Private Practice Connect

Advanced Documentation for Pediatric SLPs: Demonstrating the Need for Skilled Services (PP01)

Friday, July 20
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Room 315
CE: 0.15 ASHA CEUs/1.5 PDHs

This session is for the in-person event only and is not available with Connect On-Demand.

This session is eligible for Pennsylvania Act 48 professional education hours.

This session will explore ways to enhance the quality of your documentation of your services. Although documentation requirements vary by insurer, prior authorization requirements are becoming increasingly common, and your documentation could very well determine whether your services are deemed medically necessary. Identifying a communication or swallowing delay and a need for speech-language services often is not enough; documentation must reflect the need for skilled services. In this session, the presenter will discuss key aspects of the patient report and plan of care and provide examples of documentation that reflect the need for skilled vs. unskilled care.

Learning Objectives:

Shannon Butkus, PhD, CCC-SLP

Owner / Executive Director
Butkus & Associates, Inc.

Shannon Butkus, PhD, CCC-SLP, has a diverse background as a speech-language pathologist. She earned her PhD in Health Care Economics through the School of Public Health at Texas A&M University and is a member of ASHA’s Healthcare Economics Committee. She has more than 15 years of experience in professional practice and has owned a pediatric private practice for more than a decade. During her work in private practice, Butkus has spent considerable time as an advocate for patient benefits and provider reimbursement rates at the state and national level. She has provided legislative briefings, collaborated with state health officials on the development of policies for the provision of therapy services to children enrolled in the Medicaid program, and worked with insurance companies on the implementation of alternative payment models. Over the course of her professional career, Butkus has developed a love for teaching and currently presents on a variety of topics including Medicaid, professional advocacy, clinical documentation and writing for medical necessity, and the use of data to track provider practice patterns.

Financial Disclosures: Financial compensation from ASHA for these presentations

Nonfinancial Disclosures: Member of ASHA's Health Care Economics Committee

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