Financial and Business Issues: Entry-Level Business Practice Knowledge and Skills Document I’m pleased to serve as a column editor for Perspectives. My column will focus on business, financial reimbursement, and insurance issues that affect the field of speech-language pathology and audiology. The column will have a number of invited contributors who will deal with specific issues, such as marketing principles, ... Article
Article  |   March 01, 2003
Financial and Business Issues: Entry-Level Business Practice Knowledge and Skills Document
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  • Peter R. Johnson
    Select Medical Rehabilitation Services, Port Richey, FL
  • Peter R. JohnsonColumn Editor
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Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Practice Management / Professional Issues & Training / Financial and Business Issues
Article   |   March 01, 2003
Financial and Business Issues: Entry-Level Business Practice Knowledge and Skills Document
SIG 11 Perspectives on Administration and Supervision, March 2003, Vol. 13, 10-12. doi:10.1044/aas13.1.10
SIG 11 Perspectives on Administration and Supervision, March 2003, Vol. 13, 10-12. doi:10.1044/aas13.1.10
I’m pleased to serve as a column editor for Perspectives. My column will focus on business, financial reimbursement, and insurance issues that affect the field of speech-language pathology and audiology. The column will have a number of invited contributors who will deal with specific issues, such as marketing principles, reimbursement, documentation/coding issues, and insurance advocacy. We must address many of the financial and business concerns related to speech-language pathology and audiology if we are to grow as a profession. Many of the challenges facing our profession (e.g., proper coding and documentation, as well as adequate reimbursement for services) will directly affect our ability to provide services in the future. Both the business aspects of our profession, as well as the service aspects of providing good care, need to be addressed when looking at health care delivery. I received a graduate degree in speech-language pathology and a postdoctoral degree in health care financial management. The combination allowed me to have a foot on both sides of the health care delivery system (business and service delivery). As a result, it has become very clear that a focus in both is necessary if we are to address fully the needs of our patients and the survival of our discipline.
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