Coordinator's Column Each year, new or returning Division 13 affiliates are asked to identify issues that are most important to them. From the nearly 400 responses received thus far, affiliates listed reimbursement, practice issues, and political action as priority issues in the area of swallowing and swallowing disorders. When responding affiliates ... Coordinator's Column
Coordinator's Column  |   June 01, 2002
Coordinator's Column
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Swallowing, Dysphagia & Feeding Disorders / Coordinator's Column
Coordinator's Column   |   June 01, 2002
Coordinator's Column
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), June 2002, Vol. 11, 1-3. doi:10.1044/sasd11.2.1
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), June 2002, Vol. 11, 1-3. doi:10.1044/sasd11.2.1
Each year, new or returning Division 13 affiliates are asked to identify issues that are most important to them. From the nearly 400 responses received thus far, affiliates listed reimbursement, practice issues, and political action as priority issues in the area of swallowing and swallowing disorders. When responding affiliates were further asked if we are meeting this/ these goals, afair number responded they were “unsure.” Responsiveness to affiliate needs is taken very seriously by the Steering Committee. Therefore, Iplantoupdate youonthe division’s involvementinreimburse-ment, practice, and political action issues during the first quarter of 2002.
This past weekend, I had the opportunity to represent ASHA and Division 13 at the American Medical Association/Specialty Society RVS Update Committee(RUC) meeting in Chicago with Steven White, director of ASHA’s Health Care Economics Team. Earlier this year, aselect sample of volunteer Division 13 affiliates assisted ASHA’s Health Care Economics Committee (HCEC) incompleting surveys regarding the practice expenses related to five dysphagia clinical procedures (bedside assessment, radiographic assessment, FEES, FEEST, and FEES with FEEST). Data collected from the surveys was provided to the Relative Value Update Committee (RUC) at the meeting to ensure the assignment of accurate work and expense values associated with dysphagia procedures, so that speech-language pathologists receive fair reimbursement. The RUV Committee accepted the recommended values and now the data willbe conveyed to Medicare. The work values will thenbe converted into Medicare reimbursement rates by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS, formerly the Health Care Fi-nancingAdministrationofHCFA) for the 2003 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule. Asa result of the survey data, an increase in reimbursement for the clinical bedside assessment and radiographic swallow assessment is anticipated in 2003. Special thanks and congratu-lationsto ASHA’s HCEC, chaired by Wayne Holland and vice chair Walt Smoski, and the many Division 13 affiliates who supplied this critical information. I also want to acknowledge and thank affiliates Dee Nikeh and Nancy Swigert (and Steering Committee member)whoserveonthe HCEC.
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