APTA staff will be offering a pre-recorded 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 pre-recording is now available.

It is highly recommended that you review the pre-recorded content and compile some questions for the presenters which will be answered during the live Q and A in December. The Live Q and A session was held on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 and the recording is available in the resources area.

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.

Steve Postal, JD is a senior regulatory affairs specialist at APTA. His areas of expertise include telehealth, administrative burden, LCDs/NCDs, and post-acute care. Before joining the association in 2019, he was a senior director of state policy for the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, focusing on legislative and regulatory policy development. Prior to that, he was the director of health policy at law firm Powers Pyles Sutter and Verville. Previous positions also include director of the Medicaid Resource Center at the National Association for Home Care and Hospice, contracts and grants specialist in clinical research administration for the MedStar Health hospital system, and associate at the Maryland Office of the Attorney General. He received his bachelor’s degree in history , with a minor in government, from Bowdoin College and his law degree with a concentration in health law from Case Western Reserve University School of Law. He is a member of the Maryland and District of Columbia bars.

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review the content, attend the live q and a if possible, download and save your certificate

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kara gainer, jd; steve postal, jd

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1Changing landscape webinar 11.19.2020.mp4
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Total credits:  0.1
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Enrollment:Prior to  12/30/2021