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ASHA Releases Speech-Language Pathology Medical Review Guidelines

Document Will Help ASHA Members In Their Advocacy Efforts With Health Insurance Plans

(Rockville, MD - May 9, 2011)  

To better serve health insurance plan medical directors, claims reviewers, public policy representatives, and its members, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) has released medical review guidelines to help those who are involved with speech-language pathology services in all facets of coverage policy development and claims review.

"The Medical Review Guidelines are an excellent, comprehensive resource containing provider qualifications, descriptions of services, standard practices, documentation of services, and treatment efficacy data," ASHA President Paul R. Rao, PhD, CCC-SLP, CPHQ, FACHE, says. "They will be useful for health plan claims reviewers, medical directors developing coverage policy, ASHA members advocating for appropriate coverage and policy revision, and state insurance regulators."

ASHA's Medical Review Guidelines were developed through the collaborative efforts of noted professionals in the field of speech-language pathology, and can be viewed online at

For more information, contact Laurie Alban Havens, director of private health plans and Medicaid advocacy, at 301-296-5677 or [email protected].


About the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
ASHA is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for more than 145,000 audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists. Audiologists specialize in preventing and assessing hearing and balance disorders as well as providing audiologic treatment including hearing aids. Speech-language pathologists identify, assess, and treat speech and language problems including swallowing disorders.

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