Candidate for Vice President for Government Relations and Public Policy: Mary Lee Casper, CCC-SLP

Mary Lee Casper

Mary Lee Casper, MA, CCC-SLP, FNAP, is currently the corporate rehabilitation consultant for speech-language pathology with HCR ManorCare in Rockville, MD. She has 28+ years of experience as a speech-language pathologist, with a focus on geriatric rehabilitation in health care settings.

Projects at HCR ManorCare include regulatory compliance, automation initiatives, electronic health records, clinical program development, documentation compliance, rehabilitation policies and procedures, continuing education programs, HIPAA, and HITECH.  

In 2015, Casper was named a Distinguished Fellow of the National Academies of Practice (NAP), which works to advance interprofessional health care by fostering collaboration and advocating policies in the best interests of individuals and communities. Casper is a member of the National Association for Support of Long-Term Care (NASL), an organization that brings together providers and suppliers in the postacute care segment to conduct advocacy at the federal level.  

She is active in volunteerism with ASHA, currently serving as the 2017 Convention co-chair. Casper previously chaired the topics of Business, Management, Ethics, and Professional Issues (for the 2015 and 2016 Conventions) and Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (for the 2013 and 2014 Conventions). She is the former coordinator of Special Interest Group (SIG) 15 (Gerontology) and is an affiliate of SIG 13 (Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders) and SIG 2 (Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders). She has served on the Board of SIG Coordinators (BSIGC), the Council for Clinical Specialty Recognition (CCSR), and the Scientific and Professional Education Board (SPEB).  

Casper is the State Advocates for Medicare Policy (StAMP) Network representative from the Maryland Speech-Language-Hearing Association (MSHA). She has consistently served in leadership roles in state speech-language-hearing associations, with emphasis on speech-language pathology in health care settings.   

Casper has published articles related to service delivery in the long-term care setting and has presented nationally and internationally on topics such as dysphagia, dementia, end-of-life decision making, health care service delivery, regulatory compliance, and reimbursement. 

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The ASHA Leader asked the candidates:

What is your top priority if elected to the ASHA Board of Directors?

My top priority if elected is to support and facilitate local, state and federal advocacy efforts of ASHA members in the areas of health care, education and professional issues. These efforts should be prioritized by considering reasonable use of member resources and clear understanding of the likelihood that advocacy efforts will bring results at federal, state, and local levels. ASHA members need information about the importance of advocacy in light of evidence-based practice, ethics, inclusion, diversity, collaboration, person-centered care and patient outcomes.   Clinicians, employers, administrators, faculty, students and researchers will benefit from strategic advocacy in the changing landscape of reimbursement and service delivery across settings where speech-language pathologists and audiologists deliver care. 

Why are you running for Vice President for Government Relations and Public Policy on the ASHA Board of Directors?

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