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HIPAA & Claims

As of Oct. 1, 2005, Medicare stopped processing electronic claims for payment that are not HIPAA compliant.

Electronic claims that do not meet the HIPAA-required electronic format will be automatically rejected and returned to the provider. This does not pertain to paper files.

HIPAA, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, required claims to be submitted electronically beginning Oct. 16, 2003, using electronic transaction standards. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) established a contingency plan on July 24, 2003, allowing additional time for clinical social workers and other providers to comply.

Clinical social workers who are Medicare providers in a small practice of 10 or fewer providers continue to have the option to file paper claims by mail.

The contingency period ended on Sept. 30, 2005.

NASW recommends using only HIPAA-compliant software when filing claims for reimbursement with Medicare. CMS offers free or low-cost billing software that can be obtained by contacting local Medicare carriers.

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From the President
Mending the Social Safety Net
By Elvira Craig de Silva, DSW, ACSW

Challenge of Aging Population Nearing
Much of Social Work Workforce Also Aging, Retiring
NASW is working with the New York Academy of Medicine to train social workers.
By Lyn Stoesen, News Staff

Ethics Violations Bring Sanctions
The social worker knew the relationship violated the code and did nothing to prevent it.

NASW 50th Anniversary
Looking Back

NASW Responds to Katrina's Impact
More than $70,000 has been collected for the assistance fund.
By Lyn Stoesen, News Staff

Trust Refunds Can Be Donated to Aid Effort
As much as $1 million could be distributed through the program.

Hurricanes Bring Out Strengths
The social services safety net in New Orleans must be rebuilt.

Services Across Lifespan Are Needed
The reports use data from the 2004 survey of licensed social workers.
By Lyn Stoesen, News Staff

Need for Social History Testimony Argued
NASW argued that expert testimony and social histories are reliable and pertinent in capital cases.
By Sheryl Fred, Special to NASW News

Eliminating Disparities

Web Course Will Focus on Aging
The new course will allow social workers a chance to earn 2.0 CEUs at their convenience.
By Paul R. Pace, News Staff

Staff-Retention Strategies Outlined
The report is based on a review of 25 studies that focused on child welfare worker turnover.
By Sheryl Fred, Special to NASW News

The Board Takes Action
September 2005

Loan Forgiveness Is in Bill
The current legislation has been extended through December.
By Lyn Stoesen, News Staff

Hawaii Shields Title
The law went into effect in October.
By Paul R. Pace, News Staff

'Extraordinary' Workshop Examines Racism's Roots
Instructors show how racism has political, social and psychological results.
By Paul R. Pace, News Staff

New Jersey Chapter Checks In

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