ASHA advocates in the states for telepractice to be recognized as an appropriate service delivery model for audiologists and speech-language pathologists (SLPs). Each state has different rules for providing services via telepractice. Most activity in states focuses on regulating the practice and managing reimbursement. Despite proven benefits, telepractice remains underutilized nationwide within the professions of audiology and speech-language pathology due to a lack of clear state laws governing its use and/or mandating appropriate reimbursement for services delivered.
Before providing services via telepractice, you must make sure your state allows it. Most states have issued regulations or guidance defining telepractice and establishing parameters for its use. Following are some considerations.
ASHA advocates for defining and recognizing telepractice in states by supporting laws and regulations that would allow audiologists and SLPs to participate in telepractice; the Association also voices support for reimbursement equitable to in-person services. ASHA adopted the term telepractice rather than the frequently used terms telemedicine or telehealth to avoid the misperception that these services are used only in health care settings. Practitioners also use other terms such as teleaudiology, telespeech, and speech teletherapy. ASHA’s correspondence with states follows the appropriate term used in that particular state.
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