Kara Gainer Bio
Kara Gainer, JD
Director, Regulatory Affairs, American Physical Therapy Association

As Director of Regulatory Affairs for APTA, Kara leads, manages, and provides strategic direction to the regulatory affairs team on key programs and initiatives in the federal regulatory space that help to move forward the priorities of the Association for the advancement of the profession in the area of payment and public policy. She works to develop and advocate APTA’s position before federal agencies in order to have a positive effect on federal regulations, statutes and other governmental directives that affect the profession of physical therapy. She also is responsible for leading member initiatives and developing policies and programs that promote the practice of physical therapy.


She has extensive knowledge and experience working on policies related to Medicare, Medicaid, health care reform, coding, 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 an Attorney Advisor for the US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals and clerked with the U.S. 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.

Topics she will cover at this years' 2020 Annual Conference include:

The Continuing Journey to Value-Based Care

Hot Topics in Payment: Federal and Commercial Payer Updates


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