Academy Attends Meeting of State Audiology Licensure Boards: Discusses Challenges, Trends, and Changes in Professional Licensure
On October 20-22, 2016, the National Council of State Boards of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology (NCSB) headed to Santa Fe, NM for their annual meeting addressing “New Horizons in Professional Licensure.” The Academy attended as an exhibitor, as this conference presents an excellent opportunity to interface with state audiology licensure boards.
This year marks the 29th year of the conference and proved to be one of the most informative and productive yet. Colmon Elridge, who serves as the Director of The Council of State Governments National Center for State Compacts, provided the keynote speech to kick off the conference. His presentation focused on licensure portability, and he spoke about other health-care professions who have adopted multi-state licensure compacts to improve the practice and accessibility of healthcare across state lines. This led to a significant discussion among NCSB members about state compacts for audiology and speech-language pathology licensure and other ways to address licensure portability.
The NCSB serves as an excellent resource for states and provides a platform for representatives from state audiology licensure boards to come together to discuss current trends in licensure and to look ahead as the regulatory climate changes. During their annual meeting, the NCSB hosts a state information exchange where meeting attendees can provide an update from their home state. This exercise helps to identify common challenges and facilitates communication among the states on the main issues such as telehealth and licensure changes. If your state is currently not a member of this organization, the Academy would encourage you to reach out to the NCSB via their Web site and inquire about the membership. For more information, contact Kate Thomas, senior director of advocacy and reimbursement.