Frequently Asked Questions
WILL MY INSURANCE COVER MY VISIT?
Dignity Speech is proud to offer in-network speech therapy services for the following insurance groups: Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS), Harvard Pilgrim Health Care (HPHC), some United Healthcare plans (under the HPHC-UHC Alliance plans), Mass General Brigham (formerly AllWays Health Partners), and Medicare Part B - traditional (considered outpatient versus home health).
A good-faith estimate will be provided prior to your start of care which may outline any copay and/or deductible, depending on your coverage. Please check with your insurance provider, as each plan varies.
We are "out of network” for other insurances but can assist with providing an invoice for you to submit to your insurance company for potential reimbursement.
- PRIVATE PAY options for Medicare-eligible or Medicare recipients are not allowed under federal law, even if the client desires to pay privately for services.
- You cannot receive Medicare Part A services (inpatient, home health, including VNA nursing care) at the same time as Medicare Part B (outpatient).
WHAT AREAS DO YOU SERVE?
We are happy to provide outpatient therapy services in your own home! Dignity Speech travels in and around the Hyde Park area of Boston, MA, including (but not limited to) Brighton, Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, Mattapan, Roslindale, Roxbury, West Roxbury, and neighboring towns such as Canton, Dedham, Milton, Needham, Norwood, and Westwood.
Therapy services to locations outside this radius may be provided based on clinical availability. Please inquire if you do not see your location on the list!
WHY IN-HOME THERAPY?
Therapy rendered in one’s natural environment helps the clinician establish a more meaningful connection with clients and their families so treatment plans are more personalized. Clients are often most comfortable in their home and therefore more receptive to implement functional strategies and recommendations. In-home therapy also relieves the burden of traveling to and from a facility, as many clients are unable to transport themselves or fatigue from travel. In-home services help increase attendance and participation, thus promoting faster recovery, better outcomes, and higher client satisfaction.
I SPEAK FINE - WHY DO I NEED SPEECH THERAPY?
Speech-Language Pathologists provide interventions impacting the body "from the neck up." This may include changes in articulation, facial strength, voice, swallowing, word-finding, comprehension, and cognitive functions, like memory, attention, or planning. Medical ailments can negatively impact these areas and skilled SLP services may be appropriate to maximize recovery.
IS THIS TYPICAL AGING OR NOT?
The typically aging adult may experience some reduced mental flexibility and benign memory loss but is able to complete day-to-day routines, demonstrate safety, and remain social. Deviations from typical aging can be characterized by a decreased ability to express oneself or understand others, withdrawal from social situations, increased defensiveness, or frequent mistakes during familiar tasks. These changes may be subtle, but early intervention can help to identify the cause and help slow the progression.