Practice and Professional Development

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 Denounces Ugandan “Anti-Homosexuality Bill”

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW-USA) denounces the Parliament of the Republic of Uganda for continuing to consider, and scheduling a vote on, the “Anti-Homosexuality Bill.” This bill, if passed, will further stigmatize the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) citizens of Uganda and put their human rights at risk.  The “Anti-Homosexuality Bill” in the Ugandan Parliament could set ... 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 »

NASW Celebrates National Family Caregivers Month

Let Family Caregivers Know They Matter NASW continues its support for National Family Caregivers Month this November. This year’s theme, Family Caregivers Matter, is particularly relevant to social workers, who understand not only the ways family caregivers enhance the well-being of their care partners, but also the crucial role family caregivers play in the health care system. Take some time ... Read More »

NASW Celebrates National Hospice and Palliative Care Month

Comfort. Love. Respect. Join NASW in celebrating National Hospice and Palliative Care Month this November by highlighting the role of hospice in providing comfort, love, and respect to individuals and families at the end of life. Help preserve and expand access to hospice services with the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s Hospice Action Network. Earn 2 NASW-approved CE credits ... Read More »

Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Webinar Scheduled for November 9th

Interested in becoming a Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Volunteer? A Red Cross Foundations of Disaster Mental Health (FDMH) Webinar has been scheduled for Friday, November 9, 2012;  2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00). Topic: Foundations of Disaster Mental Health To Register: Go to enter the session number and click “Join” to register.  Once ... Read More »

NASW Helps Joint Commission Develop New Consumer Brochure on Palliative Care

NASW Helps Joint Commission Develop New Consumer Brochure on Palliative Care The Joint Commission recently published a consumer education brochure on palliative care. The brochure, developed in collaboration with NASW, is part of the Joint Commission’s Speak Up™ initiative, which encourages consumers to play an active role in their health care. Visit to download or print the brochure in ... Read More »

October 11, 2012 National Coming Out Day

Every day, social workers  are  actively working to promote LGBT equity.  NASW and its chapters participate in coalition with other human rights, social action, and professional associations to advance the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons.  National Coming Out Day provides an opportunity to learn more about the diversity of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender communities. Discrimination and ... Read More »

Social Work Jobs Available at US Department of Veteran Affairs

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced this year that it will be adding 1,600 new clinicians, including social workers, to its mental health staff.  This announcement came on the heels of increasing pressure for the Department of Veterans Affairs to reduce the long wait times many Veterans face when seeking care for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or other behavioral health ... Read More »