Clinical Social Work

Clinical Social Work
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Billing Codes

NASW would like to hear from clinical social workers who have compelling evidence that work and practice expense values of psychoanalysis should be increased.

There are several major national changes affecting the clinical practice of clinical social workers in 2014.

Clinical social workers should prepare for three major practice changes which will significantly impact the way in which clinical social workers practice and seek reimbursement for mental health services they perform.


Documenting services for a Medicare beneficiary is an important tool validating that services were performed.


NASW has consolidated into one easy access point information about HIPAA for social workers. Members have access to NASW-produced materials to assist in understanding and complying with many new federal requirements.

Effective October 16, 2003 the HIPAA Electronic Standards and Code Sets have been implemented. Clinical social workers in private practice and other health providers who transmit and/or receive patient health information electronically are required to be in compliance.

Third-Party Payers

NASW contacted OptumHealth for clarification of the roles of care advocates and life coaches.

The "secret shopper" is one of several methods used to monitor access to care by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).

PQRS & Measurement

NASW would like hear from clinical social workers who have a certificate in applied behavioral analysis and treat patients who have the diagnosis, Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Clinical social workers who are Medicare providers should participate in the 2013 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS). Participation increases practice revenue by .5 percent and avoids a 1.5 percent penalty in 2015 for not using measures in 2013.


Electronic health records (EHRs) are becoming popular and many health care providers have adopted them in practice.

Retiring a solo or group practice can be challenging especially when working in a high volume practice. Because there are many things to consider, it’s important to retire your practice with careful planning to avoid any problems after your practice has officially closed.

As mental health professionals, clinical social workers work in high-risk situations and should be aware of practice outcomes of worst and best case scenarios.

One of the most frequently asked questions from NASW members is, “How do I open or start a new private practice?” This specialty area of social work practice is very attractive to social workers looking for a practice setting where they can be the primary decision-makers in an independent work environment.


NASW is currently receiving telephone calls from members regarding Medicare changes in reimbursement for clinical social workers who file claims for services provided in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs).

In the United States, 40,000 clinical social workers in solo or group practice are Medicare providers under Part B and receive reimbursement for mental health services provided in an outpatient setting.


As clinical social workers venture into the 21st century, they see changes in computer technology occurring at a rapid pace, offering diversity in the way we provide mental health services to patients and their families.
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