On this episode of Connecting ALS, Mike and Jeremy talk to Lauren Tabor Gray, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, a clinical researcher and speech pathologist and co-director of the Phil Smith Neuroscience Institute in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Dr. Gray discusses the increasing use of telehealth to treat patients in a time of extreme social distancing brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. She also gives insight on providing clinical care for people dealing with the onset of speaking and swallowing challenges as their disease progresses, and an update on clinical research.
To learn more about recent changes to Medicare rules expanding access to telehealth, check out https://alsadotorg.wordpress.com/2020/03/20/medicare-coverage-for-telehealth-visits-expanded-during-covid-19-pandemic/
You can also learn more about access to telemedicine at http://www.alsa.org/assets/pdfs/association-weekly-docs/medicare-telemedicine_factsheet.pdf
To better understand swallowing challenges and managing nutrition read http://www.alsa.org/assets/pdfs/living-with-als-manuals/lwals_08_2017.pdf
For more information on the platform trial Dr. Gray mentioned visit https://alsadotorg.wordpress.com/2020/01/17/in-case-you-missed-it-the-als-association-invests-3-million-in-first-ever-als-platform-trial-to-speed-up-clinical-trial-process/
For the article Dr. Plowman wrote in 2014 that Dr. Gray references visit https://dysphagiacafe.com/2014/10/23/nutrition-and-feeding-tube-placement-for-people-with-als-best-practice-in-clinical-decision-making/
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This episode was produced by Garrett Tiedemann and is brought to you by The ALS Association’s national office and the Association’s Minnesota/North Dakota/South Dakota Chapter.