Look at What We've Accomplished Together

ASHA...Working With You

Advocacy

  • Gained a 4% increase in donations and a 6% increase in the number of donors to ASHA’s Political Action Committee
  • Continued to increase co-sponsors on the Medicare therapy repeal bill to 238—more than half of the House of Representatives
  • Worked for introduction and passage of the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Act in the House of Representatives
  • Ensured that new legislation passed in November, H.R. 3471, the Veterans Mobility Safety Act of 2015, requires that hearing aid specialists under the VA provide services within their scope of practice related to fitting and dispensing of hearing aids, and under the treatment plan of an audiologist
  • Worked with Congressional leaders for inclusion of ASHA's principles—such as funding flexibility and use of SLPs in literacy programs—as part of the Every Student Succeeds Act
  • Obtained 38 co-sponsors of Medicare Comprehensive Audiology Benefit legislation to allow audiologists to bill Medicare directly for diagnostic and certain treatment services
  • Submitted comments and provided testimony to the Food and Drug Administration advocating for audiologic intervention in dispensing of hearing aids and support of FDA guidance/regulations distinguishing hearing aids from personal sound amplification products
  • Worked to have the U.S. Department of Labor rescind the Apprenticeship Program for Hearing Aid Specialists because of scope of practice concerns
  • Tracked more than 1,450 bills and 550 regulations related to audiologists and speech-language pathologists, with 88 pieces of legislation passed and 182 regulations adopted, and sent comment letters to state legislatures and regulators in 28 states on behalf of members in states
  • Developed state hot topics pages with tools and resources for members to learn about and advocate on topics of interest such as applied behavioral analyst practice, telepractice requirements, advocating for the use of the Performance Assessment of Contributions and Effectiveness of SLPs (PACE) to accurately evaluate SLPs in schools, music therapy, and hearing aid dispenser scope of practice expansion issues
  • Successfully advocated that four additional states adopt Medicaid laws covering telepractice, bringing the total to 15
  • Gained ASHA Board of Directors approval of a multiyear implementation plan for a licensure compact, a project spearheaded by the Council of State Governments and financed by ASHA

Improving Coverage and Reimbursement

  • Supported the Medicare Long Term Care Facilities rule allowing SLPs to develop their own orders as allowed under state law and for SLPs to be recognized as providers of mental health services for patients diagnosed with mental disorders or intellectual disabilities
  • 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
  • Created new audiology codes that more accurately represent diagnostic practice
  • Initiated a new advocacy campaign focused on improving insurance coverage and oversight by engaging directly with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC)
  • Changed Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) policies that inappropriately restricted access to care for Medicare beneficiaries in skilled nursing facilities after a hospital stay and in regard to coverage for speech-language treatment not related to hearing loss.
  • 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 by the professions
  • Conducted several web chats to inform members who provide outpatient services to Medicare patients that they may have a legal obligation to enroll in and bill the Medicare program for services provided to Medicare beneficiaries
  • Developed a Medicare enrollment guide to assist university clinics and members in private practice with complying with Medicare rules
  • Commented to Medicare on the development of standards for how audiologists and SLPs can fully participate in its new merit-based incentive payment system
  • Commented on Medicare’s rules for data that accurately reflect clinical practice for the professionals who work in home health, SNFs, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, and long-term care hospitals

For the Professions

Strengthening the Professions

  • Awarded certification to approximately 9,400 audiologists and SLPs
  • Achieved a figure of over 98% of ASHA certificate holders successfully renewing their certification for 2016
  • Completed practice analysis studies for the four specialty certification boards
  • Completed the audiology practice analysis study via collaboration with the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) and the Council for Clinical Certification in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CFCC)
  • Initiated the speech-language pathology practice analysis study, which will be completed in the first quarter of 2017, via collaboration with the CAA and CFCC
  • Awarded $74,860 in state association grants to 12 states and 12 grants for student advocacy engagement totaling $12,000
  • Expanded the Practice Portal to cover additional topics such as including balance system disorders, documentation of audiology services, and adult hearing screening, and recruited additional subject matter experts to provide easy access to the best available evidence, expertise, resources, and tools to guide evidence-based decision making
  • Worked with the ASHA Board of Directors to change eligibility criteria for Life members so that having a break in your membership doesn’t disqualify you for Life membership
  • Recruited 76 new Associates this year, for a total of 268
  • Conducted a feasibility study to determine the viability of a credentialing program for support personnel
  • Participated in a new initiative, Health Professions Week, in collaboration with 18 other health care organizations to heighten awareness about the value of careers in the health care industry
  • Reached out to communication sciences and disorders professionals across the globe, resulting in an increased number of international affiliates
  • Collaborated with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization (WHO) and provided audiology and speech-language pathology technical assistance to professionals in developing countries, specifically Honduras, El Salvador, Guyana, and Paraguay, and contributed to the PAHO and WHO Global Disability Action Plan
  • Organized an international series of presentations on the ICF Framework From a Global Perspective during the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics (IALP) Congress in Ireland, as well as poster sessions and an exhibit
  • Celebrated 70 years of supporting innovators and sparking innovation for the communication sciences through the charitable work of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation, which—since its founding in 1946—has awarded nearly $9,000,000 to more than 2,000 students, researchers, and clinicians to test bold ideas, transform our discipline, and change the lives of people with communication disorders
  • Awarded, via the ASHFoundation, record scholarship and research grant funding of $740,000 to 68 of our discipline’s most innovative students, researchers, and clinicians, including $270,000 in student scholarships and $463,000 to support groundbreaking research studies
  • Fundamentally changed the editorial oversight and peer-review process for the journals, launching editorial boards comprising 221 individuals across the editor-in-chief, editor, and editorial board member roles in addition to several hundred ad hoc reviewers 
  • Worked with the CAA to facilitate the review of programs that resulted in reaccrediting 27 programs for an 8-year cycle, awarding initial accreditation to 2 programs for a 5-year cycle, awarding candidacy status to 6 programs, placing 8 programs on probation (7 as a result of an annual report review), removing 12 programs from probation, and continuing probation for 3 programs, in addition to reviewing and approving approximately 200 annual reports from accredited and candidate programs
  • Conducted, via the CAA, a practice analysis and curriculum review for speech-language pathology, in collaboration with the CFCC, the ASHA Surveys and Analysis Team, and an external consultant to help inform the development of and validation of accreditation standards
  • Conducted, via the CAA, a comprehensive review of accreditation standards and approved revised standards to go into effect August 1, 2017
  • Launched a new and improved technical platform for online submission of accreditation applications and annual reports
  • Submitted the CAA interim report for continued recognition by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (continuously recognized since 1964)
  • Prepared and distributed two accreditation newsletters (The Accreditation Connection) to all academic faculty and launched a new associated website: http://caa.asha.org
  • Provided research career mentoring for 236 students and more than 90 early career scientists in CSD to support academic and research careers
  • Developed a 6-year plan for enhancing ASHA resources and training opportunities in clinical supervision training
  • Prepared the report, PhD Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders: Innovative Models and Practices
  • Facilitated the AuD Education Summit, bringing together representatives from all AuD programs, audiology professional associations, graduate students, and credentialing bodies to discuss the current education model and strategies for improvement
  • Continued to develop resources 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 93% response rate
  • Developed new resources on research collaboration for CLARC (Clinicians and Researchers Collaborating) participants
  • Advised more than 330 faculty–researchers in attendance at the Researcher–Academic Town Meeting about changes in scientific, technical, and medical (STM) scholarly publishing and the ASHA journals program

Raising Awareness About the Professions

  • ASHA Certified Logo Promoted certified members to an audience of more than 35 million allied professionals in 2016 via the Value of the CCCs Campaign, which featured new advertisements, creative, and tactics in its second year
  • Photographed 360 ASHA certified attendees at the ASHA 2016 Convention for their own ads, an increase of 20% from last year
  • Made available a member toolkit with social assets for any certified member to use
  • Executed a public outreach campaign that reached more than 100 million people on popular technology and communication during May's Better Hearing & Speech Month, featuring results of an ASHA member poll and tactics that included a national broadcast media tour, a social media campaign with more than 3,000 member participants, "tech swap" and "digital diet" resources, and collaborations with the American Academy of Pediatrics, National PTA, U.S. Department of Education, and others
  • Honored six members as Media Champions for their efforts in raising public awareness about communication disorders through their work with the media: Lisa Cannon, AuD, CCC-A; Starr Cookman, MA, CCC-SLP; Kate McConville, MS, CCC-SLP; Nan Bernstein Ratner, PhD, CCC-SLP; Laura Smith, MA, CCC-SLP; and Janice Trent, AuD, CCC-A
  • Celebrated the 10th year of the Listen To Your Buds campaign, holding safe listening concerts for roughly 2,000 elementary school students in Philadelphia and garnering media coverage with two television stations and the Philadelphia Inquirer online
  • Continued to grow ASHA's bilingual, award-winning Identify the Signs campaign championing early intervention and treatment by ASHA members, reaching an audience of more than 500 million to date
  • Exhibited at meetings with key professional and public groups, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the National PTA, the National Association for Elementary School Principals, and the Consumer Electronics Show
  • Used latest technologies and platforms to spread public messages about communication disorders and the services provided by ASHA members, including executing a digital video push at the American Academy of Pediatrics show, using Snapchat during ASHA’s Convention, and utilizing new LinkedIn features for the Value of the CCCs campaign
  • Collected nearly $27,000 from National NSSLHA chapters and members for Sertoma, the 2015–2016 NSSLHA Loves recipient
  • Restructured NSSLHA's governance structure so it more closely aligns with ASHA’s structure, and in the process created more than 100 leadership positions and opportunities for student leaders to be mentored by ASHA Board of Director members and ASHA Advisory Council members

For a Better Tomorrow

Providing Tools You Need to Succeed

  • Made available more than 34,000 course offerings through 540 ASHA Approved CE Providers
  • Conferred the ASHA Award for Continuing Education (ACE) to more than 5,000 individuals
  • Continued and concluded the award-winning 2015–2016 Case Studies program (free ASHA CEU courses) to celebrate ASHA Professional Development’s 15th year anniversary
  • Opened registration for the second generation of Case Studies (free CEU courses) that kicks off on January 1, 2017—an initiative that more than 12,000 members voted in November to continue—with eight new course offerings available for registration at [on.asha.org/8-free]
  • Launched ASHA’s inaugural "Connect" Conferences—three specialized conferences, in one location, for SLPs in schools, private practice, and health care
  • Hosted four online conferences:
    • Collaboration for Preschool Language and Literacy (spring and fall)
    • Improving Intelligibility in Children With Speech Sound Disorders (spring and summer)
    • Maximizing Functional Outcomes for Patients With Dementia (spring and fall)
    • Audiology 2016: Collaborative Strategies for Students with Hearing Loss (fall)
  • Released a diverse offering of CE programs (and formats) throughout the year covering a variety of relevant and compelling topics
  • Conducted surveys, such as the 2016 Schools Survey, to gather information about important issues, monitor trends, and provide data for advocacy efforts.
  • Conducted a cross-SIG survey to evaluate the program’s publications, events, and operations
  • Kept you informed about 1,290 job vacancies via ASHA's Online Career Center
  • Provided workshops on work–life balance and a résumé review service at ASHA's Annual Convention
  • Gave feedback on 115 résumés during the resume review service at ASHA’s Annual Convention

Helping You Stay Connected

  • Handled more than 131,000 calls and 55,700 e-mails ( [email protected]) routed to the Action Center
  • Convention 2016 Gathered more than 16,000 dedicated attendees for the ASHA Convention—from all 50 states, D.C., the U.S. Virgin Islands, Armed Forces Europe, Armed Forces Pacific, Guam, and Puerto Rico!
  • Broke multiple ASHA Convention records including the following:
    • Processed more than 400 International registrants representing 49 countries
    • Received more research submissions than professional education submissions
    • Registered more audiologists (750+) than ever before at ASHA Convention
    • Recorded more First Time Convention attendees (more than 4,600 registrants) than ever
    • Scheduled more than 3,000 presenting authors, with 1,300 of them being first-time presenters!
    • Registered more than 500 Life Members
    • Welcomed more than 3,000 students
  • Continued the popular Caring Square and made more than 500 capes for kids with aphasia that were donated to four Pennsylvania organizations
  • Celebrated our own everyday leaders with our Humans of ASHA Stories and social media posts—with an Instagram post getting 282 likes and one Facebook post that reached 111,767 people
  • Launched a new section of The ASHA Leader, "All Ears on Audiology," appearing in every issue, to ensure a regular, vibrant presence for audiology content in the magazine. The section has been well received by both audiologists and speech-language pathologists.
  • ASHA Leader Blog Ramped up news postings on The ASHA Leader Blog, providing news updates once or twice a week on topics ranging from AAC accuracy in the debut of the new TV show "Speechless" to federal action regarding regulation of hearing aids
  • Established SIG 19, Speech Science
  • Celebrated 25 years of Special Interest Groups (formerly Special Interest Divisions) from Convention 2015 through December 31, 2016
  • Increased SIG affiliations, with more than 46,600 affiliations at year-end 2016—representing more than 32,700 individual members who have found a community in the SIG program
  • Launched an all-new, all-in-one Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups to make it easier for all SIG affiliates to keep up with and read the articles they have access to
  • Enlisted 59 companies to participate in ASHA’s sponsorship program at this year’s 2016 Convention, an approach providing ASHA with non-dues revenue that augments programming for members at the Convention and that, in many cases, promotes discounts on products and services that our members use in their professional lives
  • Refreshed and updated the ASHA Marketing Solutions website to provide ASHA’s vendors with engaging information about advertising, mailing lists, sponsorships, exhibits, and recruitment to encourage purchases that increase non-dues revenue
  • Held 22 live chats with almost 2,200 live participants and 3,631 replays of those chats
  • Managed almost 30,000 discussion posts in the ASHA Community
  • Rolled out Yammer as a social platform for staff to share more informal news and communicate with each other while reducing reliance on e-mail for those communications
  • Launched online archives website in anticipation of ASHA’s centennial in 2025

"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
  • Rigorous ethical standards through the revised Code of Ethics (2016)
  • Efforts to educate students about ethical decision making through the Student Ethics Essay Award writing competition
  • 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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