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 laws or regulations for telesupervision of support personnel, clinical fellows or student interns. Contact licensure board for clarification.
Not clearly defined.
Not clearly defined.
Not clearly defined.
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 the payers. Clinicians will have to contact payer sources to determine if and how telepractice is
covered for speech-language pathology and audiology services.
Coverage for Telemedicine Services
insurer, corporation, or health maintenance organization shall not exclude a
service for coverage solely because the service is provided through
telemedicine services and is not provided through face-to-face consultation or
contact between a health care provider and a patient for services appropriately
provided through telemedicine services.
D. An insurer, corporation, or
health maintenance organization shall not be required to reimburse the treating
provider or the consulting provider for technical fees or costs for the
provision of telemedicine services; however, such insurer, corporation, or
health maintenance organization shall reimburse the treating provider or the
consulting provider for the diagnosis, consultation, or treatment of the
insured delivered through telemedicine services on the same basis that the
insurer, corporation, or health maintenance organization is responsible for
coverage for the provision of the same service through face-to-face
consultation or contact.
Va. Admin. Code § 38.2-3418.16 (2015)
The law includes speech-language pathology services in school based settings.
The Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) provides for coverage of speech-language therapy and telepractice in their
Local Education Agency Provider Manual [PDF].
DMAS coverage of school based telepractice
for speech-language therapy is effective beginning September 1, 2011.
“Telepractice,” as it is used here, is the delivery of speech-language therapy
services by a DMAS qualified provider through the use of videoconferencing to a
child at a location remote from the therapist. DMAS reimbursement covers the
SLP’s services provided from a remote location when a qualified school aide is
with the child during the telepractice session.
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.
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.
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.