American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Board of Directors Meeting Report: March 16, 2014

The Board of Directors (BOD) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) met for a brief meeting on the afternoon of March 16, 2014, at the ASHA National Office, following the Advisory Council meetings. Following are highlights of the Board's discussions.

President's Welcome

President McCrea and the entire Board thanked Perry Flynn, chair of the Speech-Language Pathology Advisory Council; Wayne Foster, chair of the Audiology Advisory Council; Neil DiSarno, chief staff officer for audiology; and Lemmie McNeilly, chief staff officer for speech-language pathology, and their teams within the National Office for their excellent work in preparing and conducting engaging and productive meetings.

Advisory Council Meetings

The BOD expressed appreciation for the level of engagement, open flow of communication, high level of involvement, and enthusiasm of the members of both Councils. The Board agreed that the feedback provided by the Councils will be very helpful as decisions are made in the future. Advisory Council Chairs Perry Flynn and Wayne Foster will be compiling all of the comments, suggestions, and ideas and will develop a report for the Board that will include potential follow-up by the Board or staff. AC members will be provided with additional information via the Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Advisory Councils' collaboration websites through which they will continue to advise the BOD throughout the year.

Joint Audiology Session

CSO for Audiology Neil DiSarno provided the Board with an update of a joint meeting between representatives of ASHA, the American Academy of Audiology (AAA), and the Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA). The following statement was distributed to all ASHA audiology members and members of each organization at 12:00 noon, Tuesday, March 18.

"On Wednesday, March 5th, leaders from the American Academy of Audiology (AAA), the Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA) and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) gathered for a joint meeting with the purpose of surveying audiology's professional landscape, recognizing areas of alignment, barriers and identifying potential collaborative initiatives to better serve audiology.

Several key issues emerged including reimbursement for audiology services (Medicare and private insurance), educational issues, disruptive innovation, and public awareness of hearing healthcare and audiologic services.

Leaders and staff from the three organizations left with a renewed commitment to work together on issues of mutual interest and to develop meaningful resources for our collective members. A multi-association (i.e. AAA/ADA/ASHA) collaboration was established to address the practice of "incident to" billing and the resulting critical reimbursement issues this creates.

We are committed to working together to advance the profession of audiology and our collective members' interests. Please stay tuned for further details."

Composition of the Ad Hoc Committee on Guidelines for the Clinical Doctorate in Speech-Language Pathology

The Board discussed the composition of the Ad Hoc Committee on Guidelines for the Clinical Doctorate in Speech-Language Pathology. After discussion, it was agreed that the current resolution should be modified and brought back to the Board for consideration.

Finalize 2014 Master Plan

In 2012 and 2013, the Board of Directors passed a series of resolutions to form ad hoc committees on a variety of topics and asked those committees to bring back their recommendations to the Board for further review and discussion. At the January 2014 Board meeting, a number of recommendations were reviewed and accepted by the Board. However, because it was clear that it was not practical for all of the recommendations to proceed simultaneously, the Board asked ASHA staff to develop a plan to further define and prioritize the next steps required to implement the recommendations. Those next steps have been incorporated by senior staff into a master plan document that was posted to the Board's collaboration site for review by the full Board. At today's meeting, the Board discussed additional questions they had about the master plan before it is to be implemented by staff. The master plan will be regularly updated by staff and reviewed at subsequent Board meetings.

Finalize 2014 CEO Goals

Each year, ASHA CEO Arlene Pietranton's goals are developed in conjunction with Board members and senior staff and approved by the full Board. At today's meeting, the Board discussed the final version of the CEO's 2014 goals and approved them.

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