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.
The Massachusetts Board of Registration for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology allows for Providing Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Services by Electronic Means. The provider must hold a state license and adhere to the same requirements as in-person practice (check with the state or ASHA to learn about emergency or temporary provisions):
Reference: Commonwealth of Massachusetts Division of Professional Licensure Board of Registration for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology (2019), Policy: Providing Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Services by Electronic Means (Policy No. 2019-001) [PDF]
No permanent rules. Check with the state or ASHA to learn about emergency provisions.
This state has no laws or regulations for telesupervision of clinical fellows or student interns. The regulations indicate the possibility for telesupervision of support personnel through indirect supervision. Check with the state or ASHA to learn about emergency or temporary provisions.
Permitted with indirect supervision.
Massachusetts mandates coverage for telepractice in state-regulated health plans. However, 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. Check with the state or ASHA to learn about emergency or temporary provisions.
Reference: Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 175, § 47BB
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 Advocacy Team.