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2007 NASW Election Slate

As this News went to press, NASW's National Committee on Nominations and Leadership Identification was meeting to develop the slate of candidates for the association's 2007 election. The slate will be posted in January at the Governance page and will be published in the February News. Persons considered for the slate, but not nominated, may be added by petition. Petitions are due at the NASW national office by Feb. 9, 2007. Rules for submission are in NASW Bylaws Article VIII.B.2.e.


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Make the National Social Work Public Education Campaign a greater success. Complete a member profile and keep it up-to-date. A key component of the Public Education Campaign is understanding our profession better. We ask that you complete a member profile with us and keep it up-to-date. Online: Go to Member Center, log in, and click on "Modify/Change Your Profile." Phone: Call 800.742.4089.


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. To apply: NPPES. To call NASW's NPI hotline: (202) 408-8600, ext. 497.


Send Us Your Book

NASW Press is seeking book proposals. The Press adheres to the highest standards of quality in all aspects of book publishing. Send your proposal to NASW Press, 750 First Street, N.E., Suite 700, Washington, DC 20002-4241; (202) 336-8312 (fax); e-mail. For information: "NASW Press Author Guidelines."


Taxes and Membership Dues Deductibility

Members who qualify to deduct membership dues from income taxes should note the following: For tax year 2006, 6.96 percent of the annual NASW dues payment is not deductible. The percentage is based on the amount of association lobbying activity in 2006. For tax planning purposes, the nondeductible portion of the NASW dues payment to be made in tax year 2007 is 7.67 percent.


Nominees Sought for Awards, Scholarships

Nominations are being accepted for the national recognition awards and the NASW Foundation's fellowship and scholarship awards. For details: Recognition awards — NASW and NASW Foundation Recognition Awards; Fellowship, scholarship awards — NASW Foundation Fellowship, Scholarship and Research Awards


Humana Health Plan Settlement Alert

Social workers who provided services to clients with certain managed care organizations, including Humana, Inc. (and many other health plans), may be eligible to receive proceeds from a $3.5 million class-action litigation settlement. Claims for compensation under the settlement must be filed by Jan. 13, 2007. For more information: Humana Health Plan Settlement Alert!


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From the Director
Social Work Around the Globe
By Elizabeth J. Clark, Ph.D., ACSW, MPH

Support for Problem Gamblers Increases
Obsession Can Be the Source of Other Difficulties
The number of people suffering from problem gambling will likely rise in coming years.
By Paul R. Pace, News Staff

National Professional Social Work Month Is Coming

Stress on Women Studied
Survey Focuses on the 'Sandwich Generation'
"Social workers have the skills and expertise to aid these women."
By Lyn Stoesen, News Staff

Election Spurs Hopes
Social workers in Congress who were running for reelection easily won.
By Paul R. Pace, News Staff

Chapters Help Turn Election Tide
Field organizers helped mobilize political activities in chapters.

Reinvestment Push to Start at State Level
State programs will bolster creation of a federal Social Work Reinvestment Act.

Most 2006 Hill Advocacy Brings Success
NASW will keep pushing loan forgiveness and Medicare-pay equity in the new Congress.
By Paul R. Pace, News Staff

Loan Relief Urged
Social Workers' Burden Outlined
NASW mobilized social workers to testify at hearings in Florida and Chicago.
By Lyn Stoesen, News Staff

Consumer Web Site Attracts New Visitors
The Social Worker Finder tool has helped thousands find resources.
By Lyn Stoesen, News Staff

U.S.-China Social Work Forum Held
The U.S.-China social work forum included site visits to health care facilities.
By Paul R. Pace, News Staff

NASW Solves Denials of Medicare Claims
Affected social workers can resubmit claims for payment.

Fresh Web Courses Hail New Year
Five other free online continuing education courses are also available.
By Lyn Stoesen, News Staff

Hispanic Caucus Convenes
Rep. Solis says health disparities for Latina women is a paramount concern.
By Paul R. Pace, News Staff

Care Transitions Examined
In transitions, care can be rushed and responsibility fragmented.
By Lyn Stoesen, News Staff

Dementia Care Recommended
The care recommendations can help social workers in assisted living settings.

School Violence Statement Joined
The statement focuses on four elements that affect school violence levels.

Same-Sex Marriage, Segregation, Privacy Briefs Filed
The cases address a range of issues of concern to social workers.
By Lyn Stoesen, News Staff

Law Note on Privacy Is Updated
The revised document addresses new concerns, such as HIPAA.
By Lyn Stoesen, News Staff

Sections Offering Free Teleconferences

Cancer Group Meets

D'Agostino, Clark Respond to Tragedy
A former NASW board member addresses concerns on television programs.

Social Work in the Public Eye

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M. Scott Moss

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NASW President:
Elvira Craig de Silva, DSW, ACSW

Executive Director:
Elizabeth J. Clark, Ph.D., ACSW

Publisher, NASW Press:
Cheryl Bradley

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