Tennessee Reimburses Schools for Telepractice Services

There is a shortage of qualified school-based speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, and mental health professionals in many states. Telepractice helps alleviate these shortages by making these clinicians available online in areas that may otherwise struggle to be served. The Tennessee General Assembly recently passed an amendment to Senate Bill 195 enabling schools be be reimbursed by Medicaid for these services provided via telepractice, which were previously reimbursable in Tennessee only in managed care organizations and school-based health clinics.