Utah 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 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.

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 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.

Global Definitions of Levels of Supervision  

(c) "General supervision" means that the supervising licensee:

(i) has authorized the work to be performed by the person being supervised;

(ii) is 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

(iii) can provide any necessary consultation within a reasonable period of time and personal contact is routine.

Citation: Utah Admin Code r. 156-1-102a 

Support Personnel

Not clearly defined.

Clinical Fellow

Not clearly defined.

Student Intern

Not clearly defined.

Telepractice Reimbursement Laws and Regulations

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. 

Telemedicine – Reimbursement 

(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 program.

(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).

Citation: Utah Code § 26-18-13  

Telehealth Act – Definitions 

(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.

Citation: Utah Code § 26-60-102 (2017) 

Telepractice Medicaid

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 Medicaid. Clinicians will have to contact Medicaid to determine if and how telepractice is covered.

Telemedicine - Defintions

(2) "Authorized provider" means a provider in compliance with requirements as specified in Section I: General Information of the Utah Medicaid Provider Manual, Chapter 3, Provider Participation and Requirements.

Citation: Utah Admin Code r. 414-42-2. 

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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