Platform statement for Tracy L. Cumberland, PA-C, PhD, CPC-A
Working as a physician assistant in Maryland for 25 years has been a rewarding experience and a great career. During these years, I have witnessed the growth and change in Maryland PA practices. Early PA leaders promulgated many statutory and regulatory changes increasing the breadth of practice standards and creating widespread utilization of PAs that we enjoy today. At the state level, their efforts paved the way to prescription drug writing, advanced duties, licensing of PAs and others. At the national level, they served as voice in reimbursement regulations, practice standards, health promotion and disease prevention, medical liability, lobbying on practice matters, and leadership amongst the profession. It is with this same enthusiasm and diligence of these predecessors that I will represent Maryland PAs as a delegate in 2016.
Currently, I serve on the Maryland Academy of PAs Board of Directors as the Chair of the Reimbursement Committee and as a reimbursement advocate and educator to Maryland PAs. Over the last 3 years, I have worked with the other board members on many issues and challenges facing PA practices in Maryland. This appointment keeps me abreast of the current issues that challenge Maryland PAs, which will help me to serve as an advocate at the National level. I also serve as the Maryland representative on the AAPA STAR team. Most recently, I joined the AAPA ICD-10 workgroup.
Over the last few years, I collaborated with board members, attorneys, and lobbyists to change Maryland Medicaid regulations. Soon, Maryland PAs will be able to enroll in the Maryland Medicaid Program. Medicaid reimbursement will provide new job opportunities and create additional revenue for currently practicing PAs. Medicaid reimbursement is one of the many challenges facing Maryland PAs today.
The challenges we face as a profession are ongoing and diverse. I look forward to working with the other Maryland delegates to represent Maryland PAs at the 2016 AAPA House of Delegates. Specifically, my reimbursement knowledge will be a valuable asset to the team of delegates as we look towards the different health care models and reimbursement regulations. My doctorate in community and public health coupled with extensive years of experience will enable me empower a better future for PA practice in Maryland. I ask for your support to represent Maryland PAs at the 2016 AAPA House of Delegates.