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Breaking Congressional News: CMS Prepares to Hold Medicare Provider Claims; Congress Fails to Pass Essential Legislation

Urgent action on a bill that includes a provision postponing the scheduled payment rate cuts to Medicare Part B providers, known as the SGR formula, has been delayed due to opposition to the high cost of the item. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which administers the program, announced today that it will delay payment of claims to ... Read More »

Don't Ask Don't Tell Update

Twin measures passed the full House and the Senate Armed Services Committee on repealing the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) policy this week.  While this does not mean the policy has been eliminated, these two votes represented the biggest hurdles that stood in the way of repeal.   Please note that a compromise was struck in order to secure ... Read More »

NASW and Partners Host Senate Briefing on ESEA

NASW, in partnership with the National Alliance of Pupil Serving Organizations (NAPSO) coalition, held a briefing for Senate staff to educate them about the role of specialized instructional support personnel in promoting  student success as Congress gears up to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as the No Child Left Behind Act.   A dance therapist, ... Read More »

News from the Hill – May 2010, First Edition

Political Climate With the health care debate now behind us, Capitol Hill and the Obama Administration have moved on to other things.  Issues of great significance include a pending Supreme Court nomination, fluctuating news on employment, and several Congressional primary races that will give shape to the November general election.  At this point in the year, many Members of Congress ... Read More »

Equal Rights for Hospital Visitation

The policies of NASW have clearly and consistently stated the profession’s commitment towards ensuring that all local, state, federal, and international policies and/or legislation ban all forms of discrimination, including those based on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender or gender identity, age, disability, and/or relationship or familial status. Therefore, NASW was pleased when President Obama issued a memorandumthat outlines new ... Read More »

Congress Passes Bill Protecting Medicare Practitioners from Imminent Fee Cut: CMS to Resume Processing April Claims

On April 15, 2010, President Obama signed into law the “Continuing Extension Act of 2010.”  The new law extends through May 31, 2010 the zero percent update to the Medicare “Physician” Fee Schedule (MPFS) which was in effect for claims with dates of service from Jan. 1, 2010, through March 31, 2010. The new law is retroactive to April 1, 2010 ... Read More »

ONAP Report Released

On April 9, the White House Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) released its Report of Community Recommendations for the National HIV/AIDS Strategy.  The report highlights community input regarding the National HIV/AIDS Strategy development.  To read the press release and report, go to: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2010/04/08/onap-releases-report-community-recommendations-national-hivaids-strategy For more information on how to join the Advocacy listserv, go here.  For more information about ... Read More »

Update on Medicare “Physician Fee” Payments

March proved yet another tumultuous month for congressional consideration of legislation establishing Medicare payment rates. Physicians, clinical social workers and other health professionals that bill Medicare Part B independently face a scheduled rate cut of 21 percent on April 1. Fortunately, this week the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) delayed the scheduled formula payment cuts until after Congress ... Read More »

Reauthorizing ESEA: the Obama Administration’s Blueprint

On March 17, 2010, Education Secretary Arne Duncan testified before the House Education and Labor Committee on the Obama Administration’s newly released blueprint for revamping the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), currently known as the No Child Left Behind Act. He focused on the themes of college and career readiness, accountability for all students, and incentives for states to ... Read More »

Fattah’s reception

On March 10, 2010 NASW attended a fundraiser for the Honorable Chaka Fattah (D-PA) seeking his support for the Dorothy I. Height and Whitney M. Young, Jr. Social Work Reinvestment Act (H.R.795).  Representative Fattah is a Member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee and without fail, embraces the mission of social work especially social service administration to underserved populations.  During ... Read More »