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Committee News – June 2021
The AAC Committee is working on multiple projects to increase awareness of AAC in the professional and lay communities. If you are interested in joining a dynamic group of professionals passionate about AAC, let us know and we will invite you to join our next meeting on zoom, July 13 at 7:30.
Happy summer! The Audiology Committee has been busy. A lot has happened since our last Board meeting, most notably the implementation of the Audiology Single License Law. As I’m sure you have heard by now, as of May 17, 2021, NJ audiologists are able to dispense hearing aids by virtue of their audiology license and no longer need to hold a second license for hearing aid dispensing. This victory comes after years of work by many devoted NJSHA and NJAA audiologists. Thank you to Bob DiSogra, Anne Eckert, Janet Koehnke, Donna Merchant, Bob Woods and the other audiologists from NJSHA and NJAA who kept this initiative alive and moving over the past ten years. A most special shout out to Lynn Nowak, NJSHA’s lobbyist who guided our course, stood by our side at countless meetings and hearings with legislators, represented us in the State House, and provided the expert counsel needed to make single license a reality.
Here are some highlights of other activities of the Audiology Committee over the past two months:
Convention: We had a fantastic convention! The Audiology track for Convention 2021 had a range of topics including aural rehab, Covid effects on the auditory system, hearing aids, the link between diabetes and audiology/SLP, the changing landscape of audiology services, a professional expert panel, coding and reimbursement, and the aging auditory system. Our sessions had something for everyone, were very well attended and received great feedback. Thank you to the wonderful speakers who joined us to provide their expertise and informative content, and to the Convention Committee for your leadership and constant support for audiology programming. Last but never least, thanks to Craven Management for providing us with an outstanding platform and their attention to detail that makes all NJSHA continuing education events so seamless and such a pleasure to attend.
Legislative Activity: With the implementation of single license, the Audiology Committee has worked to ensure the NJSHA membership is informed. In addition to developing posts for the website and social media and writing an article for VOICES, the Committee met with NJSHA’s legislative agent Lynn Nowak and members of NJSHA and NJAA, to strategize for how to best keep our members updated on the new law. A position statement on single license is in development, and the meetings of the AUD/SLP Advisory Committee and the NJ Hearing Aid Dispensing Examiners Committee are being closely monitored to ensure we are aware of any decisions impacting our members. Thank you to lobbyist Jacy Lance for attending the Division of Consumer Affairs meetings on behalf of NJSHA and providing detailed feedback as information becomes available.
In addition to single license, the Audiology Committee, in conjunction with the Legislative Committee has been closely monitoring other state and national legislative initiatives. On June 10th NJSHA formally registered support for A5464/S3660 that would improve public access for hearing impaired individuals in NJ by increasing availability of induction loop systems.
On the national level we plan to recommend support for Ally’s Act (HR. 477) that would require private insurers to cover bone anchored hearing devices and cochlear implants for children and adults. In addition, NJSHA strongly supports MAASA- Medicare Audiologist Access and Services Act which allows for direct access to audiologic services and streamlining Medicare coverage. There are links on the website that provide more information on each of these initiatives.
Other association activities that the Audiology Committee has been working on include review of budget needs for 2022, fielding audiology related questions from members and the public that came in to the NJSHA home office, and collaborating with the website task force to continue to refine audiology content and overall website format.
At the June Board meeting Michele McGlynn will begin her term as the audiologist member on the NJSHA Board. Thank you to Michele for her willingness to serve.
As I step down from the NJSHA Board of Directors, I reflect back on the past ten years and the many professional relationships that led to friendships along the way. Thank you to the wonderful Presidents I had the pleasure of working with, Joan Bruno, Linda Tucker Simpson, Gerard Caracciolo, Mary Faella and Robynne Kratchman. I learned from all of you and was inspired by your leadership. I gain so much both professionally and personally from being a part of NJSHA and will continue to serve as best I can. I look forward to working beside Michele as Audiology Committee Chair and send special thanks to Joan Besing for her service in this role for the past few years.
There are many opportunities for service to our profession, and few that are more rewarding than working with NJSHA. The support given to New Jersey audiologists and the patients we serve, and the collaboration between NJSHA and the New Jersey Academy of Audiology provides a most unique and impressive network and support system in our field. The Audiology Committee is always looking for volunteers. Please consider joining us! Reach out to me or contact the NJSHA offices to learn more.
Save the date – NJSHA Convention 2022 – April 28-29, 2022 – at Ocean Place Resort and Spa in Long Branch, NJ. We will be “Setting Sails” together !!
There was a webinar held on Tuesday 6/22 by a group of Committees: Healthcare/Early Intervention, Private Practice, and STAR/StAMP. We also had the privilege of having Lynn Nowak and Jacy Lance, Lobbyists for NJSHA speak as well. Highlights included discussion of coverage verse payment parities for telemedicine, the Healthcare Transparency Act, Registered Dental Hygienists practicing myofunctional therapy without appropriate licensure, chosen name on licenses, and current status of criminal history checks for licensure applicants.
Early Intervention covered current practice patterns for telehealth verses in person therapy and the status of masks. Rate increases was addressed as well.
Private Practice touched upon the end of the Public Health Emergency (PHE), insurance updates during COVID, the ongoing monthly meetings to resolve issues with Horizon, and Telepractice rules in NJ status post PHE.
StAMP provided information regarding how to advocate for enhancing and continuing telehealth services for adults, and improving Medicare coverage for audiology services.
Guidelines were given regarding how to track state laws and regulations for telepractice and licensing policies, how to track commercial insurance plans for telepractice policies, and how to track Medicaid telepractice policies.
An update was given regarding the Dysphagia Subcommittee, drawing up a White Paper to address the laws and regulations in New Jersey which places restrictions on the speech pathologist to perform the Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing only when a physician is present who has passed a scope. A Survey regarding completing FEES was sent out to speech pathologists in NJ with the assistance of ASHA. The Dysphagia Subcommittee has completed the introduction, and main body with charts of the white paper thus far.
Please look up the NJSHA website to hear the recording of this webinar for more in-depth information.
Higher Education Committee
The Annual Supervisors’ Virtual Workshop was held on June 2, 2021. Dr. Kyomi Gregory of Pace University in NYC spoke and engaged participants in discussions about cultural humility in clinical supervision.
Multicultural Issues Committee
MIC is not just for bilingual speakers. All NJSHA members are welcome to learn about multicultural issues and bilingualism. We are always looking for new members and ideas to grow our committee and expertise.
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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.
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.
Continuing Education Chair
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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, 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.
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, 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, 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.
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 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.
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, 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, 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 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 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.