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District of Columbia 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

D.C. allows telepractice. The provider must hold a D.C. license and adhere to the same requirements as in-person practice.

Reference: Health Regulation and Licensing Administration & Health Professional Boards (2010), Licensure of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists Who Engage in Telepractice in the District of Columbia [PDF] (July 2010).

Temporary Practice for Out-of-State Providers

No permanent rules. Check with the state or ASHA to learn about emergency provisions.

Telesupervision State Licensure Board Laws and Regulations

This state has no laws or regulations for telesupervision of support personnel and the regulations are unclear for clinical fellows and student interns. The language indicates the possibility of telesupervision depending on interpretation. Contact licensure board for clarification.Check with the state or ASHA to learn about emergency or temporary provisions.

Support Personnel

No regulations. Check with the state or ASHA to learn about emergency or temporary provisions.

Clinical Fellow

Clinical fellows must have general supervision. Check with the state or ASHA to learn about emergency or temporary provisions.

Student Intern

Students must have direct supervision. Check with the state or ASHA to learn about emergency or temporary provisions.

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 the payers. Clinician will have to contact payer sources to determine if and how telepractice is covered for audiology and speech-language pathology services.

References: D.C. Code § 31- 3131D.C. Code § 31-3862

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 the payers. Clinicians will have to contact payer sources to determine if and how telepractice is covered for audiology and speech-language pathology services.

Medicaid reimbursement. Medicaid shall cover and reimburse for healthcare services appropriately delivered through telehealth if the same services would be covered when delivered in person.

References: D.C. Code § 31-3863D.C. Telemedicine Provider Guidance [PDF]

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. 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:

Questions regarding state advocacy issues? Call ASHA at 800-498-2071 and ask for the State Advocacy Team.  

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