NOMS Swallowing Data: The Proof is in the Thickened Pudding Shrinking resources and significant reforms in healthcare have recently put our profession under scrutiny, both internally and externally, to prove the value and benefits of the services we provide to patients with swallowing disorders. Not only are we expected to do more with less in the face of staffing ... Article
Article  |   July 01, 2000
NOMS Swallowing Data: The Proof is in the Thickened Pudding
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  • Tobi Frymark
    ASHA's National Center for Treatment Effectiveness in Communication Disorders
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Article   |   July 01, 2000
NOMS Swallowing Data: The Proof is in the Thickened Pudding
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), July 2000, Vol. 9, 13-15. doi:10.1044/sasd9.2.13
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), July 2000, Vol. 9, 13-15. doi:10.1044/sasd9.2.13
Shrinking resources and significant reforms in healthcare have recently put our profession under scrutiny, both internally and externally, to prove the value and benefits of the services we provide to patients with swallowing disorders. Not only are we expected to do more with less in the face of staffing cutbacks and reduced treatment hours, we are now being asked to justify the need for dysphagia treatment all together. Recent challenges, such as the $1,500 cap and the perspective payment system, have caused a major paradigm shift in the way we evaluate and treat swallowing disorders. In order to stay afloat and remain successful in such a specialized clinical area, speech-language pathologists must now focus their attention to outcomes research. Measuring swallowing outcomes are the way to provide hard evidence on the merits of dysphagia intervention.
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