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Advocating for Change in Home Health Care: NASW would like to hear from clinical social workers and others who have encountered problems in providing mental health services to Medicare beneficiaries who are actively receiving home health care services under Medicare Part A. The association is also seeking information about the impact of situations in which Medicare beneficiaries receiving home care services were unable to acquire or continue with mental health services provided by a clinical social worker.

Under the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1989 (OBRA'89) (P.L. 101-239), clinical social workers are currently unable to seek reimbursement for services provided in a home health care setting because they are restricted to filing claims under Medicare Part B services. NASW is advocating for a change in federal statute or regulation that would allow Medicare beneficiaries receiving home health benefits to obtain or continue with mental health services provided by a clinical social worker. The association values members' input in this process. Comments can be submitted online at psyhomecare@naswdc.org until Nov. 20, 2009.

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From the President
Educators Enrich Social Work Debate
By James J. Kelly, Ph.D., ACSW, LCSW

NASW, VA Focus on Veterans' Mental Health Needs
Finding New Ways to Serve Military, Families
Mental health services for vets have evolved over time.
By Maren Dale, Special to the News

Social Work Month Lauds Community Action
A long history exemplifies how social workers have used their skills to advocate for others.
By Paul R. Pace, News Staff

First Lady Emphasizes Urgency of Health Reform
Women play a unique and increasingly significant role in families.
By Paul R. Pace, News Staff

Briefing Focuses on Disparities in Health Outcomes
NASW outlined the need to end the disproportion of health outcomes.
By Paul R. Pace, News Staff

Towns Pushes SWRA as Part of Health Reform
Outreach efforts have included lawmakers and White House staff.
By Paul R. Pace, News Staff

French, Spanish Versions of Caregiver Tools Offered
"French and Spanish are the two most requested translations in our tools portfolios."
By Paul R. Pace, News Staff

AARP-Funded NASW Survey Will Examine Aging, Health
A panel of social work experts in aging and health will review the survey results.
By Matthew Malamud, News Staff

Annual Report Shows Illicit Drug Use Holding Steady
The annual drug-use survey results revealed encouraging trends, but overall use was unchanged.
By Matthew Malamud, News Staff

NASW Calls for Action on CEDAW, Torture
Action alerts address CEDAW ratification, torture and sovereign government for native Hawaiians.
By Matthew Malamud, News Staff

Association's Comments Used in Servicemember Benefits Tool
'GAO and other federal agencies continue to seek advice from social workers'
GAO analyst Joy Myers sent a message thanking NASW for its contribution.
By Paul R. Pace, News Staff

Latest HIPAA Standards Include New Breach Notification Rule
A vital component of the HITECH Act that affects social workers is a federal breach notification rule.
By Paul R. Pace, News Staff

Hearing-Impaired Clients' Needs May Go Unheeded
Many are unaware of accommodations needed for deaf clients.
By Matthew Malamud, News Staff

UNAIDS Forum Focuses on Sexual Minorities
The speakers shared a common message: There is a need to break the silence created by stigma.
By Paul R. Pace, News Staff

Web Site Encourages Debate on Social Worker Portrayals
"There are several shows this fall that have social work issues in their storylines."
By Paul R. Pace, News Staff

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