Practice and Professional Development

UPDATE: Federal Rule to Prevent Surprise Health Care Billing – Application to Clinical Social Workers

Black female psychotherapist taking notes while talking to a man during counselling.

See the “No Surprises Act Regulations 2022″ page on Socialworkers.org January 5, 2022 This blog post updates information from our post of December 21, 2021. It provides updated clarifying information that was not available until now regarding Part II of a federal rule that pertains to the provision of Good Faith Estimates (GFEs). And it provides new information on Part ... Read More »

Federal Rule to Prevent Surprise Health Care Billing

Under a new federal rule to protect consumers from surprise health care bills, clinical social workers and other health care provider types must, effective January 1, 2022, provide a good faith estimate of expected charges.

See the “No Surprises Act Regulations 2022″ page on Socialworkers.org Alert: Information in this blog post was updated on January 5, 2022 NASW will continue to monitor policy developments pertaining to surprise billing and update members as new information is made available. See January 5, 2022 update. Application to Clinical Social Work Services December 21, 2021 Under a new federal ... Read More »

Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule for CY 2022

Social Worker Talking With Client.

Implications for Clinical Social Workers December 2021 On November 2, 2021, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the CY 2022 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) final rule. The 2400+-page rule includes updates to policies and payments that are pertinent to clinical social workers (CSWs) and other Medicare providers. NASW submitted comments on September 13, 2021 to CMS on ... 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 »

CY 2022 Medicare Quality Payment Program for Clinical Social Workers: Frequently Asked Questions

December 2021 Beginning January 1, 2022, clinical social workers (CSWs) will become eligible to participate in Medicare’s Quality Payment Program (QPP). NASW advocated for the inclusion of CSWs in the QPP and are pleased that they are now eligible. CSWs participate in the QPP through a system called the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). MIPS was designed to tie payments ... Read More »

NASW National Committee on Women’s Issues Denounces Attacks on Reproductive Rights

Protesters take part in the Women's March for Reproductive Rights in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 2, 2021.

NASW’s National Committee on Women’s Issues (NCOWI) remains firm in its support of an individual’s rights over their reproductive health. NCOWI denounces efforts in numerous states to restrict access to reproductive health services and undermine rights protected under Roe v. Wade, particularly in Texas and Mississippi, whose efforts to eviscerate Roe are now being debated by the U.S. Supreme Court. The ... Read More »

Social worker talks about importance of self-care in self-published book

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Social workers dedicate their lives to helping others, including some of the most vulnerable people in our society. However, research shows members of the social work profession are more likely to experience work-related stress, burnout, and a lower quality of life compared to other professions and the general population. Self-care is important to social workers and in fact the National ... Read More »

Celebrate National Adoption Day November 23

A family that incudes adoptive children enjoys a meal.

  By Cynthia Henderson, PhD, LICSW, LCSW-C NASW Senior Practice Associate, School Social Work and Child Welfare November 23rd marks National Adoption Day. In 1976, Governor Michael Dukakis of Massachusetts decided to celebrate adoption for seven days in his state. Eight years later, President Ronald Regan expanding the observance to becoming National Adoption Week. It was during the Clinton Administration ... Read More »

NASW Press Holiday Sale: Save 25% Off Select Books and eBooks!

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This holiday season visit NASW Press for all things social work: books, eBooks, CEU books, reference works, journals, brochures, and standards. Use code HOLIDAY21 to get 25% off select Holiday Sale books and eBooks. If you have questions please send an email to NASWPress@BrightKey.net or call 1-800-227-3590. _____________________________________ You Might Also Be Interested In . . . 30% Off All CE ... Read More »

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

Image used with the permission of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Text reads, “Medicare Open Enrollment. Oct. 15-Dec. 7. Plans change. So can your needs. Medicare.gov”

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 »