Great news — Montana Medicaid will reimburse for speech-language therapy services conducted via telemedicine. In June, 2014, the Montana State Administrative Rule (ARMS) added the Provision of Telepractice Services (24.222.904) to state that “the  provision of speech-language pathology or audiology services in this state through telepractice, regardless of the physical location of the speech-language pathologist or audiologist, constitutes the practice of speech-language pathology or audiology, and is subject to state licensure requirements and regulation by the board.” For Medicaid billing, the correct way to code for this service is to append a modifier of “GQ” to the covered code to show it was done as telehealth. This modifier is informational only and does not affect payment in any way; the code will still pay the same. If you have questions or would like further information, please contact Cameron Kilberg, Director of Government Affairs at PresenceLearning by email at cameron@presencelearning.com or by phone at 571-214-8611.

Students in every grade level at Rocky Mount Prep Charter School use a blended learning model for their education. Since 2012, the school has worked with PresenceLearning to provide online speech therapy to serve its students with special needs, improving both scheduling and consistency of therapy issues for these students.

“Success for Every Learner: From At-Risk to Successful” webinar series kicks off on February 11th with inclusionary practices consultant Dr. Frances Stetson SAN FRANCISCO, January 11, 2016 – This February, PresenceLearning is launching a free, three-part webinar series to explore new strategies for supporting at-risk students. The “Success for Every Learner: From At-Risk to Successful” webinar series will kick off on Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 10 AM Pacific time with one of the nation’s leading consultants on inclusionary practices, Dr. Frances Stetson. Dr. Stetson’s 90-minute webinar “Inclusion Is for Every Learner — Or is It?” will discuss the overidentification of students for special education services and how our nation’s use of inclusion can be improved to better support at-risk students. To register for the free webinar, visit: http://pages.presencelearning.com/Success-For-Every-Learner-FrancesStetson-Registration-Page.html. Dr. Stetson’s webinar, like the other two webinars in the series, will challenge special education directors and clinical professionals to take a hard look at the uncomfortable realities in school systems and consider some new solutions for reaching every student. Dr. Stetson’s webinar will address the following themes: What can we do to reduce instances of inappropriate identification of minority students for special education services? How can we learn to use…

The team at PresenceLearning will be in California, New York, Texas, and Florida in January. We hope to see you at one of these great events! Every Child Counts Symposium January 13-16 Monterey, CA LIASEA 2016 Conference January 13-15 Montauk, NY TCASE Great Ideas 2016 January 19-21 Austin, TX TASA Midwinter Conference January 24-27 Austin, TX Mid-Year Institute for ESE Administrators January 26-27 Gainesville, FL Would you like to schedule a private demo during one of these conferences? Email sales@presencelearning.com and let us know where you will be attending.

Company continues its leadership role in improving student outcomes through the delivery of live professional services via telemedicine SAN FRANCISCO, December 15, 2015 – PresenceLearning recently reached a major milestone by providing more than one million live, online therapy sessions. Serving thousands of students with special needs every day, PresenceLearning has vastly increased the number of sessions it delivers year after year since its founding in 2009 while continually expanding service offerings to schools and health care organizations. “Administrators are increasingly choosing the flexibility and convenience of telemedicine to deliver clinical services for students,” said Clay Whitehead, Co-founder and Co-CEO of PresenceLearning. “Just two years ago, most schools were still very wary of telemedicine. But, as they’ve seen telemedicine go mainstream in health care and watched the life changing results students are achieving, more and more school leaders are coming to us to partner. There is now an understanding that the true potential of telemedicine is to supplement and complement existing programs, to plug gaps and double down on what is already working well. We’ve been floored by the response from schools and families.” This is the fourth year in a row that PresenceLearning students have beaten national averages. “One…

The end of the year is the traditional time for self-reflection: What are you doing well? What are you grateful for? What can you do better? As 2015 comes to a close, we’ve been doing exactly that. While we always strive for continuous improvement, we also found much to celebrate: our one-millionth session, exceeding national averages in the American Speech-Language-Hearing-Association’s (ASHA) National Outcome Measurement System (NOMS), and receiving the Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award as one of the Best Places to Work, to name just a few. The following infographic shares a few of our accomplishments and fun facts since our founding in 2009. We’d like to thank all of our amazing school district partners, students, clinicians, and staff for being a part of our growth and success, and…

Klamath County School District in Oregon is spread over a large geographic area, requiring on-site SLPS to travel 120 miles between schools. The district turned to PresenceLearning to augment its staff as well as to alleviate high travel times. This successful pilot has led to the adoption of online speech therapy for close to 80 students and expansion across elementary, junior, and high schools, as well as private schools and for homeschooled students.

Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award selects winners based on employee feedback regarding jobs, work environment, and company SAN FRANCISCO, December 9, 2015 – Providing high quality, online special education services to students nationwide is just one area in which PresenceLearning excels. Another is building and nurturing a workplace that inspires creativity and rewards initiative. Today, PresenceLearning received a coveted Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award as one of the Best Places to Work in 2016. The Employees’ Choice Awards program, now in its eighth year, relies on unsolicited input from employees via Glassdoor, the fast-growing job and recruiting site. PresenceLearning is ranked #8 out of 50 winners in the Small to Medium Business (SMB) category. “Every day we hear stories from school administrators, parents, and students about how our dedicated team members help kids overcome their educational challenges,” said Clay Whitehead, co-founder and co-CEO of PresenceLearning. “We all find this work both challenging and rewarding, and at the end of the day our team heads home knowing they have improved the lives of thousands of individual students. How lucky are we to be able to do that?” The Best Places to Work winners are determined using company reviews shared by U.S.-based employees between…

Geographically large district in Oregon uses online speech therapy to help serve students in district’s northern- and southern-most counties SAN FRANCISCO, December 8, 2015 – Covering a large, spread out area in southern Oregon, Klamath County School District needed to find a solution to help alleviate the excessive “windshield time” of its speech-language pathologists (SLPs), who often felt they had to sacrifice valuable time working with students because of the long travel times between their school sites. This, on top of a hard-to-fill vacancy for an SLP, led to the successful implementation of PresenceLearning’s live, online speech therapy services for close to 80 of the district’s students. “We piloted online speech therapy last year with approximately 30 students and experienced great results with both our students as well as with our onsite SLPs,” said Laura Blair, director of special services at Klamath County School District. “It helped us fill an SLP vacancy and alleviate the long travel times and large caseloads our SLPs were experiencing, which in turn provided our SLPs with the ability to better serve our students with special needs.” “Our students also loved the service,” Blair continued. “They were engaged in – and eager to attend –…

Educators have been clamoring for practical ways to improve school climate. A recent poll conducted by the Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE) found that 72 percent of its members report social-emotional strategies as the top professional development request from educators. This coincides with our own surveys of thousands of educators and related services providers and staff. This fall, PresenceLearning hosted a three-part webinar series bringing together experts in communication, behavior disorders, and positive behavior supports to provide critically needed strategies to: Create conditions for school success using positive disciplinary practices and related social and emotional regulation Be able to use data more effectively to predict behavioral interventions that will drive meaningful difference in student outcomes Use evidence-based practices to create an instructional environment free of behavioral disruptions 12,000 people signed up to watch the series, which included the following speakers and topics: Dr. Joe Ryan: “Beyond Behavior: Creating a Culture for Data-Driven Behavioral Interventions” Using data to make better decisions about student behavior is a cultural and environmental shift impacting special educators, administrators, and mental health professionals alike. While we continue to observe and document cases related to behavior problems, there is a heightened need for easier and…

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