South Dakota 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 of Speech-Language Pathologists. 

Speech-Language Pathologists - Definitions 

"Telepractice," "telespeech," "telespeech-language pathology," or "telehealth," whether used separately or together. Telepractice service means the application of telecommunication technology to deliver speech-language pathology at a distance for assessment, intervention, or consultation.

Citation: S.D. Codified Laws § 36-37-1

Speech-Language Pathologists - Telepractice

Any person who is licensed as a speech-language pathologist in South Dakota may provide speech-language pathology services via telepractice. Services delivered via telepractice shall be equivalent to the quality of services delivered face-to-face.

Citation: S.D. Codified Laws § 36-37-7

Telesupervision State Licensure Board Laws and Regulations

This state has no specific laws or regulations for telesupervision of support personnel, clinical fellows or student interns. The regulations are unclear and indicate the possibility for telesupervision of support personnel.  Contact licensure board for clarification.

Support Personnel

Unclear.

Supervision of Assistant by Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist

An assistant shall be supervised by a licensed speech-language pathologist who has at least three years of experience as a speech-language pathologist. The supervising speech-language pathologist:

(1)  Is responsible for the extent, kind, and quality of service provided by the assistant, consistent with the board's designated standards and requirements;

(2)  Shall ensure that persons receiving services from an assistant receive prior written notification that services are to be provided, in whole or in part, by a speech-language pathology assistant;

(3)  May not supervise more than three speech-language pathology assistants at one time.

An assistant may have more than one supervisor if the board is notified.

Citation: S.D. Codified Laws § 36-37-20

Clinical Fellow

No regulations.

Student Intern

No regulations.

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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