We Are Still Here Recently I received an inquiry from a speech-language pathologist in another country, asking me whether it was really true that “aphasia therapy is no longer financed in the States by health insurance.” She wrote, “…the argument was that research so far has not indicated strongly enough that aphasia therapy is ... Article
Article  |   October 01, 2001
We Are Still Here
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  • Jackie H. Hinckley
    University of South Florida, Tampa
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The Power of One: Clinical Practice in Neurogenics
Article   |   October 01, 2001
We Are Still Here
SIG 2 Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, October 2001, Vol. 11, 43. doi:10.1044/nnsld11.3.43
SIG 2 Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, October 2001, Vol. 11, 43. doi:10.1044/nnsld11.3.43
Recently I received an inquiry from a speech-language pathologist in another country, asking me whether it was really true that “aphasia therapy is no longer financed in the States by health insurance.” She wrote, “…the argument was that research so far has not indicated strongly enough that aphasia therapy is actually effective.” She had received this information third-hand and wanted to check on its veracity.
After picking myself up from the floor in shock, I began to wonder how such a rumor could have developed. Our foundation of scientific evidence for the general effectiveness of aphasia therapy is the strongest that we have ever had. Our professional journals are replete with articles on aphasia therapy. Practicing clinicians are attending conferences on aphasia therapy in droves, from California to Florida, and those who specialize in areas of aphasia management are constantly being asked to conduct workshops and seminars for hospital- and clinic-based speech-language pathologists. Moreover, I know that Medicare covers all reasonable and necessary services related to speech-language pathology and aphasia.
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