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South Carolina: Danielle Varnedoe Receives Distinguished Contribution Award from CAPCSD

Ms. Danielle Varnedoecommunication sciences and disorders (COMD) senior clinical instructor and director of the USC Speech and Hearing Research Center (University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health), received the Distinguished Contribution Award from the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CAPCSD) at the organization’s annual conference in April. This award recognizes significant and/or sustained service or contributions to CAPCSD that enhance the organization’s ability to serve its membership or have enriched the education of COMD.

Ms. Varnedoe and Illinois State University speech and hearing clinic director Ms. Heidi Verticchio received the award together — for the contributions they made together to educate their peers on implementing Medicare at university clinics.

While compliance with Medicare has been advised for the past several years, the approaches to accomplishing this integration have been inconsistent across universities. After the 2017 annual conference, the CAPCSD board of directors invited Ms. Varnedoe and Ms. Verticchio to share their experiences with Medicare implementation at the 2018 meeting. As experienced clinical directors and instructors, they were able to provide perspectives in both day-to-day compliance and issues related to how to best educate students for future practice considerations related to Medicare.

Before the 2018 conference had adjourned, the board approached Ms. Varnedoe and Ms. Verticchio to ask if they would consider contributing to something the board had never done before: offering a series of webinars for its membership on a particular topic.

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