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NASW Opposes CMS’s Proposal to Allow Predispute Arbitration Agreements in Long-Term Care Facilities

2017 | NASW

In response to feedback from NASW and other advocates, in October 2016 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) prohibited long-term care facilities from entering into predispute binding arbitration agreements with facility residents. However, in June 2017 CMS issued a proposed rule communicating its intent to reverse this ban, even allowing facilities to require residents to sign predispute arbitration agreements as a condition of admission. Read NASW’s comments opposing the administration’s proposal.

CARE Documentary Highlights Critical Role of Home Care

2017 | Mind’s Eye Productions

NASW’s “Long-Term Services and Supports” policy statement highlights the high demand for direct care workers, who provide essential services for low wages and with limited access to health insurance. The CARE documentary illuminates the close relationships between direct care workers and the older adults and families whom they serve; the challenging working conditions faced by direct care workers; and the barriers older adults and family caregivers experience in accessing home-based direct care. Social workers can get involved by watching the live broadcast on PBS on September 5, accessing the live stream video archive for 30 days thereafter, attending or hosting a watch party (September 5–October 5), or attending or hosting a local screening event (beginning in August and continuing throughout the fall).

NASW Advocates for Transgender Older Adults in Federal Survey

2017 | NASW

In response to feedback from NASW and other advocates, the Administration for Community Living reversed its March 2017 proposal to eliminate data collection on sexual orientation within the 2017 National Survey of Older Americans Act Participants (NSOAAP). However, the revised survey continues to exclude a question about gender identity. Read NASW’s comments affirming this decision and urging the Office of Management and Budget to reinstate data collection on gender identity within the NSOAAP.

Engaging Social Workers to Prevent and Address Elder Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation:
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2017

2017 | NASW

Join NASW in observing World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) on June 15. This year’s theme is Building Strong Support for Elders. Read a WEAAD 2017 blog, authored by NASW staff for the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA), to learn about NASW’s work in elder justice; find WEAAD tools, events, updates, and suggested activities from NCEA.

2017 NASW Virtual Conference
Aging Through the Social Work Lens

2017 | NASW

Don’t miss this opportunity to participate in NASW’s first fully virtual conference on June 14 and 15. The conference offers a wide variety of sessions relevant to any social worker who works with older adults. Two-day, one-day, and student registration rates are available, and continuing education credits are offered.

NASW submits comments on federal principles addressing serious illness

2017 | NASW

The Administration for Community Living (ACL) created a draft version of Principles for a Person-Centered Approach to Serious or Advanced Illness to guide and enhance programs and services for people with disabilities and older adults. Read NASW’s comments on the draft principles.

NASW advocates for continued inclusion of LGBT older adults in Older Americans Act survey

2017 | NASW

The Administration for Community Living (ACL) issued a notice proposing to eliminate data collection on sexual orientation and gender identity within the 2017 National Survey of Older Americans Act Participants. Read NASW’s comments opposing the proposal.

Age Out Loud During Older Americans Month

2017 | NASW

Join NASW in celebrating Older Americans Month in May. This year’s theme, Age Out Loud, emphasizes the ways in which older adults live with boldness and passion, inviting people of all ages to learn about how older adults are redefining aging. Read NASW’s blog to learn how you can get involved.

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.

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 December 2015 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.

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.

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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