Spotlight on Special Interest Group 18, Telepractice The SIG 18 affiliate count totals 1,048. I began using telecommunication technology many years ago to provide speech pathology services to clients living some distance from my main medical center. At that time few clinicians were usng technology in this manner and they were in isolated parts of ... SIG Spotlight
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Spotlight on Special Interest Group 18, Telepractice
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  • Lyn Tindall Covert, PhD, CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky. lyn.covert@va.gov
    Lyn Tindall Covert, PhD, CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky. lyn.covert@va.gov×
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Telepractice & Computer-Based Approaches / ASHA News & Member Stories / SIG Spotlight
SIG Spotlight   |   December 01, 2014
Spotlight on Special Interest Group 18, Telepractice
The ASHA Leader, December 2014, Vol. 19, online only. doi:10.1044/leader.SIGS.19122014.np
The ASHA Leader, December 2014, Vol. 19, online only. doi:10.1044/leader.SIGS.19122014.np
How many affiliates does SIG 18 have?
The SIG 18 affiliate count totals 1,048.
Why did you originally choose to affiliate with SIG 18?
I began using telecommunication technology many years ago to provide speech pathology services to clients living some distance from my main medical center. At that time few clinicians were usng technology in this manner and they were in isolated parts of the country. Although the American Telemedicine Association was a tremendous resource for telehealth, I desired to dialog specifically with speech-language pathologists and audiologists on issues unique to our settings, clients and guidelines. Therefore, when ASHA members petitioned to launch SIG 18, Telepractice, I was on board immediately. I knew an affiliation with SIG 18 would provide opportunities to share ideas with others interested in using technology to provide services to clients who would otherwise not receive services.
What is the most important issue surrounding SIG 18’s subject matter right now?
Our most important issues are licensure and reimbursement. Despite early evidence showing decreased cost and improved quality of care via telepractice, the adoption of telepractice is hindered by these issues. Currently clinicians must be licensed in the state where their clients reside. This could mean acquiring licenses from several states to provide services across state lines. This is problematic because clinicians are faced with the cumbersome task of obtaining multiple licenses, but, at the same time, want to safeguard the protection of clients. At present, some third-party payers and Medicaid in certain states are covering telepractice services. Medicare covers some physician services, but does not currently cover speech and audiology.
What events sponsored by SIG 18 should everyone know about?
ASHA has produced several webinars, available on demand from ASHA that provide information about different aspects of telepractice.
  • Telepractice: Providing Professional Services Remotely (Presenter: Michael Campbell)

  • Develop and Sustain a School-Based Telepractice Program (Presenters: Diana Christiana and Sue Grogan-Johnson)

  • Telepractice Technology: Tools to Deliver Care Remotely (Presenters: David Brennan and Brooke Hatfield)

Which of your recent Perspectives articles is a must-read for CSD professionals, and why?
Telepractice is unique in that it appeals to both audiologists and speech-language pathologists, all settings, and novices as well as seasoned telepractice clinicians. For that reason, it is difficult to name specific articles as “must-read.” We have published Perspectives issues with themes such as getting started, audiology issues, professional issues, public schools, international applications, and technology. It would be most beneficial for professionals to do a search of SIG 18 Perspectives to find the topic related to their area of practice.
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December 4, 2014
Lisa Devlin
Telepractice for training consumers
Does this group also examine the use of telepractice for teaching consumers how to use technology?
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