Three major health plans—United HealthCare (UHC), Cigna, and Tricare—have expanded telepractice coverage for speech-language pathology services, potentially affecting more than 70 million American subscribers.
UHC’s coverage includes commercial plans, Medicaid managed care plans, and Medicare Advantage plans, which together cover about 45 million Americans.
ASHA has been building relationships with UHC for two years through ASHA’s Private Payer Summits and has been advocating for several weeks for telepractice coverage in the wake of COVID-19. UHC announced the coverage expansion Thursday, March 26, and also shared additional UHC guidance for speech-language pathology and therapy services.
Also in response to ASHA advocacy efforts, Cigna has expanded nationwide coverage for telepractice and Humana has announced Tricare coverage of telepractice in its eastern region. ASHA is seeking confirmation for the coverage that has been anecdotally extended to Tricare’s Western Region via Health Net Federal Services.
ASHA continues to advocate with Congress and the Centers for Medicare &Medicaid Services for expanded Medicare telepractice coverage beyond the broader flexibility announced for Medicare Advantage plans.
Check for updates, including confirmed changes in telepractice coverage for Medicaid and private health plans, on ASHA’s Telepractice COVID-19 Updates page.
For questions about coverage and reimbursement, contact reimbursment@asha.org….

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CONCLUSIONS: The use of telepractice during the COVID-19 pandemic has unfolded quite differently for different SLPs and the children who use aided AAC that they serve. Although AAC telepractice offers promise for the future, particularly for partnering with families, further research is needed to know how to overcome challenges experienced by SLPs. Supplemental Material https://doi.org/10.23641/asha.17139434.PMID:34905413 | DOI:10.1044/2021_AJSLP-21-00036

CONCLUSIONS: The findings revealed how school SLPs experienced telepractice service delivery during the remote learning portion of the 2019-2020 school year due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The study increases our understanding of factors that facilitated and challenged the effective delivery of speech-language services via telepractice. To assist SLPs in future telepractice efforts, implications for professional development and further research are provided.PMID:34890218 | DOI:10.1044/2021_LSHSS-21-00023

CONCLUSIONS: Job satisfaction is considered a malleable resource within the COR theory. Indeed, we observed a change in this resource due to the rapid shift in service delivery methods, paired with variable levels of support and resources from school districts. Our results have implications for how administration may support SLPs in and out of times of acute crises.PMID:34861773 | DOI:10.1044/2021_LSHSS-21-00079

IJERPH, Vol. 18, Pages 12197: The Evolution of Telepractice Use during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Perspectives of Pediatric Speech–Language Pathologists International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health doi: 10.3390/ijerph182212197 Authors: Ying Hao Saijun Zhang Austin Conner Na Youn Lee The study investigated how pediatric speech-language pathologists (SLPs) applied telepractice to compensate for the loss of in-person services and the dynamics of telepractice use during the COVID-19 pandemic in a rural state. We conducted interviews with 10 SLPs and then a statewide survey in which 51 SLPs …

CONCLUSIONS: Although clinicians reported many advantages of telehealth, some barriers identified reported prior to COVID-19 still persist. Clinicians anticipate that new developments have the potential to continue improving telehealth service delivery, bolstering the viability of telehealth long after the COVID-19 pandemic is gone. Supplemental Material https://doi.org/10.23641/asha.16959361.PMID:34763533 | DOI:10.1044/2021_AJSLP-21-00069

Semin Speech Lang. 2021 Nov;42(5):395-418. doi: 10.1055/s-0041-1736498. Epub 2021 Nov 2.ABSTRACTThe purpose of this study was to examine and describe experiences and perceptions of speech-language pathologists (SLPs) serving children and families from culturally and linguistically diverse populations. Twenty SLPs were interviewed using an online audio platform regarding common practices, resources and supports, challenges, and communication. Participants’ responses to the semi-structured questions were transcribed and analyzed to identify themes in experiences. Results suggested six overall themes including: considerations…

Source: Seminars in Speech and Language Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Source Type: research

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