IMPORTANT: This course is retiring and will NOT be available after 12/31/2022. Please complete this course before that date to earn CEU(s).

APTA staff has recorded a 90-minute webinar that provides an overview of hot topics in the federal policy and reimbursement landscape, tailored for students of physical therapy. We are hopeful this webinar will help clinical educators, clinical instructors, and physical therapy students have a better understanding of what is happening in the federal legislative and regulatory space. This is a free webinar and the handouts are available in the Resources area.

NOTICE: The video is no longer accessible, please use the handouts to review the content.

Meet our presenters

Kara Gainer joined APTA in 2017 and provides leadership and strategic direction to the regulatory affairs team on key programs, initiatives, and policy development in the federal regulatory space. She has extensive knowledge and experience working on policies related to Medicare, Medicaid, health care reform, and provider billing and reimbursement. Prior to joining APTA, Kara was a health care consultant with Drinker Biddle & Reath, where she developed and executed comprehensive public policy strategies for her clients that integrated legislative, regulatory, and communications efforts. She also served as attorney advisor for the US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals, and clerked with the US Senate Sergeant at Arms. Kara received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Montana and law degree from the University of Montana, School of Law, and is a member of the District of Columbia Bar.

Heather Smith, PT, MPH, currently serves as director of quality for APTA. In her current role, Heather coordinates quality initiatives for the association and develops and implements key member resources related to quality. Two areas of focus in her work include the physician quality reporting system (PQRS) and the functional limitation reporting (FLR) requirements for therapist services under Medicare. She also serves as staff lead on the Physical Therapy Outcomes Registry. Heather previously worked for New York Presbyterian Hospital and University of Pennsylvania Health System, where she served in quality improvement. Her transition into quality was facilitated in part by the acquisition of her master’s degree in public health from Drexel University. Previous to her role in quality improvement, she was a practicing clinician for more than 10 years, with the majority of her focus on orthopedics in the outpatient setting.

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Kara Gainer, JD; Heather Smith, PT; Kate Gilliard; Steve Postal



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Type:E-Learning Course
Domains:policy, students, Payment, faculty, reimbursement
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Enrollment:Prior to  03/31/2021