Look At What We've Accomplished Together
ASHA...Working With You
- Advocated on legislative issues impacting audiology and speech-language pathology during ASHA's annual
Capitol Hill Day on March 24, 2017, in Washington, D.C., with ASHA Members from across the country
- Led coalition efforts for the passage of the
Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Act into law
Engaged in advocacy efforts toward passage of the Steve Gleason Act of 2017
- Conducted successful appeals with multiple health plans on coverage of specific treatments, including childhood apraxia of speech, cognitive treatment related to mild/moderate traumatic brain injury, and treatment for children with mild hearing loss
- Worked with coalition members and Congress to develop a bipartisan, bicameral agreement on a permanent replacement for the therapy caps
- Successfully opposed regulations that would have reduced therapy payments to home health agencies under the Medicare program by $950 million in 2019 alone
- Began the development of a
Speech-Language-Hearing Interstate Compact, which would offer a pathway for licensure to qualified audiologists and speech-language pathologists who wish to practice in multiple states
- Developed a reimbursement policy resource to clarify Clinical Fellow requirements regarding third party reimbursement and provisional licensure
- Collaborated with the American Occupational Therapy Association and the American Physical Therapy Association to urge changes in proposed regulations related to Medicare post-acute care settings, including skilled nursing facilities and home health agencies
- Advocated with the Medicare Administrative Contractors for improved coverage at the regional level
- Commented to Medicare on how audiologists and speech-language pathologists can and should be included in alternative payment models based on patient outcomes and quality
- Established an Alternative Payment Model Ad Hoc Committee to help members prepare for the changing nature of health care reimbursement and the shift in payment from volume to value
- Engaged in advocacy efforts to oppose moving Medicaid to block grants
- Engaged with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on Medicaid waiver applications and state plan amendments helping to protect access to member services
- Advocated successfully to protect Medicaid funding and ensure ongoing funding of Medicaid services, including school-based settings
- Provided official comment on proposed rules from CMS that would have an impact on ASHA members
- Engaged in advocacy efforts to maintain habilitative and rehabilitative health care benefits in efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA)
- Advocated with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to create and implement a required Summary of Benefits and Coverage that clarifies private health plan coverage of rehabilitative and habilitative services, and won an American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) "Power of A" award for the innovative advocacy approach
- Developed the advocacy resource,
Speech, Language, and Hearing Services: A Smart Investment [PDF], to help members educate consumers and other providers on the value of member service
- Successfully advocated for additional states to adopt Medicaid coverage of telepractice, bringing the total to 23
- Developed foundational principles and recommendations for the reauthorization of the
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) [PDF] as an advocacy too
- Submitted comment letters to the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice related to the Regulatory Reform Agenda, IDEA, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
- Tracked more than 1,608 bills and 697 regulations related to audiologists and speech-language pathologists, with 93 pieces of legislation passed and 137 regulations adopted, and sent comment letters to state legislatures and regulators in 30 states on behalf of members in states
- Updated the state “Hot Topics” pages with tools and resources for members to learn about and advocate on topics of interest
- Launched new state-by-state requirements web pages on early intervention and telepractice, including maps depicting practice requirements, reimbursement, and telesupervision
- Gained a 37% increase in donations and a 21% increase in the number of ASHA members contributing to ASHA’s Political Action Committee (ASHA-PAC)
- Engaged more than 21,000 members through grassroots advocacy, resulting in more than 117,800 messages sent to Congress
For the Professions
Strengthening the Professions
- Reached out to communication sciences and disorders professionals across the globe, resulting in an increased number of International Affiliates
- Collaborated with other organizations on various pediatric hearing issues as part of the
Joint Committee on Infant Hearing
- Maintained close relationships with other professional organizations through reciprocal agreements with the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, the Educational Audiology Association, the Hearing Loss Association of America, and the National Hearing Conservation Association
- Collaborated with other audiology organizations on various quality measures as part of the
Audiology Quality Consortium
- Enhanced the
Practice Portal by adding "Cochlear Implants for Children" as a new topic, completing the 3-year review on the Newborn Hearing Screening page, adding new and pertinent information to the Childhood Hearing Screening page, and initiating the development of several other audiology-specific topic pages
- Recruited audiologists as volunteers and subject-matter experts to assist in providing members with the best available evidence, expertise, resources, and tools to guide evidence-based decision making
- Added new audiology-specific
Evidence Maps on balance system disorders, auditory neuropathy spectrum disorder, central auditory processing disorder, prevention of hearing loss, otitis media, and tinnitus
- Provided updates and resources to ASHA members about
over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids legislation
- Hosted AuD Student Day for students and program faculty to learn about what ASHA is doing for the audiology profession
- Responded to technical assistance questions from more than 8,000 audiologists related to ethics, scope of practice, practice management, patient education, and advocacy
- Extended the work of the
2016 AuD Education Summit through assigned working groups tasked with examining various aspects of the current education model and drafting a
report [PDF] with recommendations
- 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
Guyana, Paraguay, and Belize. Contributed to the PAHO and WHO Global Disability Action Plan and to Rehabilitation 2030: A Call to Action
- Supported the participation of ASHA speakers during the annual conference of the Indian Speech and Hearing Association (ISHA) in Kolkata, India
- Awarded certification to approximately 9,500 audiologists and speech-language pathologists
- Achieved a figure of over 98% of ASHA certificate holders successfully renewing their certification for 2017, including 95% of audiologists and 98.5% of speech-language pathologists
- After completion and analysis of the practice analysis studies in audiology and speech-language pathology, the Council for Clinical Certification in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CFCC) conducted widespread peer review of proposed changes to the audiology and speech-language pathology certification standards. The 2020 certification standards will be announced in 2018.
- Presented the positive results of a market feasibility study to determine the viability of a credentialing program for support personnel to the ASHA Board of Directors. The Board of Directors approved a resolution from the CFCC to establish a national assistants certification program for audiology assistants and speech-language pathology assistants, with a 3-year development period beginning in 2018.
- Expanded the Practice Portal to cover additional topics such as accent modification, cochlear implants for children, head and neck cancer, pediatric traumatic brain injury, and updated childhood 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
BHSM resources for ASHA members, staff, and the public on four topics: noisy society, autism, stroke, and bilingual speech/language development (e.g., Love the Professions signs, sample presentations on speech-language pathologists serving families with autism, BHSM Family Feud, and BeFABB poster)
- Through the philanthropy of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation (ASHFoundation), provided major support for innovators in communication sciences and disorders, with $637,000 awarded to 68 promising researchers, students, and professionals in 2017 ($240,000 for scholarships and $393,000 for transformational research studies), along with honors recognizing state-based clinical achievements. Since its founding, the ASHFoundation has awarded $9.2 million to 2,136 brilliant scholars to test bold ideas and pursue new breakthroughs to change people’s lives
- Redesigned the ASHFoundation website,
https://ashfoundation.org/, to enhance navigation, access to funding, ability to donate, and compatibility on mobile device
research career mentoring for approximately 300 students and early career scientists in CSD to support academic and research careers
- Implemented a 6-year plan for enhancing ASHA resources and training opportunities in clinical supervision training
- Engaged in ongoing development of resources to advance undergraduate and PhD education
- Continued to develop and disseminate 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 an 89% response rate
- Advised more than 330 faculty-researchers in attendance at the
Researcher-Academic Town Meeting about the scholarship of teaching and learning in clinical education and supervision
- Launched editorial boards and new peer review processes for all of the ASHA journals, allowing for more research to be published more quickly
Raising Awareness About the Professions
Promoted certified members to an audience of more than 30 million allied professionals in 2017 via the
Value of the CCCs campaign, which featured innovative testimonial-style videos, a new digital Story Wall page populated with stories of members making a difference, and targeted LinkedIn promotions in its third year. Also, traffic to the campaign website remained strong, and the results of focus groups with target audiences were very positive. To date, the campaign has reached an audience of roughly 75 million.
- Photographed approximately 500 ASHA-certified attendees at the ASHA 2017 Convention for their own Value of the CCCs campaign ads—up roughly 40% from 2016
- Executed a
public outreach campaign during
May's Better Hearing & Speech Month that reached 160 million people; this audience has quadrupled in two years. Highlighted four weekly themes including noisy society, autism, bilingual speech/language development, and stroke. Successful tactics included a social media campaign that grew to more than 3,700 member participants this year; a Twitter party for parents with more than 52 million impressions; creation of 30 original digital assets such as videos and infographics; and collaborations with the American Academy of Pediatrics and Autism Speaks, among others.
- Wrote and placed op-eds to support public education about communication disorders and the professions, with pieces appearing in The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, The Kansas City Star, and The Philadelphia Inquirer
- Honored three members as Media Champions for their efforts in raising public awareness about communication disorders through their work with the media: Craig Coleman, MA, CCC-SLP; Amee Shah, PhD, CCC-SLP; and Joy Peterson, AuD, CCC-A. Also, recognized a dozen media outlets for coverage of the professions, including The New York Times, Consumer Reports, NBC News, and U.S. News & World Report
- Refreshed ASHA's bilingual, award-winning Identify the Signs campaign (which champions early intervention and treatment by ASHA members) by launching a new toolkit in partnership with the group Read Aloud 15 MINUTES titled Communicating With Baby: Tips and Milestones From Birth to Age Five. This effort reached an audience of 215 million, and the toolkit was used by other groups with broad reach among the target audience of parents, including National Head Start Association and National Association for the Education of Young Children.
- Exhibited at meetings with key professional and public groups, including the American Academy of Pediatrics and Consumer Technology Association
- Used latest technologies and platforms to spread public messages about communication disorders and the services provided by ASHA members, including Facebook Live, to launch the BHSM campaign and the new Communicating With Baby toolkit. Broadened use of growing platforms such as Snapchat and Instagram Stories.
- Conducted traditional and social media outreach throughout the year tied to seasonal stories, holidays, and more. As one example, a
World Hearing Day (March 3) social media campaign reached an audience of more than 86 million; a feature article placed in a USA Today Weekend supplement on the topic had a readership of 2 million.
- National NSSLHA ended the 2017 membership year with more than 13,000 members—up from NSSLHA's 5-year average of 12,700 members.
- More than 2,500 National NSSLHA members attended the ASHA Convention in Los Angeles—and, of that number, 1,349 were presenters.
- National NSSLHA Executive Council members shared their perspectives by contributing to the "Students' Say" column in The ASHA Leader
- National NSSLHA held its second election; 3% of NSSLHA members voted to elect seven new leaders.
- National NSSLHA appointed 52 Student State Officers in 40 states; their role is to bring students and chapters in their states together.
- National NSSLHA introduced a new scholarship program for undergraduates in communication sciences and disorders programs.
- 46 NSSLHA-affiliated chapters participated in the newly launched NSSLHA Chapter Honors programs:
- 27 chapters earned Gold Chapter Honors, 11 chapters earned Silver Chapter Honors, and eight chapters earned Bronze Chapter Honors.
- 22 chapters engaged in federal or state advocacy.
- 27 chapters engaged in Better Hearing & Speech Month activities, and 16 chapters engaged in local communication disorders awareness campaigns.
- Chapters donated more than $11,700 to the NSSLHA Scholarship Fund.
- Chapters donated nearly $14,000 to CommunicAID+Nation, the 2016–2017 NSSLHA Loves recipient.
- National NSSLHA launched four free learning modules to support chapters and raise awareness of advocacy, the Practice Portal, ASHA's Special Interest Groups, and the ASHFoundation.
- NSSLHA staff streamlined the chapter affiliation process, ensuring an easier, more error-free process.
- National NSSLHA increased its Instagram presence by 354% since relaunching its efforts in May 2016, ensuring that students are aware of NSSLHA's programs, services, and offerings.
- After NSSLHA's Executive Council implemented new Chapter Honors requirements, member engagement on the NSSLHA Members online community has increased drastically:
- Number of unique contributors has increased by 310%.
- Number of discussions posted has grown by 569%.
For a Better Tomorrow
Providing Tools You Need to Succeed
- Made available, through
ASHA CEFind, more than 36,500 course offerings through 545 ASHA Approved Continuing Education (CE) Providers
- Conferred the
ASHA Award for Continuing Education (ACE) to more than 4,000 individuals
- Awarded 400,000 ASHA continuing education units (CEUs) to more than 130,000 audiologists and speech-language pathologists
- Provided state association grants and student advocacy awards to 23 states; grants and awards totaled $83,000
- Conducted surveys, such as the 2017 SLP Health Care Survey, to gather information about important issues, monitor trends, and provide data for advocacy efforts
- Launched the second installment of Case Studies (a series of free courses for ASHA CEUs) to highlight content related to ASHA's Strategic Objectives
- Hosted ASHA’s
Connect Conferences—three specialized conferences, in one location, for speech-language pathologists in schools, private practice, and health care
- Hosted four online conferences:
- Growing a Thriving Private Practice (winter and summer)
- Communication Interventions for Adolescents and Adults With Autism (spring and summer)
- Dysphagia in Older Adults (spring and fall)
- Audiology 2017: Cutting-Edge Perspectives in Service Delivery for Older Adults (fall)
- Released the Fundamentals of Dysphagia package, a set of courses specifically designed and curated for clinicians transitioning into working with adults with dysphagia
- Released a diverse offering of
CE programs (and formats) throughout the year, covering a variety of relevant and compelling topics.
- Hosted the Supervision Symposium in July, which was recorded and repurposed into two free online courses eligible for ASHA CEUs
- Updated the manual for the ASHA Functional Assessment of Communication Skills for Adults, an assessment tool that helps speech-language pathologists (SLPs) measure the functional communication of adults with speech, language, and cognitive-communication impairments.
- Developed new materials that audiologists and SLPs can use to educate their clients, such as the new Getting Ready to Read and Write brochure
- Launched the ASHA Journals Academy to help authors, editors, reviewers, and readers learn more about how research can be developed and applied.
Helping You Stay Connected
- Launched Your 60-Second Advocacy Update, distributed biweekly, through
Launched a new column in The ASHA Leader, "State of Success," to showcase successful advocacy for the professions by state associations. The first of these columns focused on the Nevada Speech-Language Hearing Association's work to get Nevada to develop a new performance evaluation system for speech-language pathologists based on ASHA's Performance Assessment of Contributions and Effectiveness of Speech-Language Pathologists (PACE) matrix.
- Updated The ASHA Leader
article submission guidelines to clarify how members can propose Leader article topics—the steps involved from proposal to publication (i.e., submission of the article proposal form to editing, review, and publication of the article)
- Provided more than 4,000 specialized professional consultation sessions to members, related professionals, and consumers
- Continued the monthly column, "All Ears on Audiology," in The ASHA Leader and published several feature articles with an audiology focus to ensure a vibrant presence for audiology content in the magazine
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
- Unparalleled networking opportunities
- Participation in building the positive image of the professions
- Improved patient outcomes
- 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
- Sets a national standard for academic program accreditation
- Using nationally recognized standards, accredits a network of 545 ASHA Approved CE Providers who deliver continuing education to audiologists and speech-language pathologists.
- ASHA’s Strategic Pathway/Strategy Implementation: Developed a framework for Strategic Objective owners to define and envision their transformational initiatives, and provided ASHA's Board of Directors and our members with "Highlights" of each initiative.
Learn more—go to the
Value of ASHA.
Get Involved and Make a Difference
- Get involved—join a committee, join a Special Interest Group, volunteer for the ASHFoundation, participate in the ASHA Community discussions, or join your state association.
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