Kara Gainer Bio
 

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

TOPIC: Medicare, Medicaid and Health Reform:  What you need to Know

Course description

Federal and commercial payer coverage policies are constantly changing and vary depending on the settings in which physical therapists and physical therapist assistants practice.

This session will provide a year in review, with a focus on Medicare and TRICARE activity, as well as what to expect in the coming months and the year ahead.

The speaker will present the latest developments related to Medicare and commercial insurers’ telehealth coverage and payment policies. In addition, the speaker will highlight APTA and the profession’s role in advocacy. Finally, the speaker will discuss what’s next in benefit redesign efforts and innovative care delivery opportunities in the payment arena. 

Speaker Bio

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.



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