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Get inside intel from APTA's Health Policy and Payment team on the most significant and impactful federal and commercial payer policy updates in 2023.

Throughout the year, APTA's regulatory staff will provide regular updates on federal rulemaking impacting policy and payment for both outpatient providers (Medicare Physician Fee Schedule) and institutional, post-acute care providers (home health agencies, skilled nursing facilities, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, and long-term care hospitals). APTA will cover both proposed and final rules, and may address other nonrecurring federal rules that impact physical therapists.

And on the commercial payer front, you’ll receive regular roundups of significant updates to private payer policies, including changes at both national and regional levels.

This registration is for the June 22 webinar, which covers developments May-June 2023. 

About the Speakers

Kate W. Gilliard is director of health policy and payment within APTA's Public Affairs unit. She advocates to federal regulators and private insurers on policy issues affecting physical therapy and communicates important policy updates to members.

Before joining APTA, she was a regulatory analyst with Centene Corporation, focusing on Affordable Care Act-compliant health care products. Prior to that, she was an ACA officer at the Illinois Department of Insurance, where she assisted the director in creating and implementing policies. She received a bachelor’s degree in English from Oklahoma State University and a law degree from DePaul University College of Law. She is a member of the Illinois Bar.

Andrew Amari is a specialist within APTA's Health Policy and Payment department, advocating on regulatory policy issues affecting physical therapists in a variety of practice settings. Before joining the association, he was a regulatory analyst at the Association of American Medical Colleges, focusing on hospital payment and graduate medical education policy issues. He received a bachelor's degree in psychology from Wake Forest University and a JD from the University of Wisconsin School of Law. He is a member of the Wisconsin Bar.

Rachel Miller is a health policy and payment specialist within APTA's Health Policy and Payment department. She advocates to federal regulators on policy issues that affect the physical therapy profession. She obtained a bachelor's degree in public health from the University of South Florida and a master’s degree in health policy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill . Before joining the association, she worked as a certified application counselor in a student-run clinic assisting community members in obtaining health insurance. Previously, she worked as a case investigator at a local health department, helping to stop the spread of COVID-19. 

Wanda K. Evans is a senior payment specialist at APTA. Her responsibilities include communicating with members and insurers on inquiries regarding third-party billing, CPT coding, and payment policies; providing resources in policy development; monitoring trends; and assisting in association efforts to advance payment policies. She remains a treating clinician in the outpatient setting.

Before joining APTA, she was a clinical documentation and utilization review coordinator for Medstar National Rehabilitation Hospital Network. Prior to that she was a supervisor of physical therapist and occupational therapist services for Kaiser Permanente mid-Atlantic. She has been an APTA member since she was a student. She received a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy and a doctor of physical therapy degree from Howard University, and a master’s degree in orthopedic and sports physical therapy from the University of Indianapolis. She also is a certified kinesio taping practitioner. 

Alice Bell is a senior payment specialist in the Health Policy and Payment department at APTA. She received a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from Northeastern University and a doctor of physical therapy degree from the University of Montana. She is a board-certified clinical specialist in geriatric physical therapy.

Her specialties include integrated care delivery models, post-acute care, and long-term care. She has lectured and written many articles on topics related to physical therapy and the older adult. She has spent most of her career in post-acute care and long-term care settings and has more than 36 years of experience as a physical therapist.

Her professional activities include serving as a member of the National Quality Partnership Opioid Stewardship Steering Committee, co-leader of the NQF Opioid Stewardship Member Workgroup, APTA appointee to the NDHI Opioid Crisis Workgroup, APTA appointee to the National Quality Partnership Opioid Stewardship Action Team, member of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Technical Expert Panel for Skilled Nursing Alternative Payment Systems, appointee to the National Quality Forum for Long Term Care Quality Measures, member of the Steering Committee for NQF's National Voluntary Consensus Standards for Nursing Home Project, and representative of the Coalition of Rehab Therapy Organizations’ Joint Commission’s Long Term Care Professional and Technical Advisory Committee.

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