Louisiana Legislature Passes Audiology Speech-Language Pathology Interstate Licensure Compact Legislation
On October 21, Louisiana SB 34 passed the full legislature, becoming the sixth state to pass such legislation. The Audiology Speech-Language Pathology Interstate Compact (ASLP-IC) would allow state-licensed audiologists and speech-language pathologists to apply for privileges to practice in other participating states and would enable them to provide services across state lines—either face to face or through telepractice.
The ASLP-IC will become operational when 10 states enact the legislation for the compact. This flexibility is needed in today’s health-care marketplace to help promote continuity of care for patients who travel or relocate, as well as to facilitate job mobility for providers. Each state participating in the compact would not cede any regulatory autonomy; it would continue to regulate the actual practice of audiology and speech-language pathology and maintain their individual scopes of practice. In addition, states that participate in the compact would be able to share provider disciplinary actions, providing an additional layer of consumer protection. The Academy’s State Relations Committee is committed to supporting efforts to reach the needed 10 states within the next year.
It is not too early to get ready for the 2021 state legislative sessions. Get involved with your state Academy of Audiology, reach out to your state legislative representatives, talk to your fellow audiologists, and spread the word about the need for the ASLP-IC; for practitioners and patients alike. More detailed information about the ASLP-IC can be found at the dedicated website, where you can find legislative text, fact sheets, and other advocacy materials.