Telepractice can streamline the delivery of speech therapy and allow speech-language pathologists to reach patients who may have limited means or access to the clinic or other settings. It is also a mode to use during pandemics or when in-person encounters are not safe. This course provides a guide to the delivery of care via telepractice for patients in the post-acute care space. Learners will gain an understanding of how to implement speech therapy treatment via telepractice and address common challenges.
0.15 ASHA CEUs
Approved for 1.50 continuing education clock hours for Kansas Speech Pathologists and Audiologists by the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability. Long Term Sponsorship number LTS-S1057. This activity is approved for 1.50 contact hours.
Section 1: Introduction
About This Course
Section 2: General Considerations
Overview of Telepractice
Telepractice Delivery Methods
Identifying Appropriate Patients
Section 3: Challenges and Strategies
Common Challenges and Strategies
Challenges According to Setting
Section 4: Assessment and Treatment Tools
Outcomes with Telepractice
Section 5: Documentation, Billing, and Reimbursement
Reimbursement for Telepractice
Dysphagia and Cognitive-Communication Services Through Telepractice
Section 6: Clinical Vignette
Section 7: Conclusion
Susan Almon-Matangos, MS/CCC-SLP, is a certified and licensed speech-language pathologist with over 30 years of experience. She obtained her bachelor's degree in psychology from Jacksonville State University and her Master of Science degree in speech-language pathology from The University of Alabama. She worked with clients of all ages and a variety of diagnostic conditions in school, hospital, skilled nursing facility, outpatient clinic, and home health settings. In her previous role as a national clinical director for a large contract therapy company, she created training programs for physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology related to the clinical rehabilitation needs of older adults in post-acute care. She currently draws upon her expertise in her role at Relias as Lead Subject Matter Expert Writer for Speech-Language Pathology. She is a certified member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Disclosure: Susan Almon-Matangos, MS/CCC-SLP discloses the following potential conflict of interests/commercial interests: Relevant Financial Relationship with Relias LLC as a Salaried Employee Relevant Non-Financial Relationship with No Entities Exists as a contributorInstructor: Mitzi A. Kweder, MS/CCC-SLP
Mitzi A. Kweder, MS/CCC-SLP, has been a speech-language pathologist since 1996. She earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in speech-language pathology in New York. She has experience in several settings with both pediatrics and geriatrics but spent most of her recent career in the director role in skilled nursing facilities. During that time, she also directed affiliated home health and outpatient operations. Currently, she is the Director of Quality and Standards with AdvantageCare Rehabilitation. In this position, she oversees clinical and operations standards in order to maintain and improve quality of care delivery. She also plays an active role in denials, policy, and compliance processes to promote adherence to laws and regulations of several bodies governing healthcare. She is a certified member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Disclosure: Mitzi A. Kweder, MS/CCC-SLP has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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