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Medicare Guidelines Explained For The Speech-Language Pathologist

Medicare Guidelines Explained For The Speech-Language Pathologist


Price: $79.00





Understand what Medicare reviewers
look for in documentation.

Swallow Manual

This manual lists the basic guidelines that are used to determine if speech therapy services qualify for reimbursement. The principles of positive expectation, reasonable and necessary service, skilled service and functional progress are discussed, defined, and explained with detailed examples. The necessary components of evaluations, monthly progress reports and daily progress notes are listed with examples for motor speech disorders, dysphagia, aphasia and voice disorders. Patient selection criteria is also discussed. Readers are reminded of what Medicare reviewers look for throughout the manual. In-Depth Training Available >


  • Identify appropriate patients for evaluation and/or treatment
  • Understand how to document such requirements as medical necessity and skilled service (two areas often cited as reason for denial)
  • Identify documentation that would not comply with current Medicare documentation requirements
  • Understand how to document lack of progress and still be reimbursed
  • Understand how to document need for ongoing therapy
  • Understand what reviewers look for in documentation


What's Included?

This manual addresses the following topics:

  • Eligibility, Part A, Part B Issues
  • Covered/Non-Covered Services
  • General Reimbursement Guidelines
  • Treatment Forms (700 - 701)
  • Appeals Process Strategies
  • Daily Note Issues
  • Monthly/Weekly Progress Notes
  • Examples of Documentation That Would Comply with Medicare Reimbursement Criteria
  • Patient Selection and Documentation Issues for Patients with Managed Care
  • Long Term/Short Term Goals
  • Acute and Progressive Disorders
  • When To Implement and How To Document Functional Maintenance Programs


Target Audience:

Ideal reference manual for SLPs in private practice, directors of rehab, and others who bill Medicare for speech-language pathology services.  


Thomas J. Slominski, MA, CCC-SLP, is a Speech-Language Pathologist who has been in private practice since 1972. Mr. Slominski is a nationally recognized expert regarding third-party documentation issues. For the past 15 years he has presented documentation seminars to SLPs and other healthcare professionals. Of the over 8,000 participants who have attended Mr. Slominski's seminars, 96% said they would recommend his seminar to a colleague. Also, Mr. Slominski is the author of Medicare Guidelines Explained for the SLP and editor of two other Medicare documentation manuals: Medicare Guidelines Explained for the PT and Medicare Guidelines Explained for the OT.

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More Offerings by: Thomas Slominski


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e24 Speech Pathology Service Delivery: Decision Making and Medicare Documentation Requirements for Patient Selection, Ongoing Treatments and Discharge Planning
Thomas Slominski, MA, CCC-SLP
0.3 $59.00


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