Louisiana 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

This state has licensure laws and/or regulations for telepractice.

The licensure board has not implemented a registration process or developed the application form for out-of-state providers. A full license is required until implemented. Check with the licensure board for implementation prior to applying for full license.

§130 Telepractice

A. Telepractice, regardless of where the services is rendered or delivered, constitutes the practice of audiology or speech-language pathology and shall require Louisiana licensure for in-state practitioners and telehealth registration for out-of-state licensed practitioners.

B. A provider of telehealth services shall be competent in both the type of services provided and the methology and equipment used to provide the services.

C. A provider of telehealth services must use methods for protecting client information that include authentication and encryption technology.

D. The standard of care shall be the same as if the audiology or speech-language pathology services were delivered face-to-face. It is the responsibility of the provider to determine candidacy and to ensure that the client is comfortable with the technology being utilized.

E. The client shall be notified of telehealth services including but not limited to the right to refuse telehealth services, options for service delivery, and instructions on filing and resolving complaints, in all applicable jurisdictions. 

§701(E)(1)(f) Code of Ethics 

f. Individuals may practice by telecommunication (i.e., telepractice, telehealth, e-health) provided they hold the appropriate licensure for the jurisdiction in which the service is rendered and delivered. 

Citation: La. Admin. Code tit. 46 § 75 [PDF]

Telehealth

The use of telehealth in the delivery of speech-language pathology or audiology services, regardless of where the services are rendered or delivered, constitutes the practice of speech-language pathology or audiology and shall require Louisiana licensure for in-state practitioners and telehealth registration for out-of state practitioners.

Citation: LSA-R.S. 37:2660.1 [PDF]

Telesupervision State Licensure Board Laws and Regulations

Telesupervision is permitted for support personnel, Clinical Fellows and Student Interns. Verified with the licensure board.

§127 Supervision Requirements for Restricted license, Provisional Speech-Language Pathology Assistant and Provisional Speech-Language Pathology Assistant

Direct Supervision―on-site, in-view observation and guidance during performance of a clinical activity which includes but cannot be limited to the utilization of alternative methods to obtain knowledge of a supervisee's clinical work.

§125 Supervision Requirements for Restricted License, Provisional Speech-Language Pathology License and Provisional Audiology License

K. The board will accept supervision provided out-of state by an individual licensed or ASHA-certified in the area of practice. Supervision must be documented on Form 100.

Citation: La. Admin. Code tit. 46 § 75

Support Personnel

Permitted.

Clinical Fellows

Permitted.

Student Interns

Permitted.  

Telepractice Reimbursement Laws and Regulations

Telepractice Private Insurance

No laws or regulations identified that include audiology or speech-language pathology.  

Telepractice Medicaid

No laws or regulations identified that include audiology or speech-language pathology.  

ASHA Guidance

Telepractice State Licensure

  • Obtain a license from the state in which you reside and from the state in which the patient/client resides.
  • 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:

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