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Florida 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

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

Reference: Florida Board of Speech-Pathology and Audiology, News Bulletin

Temporary Practice for Out-of-State Providers

Persons licensed by another state as a speech-language pathologist or audiologist who provide services for no more than 5 calendar days per month or 15 calendar days per year under the direct supervision of a Florida-licensed SLP or audiologist.

Reference: Florida statutes 468.1115(e) [Exemptions]

Note: Florida law also authorizes out-of-state health care practitioners to perform telehealth services for patients in Florida. Providers must register at http://www.flhealthsource.gov/telehealth/

Telesupervision State Licensure Board Laws and Regulations

This state has no laws or regulations for telesupervision. 

Support Personnel

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

Clinical Fellow

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

Student Intern

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

Telepractice Reimbursement Laws and Regulations

Telepractice Private Insurance

No laws or regulations identified that include audiology and speech-language pathology services. Check with the state or ASHA to learn about emergency or temporary provisions.

Telepractice Medicaid

Florida mandates Medicaid coverage of telepractice.  The laws and regulations include audiology and speech-language pathology telepractice services for health care and school settings.

Citation: Fla. Admin. Code r. 59G-1.057 (2016)

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.

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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