OSHA is working on your behalf at the Capitol

Join us for Legislative Advocacy Training and Capitol Day, February 21 & 22

ADVOCACY TRAINING – MONDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2022 – 6:00 P.M. – 7:30 P.M.

UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA HEALTH SCIENCE CENTER
COLLEGE OF ALLIED HEALTH BUILDING, ROOM 1047
1200 N. STONEWALL AVENUE
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK  73117

Join other students, faculty and OSHA members as we learn strategies for successfully advocating for our professions.  The training is free.  You may join us in person or if needed may join us remotely via our Zoom platform.  You will learn skills and practice them that evening so you can be ready for our annual Capitol Day event.  We encourage you to come to the training even if you can’t make it to Capitol Day.  Please RSVP to Mackenzie Martin at mackenzie-martin@ouhsc.edu.  Let her know if you are a student or faculty member and from what program you represent.  For professional members, let Mackenzie know if you are an SLP, SLPA, audiologist or audiology assistant from what work setting you work.  Also please let her know if you are joining us in person or by Zoom.  If by Zoom, we will need your email contact.

 

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CAPITOL DAY 2022

Tuesday, February 22, 2022
12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

State Capitol Building – 2nd Floor Rotunda
Hearing Screenings – Room 206

Set-up starts at 12 noon

We need students and faculty from all training programs!  We also need speech-language pathologists and audiologists from around the state to join us in this opportunity to advocate for your professions!

What can you do?  

  • Deliver bags with information to legislators’ offices
  • Talk with the legislators and the public about our professions
  • Serve brownies and ice cream
  • Promote the professions of speech-language pathology and audiology

CSD, SLP, SLPA and Audiology training programs will be recognized at the Fall OSHA Conference for their participation!  Each NSSLHA or student group will receive $100 for participation.

Questions or to RSVP contact:  Mona Ryan at (405) 664-2594 or mona-ryan@ouhsc.edu

ALERT:  No Surprises Act Goes Into Effect 2022

What Audiologists and SLPs Need to Know

January 21, 2022

The federal regulation called the No Surprises Act (P.L. 116-260) went into effect January 1, 2022. ASHA provided comments [PDF] on the No Surprises Act before the regulation was finalized.

Understanding the Intent of the No Surprises Act

Congress enacted the No Surprises Act (the Act) to protect patients from costly, unexpected medical bills. The regulation applies to all health care providers, which the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) defines as “a physician or other health care provider who is acting within the scope of practice of that provider’s license or certification under the applicable state law.” This means that the new regulation applies to both audiology and speech-language pathology providers. However, the provision only applies to patients without insurance who are self-paying or insurance where the provider is considered out-of-network.

More Information Regarding the No Surprises Act

 

State Licensure Compact, Salary Supplement Remain Top Priorities

 

Did you know? OSHA recently hired a professional lobbyist to advocate on behalf of Oklahoma audiologists and SLPs! This will ensure that issues important to us will be handled professionally, timely and effectively.

Although OSHA is working hard to achieve passage of legislation for state licensure compacts, in these unprecedented times, only a small number of legislative bills (primarily budget bills) are being heard by the Legislature. We will continue our efforts into the new session in the fall if our bills are not heard this session, which is the most likely outcome.

Licensure compact legislation would allow our professionals to have one multistate license with the ability to practice in the home state, as well as other states that are part of the compact.

For questions, please contact OSHA Advocacy Vice President Christy Reed.