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Advocacy

  • Successfully lobbied for the permanent repeal of the therapy caps under Medicare, Part B, and the permanent extension of the Steve Gleason Act, which enhances access to speech-generating devices for Medicare beneficiaries.
  • Protected the value of standardized cognitive and aphasia evaluations at the American Medical Association’s Relative Value Update Committee (RUC) and successfully revised cognitive treatment and posturography codes through the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) panel. Developed new device codes for contralateral routing hearing devices that were accepted by CMS for implementation.   
  • Developed and disseminated a revised Habilitation Advocacy Guide [PDF} to empower members and state associations to advocate at the state level for advancements that have been achieved in coverage and reimbursement as a result of regulatory implementation of the ACA. Conducted a related joint webinar with APTA and AOTA in response to changes to federal ACA regulations.
  • Developed and began initial implementation of an Alternative Payment Model (APM) Work Plan to prepare and position the professions for changes in health care service delivery, reimbursement, and quality/outcome reporting requirements. APMs highlight the need to demonstrate the value of audiology and speech-language pathology services and have been expanding rapidly across all areas, including traditional outpatient, acute care, and postacute settings.
  • Held a pilot Private Health Plan Forum to bring together decision-makers from national health plans in support of coverage of audiology and speech-language pathology services. The initial meeting brought together leaders from United Health Care, Optum, Evicore, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield of America and will serve as a foundation for a larger annual summit in 2019.
  • Developing a website dedicated to providing a consolidated source for payers and health care decision makers to access information in support of coverage and reimbursement of audiology and speech-language pathology services. The site will help ASHA and members more efficiently communicate and demonstrate the value of member services.
  • Successfully lobbied against passage of higher education legislation that included provisions to weaken graduate program accreditation standards, and student access to affordable graduate education [PDF].
  • Prevented licensure of music therapists in 9 states (IL, IA, MI, MN, MO, NC, PA, UT, and WI) and opposed licensure legislation introduced in 2 other states still in session (NY and NJ).
  • Prevented passage of LEAD-K legislation in 5 states (AL, IA, MI, MO, and NJ).
  • Maintained audiology and SLP licensure in MN, NM, ID, and WI.
  • Worked with the Professional Certification Coalition to ensure ASHA certification standards continue to be recognized by states. 
  • Added a student issues section to takeaction.asha.org specifically for CSD students to utilize on Student Advocacy Day, which resulted in more than 8,000 messages sent to Members of Congress.
  • Executed a digital campaign promoting ASHA’s Annual Capitol Hill Day to increase awareness of the professions and our top advocacy issues, successfully resulting in over 2.3 million impressions across Facebook and Twitter.

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 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 Paraguay and Belize, and contributed to PAHO and WHO Global Disability Action Plans and Rehabilitation 2030.
  • Received approval of PAHO for ASHA’s application to renew its official status as a Non-State Actor (NSA) in formal relations with PAHO, and to continue the ASHA-PAHO/WHO collaboration for another 3 years (2018–2020) during its PAHO Executive Committee meeting in June 2018.
  • Continued promotion of the ASHA-PAHO collaboration through presentations and exhibits at national and international conferences and publications.
  • Won the 2018 American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) Power of A Summit Award due to ASHA’s Country Capacity Building Initiative with PAHO/WHO. Each year, only six organizations are judged winners of ASAE Summit Awards, the highest level of recognition in ASAE’s Power of A awards program.
  • Participated in high-level meetings of PAHO in Washington, DC and WHO in Geneva. Since 2017, ASHA has participated in meetings of WHO Rehabilitation 2030: A Call for Action and identified SLPs and audiologists to participate in technical working groups related to this initiative.
  • Became a founding member of the Global Rehabilitation Alliance, a strategic partner of WHO to strengthen rehabilitation in health and social systems worldwide.  
  • Supported the participation of ASHA speakers during the annual conference of the Philippine Association of Speech Pathologists (PASP) in Manila.  
  • Opened more than 100 complaints alleging ethical violations against audiologists and SLPs, via the Board of Ethics
  • Heard 71 cases alleging ethical violations, via the Board of Ethics.
  • Issued 86 decisions in cases involving ethical violations, via the Board of Ethics.
  • Shared ethics resources and provided ethics guidance to more than 600 individuals (via phone, email, and outreach programs).
  • Received accreditation from the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). ASHA offers the only audiology and speech-language pathology certification programs with this honor.
  • Received over 9,300 applications for certification and awarded greater than 9,500 certifications. Annual certificate holder renewal was over 98%.
  • Announced the 2020 Certification Standards in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology and communicated the changes through email, The ASHA Leader , at the Annual Convention, and elsewhere.  
  • Revalidated Clinical Fellowship Skills and Ratings for 2020, which will be posted online by the end of February.  
  • Created the Assistants Certification Program examination blueprints for Audiology [PDF] and Speech-Language Pathology [PDF] Assistants.
  • Continued the Certification Online Application development for most of 2018, which will launch January 2019.           
  • Provided research career mentoring for approximately 350 students and early career scientists in CSD to support academic and research careers.
  • Achieved a 90% response rate on the 2018 CSD Education Survey fielded to 325 institutions offering CSD degree programs. Data reports are published annually on the ASHA website.
  • Hosted approximately 320 members of the academic-research community at the 2018 Researcher-Academic Town Meeting featuring a presentation by Jason Roberts, PhD, on Using Reporting Guidelines to Improve the Reliability and Value of Clinical Research.  
  • Hosted successful Job Task Analysis meetings with audiology assistants, audiology supervisors, speech-language pathology assistants (SLPAs), and speech-language pathology supervisors, to launch the work of the ASHA Assistants Certification Program. The Job Task Analysis looks at the contemporary practice of assistants and the frequency and importance of the tasks they perform in their daily work. These findings were also successfully validated via an online survey of audiology assistants, SLPAs, supervisors, and a random selection of ASHA members.
  • Conducted successful planning meetings with audiology assistants, SLPAs, and supervisors to determine the qualifications for applying for ASHA Assistant Certification, drafts for codes of ethics, and requirements for certification maintenance of the ASHA Assistant Certification credential.
  • Held two important focus groups at ASHA Convention 2018 in Boston, MA, to validate the results of the qualifications for audiology assistants and SLPAs and the certification maintenance requirements for the ASHA Assistant Certification program for audiology assistants and for SLPAs. The focus groups were attended by assistants, supervisors, and educators.
  • Awarded 82 innovative researchers, students, and professionals in the communication sciences a collective total of $640,000 in 2018, through donors’ support of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation
  • Announced the first recipients of the Researcher-Practitioner Collaboration Grant, a new funding program of the ASHFoundation, designed to accelerate research that will increase knowledge to improve services for individuals with communication disorders
  • Awarded $9.8 million to more than 2,200 individuals to fund transformational research studies, support our discipline’s most promising students, and recognize clinical achievements that have been changing people’s lives since the founding of the ASHFoundation.

Raising Awareness About the Professions

  • ASHA Certified Logo Reached an audience of 177 million during ASHA’s Better Hearing & Speech Month 2018 (May), which was four times the audience size 5 years ago.
  • Continued to perform above industry standards for similar ad campaigns in the fourth year of ASHA’s Value of the CCCs campaign, as it promoted the value of ASHA certification to professionals who hire, refer, supervise, and evaluate ASHA-certified members, and approached the 100 million mark in audience reach.
  • Spotlighted the role of audiologists and reached an audience of more than 170 million through a digital campaign highlighting World Hearing Day (March 3).
  • Reached an audience of more than 90 million with parental guidance for managing children’s summertime tech use through a new Healthy Communication & Popular Technology Initiative.
  • Won platinum awards, the highest possible in the MarCom Awards global marketing and communications competition that receives 6,000 entries annually, for ASHA’s Better Hearing and Speech Month outreach and its Value of the CCCs campaign.
  • Mailed, via the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA), an incredible 7,996 letters to legislators on Student Advocacy Day this year—800% above the goal.
  • Launched a recruitment microsite, hearingandspeechcareers.org, to promote the professions as a career to diverse populations, including men.

For a Better Tomorrow

Providing Tools You Need to Succeed

  • Through the work of 114 Special Interest Group (SIG) volunteer coordinating committee members:
    • Engaged 31,286 ASHA, NSSLHA, and Associate members and affiliates in SIGs.
    • Hosted 18 online chats that covered AAC, dysphagia, global issues, ICD-10, hearing loss, language and emotional/behavioral disorders, teaching, telepractice, voice, and many more topics.
    • Developed SIG Convention Short Courses and other sessions that covered adolescent language, AAC, IPE/IPP, telepractice, Parkinson’s disease, sensorineural hearing loss treatment, access for students with disabilities, teaching, ethical issues, and many more.
    • Published numerous articles in Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups.
  • Created the ASHA SLP Bulletin Board Kit, which contains eight colorful, eye-catching decals designed for display on bulletin boards in schools to highlight the role of SLPs.
  • Developed spoken and written language activities for school-based members that aligned with the Expedition 56 space launch in which the Annie Award went interstellar.
  • Contributed engaging and interactive programming for ASHA Connect, which is three conferences (i.e., Health Care, Private Practice, and Schools) in one.
  • Provided members with expert information about longstanding issues (e.g., high caseloads, excessive paperwork) in schools from administrators in local education agencies (LEAs) and state education agencies (SEAs) as well as a union representative in the first ASHA Schools Virtual Town Hall.
  • Developed the ASHA Workload Calculator, which provides comprehensive visual/graphic and descriptive information about the workload activities of school-based SLPs.
  • Developed position statements on Facilitated Communication (FC) and the Rapid Prompting Method (RPM), with FAQs to guide SLPs.
  • Developed the Dysphagia Competency Verification Tool to facilitate the verification of competency in dysphagia practice across the lifespan.
  • Provided more than 4,400 one-on-one consultations to members, consumers, and external stakeholders concerning clinical and professional issues in speech-language pathology practice.
  • Developed a prototype for the new National Outcomes Measurement System (NOMS) registries, which will be launched in 2019.   
  • Completed and reviewed The ASHA Practice Portal topics as follows: 
  • Transitioned Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups from a newsletter to a scholarly review journal.  
  • Migrated to a new platform for hosting the ASHA journals and The ASHA Leader to achieve enhanced functionality and reduce costs.  
  • Offered free courses for ASHA continuing education units (CEUs), with more than 21,000 members participating in 2018.  
  • Launched Connect On Demand—an entirely new way for people to participate in Connect—for members who can’t make it in person but are still interested in the incredible array of content covered at the conferences.  
  • Achieved recognition of ASHA CEUs for SLP certification renewal by New York State Department of Education.
  • Developed and implemented CE Provider online registration for CE courses/offerings (42,000 annually), eliminating paper filings.
  • Created an entirely new micro learning course format called "Take Five," which is designed to fit into a members’ busy work day while also facilitating practice of concepts by breaking micro-courses into six 5-minute blocks, two of which are speaker-led and four of which guide members through practicing a new strategy with a client on their current caseload. This year, we launched four micro courses, to help school-based SLPs identify and build on students’ strengths, write strengths-based goals, and empower paraeducators.
  • Released the Assessing and Treating Speech Sound Disorders package, a set of seven courses specifically designed and curated for clinicians who work with children with speech sound disorders, as well as for clinicians who are new to this population.  
  • Hosted four online conferences: 
    • Children With Autism: Matching Interventions to Communication Needs (spring and summer) 
    • Spoken and Written Language in Adolescents: Fresh Solutions (winter and summer) 
    • Improving Functional Outcomes in Aphasia (spring and winter) 
    • Audiology 2018: Central Auditory Processing Disorders (fall)
  • Delivered a substantial upgrade to ASHA’s finance system using only internal staff, thus avoiding paying expensive outside consultants and saving ASHA thousands of dollars while delivering a more efficient system that allows better management of member resources.                     

Helping You Stay Connected

  • Implemented a comprehensive project management tool to support ASHA’s cross functional communication projects, streamlining communication across teams, consolidating and housing content, and tracking time spent on project work, thus saving ASHA staff time and in turn allowing for work to be completed faster and with fewer obstacles.  
  • Created the design and branding for the ASHA Career Portal communication materials and website, which was built for ASHA members who are looking for career starting, career changing, and job searching information, and which also allows for cross-promotion of important member-facing content targeting leadership ( Leadership Academy) and Special Interest Groups.
  • Created new communication outlets to recruit more diversity into CSD careers. This included designing and developing a website, videos, and collateral targeting high school and undecided college students.
  • Created the design and branding for the NSSLHA website to better communicate with students utilizing communication outlets they respond to and engage with on a regular basis.
  • Launched the new NSSLHA blog to ensure students get the information they need in a way they prefer.
  • Implemented universal HTTPS to securely encrypt all web traffic to ASHA websites and digital products.  
  • Updated ASHA’s privacy and cookie statements to clarify ASHA’s data collection and privacy practices.  
  • Held the single largest in-person gathering of CSD professionals in the world—more than 18,000 people attended ASHA Convention 2018
  • Launched ASHA-bot at Connect 2018 and Convention 2018 to create a new way for members to obtain information and experiment with voice technology.  
  • Instituted the ability to purchase ASHA journals online—members and nonmembers can now purchase print and online journal subscriptions to AJA, JSLHR, AJSLP, and LSHSS at the ASHA Store. Prior to this, all purchases were processed through the mail or by phone.  

ASHA Makes a Difference

  • Launched a new affinity partnership in June with LifeMart, which provides a wide variety of member deals including a car purchase program and discounts on child care. Approximately 2,000 ASHA members have signed up. 
  • The S.T.E.P. mentoring program will launch a new mentoring platform by January 1, 2019, that streamlines the mentoring experience. This cloud-based program will make mentoring easier and more productive for the mentoring pair. The new platform will provide: 
    • self-selected matching 
    • a mentoring profile 
    • a mobile app
    • different tiers of mentoring   
    • virtual communities  
    • automated communication 
  • Developed a diversity recruitment campaign for Strategic Objective #6: Increase the diversity of the membership, which targets underrepresented students from African American, Asian Indian, Asian Pacific Islander, Hispanic, and Native American communities. To reach the students, a series of three emails that also includes a communication sciences and disorders (CSD) fact sheet and a direct mail campaign that includes a newly developed brochure for each underrepresented population will be sent to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) teachers, guidance counselors, and SLPs in schools in which 75% or more of the students are from minority populations. A landing page will also be created for the diversity materials.                                                                                    

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