Need information about your state’s endoscopy laws and regulations and FEES? ASHA has information on state regulations and endoscopy at the following website.
***Tennessee Endoscopy law for Speech-Language Pathologists is one of the most defining in the US. Rules and laws governing SLPs’ use of endoscopy to perform swallowing assessments (FEES), or voice assessments (videostroboscopy) vary state to state. Review your state law and board rulings online, contact your state health board governing SLPs, or your state association for more information.***
Section 1, subdivision (B) of the Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 63-17-103(5) pertains to privileges and conditions allowing speech language pathologists to use rigid and flexible endoscopes.
“A speech language pathologist who uses an endoscope shall meet all of the following conditions:
On November 6, 2012, the Board of Communication Sciences and Disorders approved registration of licensed Speech-Language Pathologists performing endoscopy (flexible or rigid) in the State of Tennessee. The Board requires Speech-Language Pathologists performing endoscopy to submit the necessary notarized endoscopy registration forms to the Board Administrator for approval and action. The endoscopy registration form for SLPs qualified to perform endoscopy, but to not train other SLPs, can be found at https://tn.gov/content/dam/tn/health/healthprofboards/PH-4176.pdf. The registration form for SLPs qualified to perform and train other SLPs and including authorization by a Board Certified Otolaryngologist can be found at https://www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/health/healthprofboards/PH-4186.pdf. All registration applications must be notarized to be valid. Once processed by the Board Administrator, a qualifying endorsement will be added to the applying SLP’s license. If you have any questions, contact the Board Administrator, at 615-253-6061.
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