AAC Evaluations: Painting a Successful Submission

This one-hour implementation class will provide training in effective report writing strategies for securing speech-generating devices (SGDs) from various funding sources. Participants will learn about the various funding sources available that will fund SGDs, as well as the report writing requirements for those funding sources. Participants will also learn strategies for responding to deferrals or denials of SGD funding from the various funding sources.

This is a beginner class intended for those who are new to the field of AAC and conducting evaluations.

Mon, May 07, 2018
11:00am - 12:00pm
Eastern Standard Time


A A C Eval

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This class is taught in Eastern Standard Time

Learning Outcomes

Participants will be able to:
  1. list funding sources available for SGD funding
  2. define the differences between Medicare and Medicaid
  3. identify the required SGD report components as outlined by the Regional Medical Review Policy (RMRP)
  4. assess the completeness of an SGD report and documentation
  5. summarize the necessary actions to take after receiving a denial of an SGD from a funding source


5 minutes - Introduction
5 minutes - Terminology and definitions
30 minutes - What to include in the report
10 minutes - Common mistakes, denials, FAQ's
10 minutes - Summary and Questions

Beth Studdiford, M.S., CCC-SLP

Beth earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Communicative Disorders from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Beth gained valuable experience in the areas of augmentative communication and assistive technology while working at the Communication Aids and Systems Clinic, CASC, at the University of Wisconsin, and then as an educational speech-language pathologist in the Minnesota Public School system. Beth continued to focus her career in the areas of augmentative communication and assistive technology when she moved to California and worked for The Assistive Technology Exchange Center, ATEC, in Santa Ana, CA. Upon returning to the Midwest, Beth began her employment with PRC as Regional Consultant for Minnesota, Wisconsin, and North Dakota. After taking some time away from PRC to focus on her children, Beth returned to PRC and is now working as a Speech Language Pathologist in the Funding Department as the PRC Medicare Report Reviewer.

Beth holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), a state license in Speech-Language Pathology from the State of Minnesota.

Financial: Beth Studdiford is a salaried employee of Prentke Romich Company.

Non-Financial: Beth Studdiford is an employee-owner of the Prentke Romich Company, is a member of ASHA and holds a state license in Speech-Language Pathology from the State of Minnesota.



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Submission Deadlines

Live online classes:  Participants wanting ASHA CEUs must be registered, "join" the class through his/her unique confirmation email letter, participate for the entire duration of the class, and pass a post-test with 80% accuracy or higher. No partial credits will be submitted. Participants have 15 days to submit all ASHA paperwork to PRC. ASHA paperwork received after 15 days will not be accepted.

In-person classes:  All ASHA paperwork must be submitted to the presenter by the end of the training day.

ASHA Information

Participants wanting ASHA CEUs for a multiple day training must attend all days. In addition, if there is a registration fee associated with the class and payment is not received, PRC will not submit your request for ASHA CEUs.

An annual ASHA CE Registry fee is required to register ASHA CEUs. ASHA CE Registry fees are paid by the participant directly to the ASHA National Office. The annual ASHA CE Registry fee allows registration of an unlimited number of ASHA CEUs for the calendar year. Contact the ASHA CE staff at 800-498-2071 ext. 8591 for CE Registry fee subscription information:

The Prentke Romich Company (PRC) licenses a patented technology that is in PRC products trademarked as Accent™, PRiO™, NuEye™, and NuPoint™, as well as software Unity®, Essence™, CoreScanner™, UNIDAD™, LAMP Words for Life™, and our Language Acquisition through Motor Planning™ (LAMP) approach. PRC also has registered two websites, Realize Language™ and AAC Language Lab™. Because there are no other like-kind products available, course offerings will only cover information that pertains to the effective and safe use of the above-named products.

This presentation will focus exclusively on Accent, PRiO, NuEye, NuPoint, Unity, CoreScanner, Essence, UNIDAD, LAMP Words for Life, Realize Language, or AAC Language Lab and will not include information regarding other similar or related augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices or software.

Most of our presenters are salaried, employee-owners of the Prentke Romich Company. A few of our presenters are contracted presenters.


This was a very concise, informative course for those new to the Medicaid/Medicare funding system. It will definitely help you to structure your reports and ensure you include the necessary information to get an SGD funded. Valerie S.

This was a quick and easy guide for submission of reports. All questions were answered and it was delivered in a very clear way. Kim M.

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