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New York 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

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

References:
Engaging in Telepractice in the Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology Professions.

Guidelines for the use of speech-language telepractice in the delivery of related services to students with disabilities in New York State.

Temporary Practice for Out-of-State Providers

Persons licensed in another state can provide services in NY  for no more than 30 days per calendar year and under the supervision of or in conjunction with a New York licensee.

Reference: N.Y. ISC Law §3217. Exempt persons. 

Telesupervision State Licensure Board Laws and Regulations

This state has no laws or regulations for telesupervision. Contact licensure board for guidance. Check with the state or ASHA to learn about emergency or temporary provisions.

Support Personnel

No regulations.

Clinical Fellow

No regulations.

Student Intern

No regulations.

Telepractice Reimbursement Laws and Regulations

Telepractice Private Insurance 

Mandates coverage for telehealth in state-regulated private health plans. However, tThe law is not clearly defined indicating that any healthcare 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.

Reference: N.Y. ISC Law §3217-H, N.Y. ISC Law §4306-G.

Telepractice Medicaid 

New York mandates Medicaid coverage for telepractice. The law includes audiology and speech-language pathology services in health care settings.

Citation: N.Y. PBH Law §29-G

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 Advocacy Team.      

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