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Committee News – December 2021

AAC Committee
The AAC Committee is working on several exciting projects. It is our goal to increase knowledge regarding AAC both within the profession and in the general community. Please join us if you have an interest in sharing with and learning from a great group of professionals!

Audiology Committee
Audiology Committee recent activities include:

  • VOICES: The committee hopes to have regular contributions to VOICES. An article on Ethics in audiology has been requested as well as a regular column on Q&A for audiology topics. Any members interested in contributing to VOICES are encouraged to contact the Audiology Committee.
  • PR/Social media content: Michele McGlynn met with Jaffe to discuss development of a press release on the topic of visiting older individuals over the holidays.
  • Convention: We continue the process of reaching out to potential speakers for Convention 2022. We are still in need of some speakers and invite members with suggestions to contact the Audiology Committee. We hope to have the program finalized soon.
  • Legislative: We continue to monitor legislative activity and calls to action. Recent topics include Induction Loop legislation and expanding Medicaid coverage regarding assistive devices for hearing impaired.

Convention Committee
New Adventure awaits you at NJSHA annual in-person Convention – April. This year we are extremely excited to have Justin Osmond, who will present Don’t Limit Your Challenges…Challenge Your Limits! as his keynote speech. He will also be available for additional motivational sessions and a Meet and Greet before his keynote speech to sign and discuss his book, Hearing With My Heart

April 28-29, 2022
Ocean Place Resort & Spa
Long Branch, New Jersey

Healthcare/EI Committee
The Dysphagia Subcommittee met in November and December in order to continue to write up the White Paper addressing the issues surrounding the Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES). New Jersey is the only state which requires a physician to be on the premises who has passed an endoscope either during his/her residency or during his/her medical practice while a speech pathologist performs the FEES. This is providing great limitations on providing this service to determine if patients/clients may have food by mouth safely in a timely manner or at times at all. The White Paper will be presented to NJSHA’s lobbyists from Porzio Governmental Affairs.

A new committee member joined the group as we work on the solutions and conclusion to the paper. We are happy to have her aboard!

STARS/StAMP
Caroline Bergner, Director, Health Care Policy, Medicaid from ASHA discussed the vaccine interim final rule issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) with the State Advocates for Reimbursement (STARs) this fall. Health care providers that receive Medicare and/or Medicaid reimbursement must vaccinate all their staff against COVID-19 by January 4, 2022. However, clinicians working in a Private Practice of fewer than 100 employees do not have to comply with this rule. These particular Private Practices assimilate to physician’s offices and are exempt from the ruling.

Jerry White, Director of Federal and Political Affairs spoke with the ASHA’s State Advocates for Medicare Policy (StAMP) Network this fall as well. He indicated that the Medicare Audiologist Access and Services Act (MAASA) and the Expanded Telehealth Access Act are two Bills being supported by ASHA. Under MAASA, audiologists would be classified as practitioners who would be reimbursed for Medicare services that they are licensed to provide without the need of a physician’s order for coverage of services. Regarding the latter act, Medicare will no longer reimburse Telehealth Services after 1/13/22 when the public health emergency is due to expire. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) did extend coverage of the following CPT Codes: 92507, 92521, 92522, 93523, 92524 under speech therapy only when provided “incident to a physician” through to 12/31/23. Incident to a physician is defined; but is not limited to, as a service that is part of the doctor’s personal professional services in the course of an evaluation or treatment of a diagnosis, and may have to be performed within the doctor’s office.

There will be three new Remote Therapeutic Codes (RTM) which will go into effect on 1/1/2022. The RTM codes are to be billed by physicians who are unable to bill for evaluation and management services in order for them to report remote monitoring of health conditions as well as adherence and response to treatment during an episode of care. ASHA and other stakeholders were able to get CMS to agree to allow speech pathologists while using the -GN modifier and some other nonphysician providers to bill these codes. Audiologists may not bill these codes under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS). The codes are as follows:

  • CPT Code 98975: Remote therapeutic monitoring; initial set-up and patient education on use of equipment.
  • CPT Code 98980: Remote therapeutic monitoring treatment management services in a calendar month requiring at least one interactive communication with the patient/caregiver during the calendar month; first 20 minutes
  • CPT Code 9891: Each additional 20 minutes (listed separately in addition to code for primary procedure)

 
Audiologists and Speech Pathologists were facing significant payment cuts by 10% or more to Medicare Part B (outpatient services) in 2022. Medicare payment cuts are the result of three separate statutory provisions designed to control federal spending. ASHA developed and signed a letter with other physician and nonphysician providers calling on Congress to stop the cuts before the end of the year to ensure patient access to audiology, speech-language pathology, and other critical health care services. Congress responded by passing the Protecting Medicare and American Farmers from Sequester Cuts Act (S. 610) in the beginning of December, 2021. This legislation, which President Biden has signed into law, addresses Medicare payment cuts for 2022 by a total of 7.75%. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will apply the three payment adjustments differently, as follows:

  1. Statutory PAYGO adjustments are made at the claim level: would have cut Medicare payments by 4%, is fully eliminated for 2022.
  2. Sequestration adjustments are also made at the claim level: would have cut Medicare payments by 2%; instead providers will experience a cumulative 1.25% negative adjustment to claims in 2022, phased in during the last three quarters of the year.
  3. Budget neutrality adjustments are made to the conversion factor, which is the dollar amount used to calculate payments at the procedure code level would have cut Medicare payments by 3.75%, is reduced to a 0.75% decrease you bill as providers to Medicare, before coinsurance, deductibles, and other payment adjustments are applied at the claim level for 2022.

Membership Committee
The Membership Committee has been working collaboratively with Public Relations and the Higher Education Committee as well our committee chairs and members on our 2021 NJSHA Membership Drive. Social media posts have emphasized and explained the 4 pillars of our association: Advocacy, Continuing Education, Professional Information and Resources, Networking and Engagement. to share all the positive aspects of belonging to NJSHA. Social Media posts with their accompanying videos have been a focal point to share with others how NJSHA helps support everything NJ SLPS and AUDs do. The focus of the Membership Drive has been to connect with students, new professionals and those professionals who are not currently members. The membership committee includes students, early career and experienced clinicians. We enjoy developing new ways to engage with our current members and strive to reach out to SLPs and AUDs to share all the benefits of being a NJSHA member. Please join us!

You are welcome to be a part of this incredible team. Contact Donna Spillman-Kennedy, NJSHA President-Elect, Membership Chairperson

Multicultural Issues Committee

  • Meeting held Mon Nov. 15, 2021
  • Student Symposium (Spring 2022) virtually for all universities
  • Continue with MIC Mondays on social media posts
  • Continue to answer member questions
  • Continue to collaborate with other committees (e.g., responding to member questions with SAC etc.)

Private Practice Committee
The committee is planning to have our next meeting in January 2022. Details will be posted and sent to members via email who are on our list when the date and time are finalized.

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Audiology Chair

Marykate Vaughn

Audiology Chair

Marykate Vaughn, AuD, CCC-A
The chair of the Audiology committee shall be appointed by the President for a two-year term, renewable for a maximum of two additional terms. A vice-chair shall be appointed by the chair of the committee. The Audiology Committee works to serve as a source of information for NJSHA members and the individuals we serve. The committee advocates for the association members by monitoring, discussing, and engaging legislators to address key public policy issues at the state level that affect audiologists and the consumers we serve. The committee members also work collaboratively with the New Jersey Academy of Audiology (NJAA) to ensure that the annual NJSHA convention provides opportunities to learn from national leaders in the field of Audiology. The committee suggests continuing education topics, serves as a resource for the audiology program for NJSHA’s annual convention, and presents the Audiology update at the NJSHA Convention.

AAC Chair

Barbra Seltzer

Augmentative and Alternative Communication Chair

Barbra Seltzer, MS, CCC-SLP, ATP
The chair of the committee shall be appointed by the President for an initial term of two years, renewable for a maximum of two additional terms. A vice-chair shall be appointed by the chair of the committee. The Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Committee works collaboratively to promote evidence-based practices in AAC assessment and intervention. The committee provides resources and support for members of NJSHA through regularly scheduled online meetings and goal centered projects. A variety of AAC topics are addressed regarding those with complex communication needs along the age continuum and across clinical as well as educational environments. The committee is open to all NJSHA members desiring to grow their AAC knowledge base.

Robyn Sacks-Cohen

Continuing Education Chair

Robyn Sacks-Cohen 
The chair of the committee shall be appointed by the President for a two-year term, renewable for a maximum of two additional terms. A vice-chair shall be appointed by the chair of the committee. The committee will work cooperatively with NJSHA’s management company and continuing education consultant to plan, promote and deliver NJSHA sponsored and co-sponsored continuing education events within the parameters of the annual budget. The committee will provide continuing education programs to meet the needs of NJSHA members through regular professional development offerings and generate revenue to allow NJSHA to provide continuing education as an on-going service.

Continuing Education Chair

Mary Faella

Continuing Education Chair

Joan Warner

Convention Committee Co-Chairs

Mary Faella, MA, CCC-SLP and Joan Warner, MS, CCC-SLP
The chair of the committee shall be appointed by the President and shall hold this position for a two-year term, renewable for a maximum of two additional terms. The vice-chair also shall be appointed by the President in conjunction with the committee chair and will be expected to take over the role of chair after a two-year term as vice-chair. The committee will plan the program for the following year’s convention and will submit a quarterly article to VOICES regarding convention updates.

Ethics Chair

Linda Tucker-Simpson

Ethics Committee Chair

Linda Tucker-Simpson, MS, CCC-SLP
The chair of the committee shall be appointed by the President for a two-year term, renewable for a maximum of two additional terms. A vice-chair shall be appointed by the chair of the committee. The Ethics Committee is charged with researching, deliberating on, and responding to questions of an ethical nature from the membership. The role of the committee is to provide information to the membership, as well as the public.

Finance Committee Chair

Joan Warner

Finance Committee Committee Chair

Joan Warner, MS, CCC-SLP
The chair of the committee is the Treasurer. The members are the President, President Elect, Secretary, Immediate Past President, and two NJSHA members at large. The Finance committee is responsible for developing a balanced budget to present to the Board of Directors for approval, reviewing proposed expenditures that are not in the budget and making funding recommendations to the Board, reviewing and presenting to the Board the financial implications of suggested new projects. The Finance Committee follows the procedures and policies as delineated in the Financial Policies document.

Healthcare and Early Intervention Committee Chair

Barbara Schwerin Bohus

Healthcare and Early Intervention Committee Chair

Barbara Schwerin Bohus, MS, CCC-SLP
The chair of the committee shall be appointed by the President for a two-year term, renewable for a maximum of two additional terms. A vice-chair shall be appointed by the chair of the committee. The committee shall serve as a source of information on healthcare and early intervention issues for members. The committee will discuss current healthcare issues affecting individuals across the lifespan. The committee monitors issues related to healthcare funding, including early intervention, Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance; and provides information and advocacy to members and consumers. The committee suggests continuing education topics to the Continuing Education committee and presents the Healthcare update at the NJSHA Convention. The committee will collaborate with the ASHA State Advocates for Reimbursement (STARs) and the State Advocate for Medicare Policy Network (StAMP) representing New Jersey.

Kristen Victorino

Higher Education Committee Chair

Kristen Victorino, PhD, CCC-SLP
The chair of the committee shall be appointed by the President for a two-year term, renewable for a maximum of two additional terms. A vice-chair shall be appointed by the chair of the committee. The committee will make recommendations to the Board regarding student and academic issues and will promote developments in higher education including, increasing and promoting the student advocacy initiative and supporting student research projects. The committee will actively collaborate with the Student Involvement committee. The committee will remind each college or university to select its program’s recipient of the Marni Reisberg Student Award and the Outstanding Doctor of Audiology Student Award.

Honors and Awards Committee Chair

Donna Spillman-Kennedy

Honors and Awards Committee Chair

Donna Spillman-Kennedy, MS, CCC-SLP
The chair of the committee shall be the President Elect. The President will appoint committee members to include one audiologist and two current NJSHA members who were previous award recipients. The committee will review the categories and criteria for honors and awards, review all nominations submitted, and recommend award recipients to the Board.

Honors and Awards Committee Chair

Robynne Kratchman

Legislative Committee Chair

Robynne Kratchman, ABD, CCC-SLP
The chair of the committee will be the Immediate Past President or his/her appointee. The President shall serve as vice-chair. Members of the committee shall consist of the chairs of the following committees: Alternative/Augmentative Communication (AAC), Audiology, Healthcare and Early Intervention, Higher Education, Multicultural, Private Practice, Public Relations, and School Affairs. The committee shall address legislative, regulatory, or other related issues for the Association, and work directly with the legislative agent. The committee members will present the chair with concerns regarding issues that might require legislative action. The primary point of contact for the legislative agent is the Legislative Chair. The chair need not submit a committee report, but rather will relate details of the legislative agent’s report to the Board if the legislative agent is not present during the meeting.

Media Committee Chair

Ursula Glackin

Media Committee Chair

Ursula Glackin, MA, CCC-SLP
The chair of the committee shall be appointed by the President for a two-year term, renewable for a maximum of two additional terms. A vice-chair shall be appointed by the chair of the committee. The committee will coordinate the distribution of information to members and the larger community through social media outlets and electronic communications, including the website. The chair and vice-chair will coordinate all information updates on the website. Members of the committee will collaborate with chairs of all NJSHA committees to support distribution of information to all NJSHA print and electronic outlets. The committee will oversee compliance with the NJSHA Social Media Disclaimer.

Membership Committee Chair

Donna Spillman-Kennedy

Membership Committee Chair

Donna Spillman-Kennedy, MS, CCC-SLP
The Membership Committee shall be chaired by the President Elect. The committee will engage in activities to attract new members to the organization and retain current members.

MIC Chair

Stacey Johnson

Multicultural Issues Chair

Stacey Johnson, SLPD, CCC-SLP
The chair of the committee shall be appointed by the President for a two-year term, renewable for a maximum of two additional terms. A vice-chair shall be appointed by the chair of the committee. The committee’s goal is to raise awareness of multicultural issues related to the professions of speech-language pathology and audiology. The committee works to increase knowledge of appropriate assessment and treatment procedures for culturally and linguistically diverse populations (CLD); promotes multicultural topics through VOICES articles and other communications to the membership; and suggests continuing education topics to the Continuing Education committee.

Nominations Committee Chair

Robynne Kratchman

Nominations and Elections Committee Chair

Robynne Kratchman, ABD, CCC-SLP
The chair of the committee shall be the Immediate Past President. The chair appoints five members, consisting of one representative from audiology and no more than one from each of the following professional settings: healthcare, schools, higher education, and private practice. This committee identifies prospective candidates to run for positions on the Board of Directors.

Christina Luna

Private Practice Chair

Christina Luna, SLPD, CCC-SLP
The chair of the committee shall be appointed by the President for a two-year term, renewable for a maximum of two additional terms. A vice-chair shall be appointed by the chair of the committee. The committee shall serve as a source of information on private practice issues concerning audiologists, speech-language pathologists and consumers. The committee will provide resources and references that address private practice issues, concerns, and ethics. The committee will propose continuing education topics to the Continuing Education Committee and collaborate with the ASHA State Advocates for Reimbursement (STARs) for audiology and speech-language pathology to address scope of practice issues.

Public Relations Committee Chair

Natalie Neubauer

Public Relations Committee Chair

Natalie Neubauer, EdD, CCC-SLP
The chair of the committee shall be appointed by the President for a two-year term, renewable for a maximum of two additional terms. The goal of the committee is to increase NJSHA’s visibility as a premier health and educational resource among key stakeholders (e.g., school personnel, health care-providers, populations served, legislators, media, and general public) The committee develops a campaign to increase public awareness of speech-language and hearing disorders, and services provided by speech language pathologists and audiologists, as well as its efforts in advocacy and contemporary topics and issues. The primary point of contact for the public relations consultant will be the Public Relations Chair.

School Affairs Committee Chair

Nicole Ford

School Affairs Committee Chair

Nicole Ford, MS, CCC-SLP
The chair of the committee shall be appointed by the President for an initial term of two years, renewable for a maximum of two additional terms. A vice-chair shall be appointed by the chair of the committee. The committee will address the needs of school-based members who are speech-language specialists (SLSs) and audiologists employed in New Jersey schools. The committee will work with the legislative agent to advocate for SLSs, audiologists, and the students they serve, as well as function as an information resource on school-based issues. To accomplish these tasks, the committee will engage in a variety of activities related to monitoring and responding to changes in the New Jersey Special Education Code, other codes relative to education, and legislative bills; addressing individual members’ concerns; presenting the SAC update at the NJSHA Convention; meeting annually with the NJDOE, along with the legislative agent, to discuss concerns; and educating consumers about the roles SLSs and audiologists play in the schools. The committee will collaborate with the ASHA State Education Advocacy Leader (SEAL).

Student Involvement Chair

Tamara Rehawi

Student Involvement Committee Chair

Tamara Rehawi, SLP Graduate Student- William Paterson University of New Jersey
The chair of the committee shall be the student member appointed to the Board of Directors by the President for a non-voting, one-year renewable term, not to exceed two years. The mentor to the chair shall be a representative on the Higher Education Committee from the program in which the student is enrolled. The liaison to the Board is the liaison to the Higher Education committee. The committee chair shall select six additional student liaison members to represent each of the New Jersey university training programs. The committee’s charge is to establish, maintain, and enhance an active, current network among students from all New Jersey audiology, speech-language pathology, and communication sciences and disorders training programs to help increase student membership and awareness of the benefits and activities available to NJSHA members. The committee will collaborate with the Membership Committees; contribute material to VOICES and the website; work with the Higher Education Committee to plan and execute the student advocacy initiative; and share information with other NJSHA committees that address topics relevant to students. The committee will establish and maintain contact with ASHA’s National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NSSLHA) to help merge national and state associations’ efforts.

VOICES chair

Robbie Lazarus

VOICES Editorial Board Chair

Robbie Lazarus, MA, CCC-SLP
The chair of the Editorial Board shall be appointed by the President and will serve as editor of VOICES. The chair will serve for an initial term of two years, renewable for a maximum of two additional terms. The Editorial Board consists of six members: the editor, the President, and four additional members appointed by the editor. There will be one representative from each of the following work settings: Audiology, Healthcare, Higher Education, Schools and a member-at-large. Each member of the Editorial Board will be appointed for an initial term of two years, renewable for a maximum of two additional terms. One of these members shall serve as vice chair. The Editorial Board will oversee all content in VOICES.

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