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2021 Healthcare Committee Members
Rosalyn Davis, Vice-President, 
 
Ramya Konnai,  Advisory Assembly Chair

   Karen Al-Saadi, Kathleen Baines, Jessica Babcock, Lisa Bardach, Tamara Baubie Beth Benko, Susan Bennefield, Erica Boettcher, Robyn Borreson, Jennifer Brown, Stacey Brown, Ann Comstock, Tracey Cook, Paul DeVreugd, Carolyn Doty, Julie Kiefer EamanKristin Gifford, Naomi HashimotoBev Jaynes, Laura JoswiakSherry Kuhn, Karen KurczMaria McElmeelPatricia Nizio, Melanie Reynolds, Amy Prichard Sova, Theresa Szmansky, Beth Taylor, Margaret Tiner, Jouel Trusdell-LewisTim Weise, Mary Wietzke, Kathleen Zych


 The purpose of the SLP Healthcare Committee is to support and represent the needs of speech-language pathologists or audiologists working in the community, private practice, health care or medical settings. The SLP Healthcare Committee monitors and responds to issues affecting the provision of services in these settings.  In addition, the committee encourages and celebrates excellence in these settings through the conferring of the Outstanding Clinician Award.


The SLP Healthcare Committee consists of speech,language and hearing professionals from across the state of Michigan. The functions of this committee include:

  • Monitoring issues affecting provision of services in medical speech pathology and audiology
  • Coordinating the Medical Speech Pathology Forum held at MSHA Annual Conference
  • Reviewing nominations and selecting recipients for the MSHA Outstanding Clinician Award
  • Submitting suggestions to the Program Committee for invited speakers at the MSHA Annual Conference
  • Maintaining contacts with reimbursement agencies including Medicaid, Medicare and Blue Cross

We are always looking for new members for our committee!  We need input from a greater number of MSHA members from all areas of the state who specialize in adult or pediatric healthcare.  The committee meets four to five times a year in the Detroit area.  If you are unable to be present in person at the meetings, you can participate via conference call. 

Please contact Rosalyn Davis at rdavis2@dmc.org  if you are interested in joining the committee


Upcoming Event
Please join us for the MSHA Healthcare Committee 2021 Virtual Fall Workshop! Pat Nizio, M.A., CCC-SLP and Melissa Hoffmann, M.A., CCC-SLP will present AAC and the Healthcare SLP on September 23rd from 5:00-8:30 p.m. Topics will include billing, report writing, adults and pediatrics, denials and appeals. This workshop is offered for 0.3 ASHA CEUs, Intermediate to Advanced Level.  For more information please contact the MSHA office at msha@att.net or Rosalyn Davis at rdavis2@dmc.org.  Registration for MSHA Members or Non Members is now available.



The SLP Healthcare Committee is pleased to congratulate 2019 Outstanding Clinician Award recipients Alice Silbergleit, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Henry Ford Health System, and Margaret Tiner, M.S., CCC-SLP, Michigan Medicine.  SLP Healthcare Committee Outstanding Clinician Awards goal is to honor remarkable clinicians who support the overall mission of MSHA in their clinical practice and who go beyond normal work responsibilities.  We would like to recognize our Michigan colleagues working in health care and motivate others to provide excellent clinical service.  Consider nominating your colleague or someone you know working in health care who demonstrates exemplary professionalism with their clients with communication disorders.   The deadline for nominations is August 20, 2021 and submissions can be made by using the the Outstanding Clinical Award Nomination Form found here.   For more information see Outstanding Clinician Guidelines.

The winners will be notified in January of 2022 and will be honored at the MSHA 2022 Annual Conference at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing and in MSHA publications and on the MSHA website. 

 To support and represent meet the needs of speech-language pathologist or audiologist members working in a community, private practice, health care or medical setting. affiliated with the Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association (MSHA). The Community and Hospital Services Committee (CHS) monitors and responds to issues affecting the provision of services in these settings. In addition, the CHS committee encourages and celebrates excellence in these settings through the conferring of awardsTo support and represent meet the needs of speech-language pathologist or audiologist members working in a community, private practice, health care or medical setting. affiliated with the Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association (MSHA). The Community and Hospital Services Committee (CHS) monitors and responds to issues affecting the provision of services in these settings. In addition, the CHS committee encourages and celebrates excellence in these settings through the conferring of awardsTo support and represent meet the needs of speech-language pathologist or audiologist members working in a community, private practice, health care or medical setting. affiliated with the Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association (MSHA). The Community and Hospital Services Committee (CHS) monitors and responds to issues affecting the provision of services in these settings. In addition, the CHS committee encourages and celebrates excellence in these settings through the conferring ofAnnouncements:

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), released information on additional funds targeted to Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) providers through the Provider Relief Fund... Read More

♦Medicare Reverses Incorrect Edit, Allows Same-Day Billing of Videofluoroscopic Swallowing Study by SLPs and Radiologists

Starting January 1, 2020, Clinical supervisors and CF mentors will be required to have 2 hours professional development in the area of Supervision post-certification.  MSHA will be offering a 2-hour class on Supervision at the MSHA Annual Conference, March 24-26, 2022 at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center in East Lansing and also with the 2021 Spree of Seminars.

Supervision: Professional Development Requirements:

•Who? All clinical supervisor and clinical fellowship (CF) mentors providing supervision/clinical instruction for students and/or Clinical Fellows for purposes of ASHA certification. 
•What? Complete a minimum of 2 hours of professional development in the area of supervision/clinical instruction 

•When? After being awarded the CCC-A or CCC-SLP.

•How Often? One time.


New ASHA Certification Maintenance Requirement.  If you’re in the January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2022 certification maintenance interval there is a new maintenance requirement that went into effect.
Answers you may have about this new requirement:

  • Who? This requirement applies to all individuals who hold the CCC-A and/or CCC-SLP. 
  • What? Out of the 30 required professional development hours earned for certification maintenance, at least 1 hour must be in the area of ethics.
  • When? This requirement has a staggered start.  Future maintenance intervals will follow (2021-2023 and 2022-2024) so that soon all certificate holders will be participating.
  • How Often? This requirement is in effect for this and all future 3-year maintenance intervals.

If you have further questions about this ethics professional development, please contact the ASHA Action Center at 800-498-2071, or send an e-mail with your questions to certification@asha.org.

MSHA is pleased to announce that per Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan / Blue Care Network, speech-language pathology services are reimbursable when delivered via telemedicine.

BCBSM/BCN’s current Telemedicine policy is available through the Provider Portal on their website. While SLPs are not explicitly listed, we have been assured, verbally and in writing, our services are included under this policy. https://provider.bcbsm.com/therecord/bcn/documents/medpolicy/telemedicine2.pdf

Services delivered must be within the scope of practice of the provider, and all documentation requirements must be met in terms of quality and completeness. The location of service should be 02 (telehealth). BCBSM/BCN has stated that they will pay the same rate as an in person visit. This policy holds for both PPO and HMO plans, as well as commercial and Medicare Advantage populations. 

We’re now approved as providers for Medicare! We are still waiting on the Medicaid manual to be released with our telehealth inclusion. The state assured us that SLPs will be included for telehealth reimbursement.


♦ Please help the Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association (MSHA) spread awareness of aphasia by sharing the video What Exactly is Aphasia?   Volunteer committee members of MSHA have collected resources to assist others in sharing information with other professionals and consumers.

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