2020 Annual Meeting Sessions

Thursday, October 22, 2020 | 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Central
An Introduction to Cost-Effectiveness and Value
Dr. Jeffrey Hoch (University of California, Davis)

Bio: Jeffrey Hoch received his PhD in health economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.  He is a Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences and the Associate Director of the Center for Healthcare Policy and Research at the University of California at Davis.  He has more than 200 peer-reviewed articles.  As an award-winning teacher, Professor Hoch has taught classes throughout the world, giving over 250 invited presentations in 15 countries.

Financial: Dr. Hoch received an honorarium from ANCDS for his presentation at this meeting.

Non-financial: Dr. Hoch has no non-financial disclosures. 

Session Description: This presentation will explain the definition of “cost-effective”, review the concept of value, and describe the parts of a cost-effectiveness analysis.  This applied methods talk will be conducted using practical examples and humorous observations.

Learner outcomes:

By the end of the presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain the definition of “cost-effective”.
  2. Understand the concept of value.
  3. Describe the parts of a cost-effectiveness analysis.

Friday, October 30, 2020 | 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Central
Economic Issues in Aphasia: Contributions to Clinical Outcomes
Dr. Charles Ellis (East Carolina University)

Bio: Dr. Charles Ellis Jr., PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at East Carolina University (ECU).   Dr. Ellis received his Bachelor of Science and Master’s degree from The University of Georgia, Athens, GA, and Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.  Dr. Ellis’ academic concentration focuses on adult neurogenic disorders, and he teaches courses related to aphasia and cognitive disorders.  He leads the Communication Equity and Outcomes Laboratory where his research is designed to understand outcomes associated with adult neurologically based disorders of communication and factors that contribute to the lack of equity in service provision and outcome disparities that exist among African Americans and other underrepresented minority groups.  Dr. Ellis has authored or co-authored over 110 peer-reviewed journal articles, three book chapters, and has over 100 presentations to his credit related to Parkinson’s disease, stroke, traumatic brain injury, and health disparities and minority health issues.  Dr. Ellis is the Editor of the Journal of the National Black Speech and Hearing Association and was a Language Editor for the Journal of Speech-Language-Hearing Research in 2017-2018.  Dr. Ellis was awarded the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Certificate of Recognition for Special Contribution in Multicultural Affairs in 2011.  In 2014, he was awarded Fellowship of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA).  

Financial: Dr. Ellis is a salaried professor at East Carolina University.  Dr. Douglas received an honorarium from ANCDS for his presentation at this meeting.

Non-financial: Dr. Ellis has no non-financial disclosures.

Session Description: Changes in the reimbursement of healthcare has placed a greater emphasis on the economic aspects of rehabilitative care.  Consequently, treatment approaches for conditions like aphasia are required to provide evidence of clinical effectiveness as well as cost-effectiveness.  This presentation has been designed to examine economic issues in aphasia with a specific emphasis on the relationship between cost of care, cost-effectiveness of care, and clinical outcomes.

Learner outcomes:

By the end of the presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of access to care issues and service utilization in aphasia.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between economic and clinical outcomes in aphasia.

Wednesday, November 4, 2020 | 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Central
Social Economics 101: Getting Back to Work After Brain Injury
Dr. Peter Meulenbroek (University of Kentucky)

Bio: Peter Meulenbroek, PhD, is Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Kentucky.  His research examines the intersection between traumatic brain injury (TBI), communication ability, and stable employment.  People with TBI often have difficulties with returning to work.   Work return problems are largely related to cognitive problems with attention, memory, and verbal reasoning abilities.  When someone with TBI returns to work, employment stability is better predicted by social communication ability.  Dr. Meulenbroek's work uses sociolinguistic description and theory about talk at work to develop new ways to assess and treat persons with TBI who hope to return to stable employment.

Financial: Dr. Meulenbroek is a salaried assistant professor in Communication Science and Disorders at the University of Kentucky.  He conducts research funded by the University of Kentucky – Myron & Elaine Jacobson Innovation Award.  Dr. Meulenbroek received an honorarium from ANCDS for his presentation at this meeting.

Non-financial: Dr. Meulenbroek is a member of ANCDS and Chair of the ANCDS TBI Writing Group.  He is a member of ASHA SIG2 and Editor for ASHA SIG 2 Perspectives.  He is also a member and Education Committee Chair for the Brain Injury Association of America - Kentucky Chapter, and a member of the Brain Injury Alliance of Kentucky.

Session Description: This presentation addresses a significant challenge in traumatic brain injury (TBI), namely the issue of under-employment and unemployment in persons with TBI.  The agenda will explore the roles that social communication and self-awareness after brain injury have in relation to employability.

Learner outcomes:

By the end of the presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the social variables inherent to the workplace that are key for treatment targets.
  2. Describe the key aspects to assess when work return is a goal.
  3. Describe how to incorporate online role-play using WoRC training into treatment of persons with brain injury.

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 | 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Central
How Will We Measure the Impact of Communication Accommodations in Healthcare Settings for People with Communication Disorders?
Dr. Carolyn Baylor (University of Washington)

Bio: Carolyn Baylor, PhD, CCC-SLP, is an Associate Professor and Co-Director of the PhD Program in Rehabilitation Science in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, and Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University of Washington.  Her research program includes qualitative and quantitative work related to communicative participation and treatment outcomes for adults with acquired communication disorders.  A related line of research focuses on improving healthcare access for adults with communication disorders by training healthcare providers to communicate effectively with patients with communication disorders.

Financial: Dr. Baylor is a salaried associate professor at the University of Washington.  She has received a grant from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. She has received an honorarium from ANCDS for her presentation at this meeting.

Non-financial: Dr. Baylor has no non-financial disclosures.

Session Description: People with communication disorders are a vulnerable population in healthcare, with higher risks of medical complications and errors, difficulty establishing healthcare services, less satisfaction with healthcare experiences, and loss of autonomy.  This presentation discusses an instrument to measure changes in communication accommodations that healthcare providers implement for such individuals.

Learner outcomes:

By the end of the presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe at least three barriers that people with communication disorders face in accessing healthcare and exercising patient autonomy.
  2. Describe at least three ways that the impact of efforts to improve healthcare access and experience for patients with communication disorders could be assessed or measured.
  3. Describe at least three targeted communication accommodations in healthcare settings for people with communication disorders, and the pros / cons / challenges of measuring outcomes of these.


This course is offered for 0.55 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area)

The webinars will be bundled as one CEU event.  Partial credit is not available for this event.  To obtain CEUs, registrants must attend all sessions and submit the CEU form by November 30, 2020.