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Alaska Speech Therapy Telehealth

A person who is licensed or registered under AS 08.11 may provide telemedicine services to a client in Alaska if:

    • The telemedicine services are of the same scope, nature, and quality as those services provided in person;
    • The quality of electronic transmissions used to provide telemedicine services allow the licensee or registrant to provide services equivalent to those provided in person;
    • The licensee or registrant has the skill and ability to operate equipment used to provide telemedicine services;
    • The licensee or registrant assesses the client’s level of comfort in receiving telemedicine services and makes appropriate adjustments to the treatment plan based on that assessment;
    • The licensee or registrant ensures the presence of telemedicine facilitator who is physically present with the client, when appropriate;
    • The licensee or registrant ensures that the client can contact a licensed health care provider in person as part of the client’s treatment plan;
    • The licensee or registrant ensures that the electronic transmissions used to provide telemedicine services have sufficient security to ensure the protection of the client’s medical records as if the client were receiving in-person treatment; and
    • The licensee or registrant does not provide telemedicine services solely through written correspondence; however, written correspondence may be used to supplement telemedicine services.

The rule does not prevent the use of asynchronous telemedicine.

Informed Consent

A licensee or registrant who provides telemedicine services shall document the efforts to obtain the client’s consent to send all records to the client’s primary care provider, if the licensee or registrant is not the client’s primary care provider.

If a client provides consent, the licensee or registrant who provides telemedicine services shall obtain that consent in writing signed by the client or the client’s legal guardian


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