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.
Iowa allows telepractice. The provider must hold a state license and adhere to the same requirements as in-person practice. The state also requires the following:
Reference: Iowa Admin. Code r. 645-300.2 [PDF]
Nonresidents may apply to the Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology for a temporary permit to practice speech-language pathology or audiology for a period not to exceed 3 months whenever in the opinion of the Board the need exists; the individual must have substantially the same qualifications as those required for an Iowa license.
Reference: Iowa Admin. Code 645—300.7(147) Temporary permit [PDF].
This state has no laws or regulations for telesupervision of support personnel, clinical fellows, or student interns.
Iowa mandates coverage of telehealth in state-regulated health plans, but there is no specific requirement for the coverage of audiology and speech-language pathology services within these plans. 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.
Reference: Iowa HF 2305 [PDF] – an Act relating to insurance coverage for health care services delivered by telehealth, effective January 1, 2019.
No permanent laws or regulations identified that include audiology or speech-language pathology. However, check with the state or ASHA to learn about emergency or temporary provisions.
If a state has not established regulations on telesupervision, then contact the licensure board for further guidance and ask for written verification.
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 Affairs Team.