ASHA Audiology Connections IN THIS ISSUE ASHA Urges AMA to Retract Audiology Scope of Practice Document 4 Three Tracks Leading to Improved Classroom Acoustics 9 Be Involved in PQRI: Improving Patient Care 10 ASHA Audiology Connections i ASHA’s Annual Online Conference AUDIOLOGY 2010 AUDIOLOGY 2009 Early Hearing Detection and Traumatic Brain Injury Intervention (EHDI) (TBI) WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 13–MONDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2010 Did you miss last year’s online conference, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): Effects on Hearing, Memory, and LEARN FROM LEADING RESEARCHERS AND CLINICIANS IN EHDI—WITHOUT LEAVING HOME! www.asha.org/shop Faculty includes: Joni Alberg, Theresa Caraway, With the incidence of mild traumatic brain injury Brandt Culpepper, Leisha Eiten, Maureen Greer, Jeffrey Hoffman, Gayla Hutsell, Christine Yoshinaga-Itano, Patti Martin, Patricia Roush, Susan Scollie, Bradley Schaefer, Jane Seaton, and Karl White Audiology 2009 faculty: Earn as many as 3.0 CEUs computer with Internet access and Tara Zaugg while the conference is in session A sampling of topics: presenters to earn additional CEUs using the chats or discussion forums www.asha.org/events/aud-conf and speech contents 3 Welcome Message From Audiology Professional Practices 4 Challenges and Opportunities 6 From the VP for Audiology Practice AUDIOLOGY PROFESSIONAL ISSUES 4 ASHA Urges AMA to Retract Audiology Scope 3 of Practice Document 8 We Couldn’t Have Done It Without You 11 Important ASHA Surveys of Audiologists Coming in 2010 14 Audiology Special Interest Divisions 101 15 Update on a Standard for the Calibration of Acoustic Transients 9 15 Audiology E-mail List 21 Interact With Your Colleagues on Facebook and Twitter 22 The Americans with Disabilities Act: Accessing Your Services 22 Congratulations Audiologists and Hearing Scientists 23 ASHA’s Input to the Healthy People Consortium 29 New Service Supports Military Families 12 LEGISLATION AND PUBLIC POLICY 9 Three Tracks Leading to Improved Classroom Acoustics 10 Be Involved in PQRI: Improving Patient Care 17 11 Government Relations and Public Policy Resources 12 Audiology Day on the Hill 13 Health Care Economics Committee Hot Topics ASSOCIATION GOVERNANCE 7 Board of Directors 21 Audiology Advisory Council 20 25% 50% recycled content including Cert no. BV-COC-080211 25% PCW ASHA Audiology Connections 1 CONTENTS Managing Editor Ricki Cook, firstname.lastname@example.org 301-296-5793 MEMBER ASSISTANCE Production Editor 6 Your Questions Answered ASHA Editorial Services Art Director 14 Professional Consultation Tarja Carter 16 ASHA’s Action Center: Your Audiology Graphic Designer Connection Manny Torres Production Manager 16 Take Advantage of These Member Brent Jacocks Benefits Advertising Sales 17 Marketing Resources to Help You Survive 27 Tim McCormack, Ascend Media email@example.com and Thrive 913-344-1367 20 Promoting the Profession to Consumers Cover photo: Courtesy of MedRx, Inc. 30 Consumer Education Material and More From The ASHA Store Volunteer Contributors PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND CERTIFICATION 18 Audiology Virtual Conference— Log-on and Learn ASHA National Office 19 Continuing Education (CE) 29 Staff Contributors 23 Certification Maintenance American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Ear Infections and Your 24 Why Choose ASHA Certification? Child’s Hearing 34 Forging New Frontiers at ASHA ’10 in Philadelphia, PA AUDIOLOGY PUBLICATIONS 19 ASHA Access Audiology 30 31 Audiology in The ASHA Leader American Journal of 31 Online Journals: A New Paradigm for AUDIOLOGY JSLHR A A Journal of Clinical Practice Research AJA STUDENT AND FACULTY INTEREST www.asha.org 21 NSSLHA and ASHA Hear From High School Students 31 ASHA Audiology Connections 25 Academic Affairs 2009–2010 26 Senate Health Fair Experience 27 American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation 28 Audiology/Hearing Science Research Travel Award 30 Student Ethics Essay Award Competition 32 My Journey to a Career in Audiology 2 ASHA Audiology Connections Welcome Message From Audiology Professional Practices Pamela A. Mason, MEd, CCC-A, Director T ASHA Audiology Look for us at the following Audiology Connections meetings: Professional Practices: Ricki Cook, Pam Mason, Paul Farrell, Anne Oyler and Vic Gladstone ASHA Access Audiology www.asha.org/ aud/ Paul K. Farrell, AuD, CCC-A ASHA Access Audiology ASHA Audiology Connections ASHA Audiology Connections 3 Challenges & Opportunities Vic S. Gladstone, PhD, CCC-A, Chief Staff Officer for Audiology “When fate hands you a lemon, make lemonade.” Dale Carnegie T ASHA Urges AMA to Retract Audiology Scope of Practice Document AMA Scope of Practice Data Series: Audiolo- gists, www.asha.org/aud 4 ASHA Audiology Connections Member Comments on ASHA’s Response to the AMA AMA Scope of Practice Data Series: Audiologists www.asha. org/News/Advocacy/2009/ ReportingPQRIAudMeasures ASHA Audiology Connections 5 From the Vice President for Audiology Practice 2007–2009 Gwendolyn D. Wilson, EdD, CCC-A M Your Questions Answered Audiology Professional The ASHA Leader Practices Member Benefits ASHA Action Center Public Relations Academic Affairs Reimbursement Certification Ethics www.asha.org 6 ASHA Audiology Connections 2010 ASHA Board of Directors Tommie L. Robinson, Jr. 2010–2012 Jaynee A. Handelsman, PhD, CCC-A Sue T. Hale Paul R. Rao Colleen M. O’Rourke www.asha.org M. Jeanne Wilcox T Jaynee A. Handelsman Robert M. Augustine Thomas J. Hallahan www. asha.org/about/governance/BOD/ members/ Alison E. Lemke Karen I. Kirk Julie B. Noel Allan O. Diefendorf www.asha.org/ certification/reinstate_aud/ Patricia A. Prelock George O. Purvis www.asha.org/about/ governance/membersintouch.htm Nancy B. Alarcon Arlene A. Pietranton (ex officio) ASHA Audiology Connections 7 We couldn’t have done it without you… Pamela A. Mason, MEd, CCC-A, Director, Audiology Professional Practices A ASHA Audiology Connections ASHA Access Audiology The ASHA Leader; Thank You ASHA is a member-driven association and volunteers are at its foundation. The volunteering experience is rewarding in that you gain additional professional skills, are introduced to other members with similar interests, and know that you are part of the success of your professional organization. To inquire about audiology volunteer opportunities, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteers Who Assisted Audiology Professional Practices 8 ASHA Audiology Connections Three Tracks Leading to Improved Classroom Acoustics Neil Snyder, Director of Federal Advocacy T Standards Track Legislative Track Building Codes Track www.face- book.com/home.php?#/pages/ Classroom-Noise-and-Acoustics- Coalition/229124785960?ref=ts nsnyder@ asha.org ASHA Audiology Connections 9 Be Involved in the Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI): Improving Patient Care Robert C. Fifer, PhD, CCC-A I www.cms.hhs. gov www.asha.org/advocacy/ audiologypqri 10 ASHA Audiology Connections Government Relations and Public Policy Resources Web Resources Janet Deppe www.asha.org/advocacy email@example.com Mark Kander Important ASHA Surveys of firstname.lastname@example.org Audiologists Ingrida Lusis Coming in 2010 Audiology Advocate T Audiology Survey email@example.com Audiology Advocate Michelle Mannebach firstname.lastname@example.org Stefanie Reeves www.asha.org/ email@example.com publications/enews/audadvocate/ Kate Romanow audiology-advocate- firstname.lastname@example.org www.asha.org email@example.com Neil Snyder Schools Survey National Office Contacts firstname.lastname@example.org 800-498-2071 or Neela Swanson 800-498 followed by extension Janice Brannon email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Steven White Katie Bromley email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org ASHA Audiology Connections 11 Audiology Day on the Hill Katie Bromley, Director, Grassroots & Congressional Advocacy O Audiologists who participated in Hill visits included (back row, left to right) Gina Gomez, Marisol Franqui, Carol Hudner, Paul Farrell, Zella Shabasson, Alice Kreisle, Anne Oyler, Allison Cleland, Anna Clark; (front row, left to right) Lisa Piehota, Cathy Keefe, Janice Trent, Debra Cooper, Faye Mickelson, Tricia Ashby-Scabis, Pamela Mason, Candace Robinson, and Sarah Sydlowski. http://takeaction.asha.org/ Tricia Ashby-Scabis Towson, MD 12 ASHA Audiology Connections Health Care Economics Committee Hot Topics Robert C. Fifer, PhD, CCC-A, and Stuart Trembath, MA, CCC-A T ASHA Audiology Connections 13 Audiology Special Interest Divisions 101 Kim Schairer, PhD, CCC-A, Coordinator, Audiology Coordinating Professional Committee Consultation T Anne L. Oyler, AuD, CCC-A Associate Director for Audiology Professional Practices P Perspectives Perspectives The ASHA Leader i Perspectives email@example.com Professional Consultation Comments Perspectives Perspectives Thanks again, www.asha.org B. Continues on page 18 14 ASHA Audiology Connections Update on a Standard for the Calibration of Acoustic Transients Robert Burkard, PhD, CCC-A I Handbook of Clinical Audiology Specifications for Audiometers Interact With Your Colleagues on the Audiology e-mail List www.asha. org/aud/audlistserv/ ASHA Audiology Connections 15 ASHA’s Action Center: Your Audiology Connection Joyce Burke, Account Manager, Membership and Sales Action Center Team A today Perspectives firstname.lastname@example.org ASHA’s Action Center Take Advantage of These Auto Purchase/Lease Program Member Benefits you must contact ASHA at 800-498-2071 before visiting a dealership. Insurance Credit Services Auto Rental 16 ASHA Audiology Connections Marketing Tips and Resources to Help You Survive and Thrive in This Tough Economic Climate Greg Weimann, Public Relations Manager A actioncen- email@example.com Tip #2: Take advantage of all the low-cost consumer education pieces ASHA has already developed www.asha. org/shop must Tip #3: Promote Yourself During May is Better Hearing and Speech Month (BHSM) www.asha.org/ bhsm Tip #1: Register yourself and/ or your practice in ProSearch Tip #4: Professional and start receiving FREE Marketing Consultations consumer referrals! firstname.lastname@example.org www.asha.org/findpro/ join.htm ASHA Audiology Connections 17 Audiology Virtual Conference Log-on and Learn Anne L. Oyler, AuD, CCC-A, Associate Director for Audiology Professional Practices Professional Consultation Continued from page 14 T Comments On Traumatic Brain Injury: Effects on Hearing, Memory and Cognition Professional Consultation Comments With best wishes, E.H. Washington, DC Traumatic Brain Injury: Effects on Hearing, Memory and Cognition. S.M. S. The distinguished international faculty included S.B. Albany, NY Stay tuned for Audiology 2010, October 13—25!! S. Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) www.asha.org/events/aud-conf 18 ASHA Audiology Connections ASHA Continuing Education (CE) Jo Ann Janhunen, MA and Renee Levinson, MA, MBA, CCC-A, Associate Directors T www.asha.org www.asha.org/ce/ 7,000 ASHA Access ASHA CE Registry Audiology Ricki Cook, Audiology Project Manager T Audiology, ASHA Access www.asha.org/ ce/ Resources for Presenters for CE Courses Find a Course with ASHA’s Course Search Access-Audiology- email@example.com This course is offered for 1.0 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area). www.asha.org/publications/ enews/accessaudiology/ ASHA Access Audiology New CE Provider Logo Find CE programs that meet your state licensure and www.asha.org/ aud/articles/ AccessAudiology@asha. www.asha.org, scroll org firstname.lastname@example.org ASHA Audiology Connections 19 Promoting the Profession to Consumers Kimberly O’Sullivan, Public Relations Manager Washington Post Glendale News Press LA Times The Hearing Review. http//podcast.asha. Students from St. Mary’s Academy in New org Orleans interact with Charmaine Neville and learn about ASHA’s public education program “Listen to Your Buds.” T LA Times, Listen To Your Buds Update: www.asha.org/findpro/ ASHA Access Audiology www.asha.org/aud/articles/) kosullivan@asha. org 20 ASHA Audiology Connections NSSLHA/ASHA hear from high school students on the prevention of hearing loss 2010 Audiology Advisory Council Chair Vice Chair Staff Liaison email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com Members F www.nsslha. org Engage with Colleagues Via ASHA’S Social Networks www.facebook.com/asha.org http://twitter.com/ashaweb ASHA Audiology Connections 21 The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): Accessing Your Services Karen L. Beverly-Ducker, MA, CCC-A, CAE, Director, Multicultural Resources F www.ada. gov/pubs/adastatute08.htm Available Resources Identifying Potential Obstacles Congratulations Audiologists and www. Hearing Scientists! irs.gov/publications/p535/ ch07.html Honors of the Association Terry L. Wiley ASHA Fellows Karen Beverly-Ducker Douglas Martin Beth A. Prieve Mario A. Svirsky Glenn M. Waguespack 22 ASHA Audiology Connections ASHA’s Input to the Healthy People Consortium Pamela A. Mason, MEd, CCC-A, Director, Audiology Professional Practices S Healthy People has Certification Maintenance Maintaining your certification record is easy! The ASHA CE Registry www.asha.org Keep a record of other CE activities www.asha.org Earning CE credit is easy too! ASHA Audiology Connections 23 Why Choose ASHA Certification? Paul K. Farrell, AuD, CCC-A Associate Director for Audiology Professional Practices A www.asha.org action- firstname.lastname@example.org www.asha.org/about/ Membership-Certification SHOP Enjoy a 5% discount through January 31, 2011, when you use ASHA promotional code Cat10. Offer is valid on online purchases only and cannot be combined with other offers. Offer not valid on volume discounts, other publishers’ products, assessment tools, client education toolkits, Best Buys, Convention and Conference registration, list sales, MyMarket, and gift certificates. 24 ASHA Audiology Connections Academic Affairs 2009–2010 Loretta Nunez, MA, AuD, CCC-A/SLP, Director of Academic Affairs Highlights of 2009 W Nancy Tye-Murray addresses attendees at the Researcher- Academic Town Meeting during the 2009 ASHA Convention D IND D IND www.asha.org/ academic/ 2007–08 Academic Year State-by-State Data on Access Academics & Research, Graduate Education in Communication Sciences and Disorders 2007–2008 CAPCSD Demographic Survey of CSD Programs: Report & Materials www.asha. org/academic/questions/ Report of the 2008 Joint Committee on the PhD Shortage in CSD www.asha.org/ academic/ www.asha.org/academic/reports/ www.asha.org/events/convention/ ConventionProgram/ Continues on page 26 ASHA Audiology Connections 25 Get Involved! Faculty and students discussing CSD program opportunities at the Graduate School Fair during the 2009 ASHA Convention Academic Affairs Access Academics Continued from page 25 & Research, A Practice and Curriculum Analysis for the Profession of Audiology, Access- Academics-Research-request@lists. asha.org. email@example.com What to Watch for in 2010 Students Preparing for Academic & Research Careers (SPARC) Award. www.asha.org/academic/HES/ Announcements/ The Mentoring Academic-Research Careers (MARC) Senate Health Fair www.asha.org/students/ gatheringplace/marc/ 2010 Graduate School Fair. Sincerely, AuD and SLP Graduate Students Gallaudet University Hearing, Speech and Language Sciences Department AcademicAffairs@asha.org 26 ASHA Audiology Connections American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation ASHFoundation 2009 New Century Scholars Doctoral Scholarship recipients. ASHFoundation donors enjoy breakfast conversation at 2009 ASHFoundation L-R: Raul Rojas, Andrea Hillock, Emily Rusnak, Francois Xavier-Brajot, awards ceremony Skyler Jennings, Emily Zimmerman, and Skott Freedman Nancy Minghetti, Executive Director, Research Travel Stipend ASHFoundation E New Century Scholars Research Grants Curtis J. Billings SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS Kathleen McNerney New Century Scholars Doctoral Scholarships Proposal: Lisa Potts Andrea Hillock Proposal: Skyler Jennings www.ashfoundation.org Student Research Grant in AuD and PhD Scholarships Audiology RESEARCH GRANT PROGRAMS Clinical Research Grant Garrett Cardon Yungfang Zheng Minyu (Julia) Cheng Proposal: Monika Kordus Proposal: Continues on page 28 ASHA Audiology Connections 27 ASHFoundation Continued from page 27 Audiology/Hearing Science Research Travel Award (ARTA) Kristin E. Musser T Melissa Kreze, Erin Maloff, Jonathon Whitton Ashlee Martz, Kimberly Meyer, Jamie Moushey, Kelli Murphy, Fadi Najem, Anne Olson, Ann Perreau, Erin Rellinger, Kimberly Slocum, Elizabeth Talmage, Chiemi Tanaka, Lauren Baranowski, Marcin Wroblewski, Sienna Burke, Tara Davis, people Michelle Gremp, number Amanda Grifﬁn, www.asha.org/ Woojae Han, students/awards results future Comments from ARTA Awardees 28 ASHA Audiology Connections New Service Supports Military Families of Children With Hearing Loss LT Anne M. Jarrett, AuD, CCC-A US Naval Hospital, Yokosuka, Japan A Military families of children with hearing loss connect through Hands & Voices Disclaimer ASHA Audiology Connections 29 Consumer Education Material and More From The ASHA Store Diagram of the Ear/Diagrama del Oído Outer Ear Middle Ear Inner Ear www.asha.org/shop Oído Externo Oído Medio Oído Interno Semicircular Canals Malleus Canales Semicirculares Martillo Stapes Incus Estribo Yunque Vestibular Nerve 8th Cranial Nervio Vestibular Nerve Cochlear Nerve Nervio Nervio Coclear Craneal VIII Ear Canal Cochlea Canal Auditivo Cóclea Eustachian Tube Ear Drum Trompa de Tímpano Eustaquio For further information, contact/ Para información adicional, comuníquese con: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association 800-638-8255 www.asha.org American Speech-Language-Hearing Association American Speech-Language-Hearing Association American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Understanding Ear Infections Unilateral For complete 2010 SEEA rules and Your Child’s and Your Hearing Loss Hearing Aids Child’s Hearing A PARENT’S GUIDE the application form, visit ASHA’s Web site at www.asha.org/practice/ ethics/essay_award/ Audiology in The Leader November 3, 2009 Leslie Katz, Director of Brand Marketing Susan Boswell, 3 inside Illinois Passes Endoscopy Bill; Classroom Noise Bill Federal Plan Mandates Speech Treatment Advances 4 Readers Respond CAE, Assistant 5 T How hair cells die; right ear preference; by Ingrida Lusis infant sleep positions and ear infections; B newborn hearing screening follow-up eginning Jan. 1, 2010, In its annual “call letter” to 10 Spoken Language insurance carriers that health insurance carriers that and Autism provide health cover- want to participate in the next Managing Editor 14 Hearing Loss and age under the Federal year’s FEHBP, OPM states that Speech Perception Employee Health Benefits beginning in 2010, plans must 18 Survey: SLPs in Program (FEHBP) will be provide “speech therapy” when Health Care required to cover habilitative medically necessary. Carriers speech-language pathology ser- that limit speech-language 19 Survey: Audiology Salaries vices, effectively ensuring that treatment to rehabilitation only and Other Trends carriers must include speech- must remove that limit for 20 Collaboration Helps language treatment for children FEHB plans. Students with Hearing Loss with communication disorders. The requirement is stated in 22 ASHA Awards FEHBP provides health OPM guidance related to health insurance coverage to approxi- maintenance organizations A 28 Convention Meetings mately 8 million federal (HMOs); however, the direc- Schedule Children with communication disorders will receive habillitative speech- employees and retirees and tive is official OPM policy that language treatment under a new mandate for health insurance carriers that 30 Members in the Military: their families through hundreds should be implemented across provide coverage to federal employees. Reminder: 2010 Special coverage of commercial carriers. These all FEHBP plans. FEHBP carriers are required to meet participants, therefore, cannot The OPM call letter also modalities—including speech- 37 Classiﬁeds requires the plans to examine language treatment—that coverage requirements estab- deny treatment coverage for 44 People on the Move lished by the U.S. Office of children with communication and provide additional infor- mation on the treatment See FEHBP page 8 47 First Person on the Last Personnel Management (OPM). disorders. Page: Barbara Dabul www.asha.org Medicare Begins Audits of Claims 2009 Awards of Excellence by Mark Kander A Student Ethics udiologists and speech-language Audiologists and SLPs in southern and western designed to locate See special section starting on p. 22. pathologists who serve Medicare states may face audits for improper payments and correct improper patients—especially those in hospital fee-for-service clinics—in Medicare regions C (South) on health care service claims. Medicare payments to and D (West) may be audited for improper pay- health care provid- ments on health care service claims. ers. Errors in the more than 1.2 billion Medicare claims submitted After a three-year demonstration by health care providers—including hospitals and skilled nursing project, Medicare Recovery Audit facilities—can account for billions of dollars in improper pay- Contractors (RACs) are beginning ments each year. audits this fall. The RAC demonstra- Nearly $440 million has been collected from health care tion program, created by the Medicare providers and suppliers in the demonstration project since it began Prescription Drug, Improvement, in 2005. Essay Award and Modernization Act of 2003, was See Audits page 9 The ASHA Leader Submissions Are Due April 16 Linda D’Aloisio Ethics Program Manager The Leader I The ASHA Leader has The Leader The Leader 30 ASHA Audiology Connections American Journal of AUDIOLOGY JSLHR A A Journal of Clinical Practice AJA Division 6, Hearing and Hearing Disorders: Research and Diagnostics. The ASHA Leader www.asha.org/publications/ leader/2009/09index www.asha. org American Journal of Language, Speech, and SPEECH-LANGUAGE Hearing Services in Schools The ASHA Leader PATHOLOGY A Journal of Clinical Practice A Journal of Research and Practice Affecting Educational Settings LSHSS AJSLP Division 7, Aural Rehabilitation and its Instrumentation. Online Journals: A New Paradigm for Research Mike Cannon, Manager, ASHA Journals Division 9, Hearing and Hearing J Disorders in Childhood. 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Previous Convention co-chairs of Iowa– pediatric diagnostics; Susan Nittrouer, in audiology Bob Burkard, Bob Turner, and John Ohio State University–pediatric rehabilitation of Ferraro and their committee topic coordinators all hearing-impaired children; Robert Novack, Purdue produced excellent programs including invited ses- University–adult rehabilitation; Andrew Stuart, sions with notable leaders in the field, and yet some- North Carolina University–new areas of adult diag- how, we’re on track to exceed all expectations and nostics; Larry Humes, Indiana University–auditory continue this exceptional upward trend. With “lead- processing; and Faith Akin, James A. Quillen VA ership into new frontiers” as the theme and “advanc- Medical Center–vestibular assessment. 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