Nevada 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.

Telepractice: Requirements for practice

1. A person who engages in the practice of audiology or speech-language pathology by telepractice within this State and is a resident of this State or provides services by telepractice to any person in this State must:

(a) Hold a license to engage in the practice of audiology or speech-language pathology, as applicable, in this State;

(b) Be knowledgeable and competent in the technology used to provide services by telepractice;

(c) Only use telepractice to provide services for which delivery by telepractice is appropriate;

(d) Provide services by telepractice that, as determined by the Board, are substantially equivalent in quality to services provided in person;

(e) Document any services provided by telepractice in the record of the person receiving the services; and

(f) Comply with the provisions of this chapter and any regulations adopted pursuant thereto.

2. As used in this section, "telepractice" means engaging in the practice of audiology or speech-language pathology using equipment that transfers information electronically, telephonically or by fiber optics.

Citation: Nev. Rev. Stat. § 637B.244 

Telesupervision State Licensure Board Laws and Regulations

This state has no laws or regulations for telesupervision.

Support Personnel

No regulations.

Clinical Fellow

No regulations.

Student Intern

No regulations.

Telepractice Reimbursement Laws and Regulations

Telepractice Private Insurance

The law is not clearly defined indicating that any health care provider and service may be covered. It is left up to interpretation and/or will be determined by the payers. Clinicians will have to contact payer sources to determine if and how telepractice is covered. 

Telehealth - Legislative findings and declarations

1. Health care services provided through telehealth are often as effective as health care services provided in person;

2. The provision of services through telehealth does not detract from, and often improves, the quality of health care provided to patients and the relationship between patients and providers of health care; and

3. It is the public policy of this State to:

(a) Encourage and facilitate the provision of services through telehealth to improve public health and the quality of health care provided to patients and to lower the cost of health care in this State; and

(b) Ensure that services provided through telehealth are covered by policies of insurance to the same extent as though provided in person or by other means.

Citation: Nev. Rev. Stat. § 629.510 

Telehealth – Valid license or certificate required; exception; restrictions; jurisdiction over and applicability of laws

1. Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, before a provider of health care who is located at a distant site may use telehealth to direct or manage the care or render a

diagnosis of a patient who is located at an originating site in this State or write a treatment order or prescription for such a patient, the provider must hold a valid license or certificate to practice his or her profession in this State, including, without limitation, a special purpose license issued pursuant to NRS 630.261. The requirements of this subsection do not apply to a provider of health care who is providing services within the scope of his or her employment by or pursuant to a contract entered into with an urban Indian organization, as defined in 25 U.S.C. § 1603.

(4)(c) "Telehealth" means the delivery of services from a provider of health care to a patient at a different location through the use of information and audio-visual communication technology, not including standard telephone, facsimile or electronic mail.

Citation: Nev. Rev. Stat. § 629.515 

Telepractice Medicaid

The law includes audiology and speech-language pathology services in health care settings. The bill passed in 2015 and in 2016 the policy statement says that all licensed Medicaid providers can deliver services via telepractice.

State Plan for Medicaid: Payment for services provided through telehealth

1. The Director shall include in the State Plan for Medicaid:

(a) A requirement that the State, and, to the extent applicable, any of its political subdivisions, shall pay for the nonfederal share of expenses for services provided to a person through telehealth to the same extent as though provided in person or by other means.

Citation: Nev. Rev. Stat. § 422.2721 

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

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