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Friday, April 29
09:00 am – 10:30 am

Medical
Session 05

Lisa Naylor, MA, CCC-SLP
Level of Instruction: Introductory   –   Joshua Tree I

Medicare laws, regulations, and oversight require audiologists and SLPs to understand the current rules and make informed decisions. There has been increased attention by Medicare and the Office of the Inspector General for audits, resulting in a recovery of funds, or in extreme cases, prosecution for fraudulent billing practices. Not knowing the rules is not an excusable reason in a Medicare audit—and the rules change annually. Audiologists and SLPs need resources and mentors to help them navigate the ever-changing Medicare system. The state associations and ASHA have partnered to create a Network of local members to assist audiologists and SLPs with their Medicare questions and refer to ASHA for additional technical assistance. The State Advocates for Medicare Policy (StAMPs) meet monthly to discuss current topics, rules, and trends specific to Medicare audiology and speech-language pathology services. This presentation will assist state association members with understanding some of the fundamentals about Medicare and connect them to their StAMP representative.

Learner Outcomes:  At the completion of this presentation, participants will be able to identify the StAMP representative and the mechanism to contact them with questions, describe the difference between Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B services and locate the online Medicare enrollment tool.