FTC Staff Comment To the Delaware Board of Speech/Language Pathologists, Audiologists and Hearing Aid Dispensers Regarding Its Proposed Revisions To Its Telecommunication and Telehealth Regulations

Matter Number:

V170001

Summary

FTC staff submitted a comment to the Delaware Board of Speech/Language Pathologists, Audiologists and Hearing Aid Dispensers on its proposed regulation that would allow telepractice in those fields but require an initial in-person evaluation. Staff stated that allowing telepractice could enhance consumer choice by providing an alternative to in-person care, potentially reducing travel expenditures and increasing both access to care and competition. However, because the proposed regulation requires that all initial evaluations be conducted in person, it may unnecessarily discourage the use of telepractice and limit its potential benefits.