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  • 21 Aug 2019 11:44 AM | Anonymous

    NCSB Newsletter


    Summer 2019



    PRESIDENT’S CORNER

    BY: Kerri Phillips

    Are you ready to remember the Alamo and of course indulge in mango ice cream! The 32nd NCSB conference will be held at the historic Menger Hotel in San Antonio, TX on September 26-28, 2019. Our outstanding President Elect, Gregg Thornton, has developed an agenda that will certainly add spice to our discussions. The conference theme “Regulating Smartly in a Deregulating Climate: Threats to Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology" will equip boards with ideas to take back and share with our respective consumers and legislative bodies.

    We will continue to discuss the implementation of licensure compacts and threats to our regulatory boards nationwide. Jim Puente, Director of the Nurse Licensure Compact, will share with attendees tips on how to administer a compact. Matt Lyon, Governmental Liaison for the Texas Academy of Audiology, will provide information regarding over the counter hearing aids. Tammy Brown, Board President for the Ohio Board of Examiners, and Cheryl Hawkinson, Ohio Assistant Attorney General, will discuss Ohio’s board consolidation.

    Two of the ever popular events continue to occur: the Pre-conference workshop and popular state information exchange. Gregg Thornton and Amy Goldman have provided new discussion topics for boards. Keep an eye out for Amy’s email requesting slides! As we continue in this deregulation climate, this conference is poised to be one of our best.

    San Antonio’s Riverwalk will provide a fantastic setting to shop, network, and dine.

    We are excited to provide a venue for you to acquire more knowledge equipping you to return to your respective states to advocate for occupational licensure and the protection of consumers since the primary purpose of NCSB is to:

    • Facilitate communication and interaction among state boards
    • Promote the protection of consumers
    • Stimulate interest in and discussion of issues pertaining to licensure boards
    • Provide a forum for discussion
    • Assist licensing boards in fulfilling statutory, professional and ethical obligations
    • Promote uniform standards for licensure

    Grab your boots and join NCSB in San Antonio as we advance our purpose and learn how to prepare for the battles that lie ahead in our respective states. See you in San Antonio!

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    NCSB’s 32nd ANNUAL CONFERENCE
    “Regulating Smartly in a Deregulating Climate:
    Threats to Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology”

    September 26-28, 2019 - Menger Hotel, San Antonio, Texas

    Registration brochures announcing the 32nd annual NCSB Conference have been mailed. If you or your state board did not receive one of the brochures, a registration form and hotel information are included in this newsletter. As in past years, a pre-conference workshop on Training for Board Members will be held on Thursday, September 26, 2019, and the one and one-half day conference will follow on September 27 and 28. NCSB invites boards to participate in both the board training and the conference. Following is a synopsis of the pre-conference workshop and the conference. You can also visit the conference website at http://www.ncsb.info/conference for more information.

    PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP “Training for Board Members”
    Thursday, September 26, 2019, 8am - 5pm
    Facilitators: Ayn Stehr, Attorney; Theresa Rodgers, SLP; and Glenn Waguespack, AuD

    Participants in the training include members of the NCSB Board of Directors. The workshiop is designed for speech-language pathologists, audiologists, board administrators, board attorneys, and all others involved in the regulatory process, the training will focus on all aspects of board service. Attendees are invited to bring a copy of their state law and rules/regulations.

    Highlights include:

    • A Board attorney with experience in administrative law will discuss statutory authority, including rulemaking and the disciplinary process.
    • A mock compliance hearing will be conducted to illustrate a way in which Board members can obtain additional information in cases where an application for licensure may be denied. Based on the information presented, attendees will make the final decision regarding issuance of the license.
    • A mock disciplinary hearing that will trace the process from the initial letter of complaint through testimony of witnesses to imposition of sanctions. Attendees will serve as the hearing panel and will learn how to report sanctions to the NPDB.
    • Ethical situations and dilemmas will be utilized to provide experience in receiving, reviewing, and resolving complaints. Participants will be asked to share dilemmas that have been experienced by their individual Boards.
    • A flash drive containing important regulatory statistics, state licensing laws, examples of licensure board exams, and other pertinent information will be provided to all attendees.

    DAILY CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

    View the daily schedule at http://www.ncsb.info/2019/schedule

    Friday, September 27, 2019

    • 8am - 8:30am Registration & Continental Breakfast
       
    • 8:30am - 8:45am Howdy Yall; Welcome
      Kerri Phillips, NCSB President
      Gregg Thornton, NCSB President-Elect
       
    • 8:45am - 10am The Rough Riders; Administering Compacts
      Jim Puente; KEYNOTE SPEAKER
       
    • 10am - 10:15am BREAK
       
    • 10:15am - 11am Three Amigos; Licensure Compact Update
      Nahale Kalfas, North Carolina
      Kerri Phillips, Louisiana
      Gregg Thornton, Ohio
       
    • 11am - 11:30am Ain't My First Rodeo; Update on Antitrust Case Law
      Nahale Kafas, JD
       
    • 11am - 1pm Welcome to the Fiesta; LUNCH and CORPORATE BUSINESS MEETING
       
    • 1pm - 2:15pm A Walk Along The River; Board Consolidation - Who’s in Your Canoe: Tammy Brown & Board Actions in the Climate of Deregulation
      Cheryl Hawkinson, Ohio
       
    • 2:15pm - 2:30pm BREAK
       
    • 2:30pm - 3:15pm Over the Counter Hearing Aids: A Prickly Pear or a Fruit Ripe for the Picking
      Matt Lyon, Texas
       
    • 3:15pm - 4pm Holy Guacamole; Ethical Trends and Challenges Facing the Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Professions
      Donna Euben, ASHA
       
    • 4pm - 5pm The Whole Enchilada; New Ethics Requirement
      Todd Philbrick, ASHA
      Panelists Include: Tracy Grammer, Oklahoma; Matthew Lyon, Texas; Patty Nesbitt, WV 

    Saturday, September 28

    • 8:30am - 9:30am Round Up - Part 1: State Information Exchange
      Facilitator: Amy Goldman, Pennsylvania. A state representative should be prepared to speak for 5 minutes on successes and challenges in the respective state.
       
    • 9:30am - 10am Head'em-up-Mov'em Out - ETS Updates
      Kathy Pruner, New Jersey
       
    • 10am - 10:15am Break
       
    • 10:15am - 11:15am Round Up - Part 2: State Information Exchange
      Facilitator: Amy Goldman, Pennsylvania
       
    • 11:15am - 12noon New Territories in Licensing; Clinical Simulation, Lobbying for your Board & Cultural Competence and Sensitivity
      Kerri Philips, Louisiana
      Tracy Grammer, Oklahoma
      Jayme Pultro, Mississippi
       
    • 12noon - 12:15pm Take off your boots and Hang up your Hat: Wrap-up and 2020 Conference Preview
      Kerri Phillips, NCSB President
      Gregg Thornton, NCSB President-Elect

    2019 CONFERENCE AT MENGER HOTEL IN SAN ANTONIO

    The 2019 NCSB Workshop and Conference will be held Thursday, September 26, 2019, through Saturday, September 28, 2019, at the Menger Hotel, 204 Alamo Plaza, in San Antonio, Texas. The Historic Menger Hotel is the oldest continuously operating hotel west of the Mississippi. Across from the Alamo and located on the historic Riverwalk, the hotel has hosted generations of guests who are amazed by the architectural grandeur of the structure. From its museum-worthy furnishings, walls and display cases with mementoes and photographs that capture its esteemed history to its celebrated mango ice cream, the Menger is the essence of San Antonio. The hotel is next to the Shops at Rivercenter, a shopping mall that includes retail shops as well as a number of restaurants and fast-food places.

    Hotel Group Room Rates: $129 Single, Double, Triple, or Quad plus 16.75% tax. Effective 1/1/19, hotel guests are assessed a 1.25% San Antonio tourism fee for each taxable room night. The group rate may be honored three days before and three days after the group block ends (subject to availability). Check-in time is 3:00 PM, and check-out time is 11:00 AM. If a guest leaves earlier than the scheduled departure date, there will be a charge of $75.000 plus 16.75% tax.

    Hotel Reservations: Individuals may make reservations directly with the hotel reservations department by call 24 hour toll-free at 800-345-9285. Reservations cancelled after 48 hours prior to the arrival date will be assessed one night’s room and tax. Book your room online at http://www.ncsb.info/2019/venue.

    Cut-Off Date: Cut-off date for making reservations in the group room block is September 8, 2019.

    Complimentary internet access will be provided to hotel guests both in guest rooms and in the meeting spaces. Overnight parking rates are $25.00 plus tax per day. Day or event parking is $20.00 plus tax.

    Airport Transportation: There is a city shuttle called “Super Shuttle” that leaves the airport every 15-30 minutes from outside baggage claim. Cost is $15.00 one way or $20.00 round trip. Taxis from the airport range from $25-$30 and will charge flat rate for one to three people.

    CONFERENCE REGISTRATION

    Conference Fee

    • NCSB Members - $325
    • Multiple Attendees from a Member State - $300
    • Non Members - $500
    • Exhibitors - $450.00

    Pre-Conference Workshop

    • Member - $225.00
    • Non Member - $325.00

    Registration Cancellation

    • On or before August 26: 90% of registration fees
    • After August 26: No refund due to cancellation

    Signup online at http://www.ncsb.info/2019/registration.

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    NCSB TO PRESENT POSTER SESSION AT ASHA

    Please view the NCSB poster during the ASHA Convention. Plan to attend and share your licensure experiences with others who have an interest in licensure. The poster will include demographic data on a number of topics, including continuing education, hearing aid dispensing, telepractice, universal licensure, support personnel, and others. In addition, an update on licensure compacts will be presented, along with the most recent draft of the compact proposal. Handouts will be provided, as will a listing of web addresses for audiology and speech-language pathology boards.

    “Deregulation of Professional Licensure: Will Licensure Compacts Resolve the Problem?”
    Session Number 7331, Poster Board 150
    Friday, November 22, 2019 9:30-11:00 AM
    Location: Hall D2/E1 - Orange County Convention Center

    Hope to see you at the Convention Center in Orlando.

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    NCSB AWARDS

    At the 31st annual conference held in Vienna, Virginia, NCSB presented two awards during its corporate business meeting and luncheon.

    Honors of the Association - Presented to Dr. Michael Zagarella from West Virginia. Bio information indicated that Michael has been a member of the West Virginia Board of Examiners since 1997. He served as President of that regulatory board from 1999 to 2017. Michael was recognized for his initiative to pass universal licensure in WV. He also led the Board in developing a jurisprudence examination that every new licensee must complete prior to receiving a WV license. Since 2011, Michael has advocated for his board’s participation in NCSB, both with their presence and with their financial support. Michael was also commended for his service to the WV Speech and Hearing Association, having served as their ethics trainer as a means of educating licensees and encouraging them to follow the statute and rules. The recommendation for Honors of the Association recognized his exemplary service that changed the direction of the Board in West Virginia.

    Special Recognition Award - Presented to Barbara Conrad from Ohio. Bio information focused on the positive influence Barbara has had on the practice of speech-language pathology in Ohiothrough her leadership, mentoring, and involvement in state level initiatives. Much of her work occurred in the school setting as a founding member of the Ohio School Speech Pathology Educational Audiology Coalition (OSSPEAC). Through her work in this capacity, she was able to forge relationships with the Ohio Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the Ohio Department of Education, and the Ohio Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. She was instrumental in creating the Ohio Master’s Network Initiative in Education (OMNIE), which resulted in 58 school-based SLPs receiving their Master’s degrees through distance learning. The recommendation for a Special Recognition Award was based on her and national levels.

    NCSB is pleased to recognize these two dedicated individuals and encourages state boards to submit nominations as a tribute to individuals who have made a difference in the professions of audiology and speech-language pathology.

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    LICENSURE COMPACTS
    NCSB: State Compacts Update

    The NCSB Task Force has met and has drafted a licensure compact applicable to the professions of audiology and speech-language pathology. Ayn Stehr, Task Force Chair, drafted the initial document and presented it to committee members. Committee members have reviewed the document, and discussions are on-going with the

    draft compact. The draft compact was shared with the NCSB Board of Directors and other stakeholders for additional input upon completion. Remember that this is a process that will take time (years) to develop and finalize. The National Center for Interstate Compacts and the Council of State Governments have made plans to convene a legislative educational summit on August 19-20, 2019. At that time representatives from each state will discuss the final compact and make decisions regarding the best way to implement the compact in those states that have expressed an interest.

    As a reminder, the compact preserves the regulatory authority of states to protect public health and safety through the current system of state licensure. Its specific objectives are:

    • To increase public access to audiology & speech-language pathology services by providing for the mutual recognition of other member licenses;
    • To enhance the state’s ability to protect the public’s health and safety;
    • To encourage the cooperation of member states in regulating multistate audiology and speech-language pathology practice;
    • To support spouses of relocating active duty personnel;
    • To enhance the exchange of licensure, investigative and disciplinary information between member states;
    • To allow a remote state to hold a provider of services with a compact privilege in that state accountable to that state’s practice standards; and
    • To allow for the use of telehealth technology to facilitate increased access to audiology and speech-language pathology services

    NCSB has been involved in the process since the outset and hopes to continue to take an active role in interstate compacts. Following is a letter of support sent by the NCSB President, Kerri Phillips, to Dan Logsdon with the Council of State Governments.

    Dan Logsdon, Director
    National Center for Interstate Compacts
    Council of State Governments
    1776 Avenue of the States
    Lexington, KY 40511

    Dear Mr. Logsdon:
    On behalf of the National Council of State Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology (NCSB), I am writing in support of the proposed Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Interstate Compact (ASLP-IC). We commend the Council of State Governments for working with the professions and associated professional associations in the publication of the proposed compact.

    The NCSB is a national organization that represents state licensure boards in audiology and speech-language pathology across the country. In our work with licensing boards nationwide, we gather data relative to licensing characteristics and national trends and appreciate and respect the importance and effectiveness of statutory authority imposed by states in the interest of consumer protection.
    NCSB’s primary purpose is to:

    • Facilitate communication and interaction among state boards
    • Promote the protection of consumers
    • Stimulate interest in and discussion of issues pertaining to licensure boards
    • Provide a forum for discussion
    • Assist licensing boards in fulfilling statutory, professional and ethical obligations
    • Promote uniform standards for licensure

    Although there is not a uniform practice act, and standards do vary to some extent from state to state, licensure boards nevertheless share the responsibility to protect consumers regardless of the mode of service delivery. The establishment of a compact, whereby licensure boards can expand services to individuals with speech, language, or hearing problems, can remove barriers to care while also ensuring that protection of the public’s health, safety and welfare is maintained. It shall be the responsibility of each state licensing board to develop rules, policies, and procedures consistent with the laws of that state for the regulation and enforcement of services provided by the compact.

    NCSB supports licensure as an important means of consumer protection, and encourages your leadership in this matter with state licensure boards so that individuals are fully informed about the issue of the compact. If you have questions or comments concerning this matter, please donot hesitate to contact us.

    Respectfully,
    Kerri Phillips
    2019 NCSB President

    An update on the current status of the licensure compact, as well as an update on the legislative educational summit, will be presented at the NCSB Fall Conference in San Antonio. NCSB encourages regulatory boards to become involved in the formation of a licensure compact in their respective states as a means of facilitating the interstate practice of audiology and speech-language pathology with the goal of improving public access to those services.

    Nahale Kalfas, Board attorney in North Carolina, has been actively involved with the Council of State Governments in the formation of the compact. Following are links that may provide Boards with additional information regarding licensure compacts.

    http://licensing.csg.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/NCIC-June-2019-May-pdf
    This link depicts a map of the United States showing the states that have formed compacts. Although the compacts are not specific to the professions of audiology and speech-language pathology, the second page depicts those professions that have formed compacts in related areas.

    http://licensing.csg.org/?=434
    This link refers to hair braiding, and although this is not specific to the professions of audiology and speech-language pathology, it is pertinent to the issue of licensure deregulation. Please share these links with your respective Boards as you discuss the formation of licensure compacts.

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    SPOTLIGHT ON REGULATORY BOARDS

    This editions’ spotlight shines on “The Sooner State.” Oklahoma’s nickname is in reference to the non-native settlers who staked claims on land before the official opening date of the western Oklahoma Territory through the Indian Appropriations act of 1889. Oklahoma, becoming the 46th state on November 16, 1907, is the 20th-most extensive and the 28th-most populous of the fifty United States. The states’ name is derived from the Choctaw words okla and humma meaning “red people.” The capitol, Oklahoma City, is in the middle of its’ 69,899 square miles. Oklahoma is the birthplace of the parking meter, the shopping cart, the electric guitar, and the YIELD sign. With more man-made lakes than any other state in the nation, Oklahoma’s terrain is diverse including four mountain ranges, prairies, and deciduous forests. Oklahoma is home to 3,943,079 “Okies” including 2725 speech-language pathologists, audiologists, audiology assistants, and speech-language pathology assistants. Famous “Okies” include Howard, Garth Brookes, Toby Keith, Reba McEntire, Will Rogers, Paul Harvey, Thomas P. Stafford, Chuck Norris, Gene Autry, Jim Thorpe, Kristen Chenoweth, and many others.

    Speech-language pathologists, audiologists, audiology assistants, and speech-language pathology assistants are regulated by the Oklahoma Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. Created in 1973, the mission of OBESPA is to regulate the practices of speech-language pathology and audiology for the protection of the health, safety, and welfare of the public as well as to support practitioners in their professional endeavors. Licensure is required for any practice of speech-language pathology or audiology in all non-exempt employment setting, including services provided through telepractice. Although many professionals in exempt settings chose to be licensed, licensure is not required for practice in federal, state, or county employment settings. Oklahoma is proud to participate in the interstate licensure compact.

    OBESPA currently regulates the licenses of 2725 speech-language pathologists, audiologists, audiology assistants, and speech-language pathology assistants. Audiology assistants are authorized rather than licensed. OBESPA has regulated the practice of speech-language pathology assistants through licensure since 2013. Twenty hours of continuing education is required each two years for license maintenance to include two hours dedicated to ethics. Since 2017, six hours of continuing education are required in supervision for all practitioners who supervise speech-language pathology assistants or clinical fellows. Three of those hours are required specific to the nature of the person being supervised: clinical fellow or assistant. Speech-language pathologists must hold licensure for two years prior to supervising an assistant or speech-language pathologist in clinical fellowship.

    OBESPA is comprised of three members of the professions with at least one speech-language pathologist and at least one audiologist; one lay member defined as a consumer of services or the family member of a consumer of services; and an otolaryngologist. The Board is represented by an assistant attorney general who is assigned to the Board. OBESPA is managed by an executive secretary. Each professional Board member is appointed by the Governor after a public nomination process to serve a three year term. The layperson and the physician are appointed by the Governor. OBESPA is required to undergo sunset review each three years to verify the necessity and benefit of licensure to the public. As a non-apportioned agency, OBESPA is required to pay 10% of its’ earnings to the states’ general revenue fund. Application for licensure and for licensure renewal may be completed electronically. Licensure fees are $85.00 per year. Contact Amy Hall, Executive Secretary of OBESPA for more information.

    Current OBESPA members:

    • Suzanne Stanton, Speech-Language Pathology
    • Tracy Grammer, Speech-Language Pathology
    • April Waller, Audiologist
    • William Livermon, Lay Member
    • Wayne Berryhill, M.D.

    Mailing Address:

    OBESPA
    P.O. Box 53592
    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73152

    Phone: (405)524-4985

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    MEMBERSHIP IN NCSB

    NCSB encourages interested individuals/board to join NCSB. Categories of membership are as follows:

    State Board Membership - Organizations eligible to apply for Full Membership are those boards, advisory councils, committees, or comparable bodies which conduct and maintain programs for the licensing of speech-language pathologists and audiologists in their respective states or provinces. The cost for Full Membership is $450.00.

    Individual Membership - This category is available to any individual who presently has served as a member, executive director, administrator, or attorney affiliated with a speech-language pathology and/or audiology board. Additionally, any SLP or AUD holding current licensure and with an interest in regulatory matters is entitled to apply for this affiliation. Individual members from states that are member boards in good standing shall receive discounted membership. The cost for Individual Membership is $35.00 for individuals whose state is a member board and $50.00 for individuals residing in states that do not hold membership in NCSB.

    Association Membership - This category refers to organizations that either directly or indirectly provide services to individuals with communication disorders and whose members are impacted by licensing or certification of SLPs and AUDs. Individuals may also apply for this level of membership; however, membership is restricted to individuals who are members of an organization eligible to apply for Association Membership. The cost of Association Membership is $450.00.

    All levels of membership can be accessed by logging on to http://www.ncsb.info/membership

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    JOIN NCSB ON FACEBOOK

    Keep up to date on the latest news and information from NCSB. Join Facebook and have access to early announcements of conference locations, accommodations, and programs. Get “social” with NCSB. Membership in the Facebook group is open to anyone who is a past or present member of your state’s licensure board in speech-language pathology or audiology, state and national association leaders—or if you are interested in trending information and hot topics related to the regulation of the communication profession. Invite your friends to “like” and “follow” us. Connect with your colleagues about timely issues in the professions and share news about what is happening in your state.

    Search under “NCSB” or go to https://www.facebook.com/groups/201684259941209/?fref=ts.

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    NCSB BOARD OF DIRECTORS

    Position Held By Email
    President Kerrilyn Phillips kphillip@latech.edu
    President-Elect Gregg Thornton gregg.thornton@slpaud.ohio.gov
    Treasurer Doreen Oyadomari doreenphd@gmail.com
    Secretary Amy Goldman amy.goldman@ataporg.org
    Past-President Vicki Pullins vickie@linguacare.com
         
    Editor: Glenn Waguespack audmath1@aol.com
    Directors: Tracy Grammer tgrammerslp@yahoo.com
      Nahale Kalfas enkalfas@aol.com
      Jayme Pultro drpultro@outlook.com
      Rachel Thompson rachel.thompson@wyoboards.gov


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  • 02 Apr 2019 2:53 PM | Anonymous

    April 2019

    TO: Members of NCSB
    FROM: National Council of State Boards of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology (NCSB)
    RE: Call for Nominations (deadline to submit nominations is June 15)

    According to the Bylaws, the President-Elect shall be selected from the current Board of Directors. “One of the said directors shall be elected as President-Elect, the succession to President and Immediate Past President to follow.” Current members of the BOD who are eligible to serve as President-Elect are as follows: The nomination and election timeline is as follows:

    • Amy Goldman, Pennsylvania
    • Gregg Thornton, Ohio
    • Glenn Waguespack, Louisiana
    • Rachel Thompson, Wyoming
    • Nahale Kalfas, North Carolina
    • Doreen Oyadomari, Alabama
    • Jayme Pultro, Mississippi
    • Tracy Grammer, Oklahoma


    NCSB is also issuing a call to fill three (3) vacancies on the Board.
    The term is for three (3) years, and according to the Bylaws, “Members of the Board of Directors shall be from states that are members of the Council or shall hold individual membership in the Council”. At least one of the three MUST be an audiologist.

    Please use this form and submit nominations via email or snail mail to:

    Vickie Pullins
    Chair Nominations
    120 Hanworth Lane Daniels, W 25832
    vickie@linguacare.com

    Nominees will be contacted by NCSB for biographical information.

    The following individual(s) have been nominated for President-Elect:
    Rachel Thompson - Wyoming

    The following individual(s) have been nominated for Board of Directors:
    Tracy Grammer – Oklahoma
    Doreen Oydomari - Alabama

  • 26 Feb 2019 2:50 PM | Anonymous

    NCSB Newsletter


    Spring 2019



    PRESIDENT’S CORNER

    BY: Kerri Phillips

    It is rumored that lightning cannot strike the same place twice. However, science as well as the membership of NCSB has proven that wrong! Based on feedback from previous attendees, NCSB will return to San Antonio for another informative and engaging conference. Plans are underway for the program which will no doubt provide updates on timely topics related to professional licensure.

    Please join me in welcoming our new Board of Director Members: Jayme Pultro (AR) and Rachel Thompson (WY). It is safe to say that NCSB will make good use of their many talents. Nahale Kalfas, attorney for the North Carolina Board, was elected to another term on the NCSB Board of Directors. NCSB is pleased to have her expertise and her input on matters related to licensure and the licensure compact.

    If you were unable to attend our energized meeting in October, you missed information that is shaping our landscape as regulatory bodies. The Pre-Conference Workshop presented by Ayn Stehr, Theresa Rodgers, and Glenn Waguespack continued to receive enthusiastic reviews. Our keynote speaker was Nathan Standley, who is an attorney and director at Allen & Pinnix, P.A. where he counsels clients on antitrust, corporate, legislative, and licensing matters. The Council of State Governments (CSG) presented the Draft Compact to the audience and has been working to respond to the many comments received. Please review the information under Compact Update for further information. William West provided a valuable update regarding the National Practitioner Data Bank, and he has made his slides available via the website for those who were unable to attend the Vienna conference.

    I would encourage you to review the conference proceedings on our website for further details. The NCSB board would like to thank our presenters and attendees for making 2018 an excellent conference.

    The Historic Menger Hotel in San Antonio will serve as our 2019 conference site September 26 through September 28, 2019. Gregg Thornton (OH), our President-Elect, is busy planning the conference. Posted on the NCSB website are the lodging and travel information for the 32nd Annual Conference. Thanks to Doreen Oyadomari for once again working her magic!

    Remember the ALAMO! Here we come again!

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    31ST ANNUAL CONFERENCE HELD IN VIENNA, VIRGINIA

    In Vienna, Virginia, from October 4-6, 2018, NCSB hosted its 31st annual conference. The conference opened on Thursday with Board Member Training and began with a statutory authority presentation by a board attorney .Following the statutory authority session in the morning, attendees participated in a mock compliance hearing, a mock disciplinary hearing, discussed ethical decision-making utilizing board scenarios, examined complaints, and drafted a consent order.

    Much of the program October 5 and 6 was devoted to licensure compacts and deregulation. Representatives from the nursing board and the physical therapy board presented information regarding their established compacts. The Council of Stage Governments discussed a draft of a licensure compact for the professions of audiology and speech-language pathology. Information regarding this professional licensure compact is included elsewhere in this publication.

    Of interest to the group was a presentation by representatives from the National Practitioner Data Bank. The presenters provided information regarding the data bank web site and were later part of a board administrator panel to discuss codes and sanctions that state licensing boards utilize to report violations of the practice act. That afternoon there were updates to the Praxis and the ASHACFCC certification standards, as well as a AAA update. As was expected, the state information exchange the following morning proved to be a very interactive session where attendees shared successes and challenges in their respective states.

    Nathan Standley, an attorney, served as the keynote speaker and set the stage for much of the program with his discussion of deregulation of the professions. The licensure compacts are being established to facilitate the interstate practice of audiology and speech-language pathology, and it is anticipated that these compacts will become a key factor as boards discuss the issues of deregulation, antitrust, and other regulatory matters.

    Information regarding the 32nd conference will be made available to licensing agencies this summer, and NCSB welcomes input from state boards regarding issues that are impacting licensure in their respective states.

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    32nd ANNUAL CONFERENCE TO BE HELD IN SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS

    The NCSB Board of Directors will meet March 1 and 2 to develop the program for the next NCSB Conference to be held September 26-28, 2019. The program is still in the development stage; however, updates will be provided on the latest hot topics - licensure compacts and deregulation. Other issues related to the regulation of the professions will be included, and as always, the State Information Exchange will provide attendees with an opportunity to share successes and challenges. If there are topics that you or your Board would like to have presented, or if you have expertise in a particular area, please contact a member of the Board of Directors. Visit http://www.ncsb.info/conference for more information. REGISTRATION BROCHURES CONTAINING A FINALIZED PROGRAM AND HOTEL INFORMATION WILL BE SENT TO BOARDS THIS SUMMER.

    2019 CONFERENCE AT MENGER HOTEL IN SAN ANTONIO

    The 2019 NCSB Workshop and Conference will be held Thursday, September 26, 2019, through Saturday, September 28, 2019, at the Menger Hotel, 204 Alamo Plaza, in San Antonio, Texas. The Historic Menger Hotel is the oldest continuously operating hotel west of the Mississippi. Across from the Alamo and located on the historic Riverwalk, the hotel has hosted generations of guests who are amazed by the architectural grandeur of the structure. From its museum-worthy furnishings, walls and display cases with mementoes and photographs that capture its esteemed history to its celebrated mango ice cream, the Menger is the essence of San Antonio. The hotel is next to the Shops at Rivercenter, a shopping mall that includes retail shops as well as a number of restaurants and fast-food places.

    Hotel Group Room Rates: $129 Single, Double, Triple, or Quad plus 16.75% tax. Effective 1/1/19, hotel guests are assessed a 1.25% San Antonio tourism fee for each taxable room night. The group rate may be honored three days before and three days after the group block ends (subject to availability). Check-in time is 3:00 PM, and check-out time is 11:00 AM. If a guest leaves earlier than the scheduled departure date, there will be a charge of $75.000 plus 16.75% tax.

    Hotel Reservations: Individuals may make reservations directly with the hotel reservations department by call 24 hour toll-free at 800-345-9285. Reservations cancelled after 48 hours prior to the arrival date will be assessed one night’s room and tax.

    Cut-Off Date: Cut-off date for making reservations in the group room block is September 8, 2019.

    Complimentary internet access will be provided to hotel guests both in guest rooms and in the meeting spaces. Overnight parking rates are $25.00 plus tax per day. Day or event parking is $20.00 plus tax.

    Airport Transportation: There is a city shuttle called “Super Shuttle” that leaves the airport every 15-30 minutes from outside baggage claim. Cost is $15.00 one way or $20.00 round trip. Taxis from the airport range from $25-$30 and will charge flat rate for one to three people.

    HOTEL REGISTRATION INFORMATION WILL BE PROVIDED IN THE BROCHURE SENT THIS SUMMER!

    Note: A designated group has been working to develop guidelines and procedures for the implementation of licensure compacts in audiology and speech-language pathology. Following is the information that was presented at the NCSB Annual Conference in Vienna, Virginia last year.

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    NCSB and its Role in the Development of a Licensure Compact for Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology

    The Council of State Governments (CSG) is working collaboratively with its Advisory Committee and its Drafting Team to produce a Draft Licensure Compact for Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology. A diverse group of audiologists, speech-language pathologists, board administrators, legislators, board attorneys, representatives from professional associations, and a member from the Department of Defense have drafted a document to be disseminated at the Fall Conference of the National Council of State Boards of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology (NCSB) in October 2018. The draft will be sent to stakeholders for comment from October 2018-January 2019. From mid-January –February 2019, the drafting team will review comments, and in March 2019 the drafting team will present the final recommended compact to the Advisory Group. Highlights of the drafted language and proposed sections are as follows:

    Section 1. Purpose
    The purpose of the Licensure Compact is to facilitate interstate practice of audiology and speech-language pathology with the goal of improving public access to audiology and speech-language pathology services. The practice of audiology and speech-language pathology occurs in the state where the patient/client is located at the time of the patient/client encounter. The Compact preserves the regulatory authority of states to protect public health and safety through the current system of state licensure.

    Section 2. Definitions
    Section 3. State Participation in the Compact
    Section 4. Compact Privilege
    Section 5. Compact Privilege to Practice Telehealth
    Section 6. Active Duty Military Personnel or Their Spouses
    Section 7. Adverse Actions
    Section 8. Establishment of the Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Compact Commission
    Section 9. Data System
    Section 10. Rulemaking
    Section 11.Oversight, Dispute Resolution, and Enforcement
    Section 12. Date of Implementation of the Interstate Commission for Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Practice and Associated Rules, Withdrawal, and Amendment
    Section 13. Construction and Severability
    Section 14. Binding Impact of Compact and Other Laws

    Each section will be reviewed by stakeholders, and changes/modifications will be evaluated by the Drafting Team and the Advisory Group. Updates and current status of the Licensure Compact are available by contacting Kerri Phillips, SLP.D., NCSB President at kphillip@latech.edu

    Note: Following is an update on the status of the licensure compact since the information was initially presented at the NCSB Conference last year.

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    Update on NCSB: State Compacts

    Dialogue continues with the NCSB, Council of State Governments (CSG), and ASHA regarding interstate compacts for Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists. Since the Annual NCSB conference in Tysons Corner, the CSG Speech-Language Hearing Drafting Team as well as the Advisory Group has been engaged in reviewing received comments regarding the Draft Compact.

    Members of the CSG Speech-Language Hearing Advisory Group include a diverse group of audiologists, speech-language pathologists, executive directors, and state legislators. As a reminder the members of the Advisory Group are:

    Audiologists Miranda Ross (GA) – Board Chair, Aud
    Florence Cueno (AL) – Board Chair, Aud
    Nancy Pajak (WY) – Board Member, Aud
    Richard Cram (NM) – Board Chair, Aud
    State Legislators Sen. Stephan Pappas (WY)
    Speech-Language Pathologists Luis Riquelme (NY) – Board Past Chair, SLP
    Sherry Sancibrian (TX) – Board Chair, SLP
    Julia Lidgard (UT) – Board Member, SLP
    Executive Directors Erin Haag (OR) – Board ED
    Gregg Thornton (OH) – Board ED
    Board Attorneys Nahale Kalfas (NC) – Board Attorney
    NCSB Kerri Phillips (LA)
    Department of Defense Marcus Beauregard – DOD
    Council of State Governments Mike McCabe – CSG
    Dan Logsdon – CSG
    John Mountjoy - CSG
    ASHA Susan Adams


    What are the next steps?
    The Drafting Team will meet face to face in March at the CSG offices in Washington, DC. The targeted date for completion of the Compact is late April.

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    NCSB SOLICITS NOMINATIONS FOR AWARDS

    Each year at its Corporate Business meeting, NCSB recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the professions through involvement with licensure. Two awards have been established to honor individuals, and these include Honors of the Association and the Special Recognition Award. Briefly, Honors of the Association is intended to recognize an individual for his/her exemplary contributions to NCSB, to a licensing board in the state, or to an individual employed by an organization or other entity that addresses regulatory concerns for the professions. The Special Recognition Award is given to individuals who have demonstrated exemplary commitment and contributions in the area of regulation at the state level. Criteria for these awards and detailed nomination procedures can be found at http://www.ncsb.info/ncsb-awards.  NCSB encourages member boards to respond to the Call for Nominations for these two awards. Recipients will be recognized at the Business Meeting Friday, October 5, 2019.

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    NCSB CALL FOR BOARD NOMINATIONS

    NCSB is seeking nominations to fill the positions of President-Elect and three Board members. In keeping with the Bylaws, the President-Elect must be selected from the current Board of Directors. Directors eligible to serve as President-Elect are:

    Amy Goldman Glenn Waguespack Doreen Oyadomari
    Vickie Pullins NahaleKalfas Jayme Pultro
    Tracy Grammer Rachel Thompson  


    The requirements for a member of the Board of Directors are that the nominee be either a board member or an individual member from a state board that is currently an NCSB member. Such individual may be a licensed speech-language pathologist, a licensed audiologist, a board administrator, a board attorney, or a public member of the board. The Bylaws stipulate that at least two Directors be speech-language pathologists and two be audiologists. A call for nominations will be sent to member boards in late Spring. Member boards may submit nominations from this notice as well as by sending nominations to info@ncsb.info. Once the nominations have been received and nominees have agreed to serve, an official ballot will be forwarded to member boards for voting. The individual(s) elected will be recognized at the Fall Business Meeting and will take office January 1, 2020.

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    MEMBERSHIP IN NCSB

    NCSB encourages interested individuals/board to join NCSB. Categories of membership are as follows:

    State Board Membership - Organizations eligible to apply for Full Membership are those boards, advisory councils, committees, or comparable bodies which conduct and maintain programs for the licensing of speech-language pathologists and audiologists in their respective states or provinces. The cost for Full Membership is $450.00.

    Individual Membership - This category is available to any individual who presently has served as a member, executive director, administrator, or attorney affiliated with a speech-language pathology and/or audiology board. Additionally, any SLP or AUD holding current licensure and with an interest in regulatory matters is entitled to apply for this affiliation. Individual members from states that are member boards in good standing shall receive discounted membership. The cost for Individual Membership is $35.00 for individuals whose state is a member board and $50.00 for individuals residing in states that do not hold membership in NCSB.

    Association Membership - This category refers to organizations that either directly or indirectly provide services to individuals with communication disorders and whose members are impacted by licensing or certification of SLPs and AUDs. Individuals may also apply for this level of membership; however, membership is restricted to individuals who are members of an organization eligible to apply for Association Membership. The cost of Association Membership is $450.00.

    All levels of membership can be accessed by logging on to http://www.ncsb.info/membership

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    NCSB WELCOMES NEWLY ELECTED BOARD MEMBERS

    Last year during the election process, Jayme Pultro and Rachel Thompson were elected to join the NCSB Board of Directors. NahaleKalfas, who has previously served on the NCSB BOD, was re-elected to another term. The Board of Directors is pleased to have these individuals with experience in the regulatory process and looks forward to their participation as board members.

    Jayme opened an audiology practice in Little Rock shortly after receiving her Masters in 1991. The practice included multiple locations that provided services to patients/clients of all ages. In 2000 Jayme received her AuD as a member of the inaugural class at the University of Florida. She sold the audiology practice in 2017 and since then has been consulting and teaching audiology classes in Arkansas. She served as a member of the Arkansas Board of Examiners from 2012-2017.

    Rachel received her Masters from the University of Northern Colorado in 2007. Following graduation, she moved to Cheyenne to work at a developmental preschool for two year. In 2009 she began working for the Laramie County School District, a position she currently holds. In late 2015 she began a private SLP practice that specializes in pediatrics. Rachel was elected to the Wyoming Board of Examiners in 2015.

    Nahale is a solo-practitioner specializing in Administrative Law in North Carolina. For the past eleven years she has served as the attorney for the North Carolina Board of Examiners where she has been responsible to prosecutorial hearings, settlements, rulemaking, and other legislative matters. She received her J.D. from Duke University School of Law in 1997. Nahale has served as a case presenter at FARB and as a moderator for the Council of State Governments Summit on Interstate Compacts.

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    NCSB PRESENTS POSTER SESSION AT ASHA

    At the ASHA convention in Boston in November, NCSB presented a poster session entitled “Licensure Compacts in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology: Enhancing Service Delivery”. The poster utilized a series of maps to depict trends and characteristics in licensure across the country. The trends included the history of legislation by state, states with merged boards, states that have enacted legislation to require the doctoral degree as the entry-level credential for audiologists, states permitting hearing aid dispensing with the audiology license, continuing education requirements, telepractice regulations, and the regulation of support personnel. A section of the poster presentation was devoted to the concept of interstate licensure compacts and featured professions that have currently developed guidelines for licensure compacts. It is hoped that the professions of audiology and speech-language pathology will enter into interstate compact agreements, and maps featuring these states can be included in future poster presentations. Handouts were provided to those who viewed the poster, and the handouts included a description of licensure characteristics, web addresses for all licensure boards, and contact information for the National Center for Interstate Compacts.

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    NCSB 2020 IN SANTA FE

    The 2020 NCSB Conference will be in Santa Fe, October 22-24, 2020. It will be held at the Drury Hotel, the site of a previous conference. The Drury is centrally located for shopping and eating and offers complimentary breakfast and happy hour in addition to other perks. More information will be forthcoming - plan to join us in Santa Fe in 2020.

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    JOIN NCSB ON FACEBOOK

    Keep up to date on the latest news and information from NCSB. Join Facebook and have access to early announcements of conference locations, accommodations, and programs. Get “social” with NCSB. Membership in the Facebook group is open to anyone who is a past or present member of your state’s licensure board in speech-language pathology or audiology, state and national association leaders—or if you are interested in trending information and hot topics related to the regulation of the communication profession. Invite your friends to “like” and “follow” us. Connect with your colleagues about timely issues in the professions and share news about what is happening in your state.

    Search under “NCSB” or go to https://www.facebook.com/groups/201684259941209/?fref=ts.

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    NCSB BOARD OF DIRECTORS

    Position Held By Email
    President Kerrilyn Phillips kphillip@latech.edu
    President-Elect Gregg Thornton gregg.thornton@slpaud.ohio.gov
    Treasurer Doreen Oyadomari doreenphd@gmail.com
    Secretary Amy Goldman amy.goldman@ataporg.org
    Past-President Vicki Pullins vickie@linguacare.com
         
    Editor: Glenn Waguespack audmath1@aol.com
    Directors: Tracy Grammer tgrammerslp@yahoo.com
      Nahale Kalfas enkalfas@aol.com
      Jayme Pultro drpultro@outlook.com
      Rachel Thompson rachel.thompson@wyoboards.gov


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  • 27 Sep 2018 2:56 PM | Anonymous

    The Council of State Governments (CSG) continues to work collaboratively with the Advisory Committee and the Drafting Team to offer a Draft Licensure Compact for Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology. Members are working hard to ensure the project is successful and represents a diverse group of Audiologists, Speech-Language Pathologists, Board Administrators, Legislators, Board Attorneys, Professional Associations (ASHA and AAA) as well as a member from the Department of Defense. CSG will offer the Draft Licensure Compact for review for the first time at the annual NCSB conference in October 4-6, 2018. The annual conference is being held at the Tyson’s Corner Marriott, Tysons Corner Virginia.

    Conference Registration is now open and can be found on the NCSB Website: http://ncsb.info/event-2967753.

    Please make plans to attend the conference and provide CSG with feedback on the Draft Compact. For the last two years, NCSB has been presenting information on the multi-year process and the next step is to gather information from you!

    Here are some of the key milestones met thus far:

    • Traveled twice to the CSG offices on Capitol Hill to brainstorm and keep activities on task and harness the power of the diverse work group.
    • Completed more than 30conference calls since last September.
    • Completed calls with Physical Therapy Compact as well as Nursing and the Arkansas State Board of Nursing.
    • Completed a Draft Licensure Compact for Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology.

    Any change can create challenges, but our community of stakeholders have approached this challenge head-on to create solutions/dialogue. As more milestones are reached, presentations are added and resources become available, you will be informed.

    If you have questions or concerns about the Draft Licensure Compact for Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology, please email me: kphillip@latech.edu.

    Kerri Phillips

  • 04 Sep 2018 12:24 PM | Anonymous

    NCSB Newsletter


    Summer 2018



    PRESIDENT’S CORNER

    BY: Vickie Pullins

    Summer is fleeting and fall is fast approaching which means it is almost time for our 31st NCSB conference which will be held at Tysons Corner Marriott on Leesburg Pike in Vienna, Virginia, on October 4-6, 2018. Kerri Phillips, President Elect, has worked tirelessly to put together an agenda for our conference that will broaden our horizons. The conference will equip and encourage us to “Fight the Good Fight- Regulating AUD/SLP in the Anti-Regulatory Ring”. Because we are all facing numerous challenges as legislators across the nation introduce and promote legislation to consolidate and/or eliminate regulatory boards, this conference will be of utmost importance to all board members nationwide. We will be hearing from Kathy Arney from the North Carolina physical therapy board about the physical therapy compact and from Elliot Vice regarding the nursing compact. Rick Masters and Daniel Logsdon will return again this year to update us on the compact that NCSB has been leading, along with ASHA support and support from other professionals, for speech-language pathologists and audiologists.

    Nathan Standley will be our keynote speaker addressing how antitrust laws have facilitated a national deregulation movement against occupational licensing. He will also help us to develop a working knowledge of the primary groups behind the deregulation agenda and the policies they are advancing. A feature of the conference will be an update on the National Practitioner Data Bank presented by William West from HRSA. In addition to this session, Mr. West will participate in a panel discussion with Board administrators as they discuss scenarios related to appropriate coding for reporting violations and sanctions to the NPDB. One of the highlights of each NCSB conference for me is the state information exchange where we will hear from each state represented, their greatest challenges and their sweetest victories over the past year. In this deregulation climate, this session is poised to be one of our best. Tysons Corner is a great venue for our conference as it close to a wide variety of renowned shopping and dining destinations. Within less than a mile from the hotel is the Tysons Corner Mall known for its many shops and restaurants. Vienna is also close to numerous places to visit in Washington, DC, so plan to take advantage of sightseeing opportunities while you are so close to DC.

    We are excited to provide a venue for you to acquire more knowledge equipping you to return to your respective states to advocate for occupational licensure and the protection of consumers since the primary purpose of NCSB is to:

    • Facilitate communication and interaction among state boards
    • Promote the protection of consumers
    • Stimulate interest in and discussion of issues pertaining to licensure boards
    • Provide a forum for discussion
    • Assist licensing boards in fulfilling statutory, professional and ethical obligations
    • Promote uniform standards for licensure

    So, put on your boxing gloves, weigh in and join me at ringside to bob and weave with numerous hooks and jabs as we counterpunch and hope to win the main event for consumer protection and occupational licensure. This fall conference will advance our purpose and equip us for the battles that lie ahead in our respective states. See you at Tysons Corner!
    Respectfully,

    Vickie Pullins, NCSB President

    INSIDE THIS ISSUE

    PRESIDENTS CORNER - See above

    NCSB TO PRESENT POSTER SESSION AT ASHA - SEE BELOW

    NCSB 2019 BOARD OF DIRECTOR ELECTION RESULTS

    NCSB’s 31st ANNUAL CONFERENCE, OCTOBER 4-7, 2018, TYSONS CORNER, VIRGINIA

    LICENSURE COMPACTS

    JOIN NCSB ON FACEBOOK

    NCSB BOard of directors

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    NCSB TO PRESENT POSTER SESSION AT ASHA

    Please view the NCSB poster during the ASHA Convention. Plan to attend and share your licensure experiences with others who have an interest in licensure. The poster will include demographic data on a number of topics, including continuing education, hearing aid dispensing, telepractice, universal licensure, support personnel, and others. Handouts will be provided, as will a listing of web addresses for audiology and speech-language pathology boards.

    “Licensure Compacts in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology: Enhancing Service Delivery”
    Session Number 6152, Poster Board 274
    Thursday, November 15, 2018
    4:30-6:00 PM
    Location: Hall C, Boston Convention & Exhibition Center

    Hope to see you in the Convention Center in Boston.

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    NCSB 2019 BOARD OF DIRECTOR ELECTION RESULTS

    NCSB is pleased to announce the results of the recent ballot and vote for the following Board positions:

    President Elect
    Gregg Thornton, Ohio

    Directors (3)
    Jayme Pultro, Arkansas
    Rachel Thompson, Wyoming
    Nahale Kalfas, North Carolina

    Terms for the above positions will begin in January. NCSB would like to thank each candidate along with the outgoing Board/Committee members for their interest and dedication to serving the Speech - Language Pathology and Audiology community.

     

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    NCSB’s 31st ANNUAL CONFERENCE, OCTOBER 4-7, 2018, TYSONS CORNER, VIRGINIA

    Registration brochures announcing the 31st annual NCSB Conference have been mailed. If you or your state board did not receive one of the brochures, a registration form and hotel information are included in this newsletter. As in past years, a pre-conference workshop on Training for Board Members will be held on Thursday, October 4, 2018, and the one and one-half day conference will follow on October 5 & 6. NCSB invites boards to participate in both the board training and the conference. Following is a synopsis of the pre-conference workshop and the conference.

    Visit the conference website at http://www.ncsb.info/2018/schedule to view the schedule or download a registration form.

    Venue

    Conference Hotel
    Tysons Corner Marriott
    8028 Leesburg Pike
    Tysons Corner, VA 22182

    P: 703-734-3200

    Guest Room Group Rates: Single/Double: $139, per night, not including taxes (additional charges may apply for triple/quad). The group rate is available through September 13 or when rooms sell out.

    Room Reservation Procedures:
    Click to reserve your room online or contact the hotel directly at 703-734-3200, mention the NCSB Conference to receive the group rate. The group rate is available through September 13 or when rooms sell out.

    Registration

    CONFERENCE FEE (includes continental breakfast and lunch on Friday, plus breaks)
    • Individual from National Council member state - $325
      • If more than one individual from member state - $300
    • Individual from non-member state - $500
    PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP (Includes refreshment break and flashdrive with NCSB Reference Manual)
    • Training for Board Members-Individual from member state - $210.00
    • Training for Board Members-Individual from non-member state - $300.00

    Registration Cancellation
    Refunds due to cancellation will be processed as follows:

    • On or before September 13: 90% of registration fees
    • After September 13: No refund due to cancellation

    Sponsorship & Exhibits

    An exhibit table ($450) includes one conference registration.  Exhibits will be open for the duration of the conference. Contact Kerri Phillips NCSB President-Elect, at kphillip@latech.edu for additional information. The sponsorships listed below do not include an exhibit table.
    • Keynote Speaker Sponsorship - 2 @ $1,500 each
    • Council Luncheon at Conference - $1,000
    • Breakfast - $1,000
    • Morning/Afternoon Breaks - $500
    • Program Sponsorship:
      • Platinum Level - $2,000
      • Gold Level - $750
      • Silver Level - $500
      • Bronze Level - $100

    Schedule

    Time

    Thursday, October 4

      Pre-Conference Workshop - Training for Board Members
    (Additional Fee Required)
       

    Time

    Friday, October 5
    (subject to change)

    8:00 - 8:30
    • Registration & Continental Breakfast
    8:30 - 8:45
    • The Card; Welcome and Introductory Remarks
      Vickie Pullins, NCSB President
      Kerri Phillips, NCSB President-Elect
    8:45 - 10:00
    • Counterpunch; KEYNOTE SPEAKER
      Nathan E. Standley, Esq., CIPP/US
    10:00 - 10:15
    • BREAK
    10:15 - 11:00
    • Weigh In; National Practitioner Data Bank
      William West, HRSA
    11:00 - 11:30
    • Bobbing and Weaving; Administrator Panel
      Jolie Jones, LA
      Patti Nesbitt, WV
      Gregg Thornton, OH
      William West, HRSA
    11:30 - 1:00
    • Saved by the Bell; LUNCH and CORPORATE BUSINESS MEETING
    1:00 - 2:15
    • Split Decision; Compact Update
      Dan Logsdon, CSG
      Rick Masters, CSG
    2:15 - 2:30
    • BREAK
    2:30 - 3:30
    • Coming Around the Turn; PT Compact
      Kathy Arney, North Carolina Physical Therapy Board
    3:30 - 4:30
    • Hook and Jab; Updates
      Lynn Flahive & Todd Philbrick, CFCC
      Adam Finkel, AAA
      Kathy Pruner, ETS

    Time

    Saturday, October 6
    (subject to change)

    8:30 - 10:30
    • Main Event; State Information Exchange
      Amy Goldman, Facilitator, PA

      A state representative should come prepared to speak for 5 minutes on successes and challenges in the respective state.
    10:30 - 10:45
    • BREAK
    10:45 - 11:45
    • Ringside; Enhanced Nursing Licensure Compact
      Elliot Vice, Director of Government Affairs, Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact
    11:45 - 12:00
    • Final Bell; Wrap-up and 2019 Preview
      Vickie Pullins and Kerri Phillips

     

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    LICENSURE COMPACTS

    NCSB has been involved in the development of licensure compacts designed to facilitate practice across borders. A working group has been formed within NCSB, and plans are also underway to construct a similar committee that will include a representative from NCSB as well as individuals from professional associations. Kerri Phillips is spearheading the NCSB efforts and is also assisting in the facilitation of the national working group.

    Note: The following articles are reprints from a previous newsletter. More information regarding the licensure compact will be made available at the 31st NCSB Conference in Vienna, Virginia.

    NCSB: State Compacts

    Dialogue continues with NCSB, the Council of State Governments (CSG), and ASHA regarding interstate compacts for Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists..Since the September NCSB meeting in New Orleans, the CSG Speech-Language Hearing Advisory Group members have been engaged in monthly phone conferences as well as a face-to-face meeting in October at the CSG offices in Washington, DC.

    Members of the CSG Speech-Language Hearing Advisory Group include a diverse group of audiologists, speech-language pathologists, executive directors, and state legislators. The following attendees participated in the face-to-face meeting in Washington:

    Audiologists Miranda Ross (GA) – Board Chair, Aud
    Florence Cueno (AL) – Board Chair, Aud
    Nancy Pajak (WY) – Board Member, Aud
    Richard Cram (NM) – Board Chair, Aud
    State Legislators
     
    Sen. Stephan Pappas (WY)
    Speech-Language Pathologists
     
    Luis Riquelme (NY) – Board Past Chair, SLP
    Sherry Sancibrian (TX) – Board Chair, SLP
    Julia Lidgard (UT) – Board Member, SLP
    Executive Directors
     
    Erin Haag (OR) – Board ED
    Gregg Thornton (OH) – Board ED
    Board Attorneys
     
    NahaleKalfas (NC) – Board Attorney
    NCSB
     
    Kerri Phillips (LA)
    Department of Defense
     
    Marcus Beauregard – DOD
    Council of State Governments
     
    Mike McCabe – CSG
    Dan Logsdon – CSG
    John Mountjoy - CSG
    ASHA Susan Adams

    The group was led in discussion by Mike McCabe, CSG, to discuss if a need existed for an interstate compact for the professions of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology. The group identified many reasons for a compact including: telepractice/rural needs, military spouses, costs of multiple licenses, consumer protection, portability of licensure, and disciplinary information sharing/database. The Advisory Group reviewed and discussed three different compact models: Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact, and the Physical Therapy Licensure Compact.

    Further discussion centered around what should be included in a compact for audiologists and speech-language pathologists. The Advisory Group discussed the need to be able to address the purpose of the compact; the types of licenses that should be given and who grants them; how one qualifies for a license; how disciplinary actions would be addressed; could reinstatement occur after a disciplinary action; the types of information to include in databases; telehealth requirements; structure of a compact commission including its power and duties; and how to finance a commission.

    What are the next steps?
    During the February 14, 2018 teleconference meeting, the Advisory Group decided to move to the next step which is to move discussion to a drafting team. The charge of the drafting team will be to begin developing the compact using the Advisory Group’s recommendations. On March 20th, the Advisory Group will review the charge to the drafting team and the members of the drafting team.

    NCSB: State Compacts Update
    The NCSB Task Force has met and is currently working on a draft compact. Ayn Stehr, Task Force Chair, drafted the initial document and presented it to committee members. Committee members have reviewed the document, and discussions are on-going with the draft compact. The draft compact is designed as a starting point for the discussion of a compact in our professions. The draft compact will be shared with the NCSB Board of Directors and the membership for additional input upon completion. Remember that this is a process that will take time (years) to develop and finalize.

    Things are moving quickly with the Council of State Government (CSG) Advisory Committee. The invitations have been sent to the potential members of the CSG Advisory Committee. Daniel Logsdon, CSG, Kerri Phillips, NCSB, and Susan Adams, ASHA have held several phone conferences regarding meeting dates for the initial Advisory Committee meeting. The meeting is tentatively scheduled for either the first or second week of October.

    The task force has held a number of conference calls, as well as a face-to-face meeting. These reports will be presented at the NCSB Conference.

    The following table represents occupational licensing bills that were presented across the country this past year. More information can be obtained from accessing the specific web sites.

    State Abbreviation, Senate/House Bill #, (additional info) Date Passage
    AZ SB 1273 (petition the board) 5/16/2018 (S) Signed into law
    AZ SB 1470 (sunrise) 5/4/2018 (H) Died upon adjournment
    AZ SCR 1037 (right to engage in occupation) 5/4/2018 (S) Died upon adjournment
    CA AB 2409 (petition the board) 4/17/2018 (A) Re-referred to Com. on B. & P.
    CA AB 2483 (active supervision)   5/17/2018   (S) Referred to Com. on JUD.  
    CO SB 236 (least restrictive regulation)   5/3/2018   (H) House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely  
    IL HB 3320 (least restrictive environment)   4/28/2017   (H) Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee  
    IL HB 3451 / 
    SB 1228 (review)  
    3/31/2017
    3/17/2017  
    (H) Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee
    (S) Rule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments  
    IL SB 2776 (sunrise)   5/3/2018   (S) Rule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments  
    IN HB 1299 / 
    SB 399 (least restrictive regulation)  
    01/16/2018 
    3/14/2018  
    Died upon adjournment  
    KY HB 50 (comprehensive review)   4/13/2018   (H) Died upon adjournment  
    KY HB 465 (oversight)   4/13/2018   (H) Died upon adjournment  
    LA HB 372 (active supervision)   5/30/2018   (S) Signed into law  
    LA HB 748 / 
    SB 494 (review)  
    5/30/2018
    4/13/2018  
    (H) Signed into law (S) Died upon adjournment  
    LA HB 825 /
    SB 504 (right to earn a living)  
    4/16/2018
    4/24/2018  
    (H) Died upon adjournment
    (S) Died upon adjournment  
    MI HB 6114 (least restrictive environment)   6/6/2018   (H) referred to Committee on Regulatory Reform  
    MN HB 2225 /
    SB 1776 (regulation)  
    5/20/2017
    5/20/2017   
    (H) Died upon adjournment
    (S) Died upon adjournment  
    MO HB 1719 (least restrictive regulation)   5/18/2018   (H) Passed both houses  
    MO HB 1928/
    SB 677 / 
    SB 835 (least restrictive regulation)
    5/18/2018
    5/18/2018
    5/18/2018  
    (H) Died upon adjournment
    (S) Died upon adjournment
    (S) Died upon adjournment  
    MO HB 2312 (defense against regulation)   5/18/2018   (H) Died upon adjournment  
    NE LB 299 (least restrictive regulation)   4/23/2018   Signed into law  
    NE LR 401 (interim study)   4/18/2018   Died upon adjournment  
    NH HB 1685 (oversight)   4/5/2018   (S) Roll Call Vote #167; Question/Motion: Inexpedient to Legislate  
    NJ AB 2810 (active supervision)   2/1/2018   (A) Introduced 1st Reading Assembly Referred to Regulated Professions  
    NJ AB 3358 / 
    SB 2352 (active supervision)  
    2/12/2018
    4/5/2018  
    (A) Introduced 1st Reading Assembly Referred to Regulated Professions
    (S) Introduced 1st Reading Senate Referred to Commerce  
    OH HB 289 (comprehensive review)   9/12/2017   (H) Refer to Committee  
    OK SB 1174 /
    SB 1475 (review)  
    5/3/2018
    5/7/2018  
    (H) Died upon adjournment
    (S) Signed into law  
    VA HB 880 (least restrictive regulation)   01/26/2018    (H) Passed by indefinitely in Rules  
    WI AB 369 / SB 288 (oversight) 3/28/2018 (A) Failed to pass pursuant to Senate Joint Resolution 1;  (S) Failed to pass pursuant to Senate Joint Resolution 1

     

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    Position Held By Email
    President Vicki Pullins vickie@linguacare.com
    President-Elect Kerrilyn Phillips kphillip@latech.edu
    Treasurer Doreen Oyadomari doreenphd@gmail.com
    Secretary Amy Goldman amy.goldman@ataporg.org
    Past-President Alison Lemke
    Alison.lemke@colorado.edu
         
    Directors:    
      Gregg Thornton gregg.thornton@slpaud.ohio.gov
      Glenn Waguespack audmath1@aol.com
      Tracy Grammer tgrammerslp@yahoo.com
      George Murphee hearclin@aol.com
      Nahale Kalfas enkalfas@aol.com


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  • 23 Mar 2018 12:26 PM | Anonymous

    NCSB Newsletter


    Spring 2018

    PRESIDENT’S CORNER

    BY: Vickie Pullins

    Greetings from Daniels, West Virginia, where we have 5 inches of snow with more coming down. It is always this time of the year that I am looking forward and glancing backward.

    Our conference last September, 2017, was the 30th year celebration of NCSB in New Orleans, LA. We focused our conference on licensure portability, threats to licensure across the nation and the importance of story telling as we navigated the climate of de-regulation. We wore our beads, ate some crawfish, drank some hurricanes, and cut the cake to celebrate our 30th birthday. It was a memorable celebration!

    As we look forward, my thoughts are drawn to the amazing FARB (Federal Association of Regulatory Boards) conference I attended in January.. It was a time to get recharged and empowered to carry out the mission and vision of our regulatory boards. We heard a lot of chatter about de-regulation and the importance of “story telling” related to consumer protection. We all left California determined to tell our stories.

    As a business leader for 30 years, I know that to lead any effective organization we must know “why” we do what we do. So why does NCSB exist?

    • To facilitate communication and interaction among state boards concerning licensure
    • To promote the protection of consumers
    • To stimulate interest in and discussion of issues pertaining to licensure boards
    • To provide a forum for discussion

    If I were to tell my story of NCSB, I would begin with my first NCSB conference in 2010 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I attended that conference with our executive director, Patty Nesbitt. We attended the pre-conference training and listened as the presenters told their stories of challenge and success across the nation regarding regulation. We sat at table with other board members to exchange stories concerning licensure. We heard the importance of consumer protection and listened to stories about consumers who were protected by the regulatory boards. The conference was filled with discussions of issues pertaining to licensure boards.
    And even after daily sessions ended, NCSB provided an informal forum for discussions related to our responsibilities as members of our respective boards. We returned to WV and began telling “our story” to our other board members and the rest is history. We are now active participants in NCSB because we believe in the vision and mission.

    You are encouraged to send one or more Board representatives to the 31st annual NCSB conference. The conference will be held in Vienna, Virginia, October 4-6, 2018. The Board of Directors met the first weekend in March to develop the agenda, and while topics are still being discussed, the conference will touch on many issues facing our regulatory boards, issues that deal with both regulation and de-regulation.

    While leading NCSB this year, I want to encourage you to “tell your story”. Tell your story to consumers, professionals, state and federal legislators and yes, to other states who have not yet seen the value in our national organization. As we have seen across our nation in the most recent weeks, there is power in numbers and collaboration. We need each other to form a more empowered band of professionals who believe that consumer protection is essential and non-negotiable.

    I would like to challenge each of our member boards to reach out to at least one other board that does not belong to NCSB and “tell your story”. Invite them to join you in carrying out our vision and mission at NCSB. I’ve tried many marketing strategies over the years in my business. However, none is more effective than one patient telling another patient “their story”.

    I’m excited about the year ahead! We will face some challenges and celebrate some victories. My hope is that we will expand our membership to create a strong, more empowered band of advocates for consumers. TELL YOUR STORY!

    INSIDE THIS ISSUE

    PRESIDENTS CORNER - See above

    30th ANNUAL CONFERENCE HELD IN NEW ORLEANS - See Below

    31st ANNUAL CONFERENCE TO BE HELD IN VIENNA, VIRGINIA

    NCSB: State compacts

    NCSB SOLICITS NOMINATIONS FOR AWARDS

    Call for nominations

    membership in ncsb

    Ncsb welcomes gregg thornton

    JOIN NCSB ON FACEBOOK

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    30th Annual Conference Held in New Orleans

    In New Orleans, Louisiana, from September 14-16, 2017, NCSB hosted its 30th annual conference. The conference began with Board Member Training and included a presentation by a board attorney. Following the statutory authority session in the morning, attendees participated in a mock disciplinary hearing, discussed ethical decision-making utilizing board scenarios, examined complaints, and drafted a consent order.

    The next morning began with a presentation by Rick Masters who discussed the issue of licensure portability. Following that presentation, Kerri Phillips and Susan Adams presented an update on the status of the licensure compact. NahaleKalfas then provided an FTC update related to the North Carolina Dental Board issue and its subsequent Supreme Court decision.

    Attendees then participated in the corporate business meeting where an anniversary luncheon spotlighting the 30 year history of NCSB was held. In addition to a historical perspective relating to the formation of the group, information was also presented regarding the original NCSB mission and how that mission has changed because of the importance of speech-language pathology and audiology licensing across the country.

    That afternoon a panel presented threats to licensure, and a session followed relating to supervision and regulation in the professions. Updates to the Praxis and a discussion of new CAA standards updated licensees on recent changes to the professions.

    As was expected, the state information exchange the following morning proved to be a very interactice session where attendees shared successes and challenges in their respective states. A closing session focusing on social media and its relation to speech-language pathology and audiology provided attendees with “food for thought” as they considered the ethical challenges involved with the implementation of social media in the area of regulation.

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    NCSB’s 31st AANNUAL CONFERENCE TO BE HELD IN VIENNA, VIRGINIA

    The NCSB Board of Directors met March 1 and 2 to develop the program for the next NCSB Conference to be held October 4-6, 2018. Although the program is still in the development stage, NCSB is pleased to report that a representative from the National Practitioner Data Bank will be present to provide an update on the data bank, as well as to assist individuals in reporting practice violations to the data bank. There will also be an update on the formation of a licensure compact, and other issues related to the regulation of the professions will be discussed. As always, the State Information Exchange will provide attendees with an opportunity to share successes and challenges. REGISTRATION BROCHURES CONTAINING A FINALIZED PROGRAM AND HOTEL INFORMATION WILL BE SENT TO BOARDS THIS SUMMER.

    TYSONS CORNER MARRIOTT TO SERVE AS HOST HOTEL FOR CONFERENCE

    The Tysons Corner Marriott on Leesburg Pike in Vienna, Virginia will host the 31st annual NCSB conference. The hotel is located within walking distance of the Tysons Corner Mall and is convenient to a number of restaurants. A rate of $139 per night will be provided for registrants, as well as complimentary internet service. HOTEL REGISTRATION INFORMATION WILL BE PROVIDED IN THE BROCHURE SENT THIS SUMMER.

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    NCSB: STATE COMPACTS

    Dialogue continues with NCSB, the Council of State Governments (CSG), and ASHA regarding interstate compacts for Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists.. Since the September NCSB meeting in New Orleans, the CSG Speech-Language Hearing Advisory Group members have been engaged in monthly phone conferences as well as a face-to-face meeting in October at the CSG offices in Washington, DC.
    Members of the CSG Speech-Language Hearing Advisory Group include a diverse group of audiologists, speech-language pathologists, executive directors, and state legislators. The following attendees participated in the face-to-face meeting in Washington:

    Audiologists

     

    Miranda Ross (GA) – Board Chair, Aud

    Florence Cueno (AL) – Board Chair, Aud

    Nancy Pajak (WY) – Board Member, Aud

    Richard Cram (NM) – Board Chair, Aud

     

    State Legislators

    Sen. Stephan Pappas (WY)

     

    Speech-Language Pathologists

    Luis Riquelme (NY) – Board Past Chair, SLP

    Sherry Sancibrian (TX)  – Board Chair, SLP

    Julia Lidgard (UT) – Board Member, SLP

     

    Executive Directors

    Erin Haag (OR) – Board ED

    Gregg Thornton (OH) – Board ED

     

    Board Attorneys

    NahaleKalfas (NC) – Board Attorney

     

    NCSB

    Kerri Phillips (LA)

    Department of Defense

    Marcus Beauregard – DOD

     

    Council of State Governments

    Mike McCabe – CSG

    Dan Logsdon – CSG

    John Mountjoy - CSG

     

    ASHA

    Susan Adams

    The group was led in discussion by Mike McCabe, CSG, to discuss if a need existed for an interstate compact for the professions of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology. The group identified many reasons for a compact including: telepractice/rural needs, military spouses, costs of multiple licenses, consumer protection, portability of licensure, and disciplinary information sharing/database. The Advisory Group reviewed and discussed three different compact models: Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact, and the Physical Therapy Licensure Compact.

    Further discussion centered around what should be included in a compact for audiologists and speech-language pathologists. The Advisory Group discussed the need to be able to address the purpose of the compact; the types of licenses that should be given and who grants them; how one qualifies for a license; how disciplinary actions would be addressed; could reinstatement occur after a disciplinary action; the types of information to include in databases; telehealth requirements; structure of a compact commission including its power and duties; and how to finance a commission.

    What are the next steps?
    During the February 14, 2018 teleconference meeting, the Advisory Group decided to move to the next step which is to move discussion to a drafting team. The charge of the drafting team will be to begin developing the compact using the Advisory Group’s recommendations. On March 20th, the Advisory Group will review the charge to the drafting team and the members of the drafting team.

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    NCSB SOLICITS NOMINATIONS FOR AWARDS

    Each year at its Corporate Business meeting, NCSB recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the professions through involvement with licensure. Two awards have been established to honor individuals, and these include Honors of the Association and the Special Recognition Award. Briefly, Honors of the Association is intended to recognize an individual for his/her exemplary contributions to NCSB, to a licensing board in the state, or to an individual employed by an organization or other entity that addresses regulatory concerns for the professions. The Special Recognition Award is given to individuals who have demonstrated exemplary commitment and contributions in the area of regulation at the state level. Criteria for these awards and detailed nomination procedures can be found at http://www.ncsb.info/ncsb-awards.  NCSB encourages member boards to respond to the Call for Nominations for these two awards. Recipients will be recognized at the Business Meeting Friday, October 5, 2018.

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    CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

    NCSB is seeking nominations to fill the positions of President-Elect and three Board members. In keeping with the Bylaws, the President-Elect must be selected from the current Board of Directors. Directors eligible to serve as President-Elect are:

    • Amy Goldman
    • Tracy Grammer
    • Nahale Kalfas
    • Alison Lemke
    • George Murphree
    • Doreen Oyadomari
    • Gregg Thornton
    • Glenn Waguespack

    The requirements for a member of the Board of Directors are that the nominee be either a board member or an individual member from a state board that is currently an NCSB member. Such individual may be a licensed speech-language pathologist, s licensed audiologist, a board administrator, a board attorney, or a public member of the board. The Bylaws stipulate that at least two Directors be speech-language pathologists and two be audiologists. As such, one of the elected individuals in this election must be an audiologist.

    A call for nominations will be sent to member boards in late Spring. Member boards may submit nominations from this notice as well as by sending nominations by email to info@ncsb.info. Once the nominations have been received and nominees have agreed to serve, an official ballot will be forwarded to member boards for voting. The individual(s) elected will be recognized at the Fall Business Meeting and will take office January 1, 2019.

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    MEMBERSHIP IN NCSB

    NCSB encourages interested individuals/board to join NCSB. Categories of membership are as follows:

    1. Full Membership - Organizations eligible to apply for Full Membership are those boards, advisory councils, committees, or comparable bodies which conduct and maintain programs for the licensing of speech-language pathologists and audiologists in their respective states or provinces. The cost for Full Membership is $450.
       
    2. Individual Membership - This category is available to any individual who presently has served as a member, executive director, administrator, or attorney affiliated with a speech-language pathology and/or audiology board. Additionally, any SLP or AUD holding current licensure and with an interest in regulatory matters is entitled to apply for this affiliation. Individual members from states that are member boards in good standing shall receive discounted membership. The cost for Individual Membership is $35 for individuals whose state is a member board and $50 for individuals residing in states that do not hold membership in NCSB.
       
    3. Association Membership - This category refers to organizations that either directly or indirectly provide services to individuals with communication disorders and whose members are impacted by licensing or certification of SLPs and AUDs. Individuals may also apply for this level of membership; however, membership is restricted to individuals who are members of an organization eligible to apply for Association Membership. The cost of Association Membership is $450.00.

    All levels of membership can be accessed by logging on to www.ncsb.info

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    NCSB WELCOMES GREGG THORNTON

    Last year during its election process, Gregg Thornton was elected to join the NCSB Board of Directors. Gregg, who serves as the Executive Director of the Ohio Speech and Hearing Professionals Board, manages board operations, board directives, and licensure requirements for over 10,000 practitioners. He was responsible for implementing the Board’s two-hour ethics continuing education requirement, and has presented on the topic of ethics and ethical dilemmas related to licensure. Mr. Thornton is an attorney with over twenty-five years of experience in state government in the area of administrative law. NCSB welcomes Gregg to the Board of Directors and knows that his vast experience in the area of professional licensure will be an asset to NCSB as it continues with its mission to provide information about licensure to all states.

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  • 18 Mar 2018 7:40 PM | Anonymous

    Summer 2017

    PRESIDENT’S CORNER

    BY: Alison Lemke

    Welcome to the summer issue of the National Council of State Boards of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology’s newsletter. NCSB is the go-to organization for networking and training about issues related to professional licensure in SLP and audiology. We hope you will take advantage of the opportunities that our organization offers to strengthen your knowledge base and enhance the capabilities of your state licensure board. Among the past goals of the organization are:

    • To facilitate communication and interaction among state boards
    • To promote the protection of consumers
    • To stimulate interest in and discussion of issues pertaining to licensure boards
    • To provide a forum for discussion
    • To assist licensing boards in fulfilling statutory, professional, and ethical obligations
    • To promote uniform standards for licensure

    As some of you will recall from the conference last year, NCSB is undertaking yet another task-that of involvement in the formation of licensure compacts. Working closely with ASHA and other national partners, NCSB hopes to increase its visibility and at the same time expand provision of services by entering into licensure compacts aimed at facilitating practice across borders. A compact has been formed within NCSB, and individuals have been asked to participate in that endeavor. Additionally, a licensure compact is being developed at the national level, and meetings to discuss that project are in the planning stages.

    The annual NCSB conference is right around the corner--September 14-16 in New Orleans. If your board is not currently sending at least one member to the conference, you should consider doing so this year. State licensure, and more specifically licensure compacts, is a hot topic right now due to numerous efforts around the country to eliminate or consolidate boards, including boards that ensure consumer safety regarding our services. This will be the topic of one of our conference sessions.

    The NCSB conference is a terrific place to learn more about what boards can do to effectively fulfill their duty to protect consumers. The conference includes sessions on the ethics of social media and state regulations related to CF supervision. These topics, coupled with discussions regarding investigations and the sharing of information among attendees, should provide participants with important information that can be shared with their individual state boards. A complete synopsis of all conference sessions and topics can be found elsewhere in this publication.

    Finally, what place could be more fun than New Orleans to meet colleagues from around the country who are involved in SLP and audiology licensure? Louisiana’s outstanding regional cuisine and the sights of this intriguing city will make your conference trip memorable. A number of exciting conference activities have been planned under the direction of the Program Chair, Vickie Pullins. Come to the Big Easy and laisseez les bon temps rouler. I am looking forward to seeing you in New Orleans!

    Respectfully,

    Alison Lemke
    NCSB President

     

    INSIDE THIS ISSUE

    PRESIDENTS CORNER - See above

    NCSB TO PRESENT POSTER SESSION AT ASHA - See Below

    NCSB’s 30th ANNUAL CONFERENCE

    CONFERENCE HOTEL

    LICENSURE COMPACTS

    Reporting Adverse Actions to the NPDB

    SPOTLIGHT ON THE TEXAS BOARD OF EXAMINERS

    JOIN NCSB ON FACEBOOK

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    NCSB TO PRESENT POSTER SESSION AT ASHA

    Please view the NCSB poster during the ASHA Convention. Plan to attend and share your licensure experiences with others who have an interest in licensure. The poster will include demographic data on a number of topics, including continuing education, hearing aid dispensing, telepractice, universal licensure, support personnel, and others. Handouts will be provided, as will a listing of web addresses for audiology and speech-language pathology boards.

    “Professional Licensure: Prerequisite for Portability and Public Protection”
    Session Number 7636, Poster Board 162
    Saturday, November 11, 2017
    8:00-9:30 AM
    Location: Hall A, Los Angeles Convention Center

    Hope to see you in the Convention Center in Los Angeles.

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    NCSB’s 30th ANNUAL CONFERENCE
    September 14-16, 2017, New Orleans

    Registration brochures announcing the 30th annual NCSB Conference have been mailed. If you or your state board did not receive one of the brochures, a registration form and hotel information are included in this newsletter. As in past years, a pre-conference workshop on Training for Board Members will be held on Thursday, September 14, 2017, and the one and one-half day conference will follow on September 15 and 16. NCSB invites boards to participate in both the board training and the conference. Following is a synopsis of the pre-conference workshop and the conference.

    • View the schedule

    • Register online

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    CONFERENCE HOTEL

    Doubletree by Hilton
    300 Canal Street
    New Orleans, LA. 70130
    (504) 581-1300

    The 2017 NCSB Workshop and Conference will be held Thursday-Saturday, September 14-16, 2017. Please note that the conference is being held in September this year rather than October as has been its practice in the past. The meeting will be at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel in New Orleans, 300 Canal Street.

    Group room rates are $119 for single/double, $129 for triple, and $139 for quad (not including taxes.) Online reservations opened October 10, 2016, and the cut-off date for conference rates is August 16, 2017. A reservation option is to book your room online as part of the group block.

    Group Website: https://aws.passkey.com/go/NCSB 2017 
    Group Code: NCS
    Reservations can also be made by calling the toll-free number 1-800-HILTONS.

    Parking is valet only, and the hotel has offered special rates for NCSB attendees.
    Overnight valet parking is $28.00 per night, exclusive of sales tax, while event parking is $12.00 per car.

    Transportation from New Orleans International Airport—Distance from hotel is approximately 13 miles (23 minutes). A taxi or Uber is estimated at $33, while the Super Shuttle is $23.

    The Double Tree by Hilton Hotel New Orleans is located in downtown New Orleans at 300 Canal Street. The French Quarter is within walking distance, as is Harrah’s Casino and the Audubon Aquarium. At the hotel, you can have a quick cup of coffee and enjoy complimentary WiFi in PJ’s Coffee or visit the WOW Café offering all day dining and a full-service bar. At Pinkberry’s you can enjoy yogurt with more than 30 toppings.

    Relax in one of the stylish guest rooms, many of which offer views of the French Quarter, Canal Street, or the Mississippi River. Rooms are equipped with a large desk, and in-room WiFi is available. Experience the true taste of Double Tree Hotels when you check in and receive a signature warm chocolate chip cookie.

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    LICENSURE COMPACTS

    NCSB has been involved in the development of licensure compacts designed to facilitate practice across borders. A working group has been formed within NCSB, and plans are also underway to construct a similar committee that will include a representative from NCSB as well as individuals from professional associations. Kerri Phillips is spearheading the NCSB efforts and is also assisting in the facilitation of the national working group. Following is her report on the progress made thus far. Further updates will be provided during the NCSB Conference in New Orleans.

    NCSB: State Compacts Update
    The NCSB Task Force has met and is currently working on a draft compact. Ayn Stehr, Task Force Chair, drafted the initial document and presented it to committee members. Committee members have reviewed the document, and discussions are on-going with the draft compact. The draft compact is designed as a starting point for the discussion of a compact in our professions. The draft compact will be shared with the NCSB Board of Directors and the membership for additional input upon completion. Remember that this is a process that will take time (years) to develop and finalize.

    Things are moving quickly with the Council of State Government (CSG) Advisory Committee. The invitations have been sent to the potential members of the CSG Advisory Committee. Daniel Logsdon, CSG, Kerri Phillips, NCSB, and Susan Adams, ASHA have held several phone conferences regarding meeting dates for the initial Advisory Committee meeting. The meeting is tentatively scheduled for either the first or second week of October.

    With the first meeting of the CSG Advisory Committee approaching in October, you are encouraged to attend the NCSB conference in New Orleans, September 14-16, 2017, and join in the conversation. CSG, NCSB, and ASHA will discuss the ongoing process of interstate compacts.

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    The National Practitioner Data Bank plays an important role in the regulation of our professions, and since all states now have licensure or registration, it is critical that state boards be kept informed of the functions of the NPDB. NCSB is fortunate to receive periodic updates from Don Illich, Policy Analyst with the NPDB and HRSA. Following is his latest report that provides background on the data bank and also summarizes the actions of speech-language pathologists and audiologists and their inclusion in the data bank.

    Reporting Adverse Actions to the NPDB
    by Donald Illich and Jiaying Hua

    The NPDB is a confidential information clearinghouse created by Congress with the primary goals of improving health care quality, protecting the public, and reducing health care fraud and abuse in the United States. Acting primarily as a national flagging system, the NPDB provides information that permits authorized queriers to perform comprehensive reviews of the credentials of health care practitioners, providers, and suppliers.

    The NPDB collects information on medical malpractice payments and certain adverse actions and discloses that information to eligible entities. These payments and actions are required to be reported to the NPDB under Title IV of Public Law 99-660, the Health Care Quality Improvement Act of 1986 (Title IV); Section 1921 of the Social Security Act (Section 1921); Section 1128E of the Social Security Act (Section 1128E); and their implementing regulations found at 45 CFR Part 60.

    Entities that are required to report to the NPDB include medical malpractice payers, hospitals and other health care entities, professional societies, health plans, peer review organizations, private accreditation organizations, Federal Government agencies, State law enforcement agencies, State Medicaid fraud control units, State agencies administering or supervising the administration of State health care programs, and State licensing and certification authorities. The information required to be reported to the NPDB concerns health care practitioners, providers, and suppliers.

    The NPDB is meant to be used as one of many tools available to health care entities of various types as they make licensing, certification, hiring, credentialing, contracting, and similar decisions. The NPDB can provide valuable background information for Boards of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology to use in conjunction with other resources when making licensing and certification decisions.

    The Value of NPDB Reports
    Querying the NPDB for information on speech-language pathologists and audiologists allows for informed decision-making. Reports are used in conjunction with other information provided by applicants and licensees to create complete pictures of their professional histories. Frequently, boards will ask an applicant with an NPDB report to provide additional information on an incident, but will rarely base the entire decision to make licensure/certification decisions on one report alone. This holds true across the different types of entities and reports that are used to assess competence and conduct, according to the results of a 2014 user survey.

    Boards increase the value of the data in the NPDB by reporting certain adverse actions outlined in NPDB regulations. If all legally required actions are reported, it is more likely that entities can identify unprofessional and/or incompetent practitioners before they are licensed or granted privileges. Reporting licensure actions adds to the completeness of NPDB information, which increases the value of the NPDB for boards and other queriers who rely on this information. Without reports, queriers might get an incomplete picture of a practitioner’s record.

    Reporting Requirements
    Boards of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology must report to the NPDB certain actions taken against speech-language pathologists (SLPs) and audiologists. They must be the result of formal proceedings. ations that must be reported by these Boards include:

    • Any adverse action taken by a board as a result of a formal proceeding, including: revocation or suspension of a license; reprimand; censure; or probation.
    • Any dismissal or closure of a formal proceeding because the audiologist/SLP surrendered the license because the subject of the proceeding left the State or jurisdiction.
    • Any other loss of license or the right to apply for, or renew, a license by an audiologist/SLP, whether by operation of law, voluntary surrender, nonrenewal (excluding nonrenewals due to nonpayment of fees, retirement, or change to inactive status), or otherwise.
    • Any negative action or finding by the board that, under the State's law, is publicly available information, including, but not limited to, limitations on the scope of practice, liquidations, injunctions, and forfeitures. This definition also includes final adverse actions rendered by a board - such as exclusions, revocations, or suspension of license - that occur in conjunction with settlements in which no finding of liability has been made (although such a settlement itself is not reportable). This definition excludes administrative fines or citations and corrective action plans and other personnel actions, unless: the underlying activity is connected to the delivery of health care services, or the action is taken in conjunction with other adverse licensure actions, such as revocation, suspension, censure, reprimand, probation, or surrender.

    When a license is suspended, the length of the suspension must also be reported. Boards must report any revisions to a previously reported licensing action, such as a reinstatement of a suspended license, and whether an action is on appeal.

    Compliance
    Querying and reporting are both supported by the NPDB’s compliance work. To further its mission of improving the quality of health care, and reducing fraud and abuse, the NPDB operates a compliance effort to improve the completeness and accuracy of data reported to the NPDB. All state licensing and certification boards, including Boards of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology, must complete an attestation process every two years as part of renewing their NPDB registration. There are two parts to this process: Attest that they have submitted all reportable actions under federal law to the NPDB for the professions they regulate; Review, verify, and update the roster of professions they currently regulate.

    The NPDB recently released the results of its latest compliance review on July 1, 2017. This review examined state licensing and certification board adverse actions taken between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2015 for 13 states. In addition, the initiative also included the following U.S. Territories: American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

    The review compares adverse actions taken by state licensing and certification boards to the reports the boards submit to the NPDB, with the purpose of ensuring that all actions that must be reported according to federal law have been correctly reported to the NPDB. It includes professions that are queried most often by organizations registered with the NPDB, plus a random sampling of other professions. The NPDB continues to work with state boards that need assistance with meeting federal reporting requirements.

    The NPDB has always shared the results of its reviews organized by state and by profession, but now offers a compliance map infographic that combines states and professions, showing on the U.S. map what states and territories were reviewed. Only the boards and professions listed were part of the compliance review and received a status of "compliant,” “non-compliant,” or “working toward compliance.” A state's overall compliance status is not reflected in this infograph. For full compliance results, visit Reporting Compliance Status by State. You can also view the compliance status for audiologists and speech-language pathologists.

    Reports in the Data Bank
    As of December 31, 2016, the NPDB contained 1,294,192 reports filed on 690,191 individual practitioners of all types. Fifty-two percent of those reports are licensure actions, 33% are malpractice payment reports, and 8% are Medicare and Medicaid exclusion reports. The remaining reports include clinical privileges or panel membership, health plan actions, professional society membership, Drug Enforcement Administration actions, government administrative actions, and judgments or convictions.


    Boards may take a variety of licensure actions against audiologists and SLPs; such as restrictions, suspensions, and voluntary surrenders. The majority of NPDB reports on audiologists and SLPs are based on licensure actions. The above table represents some of the more frequent types of reports made on speech-language pathologists and audiologists.

    For More Information
    For additional information, visit the NPDB Web site at www.npdb.hrsa.gov. For technical questions related to billing, registration, and submitting a report, contact the Customer Service Center at help@npdb.hrsa.gov or 1-800-767-6732.

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    SPOTLIGHT ON THE TEXAS BOARD OF EXAMINERS

    NCSB is interested in what other state licensure boards are doing with respect to membership, legislation, and unique successes and challenges. As such, the newsletter will spotlight one or more boards in each edition. Vickie Pullins contacted the Texas Board, and following are their responses.
    Board make-up:

    1. three audiologist members;
    2. three speech-language pathologist members; and
    3. three members who represent the public. (One public member must be a physician licensed in this state and certified in otolaryngology or pediatrics.

    Advisory board members must:

    1. have been a resident of this state for the two years preceding the date of appointment;
    2. be from the various geographic regions of the state; and
    3. be from varying employment settings.

    The advisory board members who are audiologists or speech-language pathologists must:

    1. have been engaged in teaching, research, or providing services in speech-language pathology or audiology for at least five years;
    2. and be licensed under this chapter

    Current board members:

    • Public Member: Emanuel Bodner, Houston, Texas. Term expires 9/1/2021.
    • Public Member: Elizabeth Sterling, Austin, Texas. Term expires 9/1/2019.
    • Public Member - Physician: Tammy Camp, Shallowater, Texas. Term expires 9/1/2017.
    • Audiologist: Kimberly Ringer, Pflugerville, Texas. Term expires 9/1/2017.
    • Audiologist: Cristen Plummer, Round Rock, Texas. Term expires 9/1/2019.
    • Audiologist: Michelle Tejada, San Antonio, Texas. Term expires 9/1/2021.
    • Speech-Language Pathologist: Patricia Brannon, San Antonio, Texas. Term expires 9/1/2017.
    • Speech-Language Pathologist: Cheval Bryant, Sugar Land, Texas. Term expires 9/1/2019.
    • Speech-Language Pathologist: Sherry Sancibrian (Presiding Officer), Lubbock, Texas. Term expires 9/1/2021.
    1. Where is your board office located?
      The board office is in the headquarters of the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation in Austin.
       
    2. Are board members appointed or elected and by whom?
      Board members are appointed by the presiding officer of the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation, with approval from the full commission.
       
    3. Who provides your legal counsel?
      At least two attorneys attend all board meetings and are available to assist with legal matters. One attorney is on the Executive Staff of the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation and handles issues related to compliance with open meetings and open records requirements, legislative matters, and appointments to the board. A second staff attorney works in the Enforcement Division and advises on complaints and assists with projects such as our current efforts to develop a penalty matrix.
       
    4. How long has your board been a member of NCSB?
      I’m not sure, but I know that I first heard about NCSB from Gene Powers, who was the Chair of the Texas board and was quite active with NCSB in the early 1990’s.
       
    5. Have you had any recent threats to licensure in Texas?
      House Bill 1684 in the 2017 session proposed to eliminate licensure requirements for speech-language pathologists and audiologists but was quickly withdrawn after an overwhelming response from licensees. And legislation in the previous session relocated our board from the Department of State Health to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, which didn’t threaten the existence of licensure but significantly affected how we do business. Hear the rest of the story at the NCSB conference in New Orleans!

    History with NCSB

    • Texas has hosted the NCSB Annual Conference 3 times:
    • 1995: Austin; Licensure Boards: Vision and Directions
    • 2007: San Antonio; Rollin’ on the River: Response to Regulatory Issues
    • 2013: San Antonio; Prickly Issues in Licensure and Regulation
    • Sherry Sancibrian (Texas board chair 2001-2005 and 2015-2021) served on the NCSB board

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    Spring 2017

    PRESIDENT’S CORNER

    BY: Alison Lemke

    Greetings NCSB member states and individuals, as well as those whose states are not NCSB members but who are interested in licensure and regulatory issues in audiology and speech-language pathology. 2017 is NCSB’s 30thanniversary year, and we remain the go-to organization for in-depth discussion of hot topics in speech-language pathology and audiology licensure. We invite you and/or your state to join us if you aren’t currently a member--we are sure you and your board will benefit from becoming involved.

    NCSB conferences offer information on many licensure related topics and the opportunity to network with people from all over the U.S. who are involved in licensure. Speaking of hot topics, the October 2016 NCSB conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico, buzzed with discussion related to the current hottest topic in licensure circles-- license portability. Simply defined, license portability is a regulatory arrangement for health professionals to practice in states other than the ‘home state’ in which they are licensed. NCSB conference attendees spent considerable time discussing portability for SLP and audiology, with strong support expressed for the concept. Several state representatives reported that their boards are ready to act on this issue in the near future.

    Most stakeholders also reported support for portability for both in-person practice and telepractice across state borders. Concern for consumer protection was expressed by many, with attendees stating that elements such as the reporting of misconduct, disciplinary processes and sanctions, CE requirements, and timely, efficient sharing of information between states need to be carefully considered.

    Because of NCSB stakeholders’ interest in moving forward on this issue, NCSB has initiated several actions. Past-President Kerri Phillips will report elsewhere in this issue on what has happened since October.

    This fall, the NCSB 30th anniversary conference will take place in New Orleans, Louisiana, on September 14-16. New Orleans was the site of the first NCSB conference, and we are excited to celebrate our anniversary there. President-Elect Vickie Pullins and the NCSB Board of Directors are already working hard to present yet another fun and informative conference. The latest updates about progress in the area of license portability are something we can all look forward to. We hope to see you there!

    Respectfully,

    Alison Lemke
    NCSB President

     

    INSIDE THIS ISSUE

    PRESIDENTS CORNER - See above

    NCSB: STATE COMPACTS - See Below

    NCSB SOLICITS NOMINATIONS FOR AWARDS

    CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

    MEMBERSHIP IN NCSB

    NCSB WELCOMES TRACY GRAMMER

    NCSB PRESENTS POSTER SESSION AT ASHA

    29th ANNUAL CONFERENCE HELD IN SANTA FE

    30th ANNUAL CONFERENCE TO BE HELD IN NEW ORLEANS

    NCSB REPRESENTED AT AuD EDUCATION SUMMIT

    SPOTLIGHT ON GEORGIA BOARD

    NCSB MEMBERS PRESENT AT CSAP

    JOIN NCSB ON FACEBOOK

    NCSB SOLICITS YOUR OPINIONS

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    NCSB: STATE COMPACTS

    The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is contracting with the Council of State Governments (CSG) and working in collaboration with NCSB to develop and implement interstate compacts for audiologists and speech-language pathologists. In December 2016, the NCSB Board of Directors voted to fund attendance of one of the BOD at the Council of State Governments Summit of the States in Williamsburg, VA. The purpose of attendance was to gather a better understanding of state compacts and how they could be used by licensing boards.
    Also in December 2016, a phone conference was held in conjunction with CSG, ASHA, and NCSB as well as other stakeholders to discuss the purpose of state compacts for the professions of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology. As an overview of a state compact, the following questions have been posed by the membership of NCSB.

    What is the role of ASHA and NCSB?
    The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is contracting with Council of State Governments (CSG) and working in collaboration with NCSB to develop and implement interstate compacts for audiologists and speech-language pathologists.

    What is a State Compact?
    According the Buenger, Litwak, Masters, and McCabe (2016), state compacts have existed since the birth of our nation. Our Constitutional fathers saw a need to allow states to remain independent but yet to self-govern by forming compacts vs. federal oversight.

    In the most simplistic form, it is a minimum of two states agreeing to share governance of an issue. Examples exist amongst states for a variety of reasons including governance of waterways, transportation of inmates, or in allied health professions.

    Why does NCSB need to be involved?
    The need for continued protection of consumers, access to care, the ability to address shortage of personnel, and the continued emergence of technology is paramount as our society becomes more mobile and global.

    What are the next steps?
    NCSB has developed a Task Force to facilitate the discussion of what state compacts should consider for individuals who are licensed to practice audiology and speech-language pathology.
    During the October conference in Santa Fe, the NCSB membership requested the Board of Directors to form a voluntary Task Force in order to have input into the development and implementation of Interstate Compacts. The purpose of the NCSB Task Force will be to provide dialogue with the NCSB Board of Directors (BOD) about the development of interstate practice. The NCSB task force includes one Audiologist-Alison Grimes-CA, one Speech-Language Pathologist-Richard Dressler-KY, one Board Attorney-Ayn Stehr-LA, one Public Member-Willliam Livermon-OK, and an ex-offico from the current NCSB Board-Kerri Phillips-LA. As monitor, Kerri Phillips has been appointed to serve as the NCSB representative for the Council of State Government (CSG) Compact Advisory Committee to represent the issues proposed by the Task Force and our membership body. CSG, in conjunction with ASHA and NCSB, is currently developing the application materials to serve on the CSG Advisory Committee.

    CSG, in conjunction with ASHA and NCSB, is currently developing the application materials to serve on the ASHA Advisory Committee.

    CSG has also developed a webinar “Compacts 101 for Health Care” which is available at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgj2iL8PuUA&t=14s. More information about licensure compacts will be presented as part of the Fall Conference in New Orleans.

    Reference:
    Buenger, M., Litwak, J., Masters, R., and McCabe, M. (2016). The evolving law and use of interstate compacts. ABA Book Publishing.

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    NCSB SOLICITS NOMINATIONS FOR AWARDS

    Each year at its Corporate Business Meeting, NCSB recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the professions through their involvement with licensure. Two awards have been established to honor individuals, and these include Honors of the Association and a Special Recognition Award. Briefly, Honors of the Association is intended to recognize an individual for his/her exemplary contributions to NCSB, to a licensing board in the state, or to an individual employed by an organization or other entity that addresses regulatory issues/concerns for the professions. The Special Recognition Award is given to individuals who have demonstrated exemplary commitment and contributions in the area of regulation at the state level. Criteria for these awards and detailed nomination procedures can be found at www.ncsb.info/ncsb-awards. NCSB encourages member boards to submit nominees for these two awards. Recipients will be recognized at the Business Meeting on Friday, September 15, 2017.

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    CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

    NCSB is seeking nominations to fill the positions of President-Elect and three board members. In keeping with the Bylaws, the President-Elect must be selected from the current Board of Directors. Directors eligible to serve as President-Elect are:
     

    Kerri Phillips George Purvis Amy Goldman
    Glenn Waguespack Nahale Kalfas Doreen Oyadomari
    George Murphree Tracy Grammer  

    The requirements for a member of the Board of Directors are that the nominee be either a board member or an individual member from a state board that is currently an NCSB member. Such individual may be a licensed speech-language pathologist, a licensed audiologist, a board administrator, a board attorney, or a public member of the board.

    A call for nominations will be sent to member boards in late Spring. Member boards may submit nominations from this notice as well by sending nominations to info@ncsb.info. Once the nominations have been received, an official ballot will be forwarded to member boards for voting. The individual(s) will be announced at the Fall Business Meeting and will take office January 1, 2018.

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    MEMBERSHIP IN NCSB

    NCSB encourages interested individuals/boards to join NCSB. Categories of membership are as follows:

    Organization Memberships

    1. Licensing Boards
      State Licensing boards are eligible to apply for Organization Membership are those boards, advisory councils, committees, or comparable bodies which conduct and maintain programs for the licensing of speech-language pathologists and audiologists in their respective states or provinces. The cost for membership is $450.00.
       
    2. Associate Organizations
      This category refers to organizations that either directly or indirectly provide services to individuals with communication disorders and whose members are impacted by licensing or certification of SLPs and AUDs. The cost for Association Membership is $450.00.

    Individual Memberships

    1. Individual
      This category is available to any individual who presently for has previously served as a member, executive director, administrator, or attorney affiliated with a speech-language pathology or audiology board. Additionally, any SLP or AUD holding current licensure and with an interest in regulatory matters is entitled to apply for this affiliation. Individual members from states that are member boards in good standing shall receive discounted membership. The cost for Individual Membership is $35.00.
       
    2. Associate
      This category refers to an individual that either directly or indirectly provide services to individuals with communication disorders and whose members are impacted by licensing or certification of SLPs and AUDs. The cost for Membership is $35.00.

    All levels of membership can be accessed by logging on to www.ncsb.info/membership.   

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    NCSB WELCOMES TRACY GRAMMER

    Last year during its election process, Tracy Grammer was elected to join the NCSB Board of Directors. Tracy, who is employed at Oklahoma University Medical Center, is a speech-language pathologist with 26 years of experience. She served on the Oklahoma Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from August 2009-August 2015. For the period from 2011-2015, Tracy served as Chair of that Board. NCSB welcomes Tracy to the BOD and knows that her previous experience in licensure will be an asset to NCSB as the organization continues with its mission to provide information about licensure to all states.

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    NCSB PRESENTS POSTER SESSION AT ASHA

    At the ASHA Conference in Philadelphia in November, NCSB presented a poster session entitled “Professional Licensure: Practice Across Borders”. The poster utilized a series of maps to depict trends and characteristics in licensure across the country. The trends included the history of legislation by state, states with merged boards, states that have enacted legislation to require the doctoral degree as the entry-level credential for audiologists, states with universal licensure, states permitting hearing aid dispensing with the audiology license, continuing education requirements, telepractice regulations, and the regulation of support personnel. Handouts included a description of the characteristics as well as web site addresses for all licensure boards. NCSB hopes to submit information regarding a similar poster session for ASHA in Los Angeles.

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    29th ANNUAL CONFERENCE HELD IN SANTA FE

    In Santa Fe, New Mexico, from October 20-22, 2016, NCSB hosted its 29th annual conference. The conference began with Board Member Training and included a presentation by a board attorney. Following the statutory authority session in the morning, attendees participated in a mock disciplinary hearing, discussed ethical decision making utilizing board scenarios, examined complaints, and drafted consent orders.

    The next day began with an address by Colmon Elridge from the Council of State Governments. The focus of the presentation was licensure portability and licensure compacts, a presentation that was followed by round table discussions related to licensure portability. Mr. Elridge provided feedback and concluding remarks related both to his presentation and to the discussions from the round table format.

    Following the corporate business meeting and luncheon, the afternoon keynote focused on bilingual service provision. Tied into this presentation was a discussion of credentialing of internationally-trained applicants. This session led into a discussion of technology for board meetings. Concluding the afternoon presentations was a session on the current status of the Praxis and an update on clinical certification.

    Saturday morning began with the popular state information exchange where participants shared successes and challenges related to their respective licensure boards. Next was a session on patient abandonment and finally, a session related to the 2016 revision of the ASHA Code of Ethics.

    Evaluations by attendees suggested a number of topics for the next conference. Paramount among those was more information on licensure compacts and how licensure boards can more effectively deal with the issue of licensure portability and protection of the public. Comments on evaluations are considered when the Board of Directors meet to plan the next annual conference.

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    30th ANNUAL CONFERENCE TO BE HELD IN NEW ORLEANS

    Plans are underway for the annual Fall NCSB Conference. The conference will begin Thursday, September 14, 2017 (PLEASE NOTE EARLIER DATE THIS YEAR) at the Double Tree Hotel in New Orleans (See hotel information below). Opening the conference will be the annual Training for Board Members. As in the past, there will be a presentation by a board attorney followed by a mock disciplinary hearing. Then there will be a discussion of ethical scenarios with audience participation and an opportunity for attendees to discuss ethical issues experienced by their licensure boards.

    The NCSB Board of Directors met in early March to discuss the program for the Fall Conference to be held in New Orleans. In response to requests from last year, there will be another discussion on licensure compacts and licensure portability. An update on the FTC ruling in North Carolina will be discussed, as will threats to licensure across the nation. Two attorneys will provide information regarding the kinds of information that should be contained in an investigation, and there will be an update on the Praxis and the new CAA standards. As always, the ever-popular state information exchange will provide attendees with a look at what other states are doing. Also under consideration are sessions related to supervision and social media.

    NCSB will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of its conferences, so a luncheon celebration will spotlight some of the history and the background associated with the formation of NCSB. If there are other topics of interest, please notify Vickie Pullins, the Program Chair. A detailed schedule will be provided in the conference brochure to be mailed this summer, as will a registration form for the training and for the conference.

    HOTEL INFORMATION

    The 2017 NCSB Workshop and Conference will be held Thursday-Saturday, September 14-16, 2017. Please note that the conference is being held in September this year rather than October as has been its practice in the past. The meeting will be at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel in New Orleans, 300 Canal Street.

    Group room rates are $119 for single/double, $129 for triple, and $139 for quad. Online reservations opened October 10, 2016, and the cut-off date for conference rates is August 16, 2017. A reservation option is to book your room online as part of the group block.

    • Group Website: https://aws.passkey.com/go/NCSB2017
    • Group Code: NCS
    • Reservations can also be made by calling the toll-free number 1-800-HILTONS
       
    • Parking is valet only, and the hotel has offered special rates for NCSB attendees.
    • Overnight valet parking is $28.00 per night, exclusive of sales tax, while event parking is $12.00 per car.

    The Double Tree by Hilton Hotel New Orleans is located in downtown New Orleans at 300 Canal Street. The French Quarter is within walking distance, as is Harrah’s Casino and the Audubon Aquarium. At the hotel, you can have a quick cup of coffee and enjoy complimentary WiFi in PJ’s Coffee or visit the WOW Café offering all day dining and a full-service bar. At Pinkberry’s you can enjoy yogurt with more than 30 toppings.

    Relax in one of the stylish guest rooms, many of which offer views of the French Quarter, Canal Street, or the Mississippi River. Rooms are equipped with a large desk, and in-room WiFi is available. Experience the true taste of Double Tree Hotels when you check in and receive a signature warm chocolate chip cookie.

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    NCSB REPRESENTED AT AuD EDUCATION SUMMIT

    NCSB was invited to participate in the 2016 AuD Education Summit October 27-28, in Rockville, Maryland, and George Purvis, a member of the NCSB Board of Directors, represented the organization. The summit was hosted by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and was attended by representatives of all 75 AuD programs, as well as representatives from related professional organizations and accreditation bodies.

    The focus of the summit was to consider transitioning the fourth-year externship to a residency model. It was hoped that moving to a new model would address several current challenges in clinical education, including (l) lack of standardization of the extern process, (2) quality control for extern sites, (3) qualifications and skills of preceptors, (4) student debt issues, and (5) assuring student readiness for both the externship and for graduation.

    After much discussion, the summit participants determined that the audiology profession was not ready for a residency model, and they voted not to pursue the model at this time. The remaining time was spent addressing the challenges associated with the current training model. The need for standardization of the externship received significant attention as well as the necessity of a collective understanding of a vision for audiology which could be used to direct changes in training programs in a systematic manner.

    Recommendations from the summit included the establishment of a task force of audiology organizations to develop an action plan to achieve outcomes of the summit. Plans are underway for a second summit, “Audiology in 2040”. NCSB will continue to monitor the work of the task force and its possible impact on licensure boards.

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    SPOTLIGHT ON GEORGIA BOARD

    The Georgia State Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology is an eight-member board consisting of one physician, three audiologists, three speech-language pathologists, and a consumer member. The members are appointed by the Governor to “protect the public health, safety, and welfare and to protect the public from being misled by incompetent, unscrupulous, and unauthorized persons.” The Board meets monthly to review applications for licensure and to receive, investigate, and adjudicate complaints against licensed speech-language pathologists and audiologists.

    Licensure is not required of a speech-language pathologist certified by the Department of Education or Professional Standards Commission or successor agency while that person is working as an employee of a public educational institution. Grades served range from pre-kindergarten through grade 12, land no fees are charged for the services either directly or through a third party, except for Medicaid.

    Current Board Members are as follows:

    • Brig Zimmerman - Executive Director
    • Melanie Gilly (SlP) - Chair
    • Eric Chatelain (SLP) - Vice-Chair
    • Holly Kaplan (AUD)
    • Miranda Pritcher Ross (AUD)
    • Robin Alverson (AUD)
    • Melanie Hudson (SLP)
    • Lauren Wright (Consumer Member)

    Email a question to the Board: http://sos.ga.gov/cgi-bin/emailplb.asp. The Board Address is:
    237 Coliseum Drive
    Macon, Georgia 31217
    (478) 207-2440

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    NCSB MEMBERS PRESENT AT CSAP

    NCSB Board members Alison Lemke, George Purvis, and Amy Goldman presented to the Council of State Association Presidents (CSAP) at ASHA in Philadelphia. State leaders have an important stake in the work of the Boards in their states and in current topics concerning licensure. The presentation included information and Q&A about current threats, trends, and more importantly, the ongoing collaborative efforts of ASHA and NCSB on the topic of licensure portability. State leaders were encouraged to join NCSB as Individual Members (criteria for this level of membership detailed elsewhere in this publication).

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    NCSB SOLICITS YOUR OPINIONS

    NCSB hopes to involve members of state licensing boards in the planning for its annual conference. Please respond online via survey monkey:
    https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6TJ7K2Q

    Please complete by July 31, 2017

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    Fall 2016

    PRESIDENT’S CORNER

    BY: Kerri Phillips

    NCSB has been busy since the Spring planning meeting. My message will focus on all of the amazing things your volunteer Board of Directors has been accomplishing!

    Alison Lemke has planned a conference you will not want to miss! Our conference will be held October 20-22 in historic Santa Fe. Keynote speaker for the conference is Colmon Eldridge, Director of the Council of State Governments National Center for Interstate Compacts. He will provide an overview of licensure portability, a topic that is both highly anticipated and timely, His presentation and the discussion that follows should generate plenty of discussion, and this discussion, along with input from attendees, is designed to provide boards with information and suggestions for implementation by audiology and speech-language pathology licensure boards.

    Our conference event planning wizard, Doreen Oyadomari, has been busy finding an OVERFLOW hotel for NCSB in Santa Fe. I do believe this is a first for our conference! Please make sure you make hotel reservations early to get the best rates and a room close to the conference hotel. If you have not received your conference brochure or need more information about rooms, please visit the website at info@ncsb.info.

    Glenn Waguespack submitted our poster, “Professional Licensure: The Path to Practice Across Borders” for an ASHA presentation, and NCSB is proud to announce that once again we will be represented at the ASHA Convention in Philadelphia.

    George Purvis has agreed to be NCSB’s representative at the Audiology Education Summit that will be held October 27-28 at the ASHA National Office. The focus of this conference is to bring together a diverse audience to discuss issues related to the 4th year clinical experience. As NCSB Treasurer, he has done an excellent job of keeping us financially sound.

    Gregg Givens has finalized the election ballot for NCSB President-Elect and to fill the one vacancy on the BOD. Additionally, the information sent to Boards contains a request for nominations for Honors of the Association and the Special Recognition Award. Please be on the lookout for the ballot, and submit your nominations.

    Amy Goldman continues to keep us up-to-date on social media. If you do not follow us on Facebook, please join that social media outlet. This is a great forum for the exchange of ideas.

    Nahale Kalfas continues to use her many talents to keep us updated on what is happening on the national level in terms of regulatory issues. She is familiar with the Supreme Court decision regarding the North Carolina Dental Board, a decision which could impact many of our regulatory boards.

    Vickie Pullin’s review of documents and thoughtful insight helps keep things rolling. She is a great public relations ambassador for the BOD and has suggested a number of new features for the newsletter.

    George Murphee is our newest board member. He is willing to step in wherever we need him, and it is anticipated that his scope of duties will expand as he begins the second year of his term.

    Lastly, what have I been doing? I have been engaged in several discussions and provided comments about licensure portability. (See correspondence elsewhere in this publication). As our world becomes more global, we have to think more globally and at the same time remain focused on our goal of consumer protection. With that being said, I invite you to attend the conference to learn more about this hot topic. See you in Santa Fe.

    Respectfully,

    Kerri Phillips
    2016 NCSB President

     

    INSIDE THIS ISSUE

    PRESIDENTS CORNER - See above

    NCSB TO PRESENT POSTER SESSION AT ASHA - See Below

    NCSB’s 29th ANNUAL CONFERENCE

    NCSB/ASHA Discussion on Interstate Compact Model

    State Board Activity Highlight

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    NCSB TO PRESENT POSTER SESSION AT ASHA

    Please view the NCSB poster during the ASHA Convention. The poster will include demographic data on a number of topics, including continuing education, hearing aid dispensing, telepractice, universal licensure, support personnel, and others. Handouts will be provided, as will a listing of web addresses for audiology and speech-language pathology boards.

    “Professional Licensure: The Path to Practice Across Borders”
    7139 Poster Board 267
    Thursday, November 17, 2016
    4:30-6:00 PM

    Hope to see you in the Convention Center in Philadelphia.

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    NCSB’s 29th ANNUAL CONFERENCE

    October 20-22, 2016 - Santa Fe, New Mexico

    Register online at www.ncsb.info/2016/registration.

    Registration brochures announcing the 29th annual NCSB Conference have been mailed. If you or your state board did not receive one of the brochures, a registration form and hotel information are included in this newsletter. As in past years, a pre-conference workshop on Training for Board Members will be held on Thursday, October 20, 2016, and the one and one-half day conference will follow on October 21 and 22.. NCSB invites boards to participate in both the board training and the conference. Following is a synopsis of the pre-conference workshop and the conference.

    Thursday, October 20, 2016 - PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP - “Training for Board Members” (Conducted by NCSB Board of Directors).

    Designed for speech-language pathologists, audiologists, board administrators, board attorneys, and all others involved in the regulatory process, the training will focus on all aspects of board service. Participants are invited to bring a copy of their state law and rules/regulations.

    Highlights include:

    Board attorney with experience in administrative law will discuss statutory authority, including rulemaking and the disciplinary process Mock disciplinary hearing will trace the process from the initial letter of complaint through testimony of witnesses to imposition of sanctions. Attendees will serve as the hearing panel and will learn how to report sanctions to the NPDB Ethical situations and dilemmas will be utilized to provide experience in receiving, reviewing, and resolving complaints. State licensing laws, and examples of licensure board exams will be provided.

    Daily schedule at www.ncsb.info/2016/schedule.

    Conference Venue: www.ncsb.info/2016/venue.

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    NCSB/ASHA Discussion on Interstate Compact Model

    NCSB has been having discussions with ASHA regarding participation in an Interstate Compact Model for the provision of audiology and speech-language pathology services.

    Following is a letter sent by the NCSB President, Kerri Phillips, to Susan Adams at ASHA, as well as a response from Susan Adams to NCSB. Much of the morning session at NCSB this year will focus on this topic, and it is hoped that attendees will engage in discussions pertinent to their states’ position on the topic.

    Dear Susan,
    On behalf of the Board of Directors of NCSB, I would like to offer comments on ASHA’s position on an Interstate Compact for audiology and speech-language pathology. Preliminary discussions held by the NCSB BOD and ASHA staff indicate that this conversation should be happening. However, as with any new opportunity, all interested parties should engage in slow, thoughtful planning and dialogue. As state licensure boards are bound to protect the consumer in each state, the discussions should never lose focus over this issue regardless of what the professions request.

    In reviewing the slides that were presented to the ASHA BOD, we offer the following comments about the advantages of Interstate Compacts:

    1. Discussions need to be held in terms of whether ASHA is addressing ALL practice of audiologists and speech-language pathologists or just limiting the discussion to telepractice.
    Would there be an issue with professionals who provide “in person” services that needs to be addressed as well?

    OR

    Should the discussion be limited to just audiologists and speech-language pathologists engaged in telepractice?

    2. In previous discussion with ASHA staff, the use of the term Interstate Compact is not a term that NCSB BOD feels represents the discussion of telepractice. NCSB feels the term, licensure portability, more accurately represents the intent of these discussions.

    In reviewing the slides that were presented to the ASHA BOD, we offer the following comments about the disadvantages of Interstate Compacts:

    The greatest disadvantage is the potential harm to consumers if implementation is not well planned and financed.

    Mutually agreed mechanisms between states need to be in place to protect consumers regardless of the state of residence.

    Are there states that are prepared to move forward with this implementation and are adequate finances available to help start up and sustain the system?

    There must be resources to assure timely entries regarding any actions against practitioners.
    As you are aware, the mission of NCSB is to facilitate the role of state licensure boards through communication and education. I offer that ASHA representatives attend the 29th Annual NCSB conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico on October 20-22, 2016. Our conference this year is centered around discussion of licensure portability in order to gain input from licensure boards. The keynote speaker is, Colmon Elridge, the Director of The Council of State Governments National Center for Interstate Compacts. Please refer to the NCSB website: info@ncsb.info for more information.

    Thank you for your time and consideration of our comments. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

    Best,
    Kerri Phillips, President
    kerriphillips@bellsouth.net
    318-680-3798

    The following is a response from Susan Adams, J.D., ASHA Director of State Legislative and Regulatory Advocacy:

    July 22, 2016

    Dear Kerri,
    Thank you for your comments. I think I can answer your questions. The plan is to address all practice of audiology and speech-language pathology through the compact. It will not be limited to telepractice, but will also ensure ease of moving from state to state for professionals, including military spouses.

    We use the tem interstate compact as a general term of art. Many professions use the terms license portability and interstate compact interchangeably. What it will be ultimately titled will likely be a result of discussions of the advisory/drafting committee. For example, the Federation of State Medical Boards refer to theirs as the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) refers to theirs as the Physical Therapy Licensure Compact, the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) refers to theirs as the Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact (PSYPACT), and the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Refers to theirs as the Nurse Licensure Compact.

    I’ll plan to bring your concerns to the ASHA Board at the meeting next week and will reach out to update you on those discussions.

    As you know, I will be attending the conference in the fall and look forward to continued discussions with NCSB on moving this issue forward.

    Best,

    Susan

    NOTE: If possible, please engage in this discussion with your state board prior to attending the meeting. Your input is important to ensure that the ultimate result is a compilation of information from all boards.

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    State Board Activity Highlight

    NCSB is interested in what other licensure boards are doing with respect to membership, legislation, and unique successes and challenges. As such, the newsletter will spotlight one or more boards in each edition. Since NCSB will be in Santa Fe in October, Vickie Pullins contacted the New Mexico Board and asked them questions related to both Board functioning and future plans. Following are the responses:

    Name of Board - Speech-Language Pathology, Audiology, and Hearing Aid Dispensing Board
    Board Composition - 11 members appointed by the Governor: 3 SLPs, 2 AUDs, 2 HAD, 3 Public Members, 1 Physician

    Members:

    • Keith Rohr, Hearing Aid Dispenser
    • Dr. Elaine Almquist, Dispensing Audiologist
    • Lillian Grijalva, Speech-Language Pathologist
    • Wesley Miller, Hearing Aid Dispenser
    • Richard Mayer, Public Member
    • Stephen Frazier, Public Member
    • Victoria Smidt (Vice-Chair), Speech-Language Pathologist
    • Dr. Richard Cram (Chair), Dispensing Audiologist
    • Bridget Guenther, Speech-Language Pathologist
    • Donald Thurn, Public Member
    • Vacant, Otolaryngologist

    Board Address:

    Toney Anaya Building
    2550 Cerrillos Road
    Santa Fe, NM 87505

    Miscellaneous:

    • Legal counsel is provided by the state attorney general’s office.
    • No proposed legislative action since the NC Dental Board case.
    • May be interested in joining NCSB and attending the conference.
    • Administrative Assistant: Samantha.lopez@state.nm.us

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    Spring 2016

    PRESIDENT’S CORNER

    BY: Kerri Phillips

    Welcome to new and long-standing members of NCSB! As your 2016 President, I am excited about the upcoming year. The Board of Directors met in March to plan the Fall Conference. Board members include Kerri Phillips as President; Alison Lemke as President-Elect; Gregg Givens, Past President: Amy Goldman, Secretary; George Purvis, Treasurer, Glenn Waguespack, Editor; Doreen Oyadomari, Event Planner; and Board members Nahale Kalfas and Vickie Pullins. In addition, a warm welcome is extended to the newest Board member, George Murphee. Robert Ranieri continues in his role as NCSB Administrator.

    In January members of the NCSB Board of Directors held a conference call with ASHA to continue discussions regarding NCSB’s involvement with licensure portability. As we continue to move licensure to the next level in consumer protection, licensure portability is an issue that demands our attention as licensure boards. What does this mean to state boards? This is a discussion that we plan to continue at the Fall Conference, a discussion that will be led by the keynote speaker as a representative of the Council of State Governments.

    While our hands are full as practicing speech-language pathologists, audiologists, board administrators, public members, and board attorneys, I would like to encourage you to become involved in NCSB. In particular, I encourage you to participate in the upcoming conference October 20-22, 2016. The conference will be held in Santa Fe, and details regarding the hotel are elsewhere in this publication. Alison Lemke, President-Elect, is conference chair and asks that state boards provide her with issues that may be of interest to attendees.

    I invite all members to contribute to NCSB and to assist in expanding our membership. New, as well as long-standing member boards, repeatedly voice how beneficial it is to discuss issues and gain perspectives from across the nation. Thus, one of my goals is to keep state boards informed of timely issues and topics.

    I believe that using electronic and social media assists in distributing information in a timely, cost-efficient manner to the membership. Our website, www.ncsb.info serves as the central information portal within NCSB. Additionally, Amy Goldman facilitates our presence on Facebook. Please consider joining our profile “NCSB” and help us share information.

    While NCSB continues to facilitate discussions among state boards, we want to remain dynamic in 2016. Please join us in our mission to facilitate communication among state licensure boards. I am honored to serve as President this year and welcome you to become more involved in NCSB.

    Respectfully,

    Kerri Phillips
    2016 NCSB President

     

    INSIDE THIS ISSUE

    PRESIDENTS CORNER - See above

    28th ANNUAL NCSB CONFERENCE HELD IN CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - See Below

    NCSB SOLICITS NOMINATIONS FOR AWARDS

    CALL FOR NCSB BOARD NOMINATIONS

    IN MEMORIAM, EUGENE COOPER

    BOARD MEMBER ATTENDS FARB CONFERENCE

    NCSB BOARD OF DIRECTORS WELCOMES GEORGE MURPHEE

    29TH ANNUAL NCSB CONFERENCE TO BE HELD IN SANTA FE

    NCSB PRESENTS POSTER SESSION AT ASHA

    NCSB SOLICITS YOUR OPINIONS

    NCSB BOARD MEMBER CREATES COMMUNICATION DISORDERS SCHOLARSHIP

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    28th ANNUAL NCSB CONFERENCE HELD IN CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA

    The 28th annual NCSB Conference was held in Charlotte, North Caroliina October 8-10, 2015. Prior to the conference, a number of individuals participated in the Board Member Training where an administrative law presentation covered statutory authority, rulemaking and the disciplinary process. A mock disciplinary hearing with the audience serving as the hearing panel provided attendees with experience in tracing the disciplinary process from the initial letter of complaint to the testimony of witnesses to the imposition of sanctions. Following was a presentation utilizing ethical situations and dilemmas to provide experience in receiving, reviewing, and resolving complaints. Attendees received a flash drive reference manual that contained samples of state licensing laws, licensure board exams, and characteristics of licensure across the country.

    Serving as the keynote speaker for the conference beginning on Friday, October 9, 2015, was Ellen Fagan, Director of Continuing Education at ASHA. Dr. Fagan’s presentation focused on the timely topic of interprofessional education and how the professions are changing to address this need. Following that presentation, the attendees divided into small groups to discuss universal licensure and patient abandonment. Of particular interest was the next presentation addressing the FTC and its ruling against the NC Dental Board. This supreme court decision is sure to impact state licensing boards, and it is anticipated that future presentations will focus on this topic.

    An update on the Praxis Exams was followed by a presentation on media inquiries and how boards should address these. Also discussed was an update on the NPDB and a panel discussion of administrators that discussed rules and regulations among the states. A Friday evening reception sponsored by the NC Board allowed the attendees additional opportunities for networking and discussing of issues facing regulatory boards.

    Saturday morning began with the ever-popular state information exchange where representatives from states discussed successes and challenges pertinent to their respective boards. A discussion of telehealth and its impact on regulatory boards, as well as its impact on the professions as a whole, provided attendees with additional “food for thought” and ensured that this was a topic that will continue to be discussed by representatives from regulatory boards.

    Utilizing comments from participant evaluations, the NCSB Board of Directors has begun planning the 29th Annual NCSB Conference which will be held in Santa Fe, New Mexico, October 20-22, 2016. Details about the preliminary program are included elsewhere in this publication.

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    NCSB SOLICITS NOMINATIONS FOR AWARDS

    Each year at its Corporate Business Meeting, NCSB recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the professions through their involvement with licensure. Two awards have been established to honor individuals, and these include Honors of the Association and a Special Recognition Award. Briefly, Honors of the Association is intended to recognize an individual for his/her exemplary contributions to NCSB, to a licensing board in their state, or to an individual employed by an organization or other entity that addresses regulatory issues/concerns for the professions. The Special Recognition Award is given to individuals who have demonstrated exemplary commitment and contributions in the area of regulation at the state level. Criteria for these awards and detailed nomination procedures can be found at www.ncsb.info.  NCSB encourages member boards to submit nominees for these two awards. Recipients will be recognized at the Business Meeting on Friday, October 21, 2016.

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    CALL FOR NCSB BOARD NOMINATIONS

    NCSB is seeking nominations for fill the positions of President-Elect and one board member.
    In keeping with the Bylaws, the President-Elect must be selected from the current Board of Directors. Directors eligible to serve as President-Elect are:

    • Gregg Givens
    • George Purvis
    • Amy Goldman
    • Glenn Waguespack
    • Nahale Kalfas
    • Doreen Oyadomari
    • Vickie Pullins
    • George Murphee

    The requirements for a member of the Board of Directors are that the nominee be either a board member or an individual member from a state board that is currently an NCSB member. Such individual may be a licensed speech-language pathologist, a licensed audiologist, a board administrator, a board attorney, or a public member of the board.

    A call for nominations will be sent to member boards in late Spring. Once the nominations have been received, an official ballot will be forwarded to member boards for voting. The individual will be announced at the Fall Business Meeting and will take office January 1, 2017.

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    IN MEMORIAM, EUGENE COOPER

    NCSB was saddened to learn of the death of Dr. Eugene B. Cooper. For 30 years he served as chair of the University of Alabama’s programs in audiology and speech-language pathology and as director of the University of Alabama Speech and Hearing Center. He will be especially remembered by NCSB as one of the “founding fathers” of NCSB. Dr. Cooper was a member of the first Board of Directors and was involved in professional licensure for a number of years. His input and insight were critical to NCSB in its formative years. NCSB extends its sympathy to the family of Dr. Eugene Cooper.

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    BOARD MEMBER ATTENDS FARB CONFERENCE

    Vickie Pullins, NCSB Board Member, attended the FARB Forum held in Clearwater, Florida, January 28-31, 2016. With over 200 attendees from 25 states and 2 provinces representing 24 professions, the focus was on mobility and portability of licensure. The attendees took a look at this topic from a legislative perspective, legal perspective, and regulatory board perspective.

    Why is this a relevant issue? One could consider the following: the physical movement of licensees, increased telepractice, and pressures from licensees, trade associations, consumers, and politicians. The most obvious question that comes up when discussing this topic is “Where does consumer protection arise?” In regard to the consumer, the issues of access to care, convenience, and confidentiality are raised. In regard to the licensees, the issues of demand, reimbursement, and business are foremost. And lastly, with regard to politicians, the issues of special interests and economics are most important.

    The professions cutting the path for all of us are the professions of nursing, pharmacy, optometry, and architecture. A representative from each of these professions shared the challenges they faced when developing their framework for licensure portability.

    Although there are legislative, legal, and regulatory perspectives on licensure portability, the most obvious driving force will most likely be economics. The most pressing question seems to be “At what point does state-based licensure reserved to the states under the 10th amendment police powers unduly burden interstate commerce so as to invoke the commerce clause and the right of the federal government to regulate a profession/occupation?” It was the consensus of the attendees that we must all get moving on charting our path toward licensure portability for our individual professions.

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    NCSB BOARD OF DIRECTORS WELCOMES GEORGE MURPHEE

    During the Summer 2015 election, George Murphee, AuD was elected to serve as a member of the Board of Directors. A licensure board member in Alabama, Dr. Murphee has been a private practice audiologist in Huntsville, Alabama, since 1976. Prior to that time, he worked through the VA Fellowship program in Birmingham and Tuscaloosa. NCSB is pleased to welcome him to the BOD and is looking forward to his contributions as a current member of a state licensure board.

    Note: During that election, Nahale Kalfas was elected to serve her second three-year term on the BOD. As the attorney for the North Carolina Board, her legal advice has been invaluable to NCSB, and NCSB is grateful to have her continued input on all matters related to regulation.

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    29TH ANNUAL NCSB CONFERENCE TO BE HELD IN SANTA FE

    Plans are underway for the conference program for the annual Fall NCSB Conference. The conference will begin Thursday, October 20, 2016, with the annual Training for Board Members. As in the past, there will be a presentation by a board attorney followed by a mock disciplinary hearing. Then there will be a discussion of ethical scenarios with audience participation and an opportunity for attendees to discuss ethical issues experienced by their licensure boards.

    The theme for the conference (October 21-22) is “New Horizons in Professional Licensure”, and the majority of the conference will focus on issues related to licensure portability. Leading the discussion on licensure portability will be Colman Eldridge from the Council of State Governments. Following his address there will be round tables with topics structured to reflect issues raised by Mr. Eldridge. He will be available to discuss these issues in detail as the round table leaders come together to report on their discussions.

    Following the corporate business meeting and lunch, individuals from the university in New Mexico will discuss specialty licensure in bilingualism. There will be a Praxis update and then a panel discussing information and communication technology and the conduct of board meetings. To close the day, a discussion of the revised ASHA Code of Ethics will be presented.

    Saturday morning will begin with the popular state information exchange where states discuss challenges and successes related to their licensure boards. A representative from each state is asked to present a 5-minute synopsis of issues pertinent to their state board. In response to comments from last year, there will be a session on patient abandonment followed by an update regarding licensure cases in the news.

    The program is tentative at this point, and states are invited to provide suggestions for additional topics of interest and possible speakers. A schedule of events will be published in the next newsletter and will be detailed as well in the registration form sent to state boards in late summer.

    NCSB SEEKS VOLUNTEERS TO PARTICIPATE IN PANEL DISCUSSIONS

    Round table leaders are needed for the session related to licensure portability. Volunteer to present how your state board is addressing this issue.

    Volunteers are also requested to participate in the panel discussion relative to the use of information and communication technology and the conduct of board meetings and board business. If your board has experience in this area, please volunteer to serve on the panel and share your ideas.

    Volunteers for these groups and for any of the other discussions may contact Alison Lemke at alison-lemke@uiowa.edu. or call her at (319) 335-8736. NCSB hopes to involve more state boards as Alison plans speakers and panelists for the Conference.

    DRURY PLAZA HOTEL AND SUITES TO SERVE AS CONFERENCE HOTEL

    NCSB has been fortunate to sign a contract with the Drury Plaza Hotel for its 29th conference. At the rate of only $109.00 per night, the hotel also offers:

    • Complimentary hot breakfast each morning
    • Refrigerators and microwaves in every room
    • Complimentary cocktails and appetizers at 5:30 each evening (limit 3 drinks)
    • Fire pits and terraces for informal gatherings
    • Health club and spa
    • Meeting rooms in hotel and also in surrounding building
    • Award-winning restaurant
    • Complimentary internet

    The hotel is located at one end of the Santa Fe square next to St. Francis Cathedral and is within walking distance of restaurants and shops in the square. For more information on the hotel and its amenities, visit www.DruryPlazaSantaFe.com. Additional information regarding the hotel will be published in the next newsletter, and in the conference registration brochure.

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    NCSB PRESENTS POSTER SESSION AT ASHA

    A poster session entitled “Professional Licensure: Leading the Way in Public Protection”, was presented at the ASHA Convention last November in Denver, Colorado. The poster session utilized maps to depict characteristics of state licensure, including hearing aid dispensing, the doctoral-entry level for audiology, support personnel, exemption-free licensure, continuing education, and telepractice. The session highlighted similarities and differences in licensure form state to state and was viewed by university personnel and students, as well as professionals currently serving on state licensure boards. NCSB hopes to submit information for a similar poster to be presented at the 2016 ASHA Convention in Philadelphia.

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    NCSB SOLICITS YOUR OPINIONS

    NCSB wants to involve members of state licensing boards in the planning for its annual conference. Please comment on the following, and send your comments and feedback to the President-Elect at alison-lemke@uiowa.edu.  

    Please suggest possible conference locations, preferably in a state that is a member board. Remember that many areas are considered high-cost and are therefore not considered in deference to state board budgets.

    What influences your decision to attend an NCSB meeting? Check all that apply, and feel free to share with past and present licensure board colleagues.
    _____________Location (state, city)
    _____________Location (near tourist attraction, shopping
    _____________Location (ability to get direct or only 1 connecting flight)
    _____________Cost (travel expenses)
    _____________Cost (registration)
    _____________Cost (hotel)
    _____________Hotel amenities (internet, breakfast, other)
    _____________Program topics
    _____________Ability of my board to pay all/part of my expenses
    _____________Conference timing (days of the week/dates)
    _____________Other (please specify)

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    NCSB BOARD MEMBER CREATES COMMUNICATION DISORDERS SCHOLARSHIP

    Doreen Brown Oyadomari received her undergraduate and master’s degree at Florida State University. As an undergraduate she received a scholarship to live in the dorm from the Southern Scholarship Foundation. She went on to receive a PhD and worked in the VA system where she retired as Chief of Speech-language Pathology at the Birmingham VA Hospital in 2006. In 2015, some forty-seven years since she left Florida State University, Doreen remembers how much financial aid meant to her and to her career. She has established a scholarship through the Southern Research Scholarship Foundation. The scholarship will assist with housing for individuals (either undergraduate or graduate) majoring in Communication Science and Disorders.

    Doreen has provided invaluable service to NCSB as the unofficial “event planner” for the annual conference. She negotiates with hotels, plans meeting rooms and equipment, as well as meals for those attending the annual conference.

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