FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Virginia Schools Now Eligible to Receive Medicaid Reimbursements for Speech Telepractice Services
Schools now have a more cost-effective way to provide speech-language therapy services to students with special needs
SAN FRANCISCO, June 13, 2012 – Virginia’s Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) recently announced that Virginia schools are eligible to receive Medicaid reimbursement for telepractice services, also known as online speech therapy. With this announcement, schools in Virginia can be reimbursed for speech-language pathology services provided to children by PresenceLearning (www.presencelearning.com), the leading provider of live online speech therapy services to K-12 school districts. PresenceLearning employs the latest video-conferencing technology, a comprehensive digital library of therapeutic content, and time-saving collaboration and practice management tools to deliver live, 1-to-1 sessions that are individualized, curriculum-relevant and evidence-based.
“As an ASHA-recognized means of delivering speech therapy services, telepractice can help schools and districts improve student outcomes in a highly effective and engaging way,” said Clay Whitehead, PresenceLearning co-founder. “DMAS’ recent announcement now allows Virginia schools to better serve special needs students with these Medicaid-approved services.”
PresenceLearning delivers live, online speech therapy for schools using a large and growing network of highly qualified speech language pathologists (SLPs). SLPs work with students face-to-face in real time via live videoconferencing sessions using established, evidence-based therapeutic practices, without the scheduling and geographic limitations of conventional therapy. SLPs work flexible hours from home without having to travel, taking advantage of PresenceLearning’s unique scheduling, tracking and reporting tools, as well as its library of original, interactive content and activities that make the therapy experience highly-engaging for students of all grade levels.
Over the past year, PresenceLearning’s online speech and language therapy services have been adopted by a growing number of educational organizations, including dozens of traditional school districts and many virtual academy and charter school management groups. As of June 2012, PresenceLearning is delivering more than 5,000 successful speech therapy online sessions a month.
PresenceLearning (www.presencelearning.com) is the leading provider of live online speech therapy services (also known as telepractice) for K-12 students. The company offers school districts web-based access to a nationwide network of highly -qualified speech language pathologists (SLPs) via live videoconferencing using the latest in evidence-based practices. PresenceLearning delivers significant cost savings while improving student outcomes. PresenceLearning is an ASHA-approved continuing education provider for SLPs and a U.S. Department of Education grant-winner, dedicated to bringing the highest clinical standards to telepractice.
Katie Povejsil, Vice President of Marketing
Christine Allman, Public Relations for PresenceLearning