For the first time Speech Language Pathologists may now apply to have independent supplier standing with Medicare. This will put SLPs on a par with private practice physical and occupational therapists. While there are many SLPs in private practice today, they have not been able to participate in the Medicare program as an independent pracitioner. SLPs currently particiapte in outpatient therapy services with Medicare by being part of a hospital outpatient department, a Rehab Agency or a CORF, all “providers” with Medicare. Subscribe to our feed
Speech language pathologists may apply for supplier status with Medicare beginning on June 1, 2009, with an effective date of program participation with Medicare no earlier than July 1, 2009. Initial applications initiate with the Medicare contractor (carrier or Medicare Administrative Contractor [MAC]). SLPs may also form group practices, so in addition to the individual application, a group application, as well as reassignment of benefits, must also be filled out. Look for more information, and an upcoming webinar from Dynamic Learning Online.