Tag Archives: medicaid

2008 Medicare Bonus Incentive Program for Clinical Social Workers

Clinical Social Work Practice Update Mirean Coleman, LICSW, CT Senior Policy Associate June 2008 A quality reporting system for Medicare providers was established by the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006 (TRHCA). The program is known as the Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI) and was first implemented during the period of July 1, 2007 through December 31, 2007. ... Read More »

Medicare Bill Near Completion; President Signs Medicaid Moratorium

Take Action! NASW had important issues at stake in the Congress this week as major bills concerning both Medicare and Medicaid moved closer to the President for signature. Medicare Bill Falters on the Senate Floor, Re-Vote ExpectedLast night 39 Senate Republicans blocked passage of the Medicare bill (H.R.6331). The Senate fell just one vote short of a necessary 60 votes ... Read More »

Victory in House Medicare Vote

Yesterday we asked you to contact your Members of Congress about H.R. 6331, the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008. Thanks to those of you who responded, we won the vote 355-59. We only needed 290 votes to win. [Click here for more information on the Victory] Read More »

Urgent Action Request on House Medicare Bill

Take Action! A crucial House floor vote on Medicare legislation is expected tomorrow, Tuesday, June 24th. Email your Representative now, urging them to support HR. 6331 on the floor. Send the message below to support passage of this important bill for clinical social workers. Simply enter your zip code and send this preformed letter. Message: I am writing as a ... Read More »

Ask Your Representative to Halt Medicaid Rules, Cosponsors Needed for the Protecting Medicaid Safety Net Act (H.R. 5613)

Background The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued seven Medicaid regulations that will significantly cut Medicaid payments for social work and other services to vulnerable Medicaid clients. The regulations are an attempt to implement Medicaid cuts proposed in the Bush Administration’s Fiscal Year 2008 Budget. Recently, Representatives John Dingell (D-MI) and Timothy Murphy (R-PA) introduced “Protecting the ... Read More »

Support the Foster Care Medicaid Coverage Act of 2007!

BackgroundCongress is currently considering legislation to extend Medicaid coverage for youth who age out of foster care. The  Medicaid Foster Care Coverage Act of 2007 (H.R. 1376) will address ways to provide Medicaid coverage for youth who exit the foster care system without a permanent family unit. There are currently 25,000 youth aging out of the foster care system ... Read More »