April 12, 2020
Matt is not watching Wrestlemania for the first time in over 5 years as he lost his interest in the show. In the realm of therapy, Matt got his hands on an N-95 mask to wear for his safety. Michelle and her family have been doing the best they can to get out of the house as much as possible into their yard. Michael and Matt talk about getting hair-cuts at home. On Discord, the talk has been about how to handle long-distance learning in the schools. Leanna Sherred from Expressable, an online speech and language therapy company, sat down with Matt to talk about ways to implement teletherapy. On today’s show, we look at the 2020 Medicare outpatient coding changes, external memory aides, and changes to educational law based on Covid-19. This week’s Informed SLP update, they look at the long term effects of concussion. We also look at our SSPOD Shoutouts and Due Process. The ASHA spotlight looks at what ASHA is doing for us during this time of the pandemic. We also replace the Hot Take with a Hot Seat
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SSPOD Shoutout: Do you know an SLP who deserves a digital fist bump or shout out? We want to know your #SSPODSHOUTOUT, like our Military SLPs who participated in a countrywide social hour online. .
SSPOD Due Process: Do you have a complaint or need to vent, then you want to participate in the #SSPODDUEPROCESS.
Article #1: At the beginning of the year, Medicare changed the billing and coding for outpatient therapy. Michael talks about a change that has affected him since the start of the new year.
Article #2: How does visual aides affect long term memory? Visual aids can lead to better recovery of information, but only if you are using them correctly. Michael breaks down how this looks for executive functioning.
Article #3: A waiver may be introduced for schools affected by Covid-19. What does this mean for therapy minutes on an IEP?
Interview: Leanne Sherred of Expressable sat down with Matt to talk Telepractice and ways to make it work. Leanne calls Austin, Texas home but studied Speech and Hearing Sciences at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and gained her Master's in Speech-language pathology from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. While her interest in speech prior to college was piqued by accents and dialects as it pertained to acting and performance, once she began studying in the field, her eyes were opened to the huge range of topics that an SLP can cover. She has worked in pediatric outpatient clinics, schools, early intervention, and home health. As many SLPs do, she found working with students, patients, and clients to be her favorite part, but dreaded the paperwork headache of insurance submissions and SO many denials. Her heart broke for families that were denied coverage, especially when out-of-pocket speech rates meant that the family would then potentially forgo the services all together. So with the combined brainpower of her husband, Nick - who has experience in the healthcare tech industry - and two other teammates, the vision for Expressable was created. A telepractice company, Expressable envisions a modern and affordable way for anyone who needs speech therapy to access it - with all the superb convenience of therapy at home and without breaking the bank.
The Informed SLP: A recent study looked at the effects of a concussion. Post-concussion participants scored normal on the discrete cognitive-linguistic tests typically used. However, when shown an unfamiliar video, then given 5 minutes to write a narrative, the patients with post-concussion produced significantly fewer key story points.
ASHA Spotlight: The crew celebrate ASHA’s one-stop-shop for all information affecting SLPs and AuDs with the Covid-19 Pandemic.
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