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Dollars $$ Sense  |   July 01, 2012
Dollars $$ Sense
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  • Dee Adams Nikjeh
    ASHA Health Care Economics Committee, Co-Chair, Special Interest Group 3, Reimbursement Work Group
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Practice Management / Dollars $$ Sense
Dollars $$ Sense   |   July 01, 2012
Dollars $$ Sense
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, July 2012, Vol. 22, 54-56. doi:10.1044/vvd22.2.54
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, July 2012, Vol. 22, 54-56. doi:10.1044/vvd22.2.54
When Congress passed the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA) of 2008, they granted independent provider status to speech-language pathologists (SLPs). Since July 1, 2009, SLPs have been able to directly bill Medicare for services. One should carefully evaluate the pros and cons before enrolling as a Medicare provider. There are many exceptions and caveats that complicate maneuvering through Medicare requirements. The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) cautions that corporate or organizational entities should seek legal counsel to determine whether or not they should seek Medicare enrollment. I have attempted to answer some of the more frequently asked questions from our SLP colleagues. For more information, refer to the Medicare Benefit Policy Manual Policy, Chapter 15.
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