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Practice Update Available on 2010 Medicare Changes

Effective Jan. 1, 2010, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced Medicare policy changes that affect clinical social workers who are Medicare providers. An NASW practice update (PDF) on the topic is available.


Psychotherapy Survey Participants Sought

In May 2010, NASW will participate in a national psychotherapy survey sponsored by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the American Medical Association. The survey will examine individual, family and group psychotherapy Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes. NASW is seeking clinical social workers to participate. The deadline to sign up is May 1. For information: Psychotherapy Survey is Coming: Participation is Important!


This Month In Social Work

Medication Monitoring • American Indian Gambling • Children’s Disabilities and Special Education in the U.S. and Japan • Japanese Substitute Caregivers and Maltreated Children • Integrating Social Neuroscience and Social Work • Psychiatric Advance Directives • and more

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From the President
Student Development Is Key to Mission

By James J. Kelly, Ph.D., ACSW, LCSW

Child Abuse Prevention Month Brings Issue to the Fore for Social Workers
Programs Give Families Needed Support

Social workers have an opportunity to inform families about the availability of Medicaid and CHIP programs.
By Paul R. Pace, News Staff

NASW to Honor Recipients of 2009 National Awards
“The recipients of our 2009 National Awards have made inestimable contributions to the field of social work.”
By Matthew Malamud, News Staff

Caregiver Standards Begin to Take Shape
“Attention to the contribu-tions, strengths, needs and goals of family caregivers of older adults is integral to social work practice.”
By Matthew Malamud, News Staff

Military Ban, Jobless Benefits Eyed
Advocacy Efforts Also Promote DSM-V Review

“Short-term extensions simply do not measure up to the realities facing unemployed workers.”
By Paul R. Pace, News Staff

Wellness Community, Gilda’s Club Merge
Cancer Support Community Has ‘Greater Operating Efficiency, Enhanced Capacity’

The Wellness Community and Gilda’s Club Worldwide pooled their resources to become the Cancer Support Community.
By Paul R. Pace, News Staff

Census Takers Need Help With Hard-to-Reach Groups
Apportionments Affect Agencies Employing Many of the Nation’s Social Workers

“The Census means everything to social work.”
By Matthew Malamud, News Staff

Testimony Targets Torture
NASW: U.S. ‘Must Not Condone or Permit’ Practice

“We commend the U.S. government’s implementation of human rights treaties, yet gaps remain.”
By Matthew Malamud, News Staff

Clinical Social Workers Call for  Increased Reimbursement Rates
Commenters said increases were warranted because the last increases were made in the 1990s.
By Matthew Malamud, News Staff

Briefs Back Same-Sex Marriage, Right to Education
Opinions Involve California, North Carolina, Social Security Administration Cases

NASW contends that denying same-sex couples the right to marry flies in the face of the due process and equal protection clauses.
By Matthew Malamud, News Staff

Delegation Will Travel to Russia
“The focus of concern can differ within borders and within cultures.”
By Paul R. Pace, News Staff

Mental Health Parity Rules Released
The effective date is for insurance plans that begin on or after July 1.
By Paul R. Pace, News Staff

National Healthcare Decisions Day Observed April 16
‘Social Workers Can Demystify the Process of Creating’ Advance Directives

“Everyone really ought to seriously consider communicating and documenting their advance care wishes.”
By Matthew Malamud, News Staff

New Procedures Address Member Disqualification
Rules Aim to Streamline NASW Removal for Felony Convicts, License Revocation

The rationale for removing the surrogate complaint process was based on several factors.
By Paul R. Pace, News Staff

Economy Among Issues Addressed in Practice Updates
Also Examined: Care for Older Adults, Childhood Obesity, Continuum of Services

Undoubtedly, the economic downturn has affected school social workers’ roles both personally and professionally.
By Matthew Malamud, News Staff

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