MSHA Convention Cancellation Announcement
With an abundance of caution for the health and safety of our attendees and the patients they serve (who may be part of at-risk populations), MSHA has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 MSHA Convention (and all related activities and meetings), originally scheduled at Tan-Tar-A Conference Center, Osage Beach, Missouri, April 2-5. This unanimous decision was made by the MSHA’s Executive Board due to concerns about COVID-19 (Coronavirus). In the face of increasing concerns and the guidance of governmental and health agencies at the international, national, state and local level, the decision was compelled and required.
The Executive Board appreciates the countless hours devoted to planning for this Convention. We recognize the commitment of organizers, presenters, sponsors, exhibitors, attendees and staff to the success of the Convention and acknowledge the disappointment we all share in not being able to continue as planned. However, the need to cancel became apparent considering the developments over the last few days, growing travel restrictions worldwide and increasing concerns expressed by attendees.
We ask for your patience as we work through policies and procedures with respect to registration and determine the next steps. We have many details to address and will need some time to identify answers for you. We hope that this preliminary announcement can help you to plan accordingly and to adjust your travel arrangements. We will reach out with as much information as possible in the days and weeks ahead. Our priority now is communicating that the onsite 2020 MSHA Convention is canceled. Please take time to cancel your hotel accommodations.
Our association has overcome changes and challenges in the past, and we will do so again, together, as we continue to work to help others. The Executive Board and management are now beginning the hard work of determining what alternatives we can offer in other formats to assist you in meeting your continuing education requirements. MSHA will provide you with an update in the near future.
MSHA is creating a formalized refund process and will be offering that to attendees as soon as it is available. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate this unprecedented time.
Thank you for your ongoing support of MSHA.
- ASHA Journals is making a selection of relevant articles available to all readers on ASHA Wire. Check them out here: https://pubs.asha.org/special-collections/telepracticeresources.
- A Letter from the Chair of the Council for Clinical Certification in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CFCC), in regards to COVID-19: Use of Telepractice and Telesupervision
- Missouri Telepractice Requirements for Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists
- Infection Control Resources for Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists
- Coronavirus Updates
- Payment and Coverage Considerations for Telepractice Services During Coronavirus/COVID-19
Questions and Answers for Providing Services to Children With Disabilities During Coronavirus Outbreak
March 2020, by the United States Department of Education. Read more at
Telepractice Research and Tips
The following information was curated by The Informed SLP’s team of scientists and clinicians, in response to recent events that are temporarily upending clinical practice and the lives of our members. Read more at https://www.theinformedslpmembers.com/free-telepractice-research-reviews.
As a result of the COVID-19 national emergency, the federal government relaxed HIPAA enforcement of federal penalties, providing more flexibilities for health care providers to choose telepractice platforms. While this may help many audiologists and SLPs, these loosened regulations do not apply in all situations and do not address regulations governed by FERPA. Therefore, it is important to be aware of state telepractice laws and regulations for licensure and service delivery [PDF]. The FERPA and Virtual Learning Related Resources [PDF] (March 2020) document provides a compilation of ED resources on FERPA and considerations for virtual learning. For more information on telepractice, see ASHA’s Telepractice Resources During COVID-19 webpage.
Missouri Department of Education & Secondary Education (DESE)
For more information and Q&A updates provided by DESE on Coronavirus (COVID-19), please visit https://dese.mo.gov/communications/coronavirus-covid-19-information
The United States Department of Health and Human Services
The United States Department of Health and Human Services has issued a statement titled: Enforcement Discretion for telehealth remote communications during the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency. Full text: https://www.hhs.gov/hipaa/for-professionals/special-topics/emergency-preparedness/notification-enforcement-discretion-telehealth/index.html.
The United States Department of Education
The United States Department of Education provides guidance on accessibility for students with disabilities for schools utilizing online learning. For more information please visit https://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/us-department-education-releases-webinar-fact-sheet-protecting-students-civil-rights-during-covid-19-response.
State of Missouri Department of Commerce and Insurance
The following Bulletin is issued by the Missouri Department of Commerce and Insurance to inform and educate the reader on the issue regarding provision of services via telehealth. View the Bulletin.
Missouri Board of Registration for the Healing Arts
Listed below are the waivers that have been approved as a result of Executive Orders (Executive Order 20-02 and Executive Order 20-04). Licensed professionals who wish to come to Missouri to assist with COVID-19 are not required to meet the requirements listed in the table below if their practice is solely related to COVID-19. For professionals seeking licensure in Missouri on a permanent basis all statute, rules and regulations continue to apply. For individuals who hold a retired or inactive license, you may return to practice to assist solely with COVID-19; however, if you wish to practice beyond COVID-19, the following waivers do not apply. View the list of waivers.
The Board is monitoring state and national developments on COVID-19. Licensees should monitor the Board’s website for important updates.
Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
ED released FERPA & Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Frequently Asked Questions [PDF] (March 2020). This new guidance from ED on student privacy provides clarity about the requirements of the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) as it pertains to COVID-19, as well as a sample informed consent form. Another privacy law to consider is the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), which addresses the confidentiality of protected health information. The Joint Guidance on the Application of FERPA and HIPAA to Student Health Records provides examples of instances in which an educational agency or institution can be subject to both FERPA and HIPAA or HIPAA alone. See information under the Telepractice Considerations section below about the relaxation of HIPAA penalties.
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
MSHA will disseminate additional information when it becomes available.
The information contained on this webpage is accurate to the best of our knowledge as of the date of posting. The web page is informational only and may change without notice at any time. It should not be construed as legal advice. Please consult with an attorney for issues of legal significance.