Entries by Vanessa

Health Plans Integrate Virtual Speech Therapy to Improve Access to Care

There are many compelling reasons for numerous health plans, both commercial and Medicare Advantage, to now offer and cover a well-designed virtual speech therapy solution in their benefits packages. Here are a few of the leading components that account for increased adoption among managed care organizations: Health plans want to enhance opportunities for member engagement, […]

When Inflation Causes Stress Regarding Out-of-Pocket Healthcare Costs, Think Virtual Care

With U.S. and global inflation at a 40-year high, it should come as no surprise that some patients are canceling speech therapy sessions over as little as a $7 co-pay. Inflation-adjusted healthcare spending is falling for the first time in half a century, but that’s little help to patients who may need to consider the […]

National Alzheimer’s Month: Value of Speech Therapy to Manage the Disease

November is National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, hosted by the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, and it is the ideal time to stop and recognize the speech pathologists who help dementia patients maintain their quality of life. About 6.5 million people in the U.S. are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease (AD), one of several forms of dementia. However, […]

Takeaways from the Cigna Medicare Advantage Conference

Recently we had the opportunity to attend one of the series of national meetings that Cigna holds every year to update sales and call center teams on the company’s 2023 Medicare Advantage Plan. The sessions allow plan administrators and their sales team to meet with innovative offerings and learn about their services. These round-table meetings […]

National Healthcare Quality Week Celebrates Outcomes Standards for Patient Care, Including Virtual Speech Therapy

October 16-22 is Healthcare Quality Week, sponsored by the National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ), to celebrate the profession and raise awareness of the positive impact healthcare professionals have in their organizations and communities. Healthcare competencies are vital in achieving quality, safety, equity, and value to meet patient expectations about their care. There was a […]

September 21 is World Alzheimer’s Day: Speech Therapists Work to Help Slow Impact of the Disease

September 21 marks World Alzheimer’s Day, an opportunity to educate and learn about the disease – and how providers such as speech therapists can aid and improve the quality of life for those affected by it. For the nearly 6 million people with the disease, some therapies can help manage and stall its symptoms. One […]

Val Kilmer Speaks for All People with Communication Difficulties Relating To His Top Gun: Maverick Performance

The makers of the smash hit Top Gun sequel faced a challenge familiar to speech therapists: how to help someone find their voice again after an illness or injury. In the case of this much anticipated Hollywood sequel, there was a hard truth. One of the lead characters – played by actor Val Kilmer – […]

What the Latest High Profile Celebrity Illness Tells Us About Speech Therapy

Justin Bieber is not the first celebrity to be in the news due to disease or illness. The 28-year-old pop singer was diagnosed with Ramsey Hunt Syndrome (RHS). His accompanying facial paralysis is especially debilitating, given he makes a living from his voice (speech). What usually follows the news blitz of such events is better […]