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Apply for the National Provider Identifier

Clinical social workers who are private practitioners, meet the "health care provider" definition under HIPAA, transmit health information electronically or use business associations to transmit information electronically must obtain National Provider Identifier (NPI) numbers by May 2007 in order to be reimbursed by third-party payers and to be compliant with HIPAA regulations. Many payers are requesting that providers obtain NPIs up to six months earlier. To apply: click here


Specialty Practice Sections Teleconferences

Exclusively for members of NASW's Specialty Practice Sections, nine different teleconferences will be offered starting in October with "Children and Families Following Disasters." Free CEUs are available. For details: click here


Labor Database Survey Under Way

Surveyors in September began contacting more than 400 holders of NASW's case management, health care and gerontology credentials to request their participation in a task survey aimed at updating the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Information Network O*NET website regarding health social work. O*NET is a national online database used by millions of employers and others. NASW encourages those contacted to participate.


HIPAA Security Rule Primer Offered

"The HIPAA Security Rule Primer: A Guide for Mental Health Practitioners" is available free from NASW's Legal Defense Fund. The guide examines HIPAA, the security rule, how the rule will affect your practice, compliance documentation, and government enforcement and penalties, among other topics. To download the guide in PDF format: click here


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Government Relations Report Online

NASW's Office of Government Relations and Political Action has released its second quarterly report for 2006, detailing the office's work from April through June. The report covers many legislative issues of concern to the association and its members. Topics include aging, the federal budget, children and families, civil rights, health, loan forgiveness and mental health. Also included are updates on NASW's political field organizing activities and PACE. For the report (PDF): click here


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From the Director
Taking Some Time for Ourselves
By Elizabeth J. Clark, Ph.D., ACSW, MPH

International Adoptions Undergo Change
Social Workers Urged to Learn Upcoming Laws
The goal of the Hague Convention is to set a higher standard of quality and care.
By Paul R. Pace, News Staff

Misconduct Draws Ethics Sanction

NASW Leadership Gathers
Annual Event Inaugurates Presidential Initiative
The keynote address explores the differences between culture and race.
By Lyn Stoesen, News Staff

NASW Chapter Staff Members Honored
Award recipients are lauded for their contributions to NASW.

Medicare Fee Cut Fought
Reduction of 14 Percent Possible
The proposals could affect the livelihood of clinical social workers.

International Meeting Eyes 'Social Equilibrium'
Participants agree to a joint policy on AIDS and human rights principles.
By Paul R. Pace, News Staff

NASW, Canadians Sign Pact
Agreement Outlines Goals for the Associations
NASW's campaign materials can be used to promote the profession in Canada.

Welfare Funding Needs Outlined
NASW Recommends Child Care Be Enhanced by $12.5 billion
The number of Americans in poverty grows by nearly 3 million people since 2000.
By Paul R. Pace, News Staff

Brief Supports Wraparound Foster Care
Also, a Court Overturns Convictions for Drug Use in Pregnancy
A lawsuit challenges a foster care system and promotes therapeutic programs.
By Lyn Stoesen, News Staff

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Cancer Panel Issues Report
"It is important to ensure input from the social work profession on cancer care."
By Lyn Stoesen, News Staff

Campaign Grows
Six schools have contributed $10,000 toward the public education campaign.
By Lyn Stoesen, News Staff

Legal Fund Supports HIPAA Challenge
Funding of $15,000 for future amicus briefs also wins approval.
By Lyn Stoesen, News Staff

Social Workers Added to Malpractice Body
Social workers will benefit from the same protections as other mental health professionals.
By Paul R. Pace, News Staff

Role in Victim Assistance Highlighted
The project was a collaboration between an NASW chapter and two schools of social work.
By Lyn Stoesen, News Staff

Awards Cite Mental Health Portrayals
"It was great to have social work represented alongside psychiatry and psychology."
By Paul R. Pace, News Staff

Social Work in the Public Eye


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Erinn Dumas

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Elvira Craig de Silva, DSW, ACSW

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Elizabeth J. Clark, Ph.D., ACSW

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