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Medicare Open Enrollment Ends December 7

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  By Chris Herman, MSW, LICSW  Senior Practice Associate–Aging, NASW    The annual Medicare Open Enrollment Period (OEP) ends on December 7. Seeking tips on enrollment for your clients, family members, or yourself? This blog provides a brief overview and links to multiple resources. During the OEP, Medicare beneficiaries can review, compare, and switch their prescription drug (Part D) and ... Read More »

NASW joins physician and health care provider groups in protesting new final 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

Medical Team Stacking Hands in Circle For Success

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) has joined other organizations in criticizing the final 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule. The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services failed to provide relief from a significant shift in physician and non-physician payments expected to take effect on January 1, 2021. The cuts scheduled to go into effect will severely hamper the delivery of health ... Read More »

Voice your opposition now to stop Social Worker payment cuts!

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September 25, 2019 The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed two reductions in reimbursement for clinical social workers (CSWs) who are Medicare providers. These proposed cuts include a four percent cut in 2020 for code revisions or a seven percent cut in 2021 to increase reimbursement for evaluation and management (E/M) services which are provided by physicians, ... Read More »

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 »