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Author Archives: communications

Third anniversary of the Affordable Care Act

Saturday, March 23 is a day worth recognizing.  It’s the 3rd anniversary of the signing of the Affordable Care Act. Since 2010, the Affordable Care Act has provided millions of Americans with greater consumer protections, with expanded coverage, and with more value for their health care dollars. For example: Young adults under the age of 26 can now stay on ... Read More »

Social Work Input Needed on Mental Health Parity Violations

We are asking for your help to make compliance with the federal parity law a reality. Although the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA) was enacted over four years ago, the final federal rule implementing the law has not been issued.  Although it has promised a final MHPAEA rule by the end of the year, the ... Read More »

Helen Rehr (1919 – 2013)

Helen Rehr‘s work touched the lives of many thousands of the sick and frail. The programs she developed and administered provided superb services for a large number of clients. Her research demonstrated the effectiveness of her programs and thus enabled readers of many of her published articles to implement these programs around the country. Her teaching of social workers and ... Read More »

Annals of Internal Medicine article highlights positive impact of social work intervention in pediatric primary care

The February 5th issue of Annals of Internal Medicine features an article that cites positive outcomes for the Baltimore-based SEEK Project (Safe Environment for Every Kid).  Sponsored by the University of Maryland Medical Center, the SEEK project integrates professional social workers into pediatric primary care clinics, to conduct child abuse identification and prevention efforts.   A randomized research trial of the ... Read More »

Congress Passes Protect Our Kids Act to Reduce Child Abuse Fatalities

With overwhelming bipartisan support, the Protect Our Kids Act of 2012 (H.R. 6655/S. 3705) received unanimous support in the Senate just before the 112th Congress adjourned last week, and passed the House of Representatives in December by a vote of 330-77. Supported by the National Coalition to End Child Abuse Deaths, of which NASW is a member, the Protect Our ... Read More »

NASW joins more than 160 Groups in asking Congress to protect Medicaid

A letter was sent to members of Congress yesterday from 164 national organizations, including NASW, asking that Medicaid be excluded from potential budget cuts, currently under consideration in the fiscal cliff negotiations. The signers also argued against proposals to restructure Medicaid, such as converting it to a block grant program.  The letter to Congress emphasized the value and efficiency of ... Read More »

Human Rights and the Judiciary

The elections are over, and it’s time to examine how these results will affect the judiciary branch of government: U.S. Supreme Court The lower courts (such as the Appeals Courts) Special Courts (such as U.S. Tax Courts) Court Support Organizations (such as the U.S. Sentencing Commission) Including the nine Supreme Court Justices, there are 874 judgeships in the judiciary branch—all ... Read More »

CMS & Advocates Reach Proposed Settlement Agreement to Eliminate “Improvement Standard”

Medicare Will Cover Skilled Nursing & Therapies Needed to Maintain a Beneficiary’s Condition December 10, 2012  What is the issue? A class-action lawsuit filed in early 2011 on behalf of Medicare beneficiaries (Jimmo v. Sebelius) challenged the common practice of denying Medicare coverage of (1) skilled nursing and (2) occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech-language pathology services to beneficiaries whose ... Read More »

New Psychotherapy Codes for Clinical Social Workers

NASW has produced a new Practice Perspective on the new psychotherapy codes for Clinical Social Workers  (PDF file – member login required) Effective January 2013, clinical social workers will begin using new and revised psychotherapy codes when providing psychotherapy services to patients.  For the first time since 1998, the family of psychotherapy codes has gone through a major revision process.  ... Read More »

NASW offers new Affordable Care Act implementation tools for social workers

With the Presidential election complete, the White House needs social workers and other health advocates to join the effort to promote speedy implementation of the Affordable Care Act.  NASW offers members three tools to further their efforts to promote successful implementation of the ACA at the state level: Consumer fact sheet on the ACA: Although major components of the ACA ... Read More »