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Ohio 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

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

Allowable service delivery models:

  • Store-and-forward model/electronic transmission is an asynchronous electronic transmission of stored clinical data from one location to another usually by the internet via email and fax
  • Synchronous clinician interactive model is a real time interaction between the provider and patient that may occur via encrypted audio and video transmission over telecommunication links including, but not limited to, videoconferencing

Restrictions:

  • Notification of telehealth services should be provided to the client, the guardian, the caregiver, if appropriate. The notification shall include the right to refuse telehealth services, options for service delivery, and instructions on filing and resolving complaints.

Reference: Ohio Admin. Code 4753-2-01

Temporary Practice for Out-of-State Providers

Persons licensed in another state with ASHA CCCs may practice for not more than one period of 30 consecutive calendar days in any year and must file a statement to the Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology in advance.

Reference: Ohio Admin. Code 4753.12 Lawful practice

Telesupervision State Licensure Board Laws and Regulations

This state has no laws or regulations for telesupervision of support personnel, or student interns. The regulations indicate the possibility for telesupervision of support personnel and permit telesupervision for clinical fellows. Contact licensure board for clarification. Check with the state or ASHA to learn about emergency or temporary provisions.

Reference: Ohio Admin. Code 4753-3-07

Support Personnel

Not clearly defined.  

Clinical Fellow

May be allowed.

Student Intern

No regulations.

Telepractice Reimbursement Laws and Regulations

Telepractice Private Insurance

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

Telepractice Medicaid

Ohio mandates Medicaid coverage of telepractice for audiology and speech-language pathologyservices in health care and school settings.

References: Ohio Dept. of Job and Family Services, Long Term Care Services and Supports Transmittal Letter (LTVCSSTL) No. 11-15 [PDF], (see page 200), and Ohio Revised Code Rule 5160-1-18, Telehealth (2020)

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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