Telepractice for SLPs and Audiologists
ASHA defines telepractice as "the application of telecommunications technology to delivery of professional services at a distance by linking clinician to client, or clinician to clinician, for assessment, intervention, and/or consultation." ASHA's position is that "telepractice is an appropriate model of service delivery for the professions of [audiology and speech-language pathology]. Telepractice may be used to overcome barriers of access to services caused by distance, unavailability of specialists and/or subspecialists, and impaired mobility."
- Telepractice offers "the potential to extend clinical services to remote, rural, and underserved populations, and to culturally and linguistically diverse populations."
- "The use of telepractice does not remove any existing responsibilities in delivering services, including adherence to the Code of Ethics, Scope of Practice, state and federal laws (e.g., licensure, HIPAA, etc.), and ASHA policy documents on professional practices."
- Therefore, "the quality of services delivered via telepractice must be consistent with the quality of services delivered face-to-face."
What are the issues in delivering service via telepractice?
Where can I learn more about licensure and reimbursment?
What do I need to know to provide audiology services via telepractice?
What do I need to know to provide speech-language pathology services via telepractice?
ASHA Policy Documents