Topic Areas: Business and Practice Management SLP

Topic Chairs: Amber Heape and Leann Schouten

Content Area: General Interest

Proposal appropriate for submission to this topic area include all aspects of running and managing an SLP practice in any setting. Topic can include issues related to reimbursement, coding, billing, business development, employee management, regulatory requirements and advocacy in speech-language pathology. Proposals addressing issues related to the service- delivery model should also be submitted to this area. Interprofessional education, practice, and/or research that addresses the implementation of interprofessional competencies within curricular or practice models or the evaluation of collaborative care outcomes should be included in this topic area.


  • Translational, applied, or implementation research related to SLP business practices and management issues

Professional Education

  • Service delivery models/systems (e.g., private practice, university clinics, hospital clinics, corporate management, schools): Intra- and interdisciplinary concerns
  • Business efficiency strategies
  • Business development (e.g., policies, procedures)
  • Utilization of Assistants and support personnel
  • Teaming with outside programs
  • Licensure and independent provider status
  • Marketing and consumer relations
  • Risk management and quality control
  • Legal issues, including due process
  • Expert witness testimony
  • Budgeting and financial management
  • Billing and reimbursement: coding, managed care, Medicare and third-party reimbursement
  • Denials and appeals
  • Government regulatory and compliance issues
  • Accreditation issues related to Joint Commission, OSHA, CARF, CHAP, etc.
  • Legislative and regulatory advocacy
  • Project management
  • Ethical issues as they pertain to Business Management
  • Technology as it applies to Business and Practice Management SLP (e.g. productivity apps)
  • Legal Issues including Expert Witness Testimony

Related Topics

Proposals that include this topic but have a primary focus on:

  • The use of telepractice in the delivery of service that include technology-based approaches and outcomes at the system level should be submitted to the Telepractice topic area.
  • Hearing aid dispensing should be submitted to the Dispensing, and Business and Practice Management: Audiology topic area.
  • Supervision of Assistants should be submitted to the Supervision and Precepting topic area.
  • Cultural considerations, health disparities and access to services related to business and practice management for Speech-Language Pathologists should be submitted to the Equity, Inclusion and Influence on Cultural and Linguistic Diversity topic area.

About ASHA

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for members and affiliates who are audiologists, speech-language pathologists, speech, language, and hearing scientists, audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel, and students.

About the Convention

The ASHA Convention is one of the largest professional development events for audiologists; speech-language pathologists; and speech, language, and hearing scientists. Bringing together approximately 15,000 attendees, the annual Convention offers more than 2,500 sessions eligible for ASHA continuing education credit covering the latest research, clinical skills, and techniques in communication sciences and disorders.

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