Georgia and North Carolina recently passed legislation to implement the Audiology/Speech-Language Pathology Interstate Compact (ASLP-IC).

These two states join four other states that have passed implementing legislation so far this year—Oklahoma, Utah, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

This compact 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 licensure compact will not become operational until a minimum of 10 states pass and adopt implementing legislation. The Academy’s State Relations Committee is committed to supporting efforts to reach the needed 10 states in the remainder of the year.

The flexibility provided via the compact 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 will not cede any regulatory autonomy; it will 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 will be able to share provider disciplinary actions, providing an additional layer of consumer protection.