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.
Licensure Board Requirements
This state has no licensure laws or regulations for telepractice. The absence of laws or regulations does not imply telepractice is allowed. Please contact the board for further information.
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 define direct, indirect and general supervision. The regulations indicate the possibility for telesupervision under the definition of general
supervision but it is unclear. Contact licensure board for clarification.
Definitions of Levels of Supervision
(c) "General supervision" means that
the supervising licensee:
authorized the work to be performed by the person being supervised;
available for consultation with the person being supervised by personal
face-to-face contact, or direct voice contact by telephone, radio or some other
means, without regard to whether the supervising licensee is located on the
same premises as the person being supervised; and
provide any necessary consultation within a reasonable period of time
and personal contact is routine.
Utah Admin Code r. 156-1-102a
Not clearly defined.
Not clearly defined.
Not clearly defined.
Telepractice Reimbursement Laws and
Telepractice Private Insurance
The 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 payer source. Clinicians will have to contact payer to determine if and how telepractice is covered.
(1) (a) As
used in this section, communication by telemedicine is considered face-to-face
contact between a health care provider
and a patient under the state's medical assistance program if: (i) the
communication by telemedicine meets the requirements of administrative rules
adopted in accordance with Subsection (3); and (ii) the health care services
are eligible for reimbursement under the state's medical assistance program.
(b) This Subsection (1) applies to any
managed care organization that contracts with the state's medical assistance
(2) The reimbursement rate for telemedicine services approved under
this section: (a) shall be subject to reimbursement policies set by the state
plan; and (b) may be based on: (i) a monthly reimbursement rate; (ii) a daily
reimbursement rate; or (iii) an encounter rate.
(3) The department shall adopt
administrative rules in accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah
Administrative Rulemaking Act, which establish: (a) the particular telemedicine
services that are considered face-to-face encounters for reimbursement purposes
under the state's medical assistance program; and (b) the reimbursement
methodology for the telemedicine services designated under Subsection (3)(a).
Utah Medical Assistance Act § 26-18-13
Telehealth Act – Definitions
"Provider" means an individual who is: (a) licensed under Title 26,
Chapter 21, Health Care Facility Licensing and Inspection Act; b) licensed
under Title 58, Occupations and Professions, to provide health care; or (c)
licensed under Title 62A, Chapter 2, Licensure of Programs and Facilities.
Utah Code - Definitions § 26-60-102 (2017)
26-18-13.5. Telehealth services -- Reimbursement –
(3) The Medicaid program shall reimburse for [personal mental health therapy office visits provided through] telemedicine services [at a rate set by] at the same rate that the Medicaid program reimburses for other health care services.
Citation: Utah Admin
Code 26-18-13.5 as amended by H.B. 392 (2019)
(5) "Provider" means an individual who is:
(a) licensed under Title 26, Chapter 21, Health Care Facility Licensing and Inspection Act;
(b) licensed under Title 58, Occupations and Professions, to provide health care; or
(c) licensed under Title 62A, Chapter 2, Licensure of Programs and Facilities.
(8) "Telemedicine services" means telehealth services:
(i) clinical care;
(ii) health education;
(iii) health administration;
(iv) home health; or
(v) facilitation of self-managed care and caregiver support; and
(b) provided by a provider to a patient through a method of communication that:
(i) (A) uses asynchronous store and forward transfer; or
(B) uses synchronous interaction; and
(ii) meets industry security and privacy standards, including compliance with:
(A) the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, Pub. L. No. 104-191, 110 Stat. 1936, as amended; and
(B) the federal Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act, Pub. L. No. 111-5, 123 Stat. 226, 467, as amended.
Citation: Utah Admin Code 26-60-102.
- 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.
If a state has not established regulations on telesupervision, then contact the licensure board for further guidance and ask for written verification.
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.
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.