Reimbursement for Telespeech The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) supports the use of telespeech (also called telepractice) to expand access to speech-language pathology and audiology services; however, widespread acceptance has been influenced by the reluctance of payers to reimburse this method of service delivery. At the present time, schools are leading the way in ... Article
Article  |   March 01, 2010
Reimbursement for Telespeech
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Janet Brown
    American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Rockville, MD
  • Janice Brannon
    American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Rockville, MD
  • Kate Romanow
    American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Rockville, MD
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Article   |   March 01, 2010
Reimbursement for Telespeech
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, March 2010, Vol. 20, 16-21. doi:10.1044/vvd20.1.16
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, March 2010, Vol. 20, 16-21. doi:10.1044/vvd20.1.16
Abstract

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) supports the use of telespeech (also called telepractice) to expand access to speech-language pathology and audiology services; however, widespread acceptance has been influenced by the reluctance of payers to reimburse this method of service delivery. At the present time, schools are leading the way in implementing telespeech, while adoption in health-care settings lags behind. This article provides a brief background about ASHA's activities with regard to telepractice and discusses the status of reimbursement for telespeech in various settings, including schools, private insurance, Medicare, and Medicaid.

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