech-language pathologists and audiologists
  • Sets a national standard for academic program accreditation
  • Submitted and defended the CAA petition for continued recognition by the U.S. Department of Education (continuously recognized since 1967)

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Get Involved and Make a Difference

  • Be a lifelong member of ASHA...renew annually!
  • Get involved—join a committee, Special Interest Group, or your state association.
  • Support the ASHA-PAC and ASHFoundation.
  • Become a mentor and encourage others to enter the professions.
  • Network, become a lifelong learner, and document your ASHA CEUs by using the CE Registry.
  • Promote yourself and the professions in your community.
  • Be an advocate.

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