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COVID-19: ASHA Web Event Series on Service Delivery Considerations for Private Practice in Speech-Language Pathology 

As so many of our day-to-day activities changed seemingly overnight in response to COVID-19, speech-language pathologists have found themselves facing new professional challenges. ASHA has heard your questions and concerns. They are complex and diverse. In response, ASHA has developed a series of recorded conversations to address the specific needs of those who operate or work in a private practice.

Topic Focus: Creative Approaches to Telepractice for Speech-Language Pathologists in Private Practice

Panelists included:

  • Sean Sweeney, MS, MEd, CCC-SLP, Ely Center, Massachusetts and Speech Techie, Dorchester, Massachusetts
  • Nathan Curtis, MA, CCC-SLP, Clinical Coordinator for SLP and OT Tele Services, Waldo County General Hospital, Belfast, Maine
  • Moderator: Brooke Hatfield, MS, CCC-SLP, Associate Director, Clinical Issues in Speech-Language Pathology at ASHA

Questions Addressed:

  • How can SLPs use telepractice facilitators effectively?
  • What are some ways to make the telepractice format work to the SLP’s advantage?

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Topic Focus: Telepractice in Private Practice

Panelists Included:

  • Michael Towey, MA, CCC-SLP, Manager of the Speech-Language Pathology Department at Waldo County General Hospital, Belfast, Maine
  • Tim Nanof, MSW, Director of Health Care and Education Policy at ASHA
  • Moderator: Brooke Hatfield, MS,CCC-SLP, Associate Director, Clinical Issues in Speech-Language Pathology at ASHA

Questions Addressed:

  • Given the HHS.gov guidance about HIPAA compliance, what platforms and policies should a practice implement to ensure confidentiality?
  • How can an SLP determine if telepractice is a covered benefit for a client, and what steps can they take it if it is not?
  • How does using an assessment that is not standardized in a tele-format impact documentation and billing?
  • Are all clients appropriate for telepractice?
  • How can an SLP make that determination?
  • What if the employer requires telepractice for all clients?
  • Can SLPAs provide services via telepractice?

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Topic Focus: Practice Management for Speech-Language Pathologists in Private Practice

Panelists Included:

  • Janet McNichol, SPHR, Director of Human Resources at ASHA
  • Matt Clash-Dexler, Attorney, Bredhoff and Kaiser, Washington, DC
  • Moderator: Brooke Hatfield, MS,CCC-SLP, Associate Director, Clinical Issues in Speech-Language Pathology

Questions Addressed:

  • Why are some private practice clinics open, while others have closed?
  • Who determines essential vs non-essential workers and practices?
  • What modifications can a practice make to increase compliance with CDC/WHO recommendations?
  • If an employee does not feel safe providing in-person services, what are their options?
  • What is the employer’s obligation to an employee in a clinic setting where physical distancing cannot be readily controlled, such as pediatric settings?
  • What does it mean to be furloughed?
  • What resources are available to independent contractors vs salaried employees if a practice is closed?
  • Can an SLP be held liable if someone in their care becomes positive for COVID-19?

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