Physical Therapists Endorse Exploration of a Compact

At last week’s annual business meeting the membership of the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) endorsed the exploration of an interstate compact.  A compact, if developed, would be designed to reduce barriers for physical therapists seeking licenses in multiple states.  The action taken by the FSBPT’s membership builds on the work of the National Association of EMS Officials and The Federation of State Medical Boards. 

Both of those groups are working with CSG’s National Center for Interstate Compacts and a drafting team of subject matter experts to develop an interstate compact for their respective professions.   Groups such as the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards and the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy have also begun preliminary discussions about licensing compacts. 

With the continued growth of telehealth and the implementation Affordable Care Act a number of professional organizations are seeking creative ways to promote interstate cooperation between state regulatory boards.  Licensing compacts are increasingly being seen as an avenue to improving access to high quality health care across various medical professions.  At the same time compacts also provide a mechanism to ensure state regulatory agencies maintain their licensing and disciplinary authority while simultaneously allowing information to be shared across boarders.

Additionally, there are several compacts that deal specifically with licensing issues already in existence. Compacts such as the Driver’s License Compact and the Nurse Licensure Compact provide precedence for member states to honor licenses issued in another member state. 

For more information about any of CSG’s ongoing compact work please contact Crady deGolian, Director of CSG’s National Center for Interstate Compacts, at cdegolian@csg.org.