Resolutions and Motions Being Considered

The following resolutions and motions are being considered by the Board of Directors.

We welcome your input on any of the topics. Please send your comments to the Board of Directors before the closing of the discussion period.

Resolutions

BOD 14-2017

RESOLVED, That Article VIII, Professional Standards and Ethics, Section 8.1, Council for Clinical Certification in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology be amended to include the semi-autonomous entities agreement as follows (proposed new language is underlined; text to be deleted is crossed out):

8.1. Council for Clinical Certification in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology

The Association, by action of the Board of Directors, shall establish and maintain a program of clinical certification and advanced clinical specialty certification. The Association shall establish the Council for Clinical Certification in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CFCC), which shall: define the standards for clinical certification and apply those standards in the certification of individuals; and define the standards for clinical specialty certification; and make essential certification decisions as listed in the semi-autonomous entities agreement. The CFCC will accept, process, and rule on applications submitted for the creation of a Specialty Board and will monitor each Specialty Board in the implementation of mechanisms to verify compliance with the specific clinical specialty certification requirements. Members of the CFCC shall be appointed following policies established by the CFCC. The CFCC shall have final authority to establish and revise the standards and processes for: clinical certification of speech-language pathologists and audiologists, clinical specialty certification programs, and recognition programs for support personnel; and to suspend or withdraw clinical certification of speech-language pathologists and audiologists in cases where clinical certification was granted on the basis of inaccurate information or where the individuals fail to comply with the clinical certification maintenance requirements. Subject to the application of established appeal procedures, all decisions of the CFCC including those above, as well as initial denial, suspension, withdrawal, or reinstatement of certification, shall be final.

  Discussion open until 7/28. Voting open 7/28-7/31.

BOD 15-2017

RESOLVED, That Article VIII, Professional Standards and Ethics, Section 8.3, Board of Ethics, be amended as follows to meet certification best practices, comports with industry standards, and show transparency in professional discipline (proposed new language is underlined; deleted text is crossed out):

8.3 Board of Ethics

The Association shall establish a Board of Ethics that shall (1) formulate, publish, and, from time to time, amend a Code of Ethics (hereinafter the "Code") containing the professional responsibilities by which members and certificate holders shall be bound; (2) develop educational programs and materials on ethics for distribution to members and certificate holders, academic programs, and other agencies and associations; and (3) adjudicate complaints alleging violations of the Code. Members of the Board of Ethics shall be appointed by the Committee on Committees. The Board of Ethics shall review all proposed amendments to the Code and forward recommendations regarding the proposed revisions to the Board of Directors. The Code and all amendments shall be subject to approval by the Board of Directors. The Board of Ethics shall formulate and publish procedures that shall be used for the processing of alleged violations of the Code, including a reasonable opportunity to be heard through counsel of one's own choosing. The Board of Ethics shall determine sanctions for violations in its discretion as it deems appropriate, including revokinga Reprimand; Censure; Suspension of membership and/or certification; Revocation of membership and/or certification; Withholding of membership and/or certification; ethics examination; and/or continuing education hours. Revocation of membership and/or certification shall requires a two-thirds vote of the Board of Ethics. The Council for Clinical Certification (CFCC) in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology authorizes the Board of Ethics to apply the Code to certificate holders for violations and impose sanction(s).

Any appeal from a Board of Ethics action“Decision After Further Consideration” shall be decided by a panel of the Board of Directors, whose decisions shall be finalthe ASHA Ethics three-member Appeal Panel, which consists of one current member of the Board of the Directors, one current member of the Board of Ethics, and one current member of the CFCC. The request for appeal shall be in writing and must be received by the Board of Ethics no later than 30 days after the “Decision After Further Consideration.” The Panel’s decision shall either remand the case to the Board of Ethics for further consideration or affirm the findings and/or sanction(s) in the “Decision After Further Consideration.”

BOD 17-2017

RESOLVED, That the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Board of Directors approve the formation of the Ad Hoc Committee on Health Reform and Alternative Payment Models (hereafter “the Committee”); and further

RESOLVED, That the Committee be charged with (a) review of current health care policy related to alternative payment models (APMs) and health reform initiatives, (b) development of a member education plan related to APMs, (c) advising staff on emerging opportunities and challenges for advocacy and member education related to health reform and APMs, and (d) development of resources to guide members in engaging and contracting with APMs; and further

RESOLVED, That the Committee comprise 10 members appointed by the Committee on Committees, including the chair of the Committee, to include policy experts and practitioners in audiology and speech-language pathology who are knowledgeable about APMs, reimbursement policy, and health reform; and further

RESOLVED, That the vice president for government relations and public policy serve as the BOD liaison and the chief executive officer appoint the ex officio; and further

RESOLVED, That the Committee conduct its work primarily through e-mail, phone, and web meetings, including one face-to-face meeting, and that the Committee complete its work within 1 year after the official date that the appointments are made; and further

RESOLVED, That the Policy section of the Standing Operating Procedures of the Ad Hoc Committee on Health Reform and Alternative Payment [PDF] be approved.

Discussion open until 7/25. Voting open 7/26-7/29.

BOD 18-2017

RESOLVED, That the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Board of Directors (BOD) approve updates to the Guidelines and Procedures for Recognition of State Associations [PDF].

Discussion open until 7/28. Voting open 7/29-8/1.

BOD 19-2017

RESOLVED, That the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) provide funds for one additional ASHA member to attend the two, 1-day, face-to-face IPEC Council meetings (typically January and June in Washington, DC).

Discussion open until 7/28. Voting open 7/29-8/1.

Motions

There are no motions currently being considered.

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