Changes

Posted April 14, 2014 by pehl

It feels like a huge cop-out to use the excuse of “being soooo busy” as a reason to have not done something. So I won’t. Rather I will admit that I’ve been procrastinating, because it is something that I’ve dreaded doing – for nearly a whole year. This “something” is admitting that we at Early Choice are no longer providing Speech Therapy at our clinic. Although I haven’t yet figured out how to remove “Speech Therapy” from the heading on the front page of the website, I have taken down the page devoted to it.

It is a decision that was not made lightly, but that was forced upon us by virtue of the changes, which have occurred with respect to insurance reimbursement in this area of pediatric therapy.  The truth is that last summer we had a Speech Therapist at our clinic. Despite the fact that we received plenty of referrals and  plenty of evaluations were performed, the primary insurance company we were dealing with, which shall remain nameless, refused to authorize service for those children following the evaluation. It is an unfortunate fact that many insurance companies, (more and more in fact,) do not consider lack of speech and/or language skills – particularly articulation – to be a medical condition, and therefore consider Speech Therapy to not be “medically necessary”.

Well, needless to say, it is impossible in a private practice, to establish a caseload for a therapist when this is the prevailing attitude. Our Speech Therapist decided she needed to look elsewhere for work, and who could blame her? Certainly not us, but we hated to see her go. Since this type of insurance debacle is becoming common practice, (you’d be wise to not get me started,) we made the disappointing decision to discontinue speech therapy at Early Choice. I do, however, happen to know of some great speech therapists who are in private practice and whose contact information I am happy to pass along.

I apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding,

Elizabeth

 

 

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