Telepractice: An Overview and Best Practices Telepractice is the use of telecommunications technology to deliver speech therapy and audiology services to a client who is in a different physical location than the practitioner. This article presents a general overview of telepractice, including terminology and definitions; ethical considerations; privacy and security; reimbursement policy and trends; considerations for ... Article
Article  |   January 01, 2014
Telepractice: An Overview and Best Practices
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Jana Cason
    Spalding University, Louisville, KY
  • Ellen R. Cohn
    University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Disclosures: Financial: This paper was supported in part by the RERC on Telerehabilitation at the University of Pittsburgh, funded by NIDRR Department of Education. Jana Cason receives royalties from the sale of the Educator’s Toolkit for Teaching Telehealth from Go2Care. Ellen Cohn receives royalties as a co-editor for one of the books referenced in this paper.
    Disclosures: Financial: This paper was supported in part by the RERC on Telerehabilitation at the University of Pittsburgh, funded by NIDRR Department of Education. Jana Cason receives royalties from the sale of the Educator’s Toolkit for Teaching Telehealth from Go2Care. Ellen Cohn receives royalties as a co-editor for one of the books referenced in this paper.×
  • Nonfinancial: Jana Cason is the vice-chair of the American Telemedicine Association’s Telerehabilitation Special Interest Section. Jana Cason serves on the Affordable Care Act Ad Hoc Committee and chairs the Telehealth Subcommittee for the American Occupational Therapy Association. Ellen Cohn is a journal editor for the International Journal of Telehabilitation.
    Nonfinancial: Jana Cason is the vice-chair of the American Telemedicine Association’s Telerehabilitation Special Interest Section. Jana Cason serves on the Affordable Care Act Ad Hoc Committee and chairs the Telehealth Subcommittee for the American Occupational Therapy Association. Ellen Cohn is a journal editor for the International Journal of Telehabilitation.×
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Article   |   January 01, 2014
Telepractice: An Overview and Best Practices
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, January 2014, Vol. 23, 4-17. doi:10.1044/aac23.1.4
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, January 2014, Vol. 23, 4-17. doi:10.1044/aac23.1.4

Telepractice is the use of telecommunications technology to deliver speech therapy and audiology services to a client who is in a different physical location than the practitioner. This article presents a general overview of telepractice, including terminology and definitions; ethical considerations; privacy and security; reimbursement policy and trends; considerations for client selection; and telepractice resources. It was written to provide foundational information about telepractice for practitioners who are engaged with alternative and augmentative communication (AAC).

Acknowledgement
This paper was supported in part by theRERC on Telerehabilitationat the University of Pittsburgh, funded by NIDRR Department of Education, Washington DC, Grant #H133E090002.
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