USSSAAC Member meeting at ATIA, Orlando Florida

19 Jan 2017

In Boca III & IV at 5:45 pm EST

Webinar: 10 Nov 2016, 7:00PM EST

19 Oct 2016
Date
Time
Presenter
Title/Topic
Nov 10
2016
7:00 PM
ET
John Costello, MA, CCC-SLP
Preserving Self with Message Banking when losing ability to speak

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Webinar: 26 Oct 2016, 7:00PM EST

19 Oct 2016
Date
Time
Presenter
Title/Topic
Oct 26
2016
7:00 PM
ET
Richard Ellenson & Thomas Ellenson, Godfrey & Sweta Nazareth

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USSAAC Webinar Series

3 Mar 2016

New Medicare SGD Funding Policy and Guidelines for 2016:What’s Covered; What’s Not; Where Do We Go From Here?

March 10, 2016 @ 7 p.m. ET

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Presenter: Lewis Golinker, Esq., AAC Advocate

Facilitator: Amy Goldman, Speech-Language Pathologist

USSAAC Committee: Wendy Quach (Chair), Sarah Blackstone, Lisa Timm, Lateef McLeod, Amanda Hettenhausen

Abstract: In the second half of 2015, Medicare “re-set” its SGD coverage policy and issued three new guidelines. In addition, changes to the Medicare Act based on the Steve Gleason Act became effective. This webinar will review all that has been done and explain the current scope of Medicare SGD coverage.

Learning Objectives: Participants will learn about the outcome of the Medicare SGD coverage “reconsideration,” whether the changes to SGD coverage stated in the 2014 “Coverage Reminder” have been incorporated into current Medicare SGD policy; and how the Gleason Act affects Medicare SGD coverage.

Participants will learn about:

  • 3 Medicare guidelines that now govern SGD coverage
  • what types of SGDs Medicare will cover and those Medicare will not cover
  • what SGD capabilities and features Medicare will cover and those Medicare will not cover
  • what SGD accessories Medicare will cover and those Medicare will not cover
  • the procedure Medicare identified in its guidelines for Medicare beneficiaries to access non-covered capabilities and features
  • changes to Medicare payment policy 

New Medicare SGD Funding Policy and Guidelines for 2016 Handout (PDF, 517 kB)

ASHA CEU Participant Form (PDF, 751 kB) * Please return the completed form by email to Pat Ourand pourand(at)aslsinc.com

Certificate of Attendance (PDF, 123 kB)

Note: FREE ASHA credit is available for USSAAC/ISAAC members only. Please enter your ISAAC/USSAAC member ID when registering. Future seminars will offer ASHA CEUs to non-USSAAC/ISAAC members for a fee.

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We ask that you help encourage the AAC community

14 Apr 2015

Hello,

Attached is a request. As leaders, we ask that you help encourage the AAC community and ask them to comment on the proposed National Coverage Decision proposal for Speech Generating Devices. Comments are due Friday March 29th.

Use the attached document if you like, personalize the "ask", and distribute widely.

We ask that you TAKE ACTION today.

In late 2014, CMS received over 2300 comments from the community....delineating ALL the problems with their current policy on SGDs. And the new proposed National Coverage Decision essentially "fixes most of these problems". So THANK YOU's to CMS are in order. HOWEVER, as a community, we need to continue to express a sense of urgency in implementing the new policy. People are still being harmed under the current policy.

Thanks to Lew Golinker and the MIT (Medicare Implementation Team) for preparing this document.

And, special thanks to each of you for taking the time out of your busy schedules to make a difference.

If possible, we would appreciate knowing which list servs, facebook pages, twitters, email blasts you have contacted and were able to distribute to.

Finally, stay tuned, we are posting additional information at www.patientprovidercommunication.org.

Keep in touch and again, thank you



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