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West Virginia 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

West Virginia allows telepractice. The provider must hold a state license and adhere to the same requirements as in-person practice. Other restrictions may apply.

Reference: W. VA. C.S.R. § 29-1-15 (2018)

Practice for Out-of-State Providers

West Virginia allows out-of-state providers to register to provide telepractice without obtaining a West Virginia license. To be eligible, audiologists and SLPs must register with the West Virginia licensing board and adhere to the following rules:

  • Licensed and in good standing in all states in which they are licensed and not currently under investigation or subject to an administrative complaint; and
  • Registered with the West Virginia Board and paid the fee established by the West Virginia Board when the healthcare practitioner–patient relationship is established.
  • By registering to provide interstate telehealth services to patients in this state, a healthcare practitioner is subject to the laws regarding the profession in West Virginia including the state judicial system and all professional conduct rules and standards incorporated into the healthcare practitioner's practice act and the legislative rules of the Board.
  • The healthcare practitioner shall immediately notify the Board of any restrictions placed on the individual's license to practice in any state or jurisdiction.

Find out more and apply for registration at the West Virginia Board of Examiners website.

Reference: §5-16-7b of the Code of West Virginia, as amended by HB 2024 (2021)

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. Check with the state or ASHA to learn about emergency or temporary provisions.

Support Personnel

No regulations.

Clinical Fellow

No regulations.

Student Intern

No regulations.

Telepractice Reimbursement Laws and Regulations

Telepractice Private Insurance

West Virginia mandates coverage for telehealth in state-regulated private health plans. However, 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.

Reference: West Virginia Legislative Code  §33-4-24 (2020). Coverage for telemedicine services. 

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 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. Check with the state or ASHA to learn about emergency or temporary provisions.

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 Affairs Team.

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