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World Hospice Day

NASW observes World Hospice and Palliative Care Day on Oct. 8, 2005. The observance aims to: share the vision and increase the availability of hospice and palliative care throughout the world; raise awareness and understanding of the needs - medical, social, practical, and spiritual - of people living with catastrophic illness and how hospice and palliative care can transform people's lives and treat their pain; and raise funds to support and develop hospice and palliative care services throughout the world.

Events are planned around the world - including concerts, conferences and readings - to coincide with Voices for Hospice on Oct. 8. Voices for Hospice is the world's largest simultaneous event in aid of hospice care.

The day is an opportunity for social workers to raise global awareness and support of hospice and palliative care for all individuals, especially the vulnerable and underserved, such as those hardest hit by the AIDS pandemic. It will also highlight the social work role and commitment to such important care. For information and resource materials: www.worldday.org


Ayuda a Otros

NASW's popular Stand Up for Others wristbands are now available in Spanish. The Spanish version was created as another way to communicate the "stand up for others" message of social activism to the growing Spanish-speaking community.

NASW encourages everyone, especially young people, to make this powerful statement. By wearing the teal Stand Up for Others wristbands, in either language, they can show their involvement in their communities and their willingness to help those who don't have a voice, and they can reach out with the social work message to people who might not otherwise hear it. The wristband shows that social work values can be part of everyone's life.

Proceeds benefit the National Social Work Public Education Campaign. For information: NASW Web site


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Teleconference on Documenting for Medicare

NASW's Legal Defense Fund will sponsor a teleconference on "Documenting for Medicare and Social Work Record Retention" on October 19, 2005, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Eastern Time. This is the first of a series of Medicare teleconferences that NASW will host to assist members who are Medicare providers and private practitioners in improving their skills. CEUs will be available upon request. Members may access the teleconference by dialing 1-888-238-7805 and entering passcode 824612. For further information, check the NASW Web site.


"HIPAA Desk Reference" Updated

The NASW Legal Defense Fund's "HIPAA Desk Reference" has been expanded and updated to include information about the new HIPAA Security Standards that became effective in April 2005. The new material includes the text of the security regulations, NASW presentation slides and a Small Practice Security Implementation Guide. For details: Click here


Sanctions in Force Online

NASW adjudicates certain allegations of violations of its Code of Ethics by members, and if violations are found, may impose sanctions. For the current list of sanctions of public notification imposed within the past 10 years that remain in force: Sanctions in Force


This Month in Social Work

Psychiatric Medication, Workplace Conflict, End-of-Life Decisions, Documentation in Social Work, Helping Victims of Terror, Long-Term Care Crisis, Coaching, Mental Illness Stigma, Cybersolace

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Hurricane Katrina

From the Director
Honoring Health Care Social Work
By Elizabeth J. Clark, Ph.D., ACSW, MPH

Economic Issues Challenging in Practice
Financial Concerns Affect Clients and Clinicians
Social workers are well-suited to addressing the ways money impacts all aspects of life.
By Lyn Stoesen, News Staff

NASW 50th Anniversary
Looking Back

Delegates Gather in D.C.
Innovations Result in More Efficient Assembly
Technological advances help streamline the gathering of NASW representatives.
By Lyn Stoesen, News Staff

Awards Are Presented at Assembly
Chapter staff and national award winners are honored.

Former NASW Director Chauncey Alexander Dies
As executive director, he provided a foundation for social work practice standards and licensing.

End-of-Life Care Perceptions Examined
The panelists represented a range of perspectives on end-of-life care.
By Lyn Stoesen, News Staff

NASW Opposes Roberts Court Nomination
The association joined a coalition of organizations opposed to the nomination.
By Sheryl Fred, News Staff

NASW, Ms. Magazine Partner on Cruise
Featured speakers include Ambassador Carol Moseley-Braun and the president of NOW.
By Sheryl Fred, News Staff

AIDS Campaign Events Delayed Till November
Campaign to End AIDS events are being rescheduled due to the impact of Hurricane Katrina.
By Lyn Stoesen, News Staff

Insurance Trust Maps Its Strategy
The Insurance Trust will ask members what products they want.
By Lyn Stoesen, News Staff

Author, Educator Anne Minahan Dies
Had a Profound Effect on How Social Work Practice Is Defined
Minahan co-wrote a groundbreaking social work text while at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
By Sheryl Fred, News Staff

Loan-Forgiveness Bill Signed
The legislation will cover loan redemptions up to $20,000.
By Lyn Stoesen, News Staff

Section Addresses Young Clients
The new section will cover issues unique to serving clients under 25.
By Sheryl Fred, News Staff

Bulletin Explores Practice Disparities
Section members can take an online course to earn continuing education credits.
By Lyn Stoesen, News Staff

LDF Establishes Ethics and Law Institute
LDF trustees also renew funding for HIPAA education and court briefs.
By Sheryl Fred, News Staff

New 'Practice Snapshots' Available on Web
Topics include implementing evidence-based practices and making adoption more "consumer friendly."

'One Teen' Campaign Re-launches
The campaign offers new materials on helping teens navigate media messages.

Project on NASW History Marks Progress
The Foundation continues to collect archival materials from the association's history.
By Lyn Stoesen, News Staff

Social Work in the Public Eye


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