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Tag Archives: medicare

Legislation supports reimbursement for HBAI services

By Paul R. Pace, News staff Most Medicare beneficiaries go without an emotional support system when there is a change in their health status. A provision in the Improving Access to Mental Health Act (S.2173; H.R.3712) aims to fix that problem by allowing clinical social workers across the nation to bill Medicare Part B for health and behavior assessment and ... Read More »

Court motion in Jimmo case urges education

By Paul R. Pace, News staff Medical providers and contractors continue to illegally deny Medicare coverage and care based on an “improvement standard” that has been eliminated, according to a March 1 press release by the Center for Medicare Advocacy. On that date, CMA and Vermont Legal Aid filed a court motion for resolution of noncompliance with the settlement agreement ... Read More »

Older Americans Month 2016: Blaze a Trail

Posted May 5, 2016 Older Americans Month: A Time to Celebrate Each May, NASW joins organizations across the United States in celebrating Older Americans Month (OAM). Begun in 1963 and currently led by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), the observance acknowledges older adults’ contributions to society and raises awareness about issues facing older adults. The theme for OAM 2016 ... Read More »

NASW commends lawmakers for introducing bill to improve mental health care for older Americans; update Medicare reimbursement to social workers

The National Association of Social Workers is pleased to announce Congressional social work champions introduced legislation today that will improve older Americans’ access to mental health services by updating the way the Medicare Program reimburses clinical social workers. We urge our members, the wider social work community, and allies of the social work profession to take part in activities to ... Read More »

Affordable Care Act Provides Additional Preventive Care Benefits for Women

Beginning August 1, 47 million women in the U.S. have access to eight new prevention-related health care services, with no cost-sharing.  The Affordable Care Act, requires that coverage of these services take effect at the next renewal date – on or after Aug. 1, 2012—for most health insurance plans. Previously, some insurance companies did not cover these preventive services for ... Read More »

News from the Hill – March 2012

Political Climate Presidential Race—GOP Primary Now that several Republican primaries and caucuses have taken place, Mitt Romney has taken a considerable—though not insurmountable—lead over his nearest competitors.  Super Tuesday’s most crucial state was Ohio, which Romney narrowly won.  With Rick Santorum winning three states and coming close in Ohio, along with Newt Gingrich’s victory in Georgia, Romney still has not ... Read More »

Pioneer ACOs and Independence at Home RFA Announced This Week

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued two important announcements related to the Affordable Care Act this week. Thirty-two health care organizations from around the country were selected to participate in the Pioneer Accountable Care Organization (ACOs) Program.  The Pioneer ACO program was designed for organizations with experience operating in ACO-like arrangements.  These 32 health care organizations will ... Read More »

Apply Online in Spanish for Benefits

Now you can apply online in Spanish for Social Security Retirement benefits, Medicare, and Extra Help with Medicare prescription drug costs. Not ready to retire? You can get an estimate of your future retirement benefits in Spanish, too. Check out the new services at Social Security Spanish website, www.segurosocial.gov. It’s so easy. Read More »

NASW Comments on ACOs: Professional Social Workers Essential to Patient-Centered, Coordinated Health Care

The 2010 Affordable Care Act created a new category of health care provider – the accountable care organization (ACO).  ACOs represent a paradigm shift from traditional fee-for-service health care.  These organizations will receive financial incentives to improve the coordination and quality of care for Medicare beneficiaries, while reducing costs.  The emergence of ACOs reflects the health care industry’s shift toward ... Read More »

News from the Hill – March 2011, First Edition

Social Work Reinvestment Act Reintroduced in 112th Congress The Dorothy I. Height and Whitney M. Young, Jr. Social Work Reinvestment Act (HR 1106/S. 584) was reintroduced on World Social Work Day, March 15, 2011.  This legislation was first introduced in the 110th Congress, and was important then. It is now even more timely and critical. We are asking for your ... Read More »