Who’s Receiving Clinical Services via Telepractice? ASHA recently surveyed 1,700 members who claim telepractice as an area of expertise. We received nearly 600 responses—many of them from affiliates of Special Interest Group 18, Telepractice—about the client populations they serve, treatment areas and reimbursement. Here’s what they said. Most audiologists who provide clinical services through telepractice ... At a Glance
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Who’s Receiving Clinical Services via Telepractice?
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At a Glance   |   December 01, 2014
Who’s Receiving Clinical Services via Telepractice?
The ASHA Leader, December 2014, Vol. 19, 28. doi:10.1044/leader.AAG.19122014.28
The ASHA Leader, December 2014, Vol. 19, 28. doi:10.1044/leader.AAG.19122014.28
ASHA recently surveyed 1,700 members who claim telepractice as an area of expertise. We received nearly 600 responses—many of them from affiliates of Special Interest Group 18, Telepractice—about the client populations they serve, treatment areas and reimbursement. Here’s what they said.
Client populations
Most audiologists who provide clinical services through telepractice serve patients/clients who are in Veterans Affairs hospitals and medical centers (37 percent) or their homes (30 percent). Audiologists’ patients/clients are typically adults, ages 18–64 (81 percent), 65–74 (69 percent), and 75 or older (69 percent; see chart). Most speech-language pathologists who provide clinical services through telepractice serve patients/clients who are in elementary schools (52 percent), their homes (50 percent) or secondary schools (40 percent). SLPs’ patients/clients range from toddlers to adults, ages 3–5 (31 percent), 6–11 (68 percent), 12–17 (63 percent), and 18–64 (41 percent).
Treatment areas
Survey data show that audiologists are most likely to use telepractice to provide clinical services in the areas of hearing aid/assistive technology (65 percent) and hearing disorders (58 percent). SLPs are most likely to provide services in the areas of language disorders (62 percent) and articulation/phonological disorders (60 percent).
Reimbursement for services
About a third (35 percent) of audiologists and 56 percent of SLPs indicated that they or their employers receive reimbursement for telepractice services. Overall, self-pay and education departments or school districts were the most common sources of reimbursement.
Age groups regularly served by audiologists and SLPs via telepractice
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