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Florida Telepractice Requirements for Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists

The information below is collected from state licensure boards or regulatory agencies responsible for regulating the professions of audiology and/or speech-language pathology. The information is reviewed on an annual basis. Please be advised that laws, regulations, and policies may change at any time, so always check with your state for the most up-to-date information.

Telepractice State Licensure Board Requirements

Florida allows telepractice. The provider must hold a state license and adhere to the same requirements as in-person practice.

Reference: Florida Board of Speech-Pathology and Audiology, News Bulletin

Out-of-State Providers

Florida law authorizes out-of-state health care practitioners to perform telehealth services for patients in Florida without obtaining a Florida license. To qualify, register at Florida Telehealth.

Temporary Practice

Persons licensed by another state as an audiologist or speech-language pathologist who provide services for no more than 5 calendar days per month or 15 calendar days per year under the direct supervision of a Florida-licensed audiologist of SLP.

Reference: Florida statutes 468.1115(e) [Exemptions]

Telesupervision State Licensure Board Laws and Regulations

Florida allows for telesupervision of audiology and SLP assistants. The supervising audiologist or SLP must submit a Board Established and Approved Protocols for Assistants.

Support Personnel

Allowed, with restrictions.

Clinical Fellow

Allowed.

Student Intern

No regulations. Check with the state or ASHA to learn about emergency or temporary provisions.

Reference: Florida Administrative Code (FAC) 64B20-4 (2021)

Telepractice Reimbursement Laws and Regulations

Telepractice Private Insurance

No laws or regulations identified that include audiology and speech-language pathology services. Check with the state or ASHA to learn about emergency or temporary provisions.

Telepractice Medicaid

Florida mandates Medicaid coverage of telepractice.  The laws and regulations include audiology and speech-language pathology telepractice services for health care and school settings.

Citation: Fla. Admin. Code r. 59G-1.057 (2016)

ASHA Guidance

Telepractice State Licensure

  • Obtain a license from the state in which you reside and verify the requirements from the state in which the patient/client resides, which may include in-state licensure. If a state has not established regulations on telepractice, then contact the licensure board for further guidance and ask for written verification.
  • It is the responsibility of the clinician to review the regulations on the state licensure board website in their entirety and regularly for updates or changes.

Telesupervision

If a state has not established regulations on telesupervision, then contact the licensure board for further guidance and ask for written verification.

Reimbursement for Telepractice Services

Audiologists and speech-language pathologists should keep in mind that while a state may have passed telepractice reimbursement laws and/or regulations, this does not guarantee that payers will reimburse for these services. Learn more about considerations for audiologists and speech-language pathologists.  

Resources

For further information on telepractice requirements for audiologists and speech-language pathologists, please visit these websites:

Questions regarding state advocacy issues? Call ASHA at 800-498-2071 and ask for the State Affairs Team.

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