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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.

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.

NASW Submits Statement for National Academy of Medicine meeting, Assessing Progress in End-of-Life & Serious Illness Care

2016 | NASW

NASW was among a group of organizations invited to participate in a May 2016 meeting at the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine, or IOM). The purpose of the meeting was to assess progress made since the September 2014 release of the IOM’s Dying in America report. Read the NASW statement and review materials from the May 2016 meeting.

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 expressed concern about proposed changes to hospice within Medicare Advantage and advocated for multiple initiatives to enhance beneficiary health, including the inclusion of social workers in primary care and care coordination initiatives.

Hospice. Helps. Everyone.
National Hospice & Palliative Care Month

2015 | NASW

Join NASW in celebrating National Hospice & Palliative Care Month this November by highlighting how hospice provides the highest quality care for all people coping with life-limiting illness.

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 (LTSS). NASW addressed advance care planning, hospice, and palliative care in its comments on both the healthy aging and LTSS issue briefs. 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 and preventing burn-out.

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.

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