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Medicare Rates

The Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 signed into law on Feb. 8, 2006, reversed a 4.4 percent reimbursement reduction for clinical social workers and other Medicare providers that took effect earlier this year. The act allows clinical social workers to be reimbursed retroactively at the 2005 rate for services rendered on or after Jan. 1, 2006. For details: click here


NASW Election

Completed ballots for this spring's NASW leadership election must be received by June 1. All candidates' information was enclosed with the ballots and is on NASW's Web site. Online voting is an option. To vote online, please use the PIN number from your paper ballot.


Asian-Pacific American Heritage

NASW Celebrates Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month


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HIPAA Security Rule Workbook Online

NASW is offering a "HIPAA Security Rule Online Compliance Workbook" to help social workers comply with Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act regulations. The workbook will help practitioners understand the security rule, conduct a step-by-step risk analysis for their practice, identify options for compliance and document their compliance process. For information: click here


Looking for a Publisher? Look to NASW Press

NASW Press publishes journals, books, reference works and other scholarly and practical materials for professional social workers. The Press is always looking for new manuscripts, particularly book proposals. Send your proposal to NASW Press, 750 First Street, N.E., Suite 700, Washington, DC 20002-4241; (202) 336-8312 (fax); e-mail. For more information: NASW Press Author Guidelines


Annual Meeting of Members Scheduled

The NASW Annual Meeting of Members will be held June 22, 2006, at noon in the Board Room of the NASW national office, 750 First Street, N.E., Washington, D.C.

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From the Director
Closing the Gender Pay Gap
By Elizabeth J. Clark, Ph.D., ACSW, MPH

Mapping Aids Person-Environment Insight
GIS Technology Assists Research on Social Problems
Mapping helps test theories about environment's role in human activities.
By Paul R. Pace, News Staff

Four Sanctioned in Ethics Cases
The Executive Committee revoked the violators' memberships in NASW.

Immigrant-Services Ban Fought
Within days following the press conference, the issue skyrocketed.
By Paul R. Pace, News Staff

New Credentials in Aging Announced
Social workers can now distinguish themselves as experts in the field of aging.
By Lyn Stoesen, News Staff

Rejection of Insurance Bill Urged

Group Focuses on Legislative Collaboration
"We all enjoyed the opportunity to hear about each other's goals, projects and successes."
By Lyn Stoesen, News Staff

Congressional Briefing Showcases Social Research
Representatives also met with leaders at OBSSR at the National Institutes of Health.

Role in 'Life's Journey' Celebrated in March
Many members wrote letters to the editors of their local newspapers.
By Lyn Stoesen, News Staff

Courts Rule on NASW-Backed Cases
The cases deal with same-sex marriage and reporting sexual activity of minors.
By Lyn Stoesen, News Staff

Aging Work Profiled in Workforce Report
Supplementary reports focus on social workers in four main areas of practice.
By Lyn Stoesen, News Staff

NASW Represented at Aging Conference
Three NASW members are leaders in the American Society on Aging.

NASW Groups Back Gay Adoption Rights
"Eliminating gay adoptive parents ignores research findings and the needs of children."
By Paul R. Pace, News Staff

Disparities in Child Welfare, Other Systems Explored
Social workers in child welfare can help reduce overrepresentation of children of color.

U.N. Rights Council Move Praised
The U.S. has announced that it will not seek a seat on the council this year.
By Lyn Stoesen, News Staff

Grant Aids Retiree Effort for Boomers
"There's a sense of urgency there, and we're facing a crisis."
By Paul R. Pace, News Staff

Drug Benefit Explained

Social Work in the Public Eye

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