Clinical Services

Vice President for Clinical Services
Heather Lazarides, MS, CCC-SLP
msha@showmemsha.org
 

The following areas are some of the areas addressed by the Clinical Services/Affairs section of MSHA:
  • Reimbursement Issues with Medicare, Medicaid, and Private Insurance
  • Minority Student Leadership Program
  • Member Education
  • Clarification of CPT Codes and Billing
  • Licensure Issues
  • Assistance with interaction with other professionals about the services we provide and our Scope of Practice
  • STAR Representative to ASHA
  • Consumer Advocacy
  • Health Insurance Advocacy

Update November 7, 2019

As you may know, Medicare changed the way it paid for services provided in skilled nursing facilities on October 1, 2019. MSHA realizes that this has raised a lot of questions about what Medicare expects and pays for.

Our partners at ASHA have developed a resource center to help members better understand the requirements and prepare for this transition. For more information, please visit the ASHA website: https://www.asha.org/practice/reimbursement/medicare/medicare-patient-driven-payment-model/.

In addition, the director of health care policy at ASHA has offered to speak directly with MSHA members who have specific questions:

Sarah Warren, MA
Director, Health Care Policy, Medicare
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
2200 Research Boulevard, Rockville, MD 20850
301-296-5696, swarren@asha.org

In partnership,
Pat Jones, MA, CCC-SLP, MSHA President

Heather Lazarides, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, Vice President for Clinical Services

Missouri STAR

ASHA’s State Advocates for Reimbursement (STARs) are appointed by State Speech-Language-Hearing Associations to act as advocates for improved health care coverage and reasonable reimbursement. The Missouri STAR is Heather Lazarides, MS, CCC-SLP, heatherlazarides@gmail.com.

Missouri StAMP

ASHA’s State Advocates for Medicare Policy (StAMP) Network are appointed by State Speech-Language-Hearing Associations to act as advocates for Medicare coverage and reimbursement of audiology and speech-language pathology services in the states. The mission of the StAMP network is to enhance and perpetuate the advocacy, leadership and communication of ASHA members at the state level to influence administrative and public policy decisions that impact Medicare coverage and reimbursement of services. The Missouri StAMP is Heather Lazarides, MS, CCC-SLP, heatherlazarides@gmail.com.