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Louisiana 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

Louisiana allows telepractice:

  • The provider must adhere to the same requirements as in-person practice:
  • The provider must be competent in both the type of services provided and the methology and equipment used to provide the services
  • The provider must use methods for protecting client information that include authentication and encryption technology
  • It is the responsibility of the provider to ensure that the client is comfortable with the technology being utilized
  • The client shall be notified of telehealth services including the right to refuse telehealth services

Temporary Practice for Out-of-State Providers

Louisiana allows Telehealth Registration instead of licensure, for out-of-state residents, whose out-of-state Audiology or Speech-Language Pathology license does not require supervision, and is an unrestricted and unencumbered license in good standing, and the license is equivalent to the licensure standards in Louisiana. Telehealth registration is limited to telepractice services only in Louisiana. 

References: La. Admin. Code tit. 46, §111 and La. Admin. Code tit. 46, §135 

Telesupervision State Licensure Board Laws and Regulations

Telesupervision is permitted for support personnel, clinical fellows and student Interns. Verified with the licensure board.

References: La. Admin. Code tit. 46, §131  and La. Admin. Code tit. 46, §129

Support Personnel

Permitted.

Clinical Fellows

Permitted.

Student Interns

Permitted.  

Telepractice Reimbursement Laws and Regulations

Telepractice Private Insurance

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.

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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