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Legislation supports reimbursement for HBAI services

By Paul R. Pace, News staff Most Medicare beneficiaries go without an emotional support system when there is a change in their health status. A provision in the Improving Access to Mental Health Act (S.2173; H.R.3712) aims to fix that problem by allowing clinical social workers across the nation to bill Medicare Part B for health and behavior assessment and ... Read More »

Congress works to find consensus on opioid bills

By Alison Laurio, News contributor “It’s a problem that affects Americans in all parts of the country. It doesn’t discriminate across socio-economic lines, distinguish between urban, suburban and rural, or limit itself to the young or old.” With those words, U.S. Rep Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., addressed his constituents in an email sent May 23. Saying the country is “in the ... Read More »

Social workers key in ID, treatment of drug abuse

By Alison Laurio, News contributor The story of Jessica Grubb’s battle with heroin addiction so touched President Obama that when he traveled to Charleston, W.Va., last fall, he invited her parents to attend his public forum on opiate addiction. “Jessica Grubb had tried several programs, and she had been successful,” said Sam Hickman, executive director of the NASW West Virginia ... Read More »

NASW member wins best documentary

By Paul R. Pace, News staff NASW member Sherry Saturno won Best Documentary Film in NASW’s annual Media Awards this year. “Human Investment” examines what drives physicians, nurses, social workers, educators, and other professionals to invest themselves in helping others. “I wanted to try to understand what motivates professionals to invest themselves in the humanity of care,” Saturno said of ... Read More »

Court motion in Jimmo case urges education

By Paul R. Pace, News staff Medical providers and contractors continue to illegally deny Medicare coverage and care based on an “improvement standard” that has been eliminated, according to a March 1 press release by the Center for Medicare Advocacy. On that date, CMA and Vermont Legal Aid filed a court motion for resolution of noncompliance with the settlement agreement ... Read More »

Child neglect commission releases final report

By Paul R. Pace, News staff An estimated four to eight children die from abuse and neglect every day in the U.S.  Approximately half of these children are less than a year old and 75 percent are less than 3 years old. These are some of the findings from “Within Our Reach: A National Strategy to Eliminate Child Abuse and ... Read More »

App puts NASW Conference at your fingertips

The National Association of Social Workers has launched an app that will let attendees its 2016 National Conference in Washington, D.C. on June 22-25 follow the action on their digital devices. The app will let users: View agenda and explore sessions Build a personal schedule Access speaker bios and exhibitor and sponsor information View maps of the Exhibit Hall Connect ... Read More »

NASW Statements on Orlando Mass Shooting

NASW STATEMENT The nation awoke on June 12 to the worst case of a single person committing mass murder with a gun in its history. A gunman killed 49 people and injured more than 50 at Pulse, an Orlando nightclub that serves a predominately LGBTQ clientele. Most of the victims were also Latino. Compounding such a horrific loss of life ... Read More »

Clients gain protection in landmark decision

By Paul R. Pace, News staff NASW member Karen Beyer made history 20 years ago when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in her favor that social workers like her deserved the protection of psychotherapist-client privilege in the federal court system. It’s a legal interpretation that may be taken for granted today, but Beyer remembers she faced the potential of jail ... Read More »

Isolation seen as critical social problem

By Alison Laurio, News contributor A child claims to feel sick to avoid going to school. A man with a chronic illness is not taking his medications because there is no one to take him to the pharmacy. An older woman living alone becomes depressed because she has no one to talk to. These scenarios illustrate some of the effects ... Read More »