The Prentke Romich family of companies is pleased to announce the introduction of its new funding website: AACFunding.com.
A joint venture between Prentke Romich Co. (PRC) and sister company Saltillo Corporation, the site was designed to assist speech-language pathologists (SLPs) and clinicians to make the entire funding process faster and easier.
“For many, the process involved in obtaining an augmentative and alternative communication device can be overwhelming,” said PRC CEO Dave Hershberger. “We created the site to help SLPs and others complete paperwork quickly and efficiently – and all online.”
Now, the website’s Funding Toolkit enables clinicians to:
- Complete and submit a funding request
- Write a speech evaluation
- Take a picture of medical cards and submit
- Digitally sign documents
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A Better Path to Funding
Being able to complete the process from start to finish, online, was designed to save busy professionals what they value most: time.
“We understand that SLPs and clinicians are crunched for time,” said Hershberger. “The site was designed to leverage what can be completed digitally to expedite the process. Even better, the site is mobile-friendly, enabling work to be done on-the-go.”
The site also includes information for parents and anyone else interested in learning more about the AAC funding process.
Sections include a “Funding 101” category with information on:
- How to Obtain Funding, a step-by-step guide to the funding process
- Frequently Asked Questions with answers
- Insurance Tips to keep in mind when working with private insurers
- Funding Glossary to understand the terminology involved
- Deferrals & Denials and how to continue the process
A “Resources” section offers information and alternative resources when funding for a device is not able to be obtained.
Decreased Waiting Time to Meet the Needs of Communicators
So far, feedback has been positive. For Pediatric SLP Chelsea Shoop, M.S., CCC-SLP, the site has helped her cut paperwork completion time in half and reduce the wait time for a device.
“WOW is all I can say! Normally, it would take me anywhere from 5-7 hours (with full dedication to the evaluation) to complete the old evaluation format, but … with the new evaluation template, I was able to complete the evaluation in less than 2-2 ½ hours,” she said. “[You] continue to rise above the rest in not only amazing products meeting the needs of our patients, but with also consideration of the needs of providers.”
SLPs and others who have been using PRC’s previous Funding Assistant may still complete submissions in progress and are encouraged to download and/or print previous submissions for their archives. All new requests must go through the new site and the Funding Toolkit.
“The site is a huge step for PRC, Saltillo and SLPs,” said Hershberger. “Anything that will help decrease the wait time to receive a device is a win for everyone.”
PRC is a global leader in the development of AAC solutions, including augmentative communication devices and other assistive technology products and support services for people with speech disorders. A 100 percent employee-owned company headquartered in Wooster, OH, PRC pioneered the use of technology to bring speech and language capabilities to adults and children with disabilities over 50 years ago. Since then, the company's products have enabled children and adults worldwide to achieve spontaneous, independent, and interactive communication regardless of their disability, literacy level or motor skills.
For more information, call 800.262.1984, ext. 1268.
Saltillo Corporation, a sister company of PRC, is dedicated to making personal communication possible to individuals who are unable to use their natural voices, allowing them to participate in – and enjoy – life to the fullest. From its humble beginnings in Millersburg, Ohio over 22 years ago, Saltillo continues to change lives once voice at a time. With the most effective and intuitive AAC solutions and support available anywhere, children, teens and adults the world over are developing language skills for a lifetime of communication.
For more information, visit Saltillo.com or call 877.397.0178.
In addition to powerful AAC solutions, PRC and Saltillo provide teaching and implementation ideas, therapy materials, curriculum sequences, funding assistance and training to speech-language pathologists, special educators and the families of people who communicate using AAC.
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