Current Healthcare Climate: What Does it Mean for SLPs Managing Patients With Dysphagia? In every setting, as a result of the changes in reimbursement, speech-language pathologists (SLPs) need to re-think how services are provided to patients with dysphagia and feeding/swallowing disorders. In addition to implementing strategies to increase efficiency (and thus productivity), SLPs must understand the changes in the healthcare environment. It is ... Article
Article  |   February 01, 2015
Current Healthcare Climate: What Does it Mean for SLPs Managing Patients With Dysphagia?
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  • Nancy Swigert
    Baptist Health Lexington- Speech-Language Pathology, Lexington, KY
    Swigert & Associates, Lexington, KY
  • Financial Disclosure: Nancy Swigert is director of Speech-Language Pathology & Respiratory Case at Baptist Health Lexington and president of Swigert & Associates.
    Financial Disclosure: Nancy Swigert is director of Speech-Language Pathology & Respiratory Case at Baptist Health Lexington and president of Swigert & Associates.×
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Article   |   February 01, 2015
Current Healthcare Climate: What Does it Mean for SLPs Managing Patients With Dysphagia?
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), February 2015, Vol. 24, 5-11. doi:10.1044/sasd24.1.5
History: Received September 17, 2014 , Revised October 28, 2014 , Accepted November 10, 2014
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), February 2015, Vol. 24, 5-11. doi:10.1044/sasd24.1.5
History: Received September 17, 2014; Revised October 28, 2014; Accepted November 10, 2014

In every setting, as a result of the changes in reimbursement, speech-language pathologists (SLPs) need to re-think how services are provided to patients with dysphagia and feeding/swallowing disorders. In addition to implementing strategies to increase efficiency (and thus productivity), SLPs must understand the changes in the healthcare environment. It is advisable that they explore ways to make their services valuable to their facility in addition to direct patient care. It is also recommended that SLPs familiarize themselves with the challenges the facility faces and consider ways they can help the facility meet those challenges. They should seek to continually improve efficiency while keeping an eye on achieving patient outcomes and providing value. In this way, the SLP can remain an important member of the healthcare team.

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