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Topics include the status of PT telehealth coverage during COVID-19, as well as an update on coverage generally and where things stand on PTs’ ability to practice telehealth according to scope of practice acts. Further topics will include APTA’s advocacy efforts and call to action, best practices implementing telehealth in a smaller organization, and other considerations for telehealth implementation. Ethical and HIPAA considerations will also be discussed.
Mark your calendar for April 7th - 2-3 p.m. for the live Q and A
Meet our Presenters
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.
Baruch Humble joined our team at APTA in May of 2019 as a senior congressional affairs specialist. Before joining APTA, he was a senior legislative assistant in the House of Representatives, where he primarily focused on health care among other policy issues. His duties included collaborating with senior staff to identify, develop and execute the federal policy agenda for a Member of the Ways and Means Health Subcommittee. Baruch was successful in getting several key healthcare initiatives into public law that increased access to care and provided relief from burdensome regulations in the healthcare system. Previously, he advocated at the local policy level with a non-profit group called Justice Matters. There he worked to influence public policy that improved access to mental health services and diverted individuals suffering with mental illness out of jail and into treatment. He received his bachelor's degree in political science and minor in communications from the University of Kansas. Baruch is from northern California.
Sarah Gallagher PT, DPT is the founder of The Dizzy Clinic. She has been treating clients with dizziness and vertigo in various settings for over ten years. Sarah has worked as a physical therapist and is co-owner of South Valley Physical Therapy in Denver, Colorado, a clinic specializing in vestibular and neurologic conditions. At South Valley PT she began to identify that many clients did not have access to expert care. Sarah began to consult clients using videoconferencing with great success and thus was born the idea of The Dizzy Clinic. Sarah graduated with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from MGH Institute of Health Professions (a Massachusetts General Hospital affiliate). She is a certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist (NCS). Sarah mentors doctoral students in vestibular therapy and assists teaching vestibular therapy at the University of Colorado. Sarah teaches balance classes in the community; volunteers for the vestibular special interest group of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), and founded Colorado's vestibular support group. She is a member of the APTA, neurology section and vestibular special interest group, and Vestibular Disorders Association (VeDA).
Kara Gainer, JD is the director of regulatory affairs at APTA. She joined APTA in 2017 and provider 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, she was a health care consultant with Drinker Biddle and Reath, where she developed and executed comprehensive public policy strategies for her clients that integrated legislative, regulatory, and communications efforts. She also served as an attorney advisor for the US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals, and she clerked with the US Senate Sergeant at Arms. She 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.
Alan Lee, PT, DPT, PhD is a professor at Mount Saint Mary's University in Los Angeles. Dr. Lee maintains clinical practice at Scripps Mercy Hospital, a level I trauma center, in San Diego with dual board certifications in geriatrics and wound management. He was the recipient of the APTA Minority Faculty Award in 2008 and Adopt-A-Doc Award in 2011. Dr. Lee graduated from Duke University, completed his transitional DPT from Creighton University, and his PhD from Nova Southeastern University. He is passionate about innovative practice in physical therapy and serves as the vice president of technology SIG and the APTA’s FiRST council telehealth workgroup.
Robert “Bob” Latz, PT, DPT is the only Physical Therapist with the HealthCare CIO certification from CHIME (College of Health Information Management Executives). Dr. Latz is a Board Member of the APTA Health Policy and Administration Section and the President of the Technology Special Interest Group. He is a member of the APTA Orthopedic; Home Health; and Geriatric Sections. Dr. Latz is a Board Member of the National Association for the Support of Long Term Care (NASL) and a Co-Chair of the NASL IMPACT Act Implementation Workgroup. He is an active member of the HIMSS LTPAC Committee and a member of the LTPAC CIO Collaborative. Dr. Latz is the Chief Information Officer for Trinity Rehabilitation Services, which improves human function by providing contracted therapy services in Post-Acute Care settings.
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