Practice and Professional Development

Practice Alert: Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment November 1 to January 15

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Open Enrollment for the health insurance marketplace is November 1 to January 15, 2023. For coverage to begin on January 1, enrollment must be completed by midnight on December 15. NASW is a Champion for Coverage and recognizes the importance of social workers who help individuals and families connect to health insurance coverage and health care services. Health insurance coverage is ... Read More »

CMS Seeks Feedback on Good Faith Estimates

Attention Clinical Social Workers: CMS Seeking Feedback on Good Faith Estimates The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)  is seeking feedback from clinical social workers and other providers about how they should provide estimates for costs of services for patients who use their insurance to pay for health and mental health services.  Your feedback would be helpful in providing information ... Read More »

NASW Recognizes October 6th as National Depression Screening Day

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By Denise Johnson, LCSW-C Senior Practice Associate, Clinical Social Work Depression is a very common and serious mental health condition that can significantly impact a person’s ability to function in all aspects of life. It can result from a number of social, emotional, and biological factors. In fact, those with other health conditions such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and substance ... Read More »

NASW Member Voices: Let’s Begin a Conversation to Share Our Social Work Perspectives

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  By Chad Dion Lassiter, MSW It’s been 21 years since first responders rushed headlong into the burning World Trade Center while frightened civilians rushed for the exits.  Each September, we remember and reflect on their bravery. Heedless of their own safety, they carried out their mission to serve and to protect us in our most devastating time of need. ... Read More »

Highlights of CMS 2023 Proposed Physician Fee Schedule

On July 7, 2022, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its proposed rule of the Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) that announced proposed policy and practice changes for Medicare Part B payments beginning January 1, 2023. The proposed changes may impact social workers and other Medicare providers in various settings. The proposed rule also looks to solicit comments ... Read More »

September is Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Month

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How Social Workers Can Make a Difference September 2022 Binge drinking and heavy alcohol use during pregnancy have increased over the past decade, according to a new study in JAMA Network Open. In fact, from 2011 to 2020, binge drinking among pregnant women increased nearly 9 percent a year, while heavy drinking increased by more than 11 percent a year, ... Read More »

Watch the Interstate Licensing Compact Stakeholder July 26 Review Session

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The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), as part of an initiative to promote licensure portability for military spouses, in 2021 awarded a $500,000 grant for the development of an interstate licensure compact for social workers. The compact would give social workers to practice in two or more states, giving the profession much needed license mobility. The Council of State Governments (CSG) has ... Read More »

Why data and collaboration are key to social workers’ success

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By Gary Pettengell, ECINS If there were ever a time to truly appreciate the essential contributions to society made by social workers – it would be now. As we find ways to recognize, inspire, and equip social work professionals tackling a confluence of challenges in schools, families, and communities, the most important thing is to acknowledge the immense challenges they ... Read More »