Legislative Updates from the Capitol
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Posted by: William Campbell
FLASHA has made great progress this year working on a variety of important issues regarding governmental affairs. The Medicaid Task Force has worked closely with our legislative consultant, Chris Snow in making meaningful and systemic changes to benefit our members. The following issues have been addressed this year:
1.Speech-Language Pathologist Assistants- FLASHA has worked closely with the Florida Board of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists to propose a rule change that will allow for greater flexibility with supervision and on-the-job training for Speech-Language Pathology Assistants. These proposed guideline changes will be reviewed and voted on at the next licensure board meeting on Wednesday January 24th, 2018 in Orlando. Details on time and place will be forthcoming. Members are encouraged to attend as the licensure board is interested in hearing opinions from those interested in the matter. The proposed rule changes will be available on the FLASHA website soon. Special thanks to Debbie Campbell, Bob Fifer and all those members who participated on the SLPA committee.
2. CMS Credentialing- FLASHA has been working with Community Care Plan (CCP) to streamline the CMS credentialing process since they CCP took over credentialing in July of 2016. We have been advised that CCP has made changes to the process to allow for faster credentialing. If you are still having challenges with getting providers credentialed, please email Tonya Barnes at email@example.com.
3. In addition to the concerns listed above regarding timeliness of CMS credentialing, there were concerns that CMS and Community Care Plan (CCP) decided in July of 2016 to no longer credential SLPs in their Clinic Fellowship (CF), who are provisionally licensed. In August, 2017, CCP reversed their decision are now reviewing applications for CFs (those who are provisionally licensed) for CMS credentialing based on input from FLASHA as well as the licensure board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.
4. The Medicaid Task Force has continued to advocate for the needs of FLASHA Medicaid providers by working closely with AHCA and individual managed care companies. Charlene Westman, FLASHA’s Vice-President for Governmental Education, met with representatives from Staywell/Wellcare to provide feedback on a variety of issues including credentialing, prior authorization, and reimbursement.
Thanks to all who participated and continue to participate in these very important issues. FLASHA believes that there is power in numbers and together we can and will continue to create positive changes for FLASHA, our members and those we serve.
Charlene A. Westman, M.A., CCC-SLP
Vice-President for Governmental Education
Florida Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists