2017 Resolutions and Motions

The following resolutions and motions have been considered by the Board of Directors. As action is taken, this page will be updated.

Resolutions

BOD 01-2017

RESOLVED, That the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Board of Directors (BOD) establish the Ad Hoc Committee on Language Proficiency, which is charged with (a) defining language proficiency (b) providing recommendations to the ASHA BOD regarding feasibility of establishing a required level of language proficiency for clinical practice in the professions and (c) identifying mechanisms to assess an applicant’s language proficiency skills, including spoken, written, and manually coded language use; and further

RESOLVED, That the Committee form immediately after the appointments are made and will conclude on December 31, 2017; and further

RESOLVED, That the Committee conduct its work primarily via e-mail and web meetings, with one face-to-face meeting to be held in 2017; and further

RESOLVED, That the committee be appointed by the Committee on Committees and include not more than 10 individuals representing various perspectives on related issues, with each member possessing one or more of the following qualifications: practicing bilingual clinician (Spanish language speaker); practicing bilingual clinician (other language speaker); internationally educated clinician; state board licensing expertise; professional translation experience, particularly related to health care (optional SLPA background); clinician who has worked internationally; academician from a communication sciences and disorders (CSD) program with a bilingual emphasis tract; academician from a CSD program with no bilingual emphasis tract; ASHA-certified audiologist; ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist; a staff ex officio, and ASHA's vice president for planning (who serves as BOD liaison); and further

RESOLVED, That the committee chair be approved by the Committee on Committees, and further

RESOLVED, That ASHA's chief executive officer appoint the ex officio; and further

RESOLVED, That the document titled Standard Operating Procedures of the Ad Hoc Committee on Language Proficiency [PDF] be approved.

Approved   11-0

BOD 02-2017

RESOLVED, That the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Board of Directors (BOD) accept the AuD Education Summit Summary Report [PDF] prepared by Transformation Strategies, Inc., and the AuD Education Summit Executive Summary [PDF] prepared by the Ad Hoc Committee on AuD Education Summit.

Approved   12-0

BOD 03-2017

RESOLVED, That the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Board of Directors (BOD) approve funding to help support the work of the World Health Organization (WHO) Office of Disability and Deafness as well as the WHO Rehabilitation Unit (Speech-Language Pathology) in the amount of $5,000 each, for a total of $10,000.

RESOLVED, That the funding for 2017 come from the 2017 BOD Contingency Fund and that the funding for 2018 and 2019 come from the operating budget of Strategic Objective #7 (Enhance International Engagement).

Approved   9-0

BOD 04-2017

RESOLVED, That the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Board of Directors (BOD) approve supporting an ASHA session and the use of the ASHA logo in conjunction with that session at the Third International Speech-Language Pathology Congress in Costa Rica scheduled for July 6–8, 2017.

Approved   13-0

BOD 05-2017

RESOLVED, That the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Board of Directors (BOD) approve the formation of the AuD Education Task Force, which is charged with developing an action plan to execute the recommendations outlined in the Report of the AuD Education Summit and provides the following:

  • A mechanism for establishing Summit working groups to further pursue strategies for addressing the identified challenges
  • Frameworks and mechanisms for standardization of the AuD externship
  • Frameworks and mechanisms for evaluating student readiness and outcome measures; and further

RESOLVED, That the task force provide the Report of the AuD Education Summit along with any outcomes from these recommendations to accreditation bodies and other standards-setting bodies as a resource to inform the setting and maintaining of standards for academic and clinical AuD education; and further

RESOLVED, That the task force complete its work by December 31, 2018, including providing a report to the BOD; and further

RESOLVED, That the members of the task force will be appointed by their individual entities which will comprise:

  • Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education (ACAE)
  • American Academy of Audiology (AAA)
  • American Board of Audiology (ABA)
  • Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA)
  • Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CAPCSD)
  • Council of AuD Program Directors (CAuDP)
  • Council for Clinical Certification in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CFCC)
  • National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA)
  • Student Academy of Audiology (SAA); and further

RESOLVED, That ASHA’s Vice President for Academic Affairs in Audiology serve as the BOD liaison and that a staff ex-officio be appointed by ASHA’s Chief Executive Officer; and further

RESOLVED, That ASHA provide for travel and per diem expenses of the task force appointees to support their attendance at one 2-day, in-person meeting at the ASHA National Office; and further

RESOLVED, That the AuD Education Task Force standard operating procedures policy section [PDF] be approved.

Approved   13-0

BOD 06-2017

RESOLVED, That the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s 2017 annual report of the Association’s membership in and affiliation with other organizations be approved; and further

RESOLVED, That continued affiliation with the following organizations be approved:

  • Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • American Academy of Private Practice in Speech Pathology and Audiology (AAPPSPA)
  • American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc. (AAAASF)
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
  • American Cleft Palate–Craniofacial Association
  • American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, Brain Injury—Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group
  • American Council on Education
  • American Medical Association Current Procedural Terminology Health Care Professionals Advisory Committee
  • American Medical Association Relative Value Scale Update Committee Health Care Professionals Advisory Committee
  • American National Standards Institute
  • Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors
  • Coalition for Global Hearing Health
  • Coalition for Patients’ Rights
  • Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities International (CARF International)
  • Committee for Education Funding (CEF)
  • Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities
  • Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation (CAOHC)
  • Council for Higher Education Accreditation
  • Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CAPCSD)
  • Council of Graduate Schools
  • Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR)
  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing Alliance (DHHA)
  • Fair Access Coalition on Testing (FACT)
  • Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education
  • Habilitation Benefits Coalition (HAB Coalition)
  • Hearing International
  • Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA)
  • Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE)
  • Institute of International Education
  • International Association for Continuing Education and Training
  • International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics
  • International Society of Audiology
  • Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC)
  • National Alliance of Specialized Instructional Support Personnel (NASISP)
  • National Association for Advisors in the Health Professions (NAAHP)
  • National Association for the Support of Long-Term Care (Associate Membership)
  • National Center for Birth Defects and Other Developmental Disabilities, External Partners Group
  • National Center for Systemic Improvement (NCSI) (Formerly IDEA Partnership)
  • National Coalition on Personnel Shortages in Special Education and Related Services
  • National Consortium on Health Science Education
  • National Council of State Boards of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
  • National Council on Aging
  • National Easter Seal Society
  • National Hearing Conservation Association
  • National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities
  • National Universal Design for Learning Task Force
  • Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)
  • Partnership for Health in Aging (PHA)
  • Patient Access to Responsible Care Alliance (PARCA)
  • Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA)
  • Standards Secretariat, Acoustical Society of America
  • The Joint Commission
  • TriAlliance of Health and Rehabilitation Professions
  • World Parkinson Coalition, Inc.

Approved   12-0

BOD 07-2017

RESOLVED, That the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Board of Directors (BOD) accept the Board of Ethics’ proposed Issues in Ethics statement titled Client Abandonment, as revised from the 2010 version.

Approved   10-0

BOD 08-2017

RESOLVED, That the composition of the Joint Committee on Interprofessional Relations Between the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and Division 40: The Society for Clinical Neuropsychology of the American Psychological Association (APA) be expanded to include Division 22 (Rehabilitation Psychology) of the APA; and further

RESOLVED, That the structure of the Joint Committee be changed to include representation of the ASHA Special Interest Groups (SIGs); and further

RESOLVED, That the name of the committee be changed to the “Joint Committee on Interprofessional Relations Between the American Psychological Association (APA) and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).”

Approved   10-0

BOD 09-2017

RESOLVED, That the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Board of Directors (BOD) approve the Board of Ethics’ (BOE) proposed Issues in Ethics statement titled Obtaining Clients for Private Practice From Primary Place of Employment (2017), as revised from the 2014 version.

Approved   14-0

BOD 10-2017

RESOLVED, That the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Board of Directors (BOD) establish an Ad Hoc Committee on Facilitated Communication (FC) and the Rapid Prompting Method (RPM) [hereafter, “the Committee”]; and further

RESOLVED, That the Committee’s charge include (a) reviewing the scientific literature regarding the use of FC since 1994; (b) updating the 1995 ASHA position statement on FC; (c) reviewing the scientific literature regarding RPM; and (d) developing resources to guide members on the use of RPM; and further

RESOLVED, That the Committee comprise five members appointed by the Committee on Committees, including researchers and practitioners in speech-language pathology or related professions who are knowledgeable about FC and RPM; and further 

RESOLVED, That the vice president for speech-language pathology practice designate the committee chair; and further

RESOLVED, That 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 and that the Committee complete its work within 1 year after the official date that the appointments were made; and further

RESOLVED, That the Policy section of the Standing Operating Procedures of the Ad Hoc Committee on FC and RPM [PDF] be approved.

Approved   12-1

BOD 11-2017

RESOLVED, That the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Board of Directors (BOD) approve the Board of Ethics (BOE) proposed revised Issues in Ethics statement titled Supervision of Student Clinicians (2017), as revised from the 2010 version.

Approved   9-0

BOD 12-2017

RESOLVED, That BOD 39-2014 be rescinded; and further  

RESOLVED, That the proposed discretionary spending fund guidelines be added to the reserves policy [PDF] of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA); and further  

RESOLVED, that the new reserves policy be effective immediately upon approval.

Approved   9-0

BOD 13-2017

RESOLVED, That the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Board of Directors (BOD) approve the Board of Ethics (BOE) proposed revised Issues in Ethics statement titled Speech-Language Pathology Assistants (2017), as revised from the 2014 version.

Approved   13-0

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. The CFCC authorizes the Board of Ethics to apply the Code of Ethics to certificate holders for violations and impose sanction(s).

Discussion open until 9/10. Voting open 9/12-9/14.

Approved   14-0

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 othersagencies and associations; and (3) adjudicate complaints alleging violations of the Code; and (4) make essential decisions as listed in the Semi-Autonomous Entities Agreement. Members of the Board of Ethics shall be appointed by the Committee on Committees. The Board of Directors shall approve any revisions to the Code of Ethics and the procedures formulated by the Board of Ethics for processing allegations of Code of Ethics violations to ensure that they comply with basic due process considerations.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, and procedures for the processing of alleged violations of the Code, 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 provide a reasonable opportunity for members and certificate holders 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.

Any appeal from a Board of Ethics action Further Consideration shall be decided by a panel of the Board of Directors, whose decisions shall be finalthe ASHA Ethics Appeal Panel.

Discussion open until 9/10. Voting open 9/12-9/14.

Approved   14-0

BOD 16-2017

RESOLVED, That the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Board of Directors (BOD) approve the formation of an ad hoc committee to provide technical support regarding ASHA’s work with the Ministry of Health, the Inspiration Center, and its partners of Belize as part of the ASHA/Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) collaboration, and further

RESOLVED, That the ad hoc committee be charged with creating a sustainable service delivery model for Belize by developing train-the-trainer workshops to selected health care and community service providers for children with disabilities, and further

RESOLVED, That the newly appointed Ad Hoc Committee for Technical Support to the Ministry of Health, the Inspiration Center, and Its Partners of Belize (hereafter, “the Ad Hoc Committee”) comprise six members, of which one will be the chair, one will be a member of the International Issues Board (IIB), and one will be an ex officio. All members will have voting rights except the ex officio. The committee members will have international expertise in high-level networks and training experience in resource-limited countries. The members will be approved by the Committee on Committees (COC); and further

RESOLVED, That the Ad Hoc Committee will meet electronically and will perform the following tasks:

  1. Make recommendations and oversee the implementation of the work plan and action plan, both of which were developed jointly with the Ministry of Health, the Inspiration Center, and its partners of Belize.
  2. Recruit volunteers to assist the only speech-language pathologist in the country with her large caseload as well as to assist the Student Elective Program at the Inspiration Center.  
  3. Recruit volunteers to provide training for health care professionals, community service providers, and families of children with disabilities.
  4. Assist with development of an awareness campaign for the general public, and further 

RESOLVED, That the term of the Ad Hoc Committee members is for 1 year and will conclude on August 31, 2018. 

RESOLVED, That the ASHA BOD vice president for planning serve as the BOD liaison and that the ASHA chief executive officer (CEO) appoint the ex officio, and further 

RESOLVED, That the Standard Operating Procedures [PDF] policy document for the Ad Hoc Committee to provide technical support to Ministry of Health, the Inspiration Center, and its partners of Belize be approved. 

Approved   11-0-1

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.

Approved   11-0

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].

Approved   12-0

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).

Approved   13-0

BOD 20-2017

RESOLVED, That the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Board of Directors (BOD) renew the recognition of the following speech-language-hearing associations through December 31, 2022:  

  • South Dakota Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • Tennessee Association of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • Utah Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • The Vermont Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Inc.
  • Speech-Language-Hearing Association of Virginia
  • Washington Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • West Virginia Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Inc.
  • Wisconsin Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Association, Inc.
  • Wyoming Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Approved   12-0

BOD 21-2017

RESOLVED, That the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) Board of Directors (BOD) establish the Ad Hoc Committee on the Scope of Practice in Audiology charged to (a) review the current scope of practice to identify areas that need updating, revising, clarifying, or deleting and (b) consider the impact of information obtained from the Audiology Practice Analysis Study, Audiology Surveys, Board of Ethics Issues in Ethics Statements, ASHA Practice Portal, and other appropriate resources on the scope of practice in audiology; and further;  

RESOLVED, That the committee comprise nine members appointed by the Committee on Committees (CoC) representing (a) major practice settings (pediatrics, health care, industrial/occupational, educational settings, and private practice) and (b) general and specialized audiology areas (e.g., balance, cochlear implants, tinnitus, amplification, evoked potentials, counseling, cerumen management, auditory processing, support personnel, supervision clinicians and students in training, telepractice, and prevention), with one member of the committee holding dual ASHA certification in audiology and speech-language pathology; and further  

RESOLVED, That the Vice President for Audiology Practices serve as BOD liaison, and that an ex officio be appointed by the Chief Executive Officer; and further;  

RESOLVED, That one face-to-face meeting be held in 2017, with conference calls in both 2017 and 2018; and further;  

RESOLVED, That the committee prepare a revised scope of practice for submission to the BOD by August 2018; and further

RESOLVED,  That the ASHA BOD approve the Standard Operating Procedures document [PDF] for the Ad Hoc Committee on the Scope of Practice in Audiology.

Approved   12-0

BOD 22-2017

RESOLVED, That the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Board of Directors (BOD) approve the extension of the Ad Hoc Committee for Technical Support to the National Institutions (Ministry of Health and the National Secretariat for Human Rights of Persons With Disabilities) of Paraguay under the ASHA/Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) collaboration to October 31, 2018, to allow the committee to complete its charge to provide technical assistance regarding ASHA’s work with the National Institutions of Paraguay.

Discussion open until 9/19. Voting open 9/20-9/22.

Approved   11-0

BOD 23-2017

RESOLVED, That the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) support the four cross-disciplinary personnel competency areas [PDF] of Collaboration and Coordination, Family-Centered Practice, Interventions as Informed by Evidence, and Professionalism and Ethics, as developed by the Early Childhood Personnel Center (ECPC) in collaboration with ASHA and six other national organizations representing disciplines providing services in early childhood; and further

RESOLVED, That Patricia Prelock, PhD, CCC-SLP, be appointed as ASHA’s representative to the ECPC and funding be approved for travel to two ECPC meetings per year as ASHA’s representative.

Approved   11-0

BOD 24-2017

RESOLVED, That the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Board of Directors (BOD) approve the 2017 revised Practices and Procedures for Appeals of Board of Ethics Decisions [PDF] as outlined in the linked document titled Practices and Procedures for Appeals of BOE Decisions Rev 2017 FINAL; and further,

RESOLVED, that the revised Practices and Procedures for Appeals of Board of Ethics Decisions (2017) be effective immediately in 2017.

Approved   10-0

BOD 25-2017

RESOLVED, That the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Board of Directors (BOD) reappoint Benjamin R. Kaufman, MSW, as a member to the National Association for Hearing and Speech Action (NAHSA) Board of Directors for a 3-year term, beginning January 1, 2018, and ending December 31, 2020; and further,

RESOLVED, That the ASHA BOD reappoint Lisa Cole, ASHA Chief Staff Officer, Communications, as a member to the NAHSA Board of Directors for a 3-year term, beginning January 1, 2018, and ending December 31, 2020.

Approved   10-0

BOD 26-2017

RESOLVED, That the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Board of Directors (BOD) support the 6th annual Johns Hopkins Critical Care Rehabilitation Conference. ASHA will be recognized on the conference website and in printed materials, as well as have a free exhibit table at the conference. In return, ASHA will promote the conference to members using appropriate and available communication vehicles, including the online communities, relevant newsletters, social media outlets, and the ASHA website.

Approved   13-0

BOD 27-2017

RESOLVED, That the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Board of Directors (BOD) approve the suspension of the balanced budget provision for the 2018 ASHA Proposed Budget to enable ASHA to support members in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands who were affected by the recent catastrophic natural disasters as deemed appropriate in a manner that will not diminish services to all ASHA members, and further

RESOLVED, That any resulting deficit in the 2018 Proposed Budget may not exceed $100,000.

Approved   11-0

BOD 28-2017

RESOLVED, That the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Board of Directors (BOD) approve the 2018 Public Policy Agenda.  

Approved   12-0

BOD 29-2017

RESOLVED, That the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Board of Directors (BOD) approve funding and implementation of Assistants Certification Program for audiology assistants and speech-language pathology assistants. The purpose of this program is to support audiology assistants and speech-language pathology assistants working as support personnel within the continuum of service delivery and to support the ASHA-certified members and certificate holders who supervise these individuals; and further

RESOLVED, That, in 2018, the funding for the establishment of the ASHA Assistants Certification Program will come from the ASHA Special Operations Fund for a period of three years.

Approved   14-0

BOD 30-2017

RESOLVED, That the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Board of Directors (BOD) approve funding to enhance (a) the value placed on services provided by holders of the CCC-A and CCC-SLP credentials, with a special emphasis on ASHA-certified school-based members, and (b) the ASHA Member value proposition, through the renewal of the Value of the CCCscampaign, which promotes the value of the services of ASHA-certified members. Key and select decision makers in positions to hire, supervise, evaluate, and make referrals to ASHA-certified members will remain the primary external campaign audience, although lawmakers and policymakers will be targeted to some degree as well for the first time. The primary internal audience will be ASHA Certified Members themselves. And further

RESOLVED, That, for 2018, the ASHA BOD approve the use of the Special Opportunities Fund to provide financial support for the Value of the CCCs campaign at an annual level not to exceed $1,200,000, with up to $100,000 of that amount spent annually for campaign outreach to national law and policymakers, and that, for 2019 and 2020, the BOD provide annual funding at the same level (and with the same level of funds designated for outreach to lawmakers and policymakers), from year-end supplemental funds that the BOD grants to the National Association for Hearing and Speech Action (NAHSA), ASHA’s consumer affiliate, or through the Special Opportunities Funds (if necessary)—or through a combination of those two funding sources.

Approved   10-3-2

BOD 31-2017

RESOLVED, That the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Board of Directors (BOD) approve the renewal of the ASHA collaboration in official relations with PAHO to continue implementing joint activities in selected countries of Latin America and the Caribbean for a 3-year term starting in 2018 and ending in 2020.

Approved   10-0

BOD 32-2017

RESOLVED, That the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Board of Directors (BOD) approve the reclassification of Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups (hereafter, Perspectives) as a peer-reviewed scholarly review journal effective January 1, 2019; and further,

RESOLVED, That the ASHA BOD authorize the establishment of an editorial board for Perspectives that will comprise the following three roles: (1) editors-in-chief (EICs), one for up to six Special Interest Groups (SIGs), with four EICs initially appointed by the Board of Special Interest Group Coordinators (BSIGC) with staggered terms and subsequent EIC appointments made by the Journals Board for 3-year terms; (2) editors, one for each SIG, who serve 3-year terms and are appointed by the EICs (with those already serving terms continuing through their existing terms); and (3) editorial board members—initially, 176 will be appointed by the editors with no fixed term but per an annual agreement; and further

RESOLVED, That the EICs for Perspectives serve as voting members of the Journals Board.

Approved   11-2-1

BOD 33-2017

RESOLVED, That the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Board of Directors (ASHA BOD) approve a Special Interest Groups (SIGs) annual fee increase for full affiliate members to $45 from $35 per SIG per year, with an effective date of January 1, 2019; and further

RESOLVED, that the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) and ASHA graduate student fees remain at $10 per SIG per year.

Approved   9-6

BOD 34-2017

RESOLVED,That the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Board of Directors (BOD) approve the travel policy dated August 3, 2017; and further

RESOLVED,That the travel policy go into effect immediately upon approval.

Approved   13-0

BOD 35-2017

RESOLVED, That the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Board of Directors accept the 2018 Joint Committee on Infant Hearing (JCIH) Position Statement: Principles and Guidelines for Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Programs.

Approved   14-0

BOD 36-2017

RESOLVED, That BOD 32-2014 be rescinded; and further  

RESOLVED, That the ASHA Board of Directors (BOD) approve the revised structure of the Leadership Cultivation and Nominations Board (LCNB), specifically the Committee on Leadership Cultivation of Leadership Cultivation and Nominations Board (CLC/LCNB) as well as the attached structural plan and the standard operating procedures that established the LCNB), as indicated below (deletions indicated by strikeout; additions are underlined); and further

RESOLVED, That the composition of the CLC comprises eightnine members plus the chair. All members, including the chair, have voting rights. The Committee on Committees (CoC) will appoint four audiologists and four speech-language pathologists.

Six of these members will have just finished serving a 2-year term on the Committee on Nominations and Elections (CNE); in the event that one or more of the CNE members is not available, the CoC shall appoint an alternate member, preferably someone who has served on the CNE. 

Of the remaining twofour CLC members, one will be an early career professional (ECP) who is a member younger than 30 years of age or with fewer than 5 years in the professions. The other member will be a graduate of ASHA’s Leadership Development Program or the Minority Student Leadership Program (LDP/MSLP) and the third and fourth member will be the vice chair and chair of the committee. Both shall be past ASHA BOD members.

CLC terms (except for that of the vice chair) will be staggered 2-year terms, and the term of office shall begin on January 1.

The chair and vice chair of the CLC shall be a former BOD membersof ASHA and theychair shall be appointed by the CoC. The CLC chair shall serve a 2-year term. The vice chair shall serve a 1-year term and act as chair of the committee in the absence of the committee chair. The vice chair shall automatically become chair at the end of the 1-year term. The vice chair will be appointed in the second year of a chair’s term; and further

RESOLVED, That the ASHA BOD approve the Standard Operating Procedures Policy document [PDF] for the Committee for Leadership Cultivation. 

Approved   13-0

BOD 37-2017

RESOLVED, That Article XIII, Special Interest Groups, be amended as follows:  

13.1. Establishment and Purpose

There shall be established Special Interest Groups (SIGs) to promote the development of knowledge and skills through educational programs, research, publications, and the exchange of information in specialized scientific and professional areas within the Association. A new SIG is formed by a two-thirds vote of the Board of Directors upon submission of a formal proposal and recommendation by the Board of SIG Coordinators. All actions of the SIGs shall be consistent with Association policies and procedures and in accordance with the guidelines and operational procedures developed by the Board of SIG Coordinators and approved by the Board of Directors.

13.2. Policy

SIGs may make recommendations concerning Association policy. However, the SIGs and their affiliates shall not make any public statement or take positions on behalf of the Association or the SIG without having obtained approval from the Board of Directors in accordance with the established guidelines and procedures.

13.3. Bylaws

SIGs may adopt their own bylaws that govern SIG operations but shall not be autonomous, have any separate legal status, or have the power to enter into contracts or incur liability on their own behalf or in their own name.

13.4. Finances

SIGs shall operate within the approved annual operating budget and will not maintain separate accounts or hold assets in their own name outside of ASHA.

13.5. Board of SIG Coordinators

There shall be a Board of SIG Coordinators composed of the coordinator of each SIG, a chair, an Executive Council member of NSSLHA, and an ex officio member. The Board of SIG Coordinators shall coordinate activities and facilitate communication among the various SIGs, develop guidelines and operational procedures for SIGs approved by the Board of Directors, communicate and cooperate with the various organizational components of the Association to promote the SIGs’ goals, ensure that the SIGs are operating within the approved annual operating budget, and prepare reports of SIGs’ activities. The Board of SIGs Coordinators and all SIG activities shall be monitored by the Board of Directors.

Approved   15-0

BOD 38-2017

RESOLVED, That the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Board of Directors (BOD) establish the Ad Hoc Committee on Governance Review (hereafter, “the Committee”), charged with conducting a review and evaluation of aspects of ASHA’s governance structure and processes to determine if they meet the Association’s current governance needs. Aspects to be addressed include reviewing—and, if necessary, making—recommendations regarding

  • opportunities and processes for meaningful member input and engagement to inform the BOD, including the Advisory Councils;
  • the qualifications for BOD Service;
  • nominations and election process for ASHA's BOD and Advisory Council elections; and
  • voter participation in ASHA's BOD and Advisory Council elections; and further

RESOLVED, that the committee comprise nine members including the chair, all of whom will have voting rights. The Committee on Committees will appoint all Committee members—the chair as well as three audiologists and three speech-language pathologists serving as members with representation in the following manner:

  • one member as the chair of the Committee on Leadership Cultivation of the Leadership Cultivation and Nomination Board;
  • one member each from the Audiology Advisory Council and from the Speech-Language Pathology Advisory Council;
  • the chairs of the Audiology Advisory Council and the Speech-Language Pathology Advisory Council;
  • two members of the Committee on Nominations and Elections;
  • one past BOD member; and
  • one chair (the chair can be from either profession); and further

RESOLVED, That the immediate past president of the BOD shall serve as BOD liaison and participate in all activities of the Committee and that the Chief Executive Officer shall appoint the staff ex officio; and further

RESOLVED, That the Committee develop recommendations based on their findings and submit them to the ASHA BOD by December 1, 2018; and further

RESOLVED, That the policy section of the Standard Operating Procedures for the Ad Hoc Committee on Governance be approved.

Approved   10-1-1

BOD 39-2017

RESOLVED, That the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Board of Directors (BOD) approve that ASHA promise a contribution of up to 2% of estimated 2020 membership dues (between $0 and up to $843,400) to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation (ASHFoundation) for the year 2020; and further

RESOLVED, That this contribution be conditional upon ASHA’s 2017 operating net income being at least 2% of estimated 2020 membership dues before the contribution is made. 

Approved   12-0

BOD 40-2017

RESOLVED, That the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) promise a contribution of $200,000 in 2017 to its consumer affiliate, the National Association for Hearing and Speech Action (NAHSA), that will be used to support projects, programs, activities, and their related costs during the years 2018–2019 that aim at consumers and feature the communications professions and/or communications professionals and/or areas of interest to both. The allocation of this contribution would be in keeping with ASHA’s Strategic Pathway; and further

RESOLVED, That this contribution be conditional upon ASHA’s 2017 consolidated net income being adequate to make such a contribution.

Approved   12-0

BOD 41-2017

RESOLVED, That the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Board of Directors (B0D) approve that BOD 53-2015 be amended to update the composition of the Journals Board, effective January 1, 2018, to include the four editors-in-chief (EICs) of Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups scholarly review journal; and further

RESOLVED, That the four EICs for Perspectives shall replace the three clinical representatives and the one public member representative of the Journals Board; and further

RESOLVED, That the ASHA BOD approve the Journals Board Standard Operating Procedures policy section.

Approved   8-0-1

BOD 42-2017

RESOLVED, That the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Board of Directors approve funding for the clinical specialty certification grant program out of the Special Opportunities Fund for 2018 through 2020.

Approved   12-0

Motions

Motion 01-2017

MOVED, That the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Board of Directors appoint the Vice President for Academic Affairs in Audiology and the Vice President for Academic Affairs in Speech-Language Pathology to serve as ASHA’s liaison representatives to the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) to begin immediately and continue as long as ASHA maintains an organizational membership in the IPEC. The Vice Presidents for Academic Affairs will each attend on a rotation schedule (to be determined) and may participate remotely or in person in two one-day meetings held annually.

Approved   10-0

Motion 02-2017

MOVED, that the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Board of Directors appoint Stacy L. Williams, PhD, CCC-SLP, to serve as trustee of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation, with a term to begin immediately and end December 31, 2019.

Approved   10-0

Motion 03-2017

MOVED, That the ASHA Board of Directors approve changes to the following performance measures for Strategic Objective #1 (SO #1) to expand data available for quality improvement and demonstration of value.

PM #1: # of members who participate in NOMS

PM #2: % of members who use data that help them improve the quality of the services they deliver to their patients

PM #3: % of members who use data to help them demonstrate the value of their work

Approved   11-0

Motion 04-2017

MOVED, That the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Board of Directors approve the following policy position which further supports the 2017 ASHA Public Policy Agenda, provides additional detail, specificity and guidance for ASHA’s advocacy efforts throughout 2017.  

Oppose block-granting proposals that would limit federal matching funds to set amounts without regard for changes in enrollment, medical needs, economic downturn, or other variable criteria.  

2017 Health Reform Alternatives: Proposed Positions for 2017 [PDF]

Approved   10-0

Motion 05-2017

MOVED, That the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Board of Directors approve the following policy position which further supports the 2017 ASHA Public Policy Agenda, provides additional detail, specificity and guidance for ASHA’s advocacy efforts throughout 2017.  

Protect school-based Medicaid reimbursement for medically necessary services that are also educationally relevant.

2017 Health Reform Alternatives: Proposed Positions for 2017 [PDF]

Approved   11-0

Motion 06-2017

MOVED, That the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Board of Directors approve the following policy position which further supports the 2017 ASHA Public Policy Agenda, provides additional detail, specificity and guidance for ASHA’s advocacy efforts throughout 2017.  

Protect the federal Medicaid Early Periodic, Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT) Mandates

2017 Health Reform Alternatives: Proposed Positions for 2017 [PDF]

Approved   11-0

Motion 07-2017

MOVED, that the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Board of Directors approve the following policy position which further supports the 2017 ASHA Public Policy Agenda, provides additional detail, specificity and guidance to the Association’s advocacy efforts throughout 2017.  

Enact consumer protections for access to affordable, quality care, including ensuring access to habilitation services, before repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

2017 Health Reform Alternatives: Proposed Positions for 2017 [PDF]

Approved   10-0

Motion 08-2017

MOVED, That the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Board of Directors approve the following policy position which further supports the 2017 ASHA Public Policy Agenda, provides additional detail, specificity and guidance for ASHA’s advocacy efforts throughout 2017.  

Oppose Sale of Interstate Health Plans that threaten consumer protections and ASHA supported state mandates for coverage of services provided by audiologists and speech-language pathologists.  

2017 Health Reform Alternatives: Proposed Positions for 2017 [PDF]

Approved   10-0

Motion 09-2017

MOVED, That the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Board of Directors approve the following policy position which further supports the 2017 ASHA Public Policy Agenda, provides additional detail, specificity and guidance for ASHA’s advocacy efforts throughout 2017.  

Oppose Medicare Vouchers, Tax Credits and Premium Support to protect the affordability of care for older Americans and people with disabilities.

2017 Health Reform Alternatives: Proposed Positions for 2017 [PDF]

Approved   10-0

Motion 10-2017

MOVED, That the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Board of Directors approve the following policy position which further supports the 2017 ASHA Public Policy Agenda, provides additional detail, specificity and guidance for ASHA’s advocacy efforts throughout 2017.  

Oppose Increased Medicaid Cost Sharing and Implementation of High Deductible Health Plans for Low Income Medicaid Beneficiaries

2017 Health Reform Alternatives: Proposed Positions for 2017 [PDF]

Approved   13-0

Motion 11-2017

MOVED, that the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Board of Directors appoint Ms. Roberta A. Jackson, MS, CCC-SLP, to the Speech-Language Pathology Advisory Council (SLPAC) as the member from Washington to complete the remaining one-year term to begin immediately and end December 31, 2017.

Approved   12-0

Motion 12-2017

MOVED, That the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Board of Directors rescind the following three speech-language pathology policy documents and retain them in ASHA’s archives

  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. (2001). Roles and Responsibilities of Speech-Language Pathologists with Respect to Reading and Writing in Children and Adolescents [Technical Report]. doi:10.1044/policy.TR2001-0014
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. (2002). Knowledge and Skills Needed by Speech-Language Pathologists with Respect to Reading and Writing in Children and Adolescents [Knowledge and Skills]. doi:10.1044/policy/ KS2002-0008
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. (2001). Roles and Responsibilities of Speech-Language Pathologists with Respect to Reading and Writing in Children and Adolescents [Guidelines] doi:10.1044/policy.GL2001-00062

Approved   13-0

Motion 13-2017

MOVED, That the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Board of Directors approve the following policy position which further supports the 2017 ASHA Public Policy Agenda, provides additional detail, specificity and guidance for ASHA’s advocacy efforts related to education throughout 2017.

Oppose proposals that would abolish and/or significantly diminish the role of the US Department of Education’s (ED) oversight of education policies and programs at the state and local level, which ensure high standards and equitable access to educational opportunities for students across the lifespan.

Approved   12-0

Motion 14-2017

MOVED, That the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Board of Directors approve the following policy position which further supports the 2017 ASHA Public Policy Agenda, provides additional detail, specificity and guidance for ASHA’s advocacy efforts related to education throughout 2017.

Supports a parent’s right to choose the best education for their children and maintains principles regarding access, funding, accountability, and privacy must be included in any education reform legislation. These principles are core concepts that must be included in any reform.

Approved   14-0

Motion 15-2017

MOVED, That the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Board of Directors approve the following policy position which further supports the 2017 ASHA Public Policy Agenda, provides additional detail, specificity and guidance for ASHA’s advocacy efforts related to education throughout 2017.

Oppose the Alice Cogswell and Anne Sullivan Macy Act that would establish a new precedent of placing visual and hearing disabilities ahead of others identified in IDEA by adding specific disability-related mandates and requiring additional resources to only accommodate visual and hearing disabilities.

Approved   14-0

Motion 16-2017

MOVED, That the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Board of Directors rescind the following four speech-language pathology policy documents and retain them in ASHA’s archives:

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. (2005). Roles and Responsibilities of Speech-Language Pathologists in Service Delivery for Persons with Mental Retardation/Developmental Disabilities [Position Statement]. doi:10.1044/policy. PS2005-00106

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. (2005). Knowledge and Skills Needed by Speech-Language Pathologists Serving Persons with Mental Retardation/Developmental Disabilities [Knowledge and Skills]. doi:10.1044/policy/ KS2005-00081

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. (2005). Principles for Speech-Language Pathologists Serving Persons with Mental Retardation/Developmental Disabilities [Technical Report] doi:10.1044/policy. TR2005-00144

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. (2005). Roles and Responsibilities of Speech-Language Pathologists Serving Persons with Mental Retardation/Developmental Disabilities [Guidelines]. doi:10.1044/policy.GL2005-00061

Approved   13-0

Motion 17-2017

MOVED, That the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Board of Directors approve the revisions to the Policy Section of the Academic Affairs Board’s (AAB) Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) [PDF].

Rationale: Resolution BOD 35-2016 expanded the composition of the AAB to include one National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) student member. The revised Policy Section of the AAB SOP reflects changes approved by BOD 35-2016. These changes defines the student members role (a) as a non-voting member and (b) with an appointed term designated by the NSSLHA Executive Council.

Approved   13-0

Motion 18-2017

MOVED, That the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Board of Directors approve the revisions to the Policy Section of the Committee on Leadership Cultivation of the Leadership Cultivation and Nomination Board’s Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) [PDF].

Rationale: Resolution BOD 36-2016 expanded the composition of the CLC/LCNB to include two National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) student members. The revised Policy Section of the CLC/LCNB SOP reflects changes approved by BOD 36-2016. These changes defines the student members role (a) as a non-voting member and (b) with an appointed term designated by the NSSLHA Executive Council.

Approved   11-0

Motion 19-2017

MOVED, That the Financial Planning Board approve the revisions to the Policy Section of the Financial Planning Board (FPB) Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) [PDF].

Rationale: Resolution BOD 38-2016 expanded the composition of the FPB to include a National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) student member. The revised Policy Section of the FPB SOP reflects changes approved by BOD 38-2016. These changes define the student member role (a) as a non-voting member and (b) with an appointed term designated by the NSSLHA Executive Council. The specific designation of two Audiologists and two Speech-Language Pathologists among the eight voting members was inadvertently omitted from the SOP. These four members were previously elected by the Advisory Councils and all eight will now be appointed by the Committee on Committees (COC).

Approved   13-0

Motion 20-2017

MOVED, That the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Board of Directors approve the revisions to the Policy Section of the Government Relations and Public Policy Board (GRPPB) Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) [PDF].

Rationale: Resolution BOD 37-2016 expanded the composition of the GRPPB to include one National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) student member. The revised Policy Section of the AAB SOP reflects changes approved by BOD 37-2016. These changes defines the student members role (a) as a non-voting member and (b) with an appointed term designated by the NSSLHA Executive Council.

Approved   13-0

Motion 21-2017

MOVED, That the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Board of Directors approve the revisions to the Policy Section of the Multicultural Issues Board (MIB) Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) [PDF].

Rationale: LC 21-97 expanded the composition of the Multicultural Issues Board to include a student member appointed by the NSSLHA Executive Council. BOD 32-2011 identified the student member’s term as a 1-year term. The revised Policy Section of the MIB SOPs reflects changes approved by BOD 39-2016. These changes clarify the student member role (a) as a non-voting member and (b) with an appointed term designated by the NSSLHA Executive Council.

Approved   13-0

Motion 22-2017

MOVED, That American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Board of Directors approve the revised statement of Diversity and Inclusion (D+I) at ASHA [PDF], and that the statement be posted to the ASHA website where appropriate as a statement for all stakeholders of the Association’s commitment to D+I.

Approved   10-0

Motion 23-2017

MOVED, That the American Speech-Language Hearing Board of Directors appoint Heather Hewitt, MS, CCC-SLP, to the Speech-Language Pathology Advisory Council as the member from South Dakota, effective May 1, 2017 and ending December 31, 2017, to complete the remaining term of the member who resigned.

Approved   10-0

Motion 24-2017

MOVED, That the Board of Directors appoint Kathleen Cienkowski, PhD, CCC-A, to serve as ASHA’s liaison representative to the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNSF) New Measure Development Group (MDG) on Age-Related Hearing Loss, effective immediately and ending October 2, 2017.

Approved   11-0

Motion 25-2017

MOVED, That the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Board of Directors approve following individuals as co-chairs for the 2019 Convention Program Committee for the ASHA Convention to be held in Orlando, Florida in 2019:

  • Jessica Sullivan, Audiology
  • Laurie Sterling, Speech-Language Pathology

Approved   12-0

Motion 26-2017

MOVED, That the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Board of Directors (BOD) approve changes to the following performance measures for Strategic Objective #4 to enhance service delivery across the continuum of care to increase value and acces.bs to services.  

Delete the following performance measures:

  1. Percentage of members in health care settings, which report engagement in service delivery options that address access and or functional patient outcomes (percentage reported as a composite index)
  2. Percentage of members in school settings, which report engagement in service delivery options that address access and/or functional student outcomes (percentage reported as composite index)  

Add these two new performance measures:

  1. Percentage of service delivery options used in health care settings
    1. Extenders
    2. Telepractice
    3. Variable treatment parameters to achieve outcomes including consultations, location, frequency, and duration of services
    4. Writing functional client goals/outcomes using a holistic framework e.g. ICF  

    Baseline: TBD Dec 2017  

  2. Percentage of service delivery options used in school settings
    1. Extenders
    2. Telepractice
    3. Variable treatment parameters to achieve outcomes including consultations, location, frequency, and duration of services
    4. Writing functional client goals/outcomes using a holistic framework e.g. ICF  
  3. Baseline: TBD Dec 2017  

Change PM #3

FROM: Number of service delivery options that are being taught in SLP academic programs

TO: % of Master’s Degree programs that infuse the following service delivery options within the SLP curriculum:

  • Consultative models
    Baseline 66%, Target 75%
  • Telepractice
    Baseline 41%, Target 60%
  • Functional Goals using ICF
    Baseline 59%, Target 75%
  • Supervising Support Personnel
    Baseline 18%, Target 60%  

Change PM #4

FROM: Number of service delivery options that are being taught in AuD academic programs  

TO: % of Audiology Clinical Doctorate Degree programs that infuse the following service delivery options within the curriculum:  

  • Consultative models
    Baseline 49%, Target 75%
  • Telepractice
    Baseline 37%, Target 60%
  • Functional Goals using ICF
    Baseline 32%, Target 60%
  • Supervising Support Personnel
    Baseline 31%, Target 60%

Approved   13-0

Motion 27-2017

MOVED, that the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Board of Directors approve changes to the following performance measures for Strategic Objective #5 to increase influence and demonstrated value of audiology and speech-language pathology services.  

Current Performance Measures  

  1. Total number of actions taken by members via CapWiz or other grassroots measures–Changed
  2. # of Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)-recognized clinical practice improvement activities for Audiologists and SLPs–Deleted
  3. # of alternative payment models available–Deleted
  4. # of states using single licensure across employment settings for SLPs or Audiologists–Unchanged
  5. # of states with Medicaid reimbursement for Telepractice–Deleted
  6. # of payer types expanding Telepractice coverage for SLP/Aud services–Deleted
  7. # of successful appeals of service and device types previously denied in general or to certain populations by individual insurance carriers–Deleted
  8. Annual average number of members participating in Procedure Valuation RUC Surveys–Deleted
  9. % of enrolled Medicare members successfully reporting Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS)-required quality data to CMS–Revised  

New Performance Measures  

1) Total number of members taking action via Engage  

Baseline: 2016 – 5,207 members took action
Target: 2025 – 25,000 members took action  

2) Percentage of speech-language pathology providers enrolled in Medicare that successfully report MIPS data to CMS  

Baseline: 2016 PQRS Reporting Percentage for enrolled SLPs (2016 actual data likely available late Q3 2017)Target 2025: Baseline +25%  

3) Number of appeals prepared and/or facilitated for services and devices across all payers  

Baseline: 105
Target 2025: 210  

4) Number of state Medicaid programs that reimburse for Audiology and/or SLP services via Telepractice  

Baseline: 12
Target 2025: 20  

5) Number of states using single licensure across employment setting for Audiologists or SLPs  

SLPs
Baseline: 16 Milestone (2017): 20
Target 2025: 25  

Audiologists
Baseline: 40 Milestone (2017): 40
Target (2025): 45

Approved   13-0

Motion 28-2017

MOVED, That the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Board of Directors approve changes to the following performance measure (PM) for Strategic Objective #7 (PM #3) to enhance international engagement:  

Change PM #3 Target: # of activities where ASHA facilitates international engagement  

Rationale: The BOD approves the performance measures, baselines, and targets as indicators of success for achieving the Strategic Objectives that will help ensure attainment of ASHA’s Envisioned Future 2025.  

Performance Measure #3: Target of 40 has been reached as of December 2016. Change target to 315 by 2025.  

Rationale for target of 315:  

  • Early in 2017, will be actively promoting World Hearing Day, a WHO observance. 1 per year.
  • In early March, will be attending a meeting at WHO in an advisory role for its Make Listening Safe Campaign. 1 per year
  • ICP: foresee a minimum of 12 ICP steering committee calls; 12 work group calls; working on 4 issues of the ICP newsletter. 28 per year
  • Attend invited meetings of WHO/DAR and Prevention of Deafness Unit, Geneva; PAHO Executive Committee and Directing Council, Washington, DC. 4 per year
  • ASHA support to international conference in different regions of the world. 2016: IALP, Ireland; 2017: ISHA, India; 2018: Philippines; 2019: Brazil; 2020: Singapore. 1 per year  

Total= 35 per year
Grand Total= 35 x 9 years=315

Approved   13-0

Motion 29-2017

MOVED, that the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Board of Directors acknowledge and accept the 2016 audit report.

Approved   14-0

Motion 30-2017

MOVED, That the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Board of Directors re-appoint Pamela duPont, MS, CCC-A, as the representative from ASHA to the to the Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation (CAOHC), for another five-year term, beginning November 1, 2017 and ending November 31, 2022.

Approved   11-0

Motion 31-2017

MOVED, That the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Board of Directors appoint Gayla Poling, PhD, CCC-A, to serve as ASHA’s liaison representative to the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNSF) to update the Clinical Practice Guideline: Sudden Hearing Loss, effective immediately and ending November, 2018.

Approved   8-0

Motion 32-2017

MOVED, that the Board of Directors approve Anthony Bashir to receive Honors of the Association for 2017.

Approved   13-0

Motion 33-2017

MOVED, that the Board of Directors approve Allan Diefendorf to receive Honors of the Association for 2017.

Approved   13-0

Motion 34-2017

MOVED, that the Board of Directors approve Sandra Gordon-Salant to receive Honors of the Association for 2017.

Approved   13-0

Motion 35-2017

MOVED, that the Board of Directors approve Karen I. Kirk to receive Honors of the Association for 2017.

Approved   13-0

Motion 36-2017

MOVED, that the Board of Directors approve Ann W. Kummer to receive Honors of the Association for 2017.

Approved   13-0

Motion 37-2017

MOVED, that the Board of Directors approve Sally Peterson-Falzone to receive Honors of the Association for 2017.

Approved   13-0

Motion 38-2017

MOVED, that the Board of Directors approve David A. Shapiro to receive Honors of the Association for 2017.

Approved   13-0

Motion 39-2017

MOVED, that the Board of Directors approve Susan Thibeault to receive Honors of the Association for 2017.

Approved   13-0

Motion 40-2017

MOVED, that the Board of Directors approve William Yost to receive Honors of the Association for 2017.

Approved   13-0

Motion 41-2017

MOVED, That the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association support the Clinical Practice Guideline: Hoarseness (Dysphonia) (Update) by the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNSF).

Approved   12-0

Motion 42-2017

MOVED, that the Board of Directors approve the following appointments for terms beginning January 1, 2018, and ending December 31, 2020:  

Audiology Advisory Council

  • Laura Campos (Colorado)
  • Kathleen Riley (Delaware)
  • Claire Buxton (District of Columbia)
  • Kathryn L. Pegan (Georgia)
  • Rindy Ito (Hawaii)  

Speech-Language Pathology Advisory Council

  • Heather Hewitt (South Dakota)

Approved   12-0

Motion 43-2017

MOVED, that, as put forward by the Nominating Committee of the Council for Clinical Certification in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CFCC), the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Board of Directors appoint Thomas Muller to the Audiology position on the CFCC for a 4-year term beginning January 1, 2018, and ending December 31, 2021; and further

MOVED, that Barbara Rodriguez be appointed to the Speech-Language Pathologist position on the CFCC for a 4-year term beginning January 1, 2018 and ending December 31, 2021; and further

MOVED, that Judith Montgomery (BCS-CL) be appointed to the Board Certified Specialist position on the CFCC for a 4-year term beginning January 1, 2018 and ending December 31, 2021; and further,

MOVED, that the following members be appointed as alternates:

Audiology alternate:Frederick Britten

Speech-Language Pathology alternate: Heather Lazarides

Approved   14-0

Motion 44-2017

MOVED, that the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Board of Directors approve that ASHA be listed as a Supporting Organization for the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN) Malnutrition Awareness Week (September 18-22, 2017).

Approved   12-0

Motion 45-2017

MOVED, That the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Board of Directors rescind the following thirteen (13) practice policy documents and retain them in ASHA’s archives.  

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. (2005). Roles and Responsibilities of Speech-Language Pathologists With Respect to Augmentative and Alternative Communication [Position Statement]. doi:10.1044/policy. PS2005-00113  

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. (2004). Roles and Responsibilities of Speech-Language Pathologists With Respect to Augmentative and Alternative Communication [Technical Report]. doi:10.1044/policy. TR2004-00262  

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. (2002). Augmentative and Alternative Communication [Knowledge and Skills for Service Delivery]. doi: 10.1044/policy.KS2002-00067  

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. (2005). Knowledge and Skills Needed by Speech-Language Pathologists Providing Services to Individuals With Cognitive-Communication Disorders [Knowledge and Skills]. doi:10.1044/policy.KS2005-00078  

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. (2005). Roles of Speech-Language Pathologists in the Identification, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Individuals with Cognitive-Communication Disorder [Position Statement]. doi:10.1044/policy.PS2005-00110  

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. (2003). Rehabilitation of Children and Adults with Cognitive-Communication Disorders After Brain Injury [Technical Report]. doi:10.1044/policy.TR2003-00146  

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. (2001). Roles of Speech-Language Pathologists in Swallowing and Feeding Disorders [Technical Report]. doi:10.1044/policy.TR2001-00150  

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. (2000). Clinical Indicators for Instrumental Assessment of Dysphagia [Guidelines]. doi:10.1044/policy.GL2000-00047  

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. (2004). Guidelines for Speech-Language Pathologists Performing Videofluoroscopic Swallowing Studies[Guidelines]. doi:10.1044/policy.GL2004-00050  

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. (2004). Role of the Speech-Language Pathologist in the Performance and Interpretation of Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing [Guidelines]. doi:10.1044/policy.GL2004-00059  

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. (2005). The Role of the Speech-Language Pathologist in the Performance and Interpretation of Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing [Technical Report]. doi:10.1044/policy.TR2005-00155  

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. (1985). Clinical Management of Communicatively Handicapped Minority Language Populations [Position Statement]. doi:10.1044/policy.PS1985-00219  

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. (2004). Knowledge and Skills Needed by Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists to Provide Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services [Knowledge and Skills]. doi:10.1044/policy.TR2004-00215

Approved   14-0

Motion 46-2017

MOVED, That the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Board of Directions approve to extend Charles E. Bishop’s term on the Audiology Advisory Council (AAC) from an end date of December 31, 2018 to an end date of December 31, 2020.

Approved   13-0

Motion 47-2017

MOVED, That the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Board of Directors appoint Erin Browning, MA, CCC-SLP, to the Speech-Language Pathology Advisory Council as the member from West Virginia for a three-year term beginning January 1, 2018, and ending December 31, 2020.

Approved   11-0

Motion 48-2017

MOVED, That the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Board of Directors approve the revisions to the Policy Section of the Academic Affairs Board’s (AAB) Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) [PDF].

Approved   11-0

Motion 49-2017

MOVED, That the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Board of Directors approve the ASHA 2018 Proposed Budget.

Approved   14-0

Motion 50-2017

MOVED, to reaffirm that the 2018 ASHA dues will remain at the same rate as the 2017 dues.

Approved   12-0

Motion 51-2017

MOVED, That the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Board of Directors (BOD) appoint Rachael-Ann Smith, AuD, CCC-A, to the Audiology Advisory Council (AAC) as the representative from Rhode Island, effective immediately and ending December 31, 2019; and further

MOVED, That the ASHA BOD appoint Cache Pitt, AuD, CCC-A, to the AAC as the representative from Utah for the remaining year of an outgoing member’s 3-year term effective January 1, 2018, and ending December 31, 2018; and further

MOVED, That the ASHA BOD appoint Karen L. McQuaide, AuD, CCC-A, to the AAC as the representative from New Jersey for the remaining year of an outgoing member’s 3-year term effective immediately and ending December 31, 2018.

Approved   14-0

Motion 52-2017

MOVED, That the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Board of Directors approve the revisions to the Policy Section of the Committee on Nominations and Elections of the Leadership Cultivation and Nomination Board (CNE/LCNB) Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

Approved   12-2

Motion 53-2017

MOVED, That the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Board of Directors appoint Ianthe E. Dunn-Murad, CCC-A, to the Audiology Advisory Council as the representative from New York for the remainder of the current 3-year term of an outgoing member, effective immediately and ending December 31, 2018.

Approved   14-0

Motion 54-2017

MOVED, that the American Speech-Language-Hearing Associations (ASHA) Board of Directors (BOD) appoint the following individuals with the designated position and terms to the Political Action Committee (PAC) Board of Directors:  

  • Chasity Shea Moore, CCC-A, as Member for a two-year term starting January 1, 2018, and ending December 31, 2019
  • Chasity Shea Moore, CCC-A, as Chair for a one-year term starting January 1, 2018, and ending December 31, 2018
  • Ellen Estomin, MA, CCC-SLP, as Chair-elect for a one-year term starting January 1, 2018 and ending December 31, 2018
  • Joan Mele-McCarthy, DA, CCC-SLP, as Member for a four-year term starting January 1, 2018, and ending December 31, 2021
  • David Alexander, PhD, CCC-A, as the Young Member for a two-year term starting January 1, 2018, and ending December 31, 2019.

Approved   12-0

Motion 55-2017

MOVED, that the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Board of Directors approve the appointments of Melissa Behm and Julie Barkmeier-Kraemer to serve as trustees of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation, with their terms beginning January 1, 2018, and ending December 31, 2020.

Approved   12-0

Motion 56-2017

MOVED, That the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Board of Directors approve the revisions to the Committee on Honors (COH) Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) policy section.

Approved   12-0

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