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Illinois 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

Illinois allows telepractice. The provider must hold a state license and adhere to the same requirements as in-person practice. The use of telephone, email, instant messaging, store and forward technology, or facsimile must be in conjunction with or supplementary to the use of video conferencing.

Reference: 225 Ill. Comp. Stat. §110/8.2.

Temporary Practice for Out-of-State Providers

Persons holding a license in another state, territory, or the District of Columbia who has made application for an Illinois license, may practice speech-language pathology or audiology for 90 days from the date of application or until Department disposition, whichever is sooner, if they have their CCCs and providing there are no pending disciplinary matters elsewhere.

Reference: 225 IL Comp. Stat. §110/7. (section 7).

Telesupervision State Licensure Board Laws and Regulations 

Telesupervision is not permitted due to requirement of direct supervision on-site for support personnel and student interns. This state has no laws or regulations for telesupervision of clinical fellows. Check with the state or ASHA to learn about emergency or temporary provisions

Support Personnel 

Not permitted.

Supervision of speech-language pathology assistants

Citation: 225 Ill. Comp. Stat. § 110/8.8

Clinical Fellow 

No regulations. 

Student Intern 

Not permitted.

Telepractice Reimbursement Laws and Regulations

Telepractice Private Insurance

Illinois 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.  

Citation: 215 Ill. Comp. Stat. § 5/356z.22.

Telepractice Medicaid

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.

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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