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» From the President

» Partner-Augmented Input in the Classroom

» ACE Award Listing

» Minnesota Medicaid Program: Face-to-Face Requirements for SGD

From the President

Happy Beautiful Minnesota Summer!

It’s hard to believe that I am already more than half a year through my honored time as your MSHA president. It has been a very productive year starting with an active legislative session, followed by a successful spring Convention in Mankato and most recently, our transition to a new association management company. For any communications with MSHA, please send all emails to the general email: office@msha.net.

An immense “thank you” to those who responded to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) survey! Both MSHA members and non-members across the state were randomly chosen from the ASHA database to be sent the survey (so not all received it - including your Association president). It is important information that the Executive Council of MSHA is reviewing with our ASHA liaison, Janet Deppe. We will be using that information as benchmarks in formulating a new strategic plan for MSHA this fall. That strategic plan will guide our commitment to the priorities that give you, as a member, as many of the benefits that you expect from your membership dollar. And even more importantly, it will help us build focus along with our new association management company, Craven Management Associates, on how we can recruit speech-language pathologists (SLPs) and audiologists across the state to join MSHA so more can experience what you, as members, know is a benefit to you personally and to your professions. By growing our numbers, we can increase our revenue to keep membership dues down, increase our volunteer “workforce,” but more importantly, access the knowledge of the professionals in this state for sharing, networking and mentoring through all our MSHA committees, listservs and events.

We will soon be sending out the call for papers for next year’s spring Convention which will be held in Bloomington. Please consider sharing your expertise by presenting a breakout session, roundtable or poster. There are also exciting continuing education opportunities on the horizon, so check the website and register when they open. We are investigating topics for webinars, so contact me or the main office if you would like to potentially present a topic or have a topic on which you would strongly like to see a webinar.

Happy remainder of summer! I truly believe that Minnesota is the most beautiful state because of its ever changing appearance -- plus we can boast of tolerating 100 degree temperature swings every six months!  But what makes this state amazing is the heart of the people and the true caring at its core. The caring I feel in talking to and hearing from all of you and what energizes me on a daily basis in doing the work I do. The thousands upon thousands of clients and families are there to prove it, so just hear them in your heart and know you are more than appreciated.

Kindest regards and as always, I look forward to hearing from you,

Cindy McInroy
MSHA President

REGISTER TODAY! Partner-Augmented Input in the Classroom: Bringing Modeling to Your School


  • Date: Friday, September 15, 2017
  • Time: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • Location: Educational Services Center, 1350 W. 106th Street, Bloomington, MN 55431

Teams of speech-language pathologists (SLPs) and occupational therapists (OTs) or teachers are recommended to attend together, but not necessary. Ideas can be applied in the clinical setting as well, so healthcare professionals are encouraged to consider attending.

  • Registration: $120 per person
  • Presenters: Jill Senner, PhD, CCC-SLP and Matthew R. Baud, MS, CCC-SLP

Evidence-based research supports the use of partner-augmented input (PAI), also known as aided language modeling, as an intervention strategy for individuals who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). There are multiple benefits of modeling AAC use, but how can this be done effectively in the classroom? This intermediate-level, full-day session is organized to introduce participants to an eight-step, evidence-based instructional program for teaching various school staff to model AAC in the classroom. This session highlights a variety of interactive training elements used to teach or refine modeling skills. Participants will learn the steps involved in conducting communication partner training in their schools and will be provided with resources to enable them to implement the program.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a speech generating device (SGD), emulation software or iPad for use in hands-on active learning segments.

Participants will be able to:

  • List three benefits of providing partner-augmented input.
  • List at least four input strategies to use when providing partner augmented input.
  • Identify at least three components of successful classroom staff training programs.

Workshop registration includes a binder of forms, articles and training materials, plus a copy of the Infinitec Partner Augmented Input (PAI) DVD.

Targeted Audience: speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, augmentative and alternative communication specialists and special education teachers.

Only 26 seats left - register today!

This event will provide seven continuing education hours. Application has been made to ASHA for approval of 0.7 CEUs.


ACE Award Listing

January - March 2017

During this period, the following ASHA Minnesota members and/or certificate holders were presented the Award for Continuing Education (ACE) by the Continuing Education Board. The ACE is a formal recognition of professionals who have demonstrated their commitment to lifelong learning by earning 7.0 CEUs (70 contact hours) within a 36-month period.

Awardee Name Award Presented Awardee City
Michael Block January 2017 Minnetonka
Kent Collins January 2017 Saint Paul 
Sara Exsted March 2017 Chanhassen 
Darlene Graner  March 2017  Rochester
Sarah Krenik-Hoffmann  March 2017 Mankato 
Kristin Walton Lambert  March 2017  Ramsey 
Jennifer Oeltjen  March 2017  Eagan 
Cortney Place  March 2017  Rockford 
Gayla Poling  February 2017  Rochester
Susan Schaefer  January 2017  Duluth 
Graham Schenck  March 2017 Minneapolis 
Lisa Schwartz  February 2017 Plymouth
Jennifer Selchow March 2017  Buffalo


Minnesota Medicaid Program: Face-to-Face Requirements for SGD

Minnesota speech-language pathologists must ensure that prior to providing services to evaluate Minnesota Health Care Program (MHCP) recipients for a speech generating device, the physician must conduct a face-to-face encounter.

Ruling: Effective July 1, 2017

This final rule implements section 6407 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (the Affordable Care Act) (Pub. L. 111-148),  adds the requirement that for the initial ordering of certain medical equipment for MHCP recipients, the physician or authorized non-physician practitioner (NPP) must document that a face-to-face encounter that is related to the primary reason the beneficiary requires medical equipment occur no more than six months prior to the start of services for the Medicaid eligible beneficiary.

See MHCP Provider News for the announcement. MHCP will soon update details in the Provider Manual Equipment section.

If you have questions regarding this ruling, please contact:

Maxine Slobof 
MSHA Co-Vice President - Health Care Issues


About MSHA

Founded in 1936, the Minnesota Speech-Language-Hearing Association (MSHA) is a nonprofit professional organization of speech-language pathologists and audiologists that promotes the welfare of individuals with communication disorders and represents the professionals who serve them. Renew your membership today!

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