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 state has licensure laws or regulations allowing telepractice. In order to use telepractice, providers must provide the same quality of care as in-person services and adhere to the following restrictions:
Reference: New Jersey Administrative Code 13:44c-11, Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (page 31– Telemedicine) [PDF]
New Jersey requires a telemedicine or telehealth organization to register with the Department of Health prior to providing services in New Jersey. Find out more information about this requirement at Telemedicine and Telehealth Organization Registry.
In August 2019, the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) rescinded the guidance on telepractice in the schools, therefore telepractice may not be used as a service delivery model at this time.
Reference: New Jersey Department of Education (2019). Memorandum: Delivery of Related Services to Students with Disabilities Through Telepractice [PDF], June 4, 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.
Requirements for Clinical Internship
f) Clinical internship shall be under the direct supervision of a person licensed to practice audiology or speech-language pathology, as appropriate, by this State or another state which has standards substantially equivalent to those of this State.
Citation: N.J. Admin. Code § 13:44C [PDF]
5) Students and trainees in audiology or speech-language pathology enrolled in an accredited college or university, provided that their services constitute part of their course of study and on-site supervision by a licensee is provided in the appropriate professional field.
Citation: N.J. Admin. Code § 13:44C [PDF]
New Jersey mandates coverage of telehealth in state-regulated health plans, and includes audiology and speech-language pathology services. Services must be covered on the same basis as in-person services. Certain coverage limitations apply.
Reference: N.J. Rev. Stat. § 26:2S - 29 (2021)
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.
1.The State Medicaid and NJ FamilyCare programs shall provide coverage and payment for health care services delivered to a benefits recipient through telemedicine or telehealth, on the same basis as, and at a provider reimbursement rate that does not exceed the provider reimbursement rate that is applicable, when the services are delivered through in-person contact and consultation in New Jersey. Reimbursement payments under this section may be provided either to the individual practitioner who delivered the reimbursable services, or to the agency, facility, or organization that employs the individual practitioner who delivered the reimbursable services, as appropriate.
b. The State Medicaid and NJ FamilyCare programs may limit coverage to services that are delivered by participating health care providers, but may not charge any deductible, copayment, or coinsurance for a health care service, delivered through telemedicine or telehealth, in an amount that exceeds the deductible, copayment, or coinsurance amount that is applicable to an in-person consultation.
Citation: N.J. Rev. Stat. § 30:4D–6k (2017)
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.