Additional Resources Related To COVID-19: Posted April 3, 2020

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Additional Resources Related To COVID-19: Posted April 3, 2020

Professional Development Opportunities:

ASHA Telepractice Resources During COVID-19:  Information to help you provide telepractice services

THANK YOU, ASHA!  Check out ASHA’s Learning Pass which offers unlimited access to ASHA’s extensive, ever-growing catalog of credible, curated online content! As a valued ASHA member, you will receive FREE access to the ASHA Learning Pass through June 30, 2020, to help meet your learning needs during this difficult time.

Explore the catalog now and get familiar with your Dashboard, where you can find featured courses, helpful tips for finding and taking courses, links to manage your subscription, and more.

Check out Warp Speed Download: Essential Info to Jumpstart Your Teletherapy Practice by Bright Media (earn free ASHA CEs through April 5):
Access a recording of “SLP Telecon,” which includes modules with 6 speakers from across the country. Due to recent circumstances SLPs may be required to provide services virtually for the first time ever.  You will learn from some amazing SLPs who will be sharing their best tips and tricks for getting started and best practices in teletherapy!
NOTE:  Free access to SLP Telecon ends April 5

Therapy Bootcamp – Free conference replay provided by the California Speech Language Hearing Association and SpeechTherapyPD.com

Practice Considerations:

In Addition To HIPAA and FERPA, Consider COPPA:
“When you’re checking your availability for a call, we also recommend that you review “Answers to frequently asked questions about COPPA” COPPA FAQs – in particular Section M, entitled “COPPA AND SCHOOLS.”  For example, this section explains how schools that establish contracts with the third-party online service operators to offer online programs solely for the benefit of their students (which appears to be your plan) may act as the parent’s agent and can consent to the collection of kids’ information on the parent’s behalf.   (See FAQ M.1.)

In addition, the Department of Education recently issued guidance on virtual learning and FERPA, which is available at https://studentprivacy.ed.gov/sites/default/files/resource_document/file/FERPA%20%20Virtual%20Learning%20032020_FINAL.pdf

Best,
COPPA Team”

IDEA Part B Issue Brief: Missed Sessions…What the IDEA Part B Final Regulations Say

Important Information About Maintaining Your CCC:

The coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic has introduced unprecedented events in the last couple of weeks, and we have all been affected professionally and personally. ASHA is here to provide support and guidance to help you weather the uncertainty. Please make sure to visit the ASHA coronavirus resource pages to stay on top of all the latest resources and supports specific to issues related to COVID-19.

In addition, we wanted to tell you about some easy ways to earn your Certification Maintenance Hours (CMHs) during your 2019 – 2021 Certification Maintenance Interval:

Subscribing to the ASHA CE Registry is easy, too. The Registry helps annual subscribers track and document ASHA CEUs earned, and it will automatically notify ASHA Certification Maintenance on your behalf once 30 CMHs (3 ASHA CEUs) have been accumulated during your maintenance interval.

Clinical Instructors, Supervisors, and Clinical Fellowship Mentors: Did you know that NEW supervision requirements went into effect 01/01/2020? If you plan to supervise students or mentor Clinical Fellows for purposes of ASHA certification, you must have completed two hours of professional development in the area of clinical instruction or supervision (post-certification) and self-attest that you have completed this requirement. To do this, login to your ASHA account and click “edit” to self-attest that you have met this one-time requirement.


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More resources shared from Delaware Telehealth Coalition

1) Next Thursday, March 19, 2020, the National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers will host a free webinar on Telehealth and COVID-19. The webinar will be held at 12:00 pm Mountain /11:00 am Pacific / 10:00 am Alaska time Click here to register for this timely, free webinar: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_qcJHiCQBShyg3cR-Gc5DjQ?mc_cid=e942b398b3&mc_eid=fdb8ca3f28
2) The Mid-Atlantic Telehealth Resource Center (MATRC), a HRSA-funded TA center, is having extra open office hours this week including TODAY and Friday from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. https://www.matrc.org/archive-events/two-sessions-added-this-week/
3) Slides from February Telehealth Billing and Coding Webinar can be found here under “View the 2/11/20 Billing & Coding Webinar” slides: https://detelehealth.wixsite.com/detelehealth
4) Health Care Law Today, Article 5 takeaways from corona virus spending bill: https://www.foley.com/en/insights/publications/2020/03/telehealth-5-takeaways-coronavirus-spending-bill

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Information About Telehealth

Due to school closures and recommended social distancing, you may wish to communicate with your clients via teleconferencing. Please discuss HIPAA compliant teleconferencing with your employer prior to implementation. You may wish to review HIPAA guidelines on Telemedicine.

Please see Delaware Telehealth Coalition for additional information regarding the state of telehealth in Delaware.

Some options for teleconferencing:

Vidyo: https://info.vidyo.com/vidyo-license.html
Zoom: https://zoom.us/
Doxy: https://doxy.me/pricing
Vsee: https://vsee.com/pricing/
Simple Practice: https://www.simplepractice.com/telehealth-secure-hipaa-compliant-video/
Other options can be found here.

DSHA does not endorse the use of any specific teleconferencing company. DSHA cannot provide you or your employer with information regarding reimbursement for telehealth services.

Regardless of reimbursement, we do not recommend use of Google Hangouts, Skype, FaceTime, Facebook Video Chats, etc., as these are not HIPAA compliant.
You may also find information regarding telephone calls and HIPAA here.

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Governor Carney Directs Two-Week Closure of Delaware Public Schools

Governor Carney Directs Two-Week Closure of Delaware Public Schools – Friday, March 13, 2020

State to close schools March 16 through 27 to prepare for potential spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).  Read more


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Governor Carney Declares State of Emergency to Prepare for Spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Governor Carney Declares State of Emergency to Prepare for Spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Thursday, March 12, 2020

Emergency declaration allows for broad coordination of state agencies to respond to outbreak.  Read more


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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

To View Links to Information – Taken From DSHA President Newsletter of March 2, 2020

Coronavirus DSHA wants to ensure that all members have access to clear and accurate information regarding the Coronavirus strain: (COVID-19). Please look to these resources for recommendations and updates:

World Health Organization
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Delaware Department of Public Health
ChristianaCare
University of Delaware

DSHA also recommends discussing risk and salient precautions with your employer. Per the CDC, prevention measures include: Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Stay home when you are sick. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.  CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility). Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

 


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Evening Meeting on Ethics Coming October 27, 2020

DSHA & CCHS ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE “AN EVENING MEETING ON ETHICS”

Did you know?  All professionals who hold the CCC-A and/or the CCC-SLP must obtain at least ONE hour of their 30 required professional development hours in the area of Ethics.  This requirement began with certificate holders in the January 1, 2020-December 31, 2022 certification maintenance interval, and is required EACH 3-year maintenance interval.

October 27, 2020 at Christiana Care, Newark

More details to follow so check back soon!


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Member Recommended Podcast: Tube to Table (Helping tube-fed kids become happy and healthy eaters)

A DSHA member recently recommended the Tube to Table Podcast – Helping tube-fed kids become happy and healthy eaters. Check it out!


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SLP Autism Spectrum Disorder Certificate Moving Forward

The Board Certified Specialist-Autism Spectrum Disorder (BCS-ASD) certificate for SLP’s is moving forward! The building of a website is underway and you are invited to see for yourself how progress is coming along. Visit the website at http://www.autismspecialty.org/