Telepractice Reimbursement Becomes a Reality in Virginia Schools

(April 6, 2012)

Over two years ago, ASHA staff and member stakeholders in the state of Virginia, began working collaboratively with the Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) to consider providing coverage and reimbursement for telepractice in the schools and other settings.

As a result of this effort, DMAS announced that telepractice will now be considered part of the reimbursed Medicaid telemedicine services in the state of Virginia, quoting ASHA's statement that "telepractice is an appropriate model of service delivery for the profession of speech-language pathology and [audiology]."

Coverage includes speech therapy (DMAS uses this term to describe speech-language pathologists) services listed in an individualized education program (IEP), which are delivered to a child at school using videoconferencing by a speech therapist at a remote location. Providers must continue to meet DMAS school provider qualifications and services must be to a DMAS enrolled school division. Reimbursement will cover the speech therapist at the remote location and a qualified school aide with the child during the telepractice session.

For further information, please contact Janice Brannon, ASHA's director of state special initiatives, at [email protected] or by phone at 301-296-5666; Marie Ireland, MEd, CCC-SLP, specialist, Virginia Department of Education, at [email protected] or by phone at 804-786-9775.

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