A rising trend in the practice of physical therapy is the use of telehealth and mobile health technology. However, maintaining patient privacy is an important consideration that must not be overlooked. Physical therapists need to know how to comply with regulations established by HIPAA as well as the APTA Code of Ethics.
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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.
Matt Elrod, PT, DPT, MEd, is lead specialist in APTA’s Practice Department. He is liaison to various external organizations, contributes to policy development in the advancement of the profession, develops member resources in evidence-based practice, ICD-10 transition, telehealth, adoption of electronic health records, and integration of the Physical Therapy Outcomes Registry. He has more than 20 years of experience in the physical therapy profession, and earned a physical therapy degree from the Medical University of South Carolina, a doctor of physical therapy degree from Marymount University, and a master of education degree from the Citadel in exercise physiology. He is a board-certified clinical specialist in neurologic physical therapy.
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- Clearly identify the legal and ethical implications for technology application in practice
- Recognize need to address legal/ethical concerns in technology use in practice
- Comprehend strategies to ensure HIPAA compliance
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