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Chapter 609-13 TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Rule 609-13-.01 Telecommunications

Any person in this state or physically located in another state or foreign country who, using telecommunications and information technologies through which speech-language pathology information and auditory-vestibular system information or data is transmitted, performs an act that is part of a patient care service located in this state, including but not limited to any measures of speech-language pathology or auditory-vestibular system function or hearing instrument selection, fitting, or dispensing that would effect the diagnosis or treatment of the patient is engaged in the practice of speech-language pathology or audio logy in this state.

Rule 609-13-.02 License Requirement

Any person who performs such acts through such means as described in Rule 609-13-.01 shall be required to have a license to practice speech-language pathology or audiology in this state and shall be subject to regulation by the Board.

Rule 609-13-.03 Restrictions

No out-of-state or foreign practitioner shall have ultimate authority over the speech-language or auditory-vestibular system health care of a patient who is located in this state. Any such practitioner in this state, another state, or a foreign country shall abide by the rules of the Board.

Rule 609-13-.04 Exemptions

(1) This shall not apply to:
(a) the acts of a speech-language pathologist or an audiologist located in another state or foreign country who provides consultation services at the request of a speech-language pathologist or an audiologist licensed in this state;
(b) the acts of a speech-language pathologist or an audiologist licensed in another state or foreign country who:
1. provides consultation services without compensation, remuneration, or other expectation thereof and without altering, adjusting, or manipulating hearing aid device controls; or
2. provides consultation service to a graduate school located in this state and approved by the Board; or
3. The acts of a speech-language pathologist or an audiologist located in another state or foreign country when invited as a guest of any graduate school or institution of higher learning approved by the Board, state, or national accrediting body or component thereof, for the sole purpose of engaging in professional education through lectures, clinics, or demonstrations.
(2) This shall not be construed to alter the scope of practice of any health care provider or authorize the delivery of health care services in a setting or in a manner not otherwise authorized by the laws of this state.

Rule 609-13-.05 Patient Records for Telecommunications

All persons subject to the provision of the Code section 43-44-7 shall be required to comply with all applicable requirements of the laws of this state relating to the maintenance of patient records and the confidentiality of patient information, regardless of where such speech-language pathologist or audiologist may be located and regardless of where or how the records of any patient located in this state are maintained.