Michigan expands access to online speech therapy for underserved students

By Laura Devaney
August 4th, 2015

Michigan now allows Medicaid reimbursement for online speech therapy, which could help with access

speech-therapyMichigan schools are now eligible to receive Medicaid reimbursement for speech telepractice services, just as they do for on-site services.

According to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services policy, live, online speech-language therapy, also known as telepractice, is simply “subject to the same provisions as therapy provided to a patient in person.”

Live, online delivery of speech-language services—also known as telemedicine or telehealth—is a mode of delivery that has been shown to produce the same or better results when compared to onsite delivery. Telepractice is recognized as effective by the American Speech Language Hearing Association, and supported by dozens of published, peer-reviewed research studies.

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