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ACSLPA Telepractice Memorandum of
Understanding (MOU) with BC

As part of ACSLPA’s work to serve our members and the public, since 2017 we have been in the process of developing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between ourselves and the College of Speech, Hearing and Health Professionals of British Columbia (CSHHPBC). The purpose of this MOU is to provide for regulatory oversight of our respective regulated health practitioners offering inter-jurisdictional services by tele-practice or in person (where that is geographically possible and/or when services are not otherwise available).

The College previously consulted with the membership regarding how to best address inter-jurisdictional practice needs within our existing legislative frameworks.  Having jointly developed a draft MOU with BC and obtained legal input, we are now seeking member feedback on this final version, with a focus on the high-level conceptual underpinnings of the document. 

Please note: CSHHPBC is the regulator for SLPs, audiologists, and hearing aid practitioners in BC. Because they also regulate hearing aid practitioners, the College of Hearing Aid Practitioners of Alberta (CHAPA) is included as part of this MOU.
Feedback form below.

Definitions

Interjurisdictional Practice means a service that is within the practice of audiology or SLP provided by a registrant from their primary jurisdiction (AB) to a client in a secondary jurisdiction (BC), by virtual care or traditional care.

Primary Jurisdiction means the jurisdiction where the registrant is registered as an active practitioner (AB), where the registrant habitually resides, and where a majority of that registrant’s clients reside.

Secondary Jurisdiction means the jurisdiction where the registrant does not habitually reside and where a minority of the registrant’s clients reside (BC).

Virtual Care means the use of communications and information technologies by registrants to provide services to clients for the purposes of real-time diagnosis, treatment, consultation, education, and health-information transfer. 

Who does this MOU affect?

SLPs and audiologists who are involved or considering involvement with client service across Alberta and BC. The MOU allows for up to 100 hours of inter-jurisdictional practice per calendar year. Those professionals involved in greater than 100 hours of inter-jurisdictional practice will require registration in both jurisdictions.

Basic Tenets of the Agreement

  • Streamlined Registration
    • Must be in good standing in the primary jurisdiction
    • Must pay any applicable fees in the secondary jurisdiction (less than in the primary jurisdiction, but yet to be determined)
    • Must have professional liability insurance (PLI) that covers practice in the secondary jurisdiction
    • Will have to reconfirm annually to renew/reapply
    • Ends immediately if registration is cancelled in the primary jurisdiction
  • Discipline
    • Registrants must abide by rules in primary and secondary jurisdictions
    • Complaints may be filed in both jurisdictions
    • Coordinate complaint handling across jurisdictions to avoid duplication
    • Information sharing across jurisdictions within the limits of the law
  • Continuing Competence and Currency Requirements
    • Proof of compliance in the primary jurisdiction will be recognized by the secondary jurisdiction
    • No additional CCP will be required

Next Steps

  • Obtain and review member feedback regarding the draft agreement
  • Make any necessary revisions to the MOU and obtain final Council approvals prior to implementation
  • Jointly with BC, develop clearly articulated by-laws, policies and processes with respect to inter-jurisdictional practice so that the MOU can be operationalized (e.g., fee schedule, joint guidelines as necessary, etc.)

Click here for a copy of the draft MOU.

Please complete the form below to provide feedback on the draft MOU by Monday, December 17, 2018.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact either:

Michael Neth, Registrar/CEO at registrar@acslpa.ab.ca
Susan Rafaat, Deputy Registrar at deputyregistrar@acslpa.ab.ca
or phone 780-944-1609 (Edmonton area) or toll-free within Alberta 1-800-537-0589.