# 128 The Speech Pathologist and Swallowing Studies
- September 22, 2014
- Support Groups
Medical College of Wisconsin (EPERC)
Background: Speech pathologists can facilitate communication among members of the medical team, and between the team and the patient/family, to make treatment decisions that honor patient wishes. Speech pathology services for symptom control to enable the individual to maintain activities of daily living and basic functional skills are reimbursable under the Medicare Hospice Benefit (see Fast Facts #82, 87, 90). Swallowing studies are used to evaluate a patient’s ability to safely ingest oral food and oral secretions, yet the role of swallowing studies to facilitate optimal care near the end of life is not clear. This Fast Fact will review the indications and contraindications for a swallowing study and the role of the speech pathologist.
Carol Monteleoni, MS CCC-SLP