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National Healthcare Decisions Day 2017:
Time for Advance Care Planning

2017 | NASW

Now in its 10th year, National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) 2017 will be a weeklong event, observed April 16 through 22. Learn more about NHDD and the social work role in advance care planning, and find resources to support your advance care planning work with clients and in the community.

Take Action to Prevent and Reduce Pain During Pain Awareness Month

2016 | NASW

Pain affects millions of people every year and has significant psychosocial manifestations and implications. Find information and resources to help your clients and colleagues understand, prevent, and reduce pain, both during and beyond the September observance of Pain Awareness Month.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2016

2016 | NASW

At least 5 million older adults reports experiencing abuse, neglect, or exploitation every year—and many more cases of elder maltreatment go unreported. This NASW blog includes resources for preventing and addressing elder maltreatment throughout the year.

Blaze a Trail During Older Americans Month

2016 | NASW

Join NASW this month in honoring the ways in which older adults are blazing trails—reinventing themselves through new activities, engaging their communities, and making a positive impact on people of all ages—and in celebrating the reauthorization of the Older Americans Act.

NASW Submits Comments on Improving Care for Medicare Beneficiaries with Chronic Conditions

2016 | NASW

The Senate Committee on Finance’s Bipartisan Chronic Care Working Group solicited public comments on its January 2016 document of policy options to improve care for Medicare beneficiaries with chronic conditions. In its response, NASW advocated for multiple initiatives to enhance beneficiary health, including passage of the Improving Access to Mental Health Act of 2015 and the inclusion of social workers in primary care and care coordination initiatives.

Respite: Care for Caregivers
National Family Caregivers Month

2015 | NASW

This year’s theme, Respite: Care for Caregivers, emphasizes that respite is essential to family caregiver well-being.

NASW Responds to Proposed Rule Reforming Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities

2015 | NASW

The changes proposed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are the first of their kind in almost 25 years. In its comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), NASW advocated for professional social work qualifications and improved social work staffing ratios.

NASW Advocates for Advance Care Planning Reimbursement in Its Comments on Proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

2015 | NASW

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requested comments on it its proposed rule addressing reimbursement for physicians, clinical social workers, and other Part B providers in calendar year 2016. In its response, NASW supported physician reimbursement for advance care planning and advocated for the development of new CPT codes that would reflect the role of clinical social workers in advance care planning.

NASW Submits Comments to the White House Conference on Aging

2015 | NASW

In the spring of 2015, the White House released and requested public feedback on policy briefs addressing elder justice, healthy aging, retirement security, and long-term services and supports. NASW submitted comments on each brief. These comments, along with input from older adults and other stakeholders, helped to inform the July 13 White House Conference on Aging.

Promote Advance Care Planning on National Healthcare Decisions Day: April 16

2015 | NASW

NASW is pleased to continue its support for National Healthcare Decisions Day, now in its eighth year. National Healthcare Decisions Day emphasizes that advance care planning is an ongoing process of communication that enables people to direct their health care.

Upcoming Specialty Practice Section webinars

2015 | NASW

NASW’s 2015 webinar line-up for Specialty Practice Section members includes programs on stress management, transgender aging, and preventing burn-out.

NASW Contributes to Development of Eldercaring Coordination Guidelines; Social Workers Sought for Participation in Pilot Projects

2015 | NASW

The Association for Conflict Resolution Task Force on Eldercaring Coordination, of which NASW is a member, announces the release of Guidelines for Eldercaring Coordination. The ACR now seeks pilot sites and professionals of various disciplines, including social work, to launch and refine this new dispute resolution process.

Early registration open for Hospice Foundation of America’s 2015 program on dementia and grief, sponsored by NASW

2014 | Hospice Foundation of America

HFA’s 2015 Living with Grief® program, The Longest Loss: Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia, is worth three NASW-approved continuing education credits and features two NASW members. The program will be available by DVD or online streaming video Web cast from April 22, 2015, to April 21, 2016.

Talking Points on Aging for Community Conversations About Mental Health

2013 | NASW

The National Coalition on Mental Health and Aging (NCHMA), of which NASW is a member, has developed talking points for use in the federal Community Conversations About Mental Health initiative.
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