Author Archives: NASW Practice Staff

National Report Addresses Nursing Home Quality & Promotes Value of Social Work

Posted April 22, 2022 On April 6, 2022, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) released a report entitled The National Imperative to Improve Nursing Home Quality: Honoring Our Commitment to Residents, Families, and Staff. The report represents the culmination of 18 months of work by a study committee that included NASW Social Work Pioneer® and Wisconsin Chapter ... Read More »

Federal Grants Available to Promote Elder Justice

April 1, 2022 The federal government is soliciting proposals to fund various programs that prevent and address elder abuse. As noted in a recent NASW Practice Perspective, social workers are currently involved in similar grant-funded programs and play critical roles in elder justice. Details regarding each program and a brief resource list follow. Enhanced Training and Services to End Abuse ... Read More »

Update: Nursing Home Visitation During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted January 28, 2022, and revised February 10, 2022 This post updates information provided in a Social Work Blog post of December 17, 2021. The January 28, 2022, post was revised on February 10, 2022, to reflect changes since publication. Following its November 12 release of guidance for nursing home visitation during the COVID-19 pandemic, CMS released three versions of ... Read More »

CMS Updates Guidance for Nursing Home Visitation During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted December 17, 2021 The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on nursing home residents, families, and staff. Limitations on visits from family (as defined by each resident), other personal guests, and even certain service providers (such as hospice personnel and long-term care ombudsmen) have drastically exacerbated loneliness and social isolation among residents. Recognizing the physical and emotional toll ... Read More »

Medicare Open Enrollment: What’s New for 2022 and How You Can Help Your Clients

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Posted November 12, 2021 Each fall, Medicare beneficiaries can review, compare, and change their coverage options during the Medicare Open Enrollment Period (OEP). The OEP, sometimes known as the annual election period, began on October 15 and ends on December 7. Changes made during the OEP affect coverage between January 1 and December 31, 2022. (The Medicare OEP is distinct ... Read More »

Medicare Open Enrollment Ends December 7

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  By Chris Herman, MSW, LICSW  Senior Practice Associate–Aging, NASW    The annual Medicare Open Enrollment Period (OEP) ends on December 7. Seeking tips on enrollment for your clients, family members, or yourself? This blog provides a brief overview and links to multiple resources. During the OEP, Medicare beneficiaries can review, compare, and switch their prescription drug (Part D) and ... Read More »

Engage at Every Age: Older Americans Month 2018

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By Chris Herman, MSW, LICSW Senior Practice Associate–Aging, NASW May 11, 2018 NASW is celebrating Older Americans Month (OAM) in May. Established in 1963 and coordinated by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), OAM celebrates the role of older adults within our communities. The 2018 theme, Engage at Every Age, emphasizes that people of all ages can take part in ... Read More »

Striving for Integrative Pain Care: Pain Awareness Month 2017

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Posted October 17, 2017  As a member of the consortium Partners for Understanding Pain, NASW observed Pain Awareness Month in September. Although the observance has ended, NASW encourages social workers to educate their colleagues and clients about resources to prevent and address pain—and to advocate for comprehensive, integrative pain care—throughout the year. Many people associate pain with advanced illness and ... Read More »

Help Shape Tomorrow Together at the 2018 NASW National Conference by Submitting your Proposal

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NASW is now accepting compelling proposals for the 2018 NASW National Conference, “Shaping Tomorrow Together,”  which will take place June 20-23, 2018 in Washington, DC. Submit your proposal today as an individual, symposium, or poster presentation to be considered as a presenter and showcase your research, innovation, methodologies, or strategies during the conference. More than 2,000 social workers and like-minded ... Read More »

4 Reasons to Pursue a Master’s in Social Work

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Whether you are a college student, recent graduate, or currently employed, a master’s in social work (MSW) can help boost your career. Here are four reasons why. 1. Advocate for underserved populations. Social workers get to advocate for the most marginalized and vulnerable populations. At-risk populations require the most assistance from social workers, but they have the most difficult time ... Read More »