Board responses to concerns and inquiries are intended for guidance purposes only. As these positions do not necessarily reflect a discussion of all material considerations required to reach the conclusions stated, they are not intended to be rules, regulations or official statements of the Board. Accordingly, due to their highly informal nature, these responses are not considered binding upon the Board and should not be relied on as definitive.
- Suspicion of Child Abuse/Neglect - Health Care Providers Are Mandated Reporters
The Maryland Family Law Article requires health care professionals to report suspicion of child abuse and child neglect. To report abuse:
In Baltimore City call the police at 911 or Child Protective Services at 410-361-2235;
In Baltimore County call Child Protective Services at 410-853-3000;
In all other counties call 800-332-6347.
- ASHA Certification Not Required For Medicare Billing
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has determined that a licensed speech-language pathologist does not need to be certified by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association to be eligible to bill for Medicare. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services reviews all federal regulations to ensure that no confusion exists regarding this topic. This Board has no jurisdiction in billing matters unless fraud has been committed. Accordingly, any questions and need for clarification regarding Medicare billing and ASHA certification should be directed to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and ASHA.
MDResponds is a web-based system where licensed health care professionals in Maryland can volunteer to assist in the aftermath of a disaster, emergency, public health crisis or with other public health needs. MDResponds is administered by the Maryland Department of Health, Office of Preparedness and Response.
More information about MDResponds.
- FDA Consumer Warning - Simply Thick
The FDA has issued a warning to consumers regarding the use of Simply Thick - this information is also of interest to speech-language pathologists that may have patients that use Simply Thick. Read the FDA's warning to consumers.