Announcements

  • 2020 NASW Virtual Conference – Registration Open!

    Experience the meeting of the profession virtually June 15-17. Join like-minded social work professionals and social work thought leaders for three days of streamed unparalleled professional development, continuing education, and thought-provoking conversations tackling the most pressing issues facing the social work profession across the world. Earn up to 32 CEs (through live-streaming & on-demand).
  • COVID-19 Resources for School Social Workers

    During the COVID-19 public health emergency, school social workers are essential staff and continue to play a vital role in ensuring that students continue to receive much-needed mental health, education, and other services despite school disruptions from the pandemic.  This practice alert provides a list of helpful resources for school social workers.

  • NASEM Report on Integrating Social Care into the Delivery of Health Care

    NASW played a lead role in conceiving and funding The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) Consensus Study Report, Integrating Social Care into the Delivery of Health Care: Moving Upstream to Improve the Nation’s Health. This landmark report recognizes that social workers are specialists in identifying and addressing social needs, and it includes numerous recommendations to ensure that the nation’s health care systems address the many factors that contribute to health.

  • Supporting and Advocating for Nursing Home Residents, Family Caregivers, and Social Workers During C

    Registration open for NASW webinar, offered in collaboration with the National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care on
    Tuesday, May 26, 2020 | 2:00–3:15 p.m. EDT:

    Supporting and Advocating for Nursing Home Residents, Family Caregivers, and Social Workers During COVID-19

    1 Aging & Long-Term Care credit hour, approved by NASW

    FREE for NASW members; $20 for nonmembers. 

    COVID-19 has exacerbated challenges faced by nursing home residents, social work staff, and family caregivers. Learn about those challenges and discover strategies and resources to enhance resilience, as well as information about national-level advocacy to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 on nursing home residents, social work staff, and family caregivers.
  • All Workers, Including Social Workers, Deserve Protection from COVID-19

    Despite the fact that thousands of workers have contracted COVID-19 on the job, and hundreds of workers have died from this highly infectious disease, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has failed to issue an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS), based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance to protect all workers from exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace. 

    Congress must take the important step of requiring OSHA to issue mandated protections that will help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace. These protections are critical for social workers and the clients that we serve.

  • COVID-19 Advance Care Planning in Health Care Practice

    On April 16th each year, NASW celebrates National Healthcare Decisions Day to empower individuals to engage in advance care planning (ACP). As individuals, families, and communities face the COVID-19 pandemic, the importance of conversations about health care treatment preferences comes into new focus. Social workers play a vital role in facilitating ACP. ACP is not only about end-of-life care. At any time in your life, if you are not able to make health care decisions for yourself, who will speak on your behalf?  Read a new Practice Alert from Carrie Dorn, MPA, LMSW, NASW Senior Practice Associate for Health

  • Psychotherapy Services Provided Via Audio-Only Devices

    Clinical social workers can now receive Medicare reimbursement for psychotherapy services provided via audio-only devices (such as landlines) during the COVID-19 public health emergency. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced these and other temporary rule changes and waivers on April 30 to increase access to healthcare and mental health services for the millions of older adults who due to the pandemic cannot safely receive services in-person. NASW has been advocating vigorously for further expansion of telehealth flexibility to include audio-only devices. Millions of Medicare beneficiaries, especially those in rural areas and those who have low incomes, do not have smart phones and/or reliable access to the internet. Some, due to their health or mental health conditions, are not able to use video chat apps.

    See further details and codes under Telehealth Visits at NASW’s COVID-19 Medicare Telehealth page.
  • MEDICARE TELEHEALTH PSYCHIATRIC CPT CODES

    With the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has temporarily expanded its telehealth policies on an emergency basis under the 1135 waiver authority and the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act. During the waiver period which began March 6, 2020, cost-sharing may be reduced or waived and clinical social workers (CSWs) may seek reimbursement for telehealth psychotherapy services furnished via telehealth to patients whether they are in their home or in an outpatient setting such as an office, assisted living facility, or nursing home. For telehealth services, CSWs will also be reimbursed at the same rate as an in-person service.

  • CARES Act Provider Relief Fund

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is releasing $50 billion to Medicare-enrolled individual healthcare providers (including clinical social workers) and facilities that billed Medicare fee-for-services in 2019 to provide them compensation for healthcare-related expenses and lost revenues attributable to COVID-19. An initial $30 billion was automatically distributed (with no application requirement) in mid-April 2020, divided among all providers that received Medicare payments during 2019 in proportion to their relative Medicare reimbursements during that year.
  • SURVEY: Social Workers and COVID-19

    NASW, CSWE and ASWB want to hear how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting you as a social work professional. We want to better understand the challenges you face, and how you have responded to these unprecedented times.  Please complete this brief survey (5 minutes) about your experience.

    Thank you!

  • Implications of Coronavirus (COVID-19) for America's Vulnerable and Marginalized Populations

    COVID-19 is a public health crisis that directly or indirectly impacts nearly every household in the country. An epidemic of such proportions poses a threat to the physical health of Americans, and is disruptive to employment, education, voting, the 2020 Census, and daily patterns of socialization. All of this presents challenges to the economic and emotional well-being of children and adults alike. NASW is concerned with equitable treatment of all Americans affected by natural disasters and public health emergencies, especially America’s vulnerable and marginalized populations. We know from past experiences that the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the general population will be exponentially increased among those who live on the margins of our society. It is critical that these families and individuals are not excluded from federal and state governments’ mobilization of resources to fight the spread of COVID-19—as well as protecting them from the related social and civic disruptions that will inevitably occur as the virus spreads.

  • COVID-19 Ethical, Legal and Clinical Considerations for Social Workers Q&A Session

    Social Workers: Join NASW for real talk about the Impact of COVID-19 on Tuesday, April 21, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm ET

    NASW's Office of Ethics and Professional Review, Office of General Counsel and Clinical Practice are collaboratively hosting a Question and Answer teleconference for the profession.

     

    This Q & A Session will:

    • Provide key guidance on telehealth from a legal, clinical, administrative and ethical perspectives
    • Offer an open forum for social workers to ask questions about the implications of COVID-19 on their practice
    • Explore the impact of the pandemic on the profession through shared reflections and experiences
    • Connect social workers to legal, telehealth, clinical, and ethical resources to support practice during the COVID-19 Pandemic

     

    It's Free! Space is limited.


  • Tell Your Representative to Support Child Welfare COVID-19 Priorities

    On Friday, a bipartisan Dear Colleague letter was circulated in the House by Representative Kim Schrier (D-WA), Representative Don Young (R-AK) and Representative Karen Bass, MSW (D-CA). Additional funding is needed for child abuse prevention and services. It is extremely important that we get as many bipartisan members of the House to sign on as possible. Please email your Representative to ask them to sign on to the member-led letter, which closes Tuesday, April 14 at 12:00pm ET.

  • Veterans Affairs Announces New Social Work Positions

    The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is unified with other Federal partners in leading the medical response to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. As the Nation’s largest healthcare network, the VA is preparing to support its fourth mission to provide health care to Veterans and civilians in an emergency or disaster. To assist with surge planning, the VA is recruiting social workers to support this mission and to help with COVID-19 operations in Veterans Health Administration (VHA) facilities across the nation.  The National Social Work Program Office in collaboration with Workforce Management and Consulting has posted two nationwide Social Work job announcements to assist with hiring a pool of qualified social workers to fill needs at VA facilities on a temporary basis. Newly hired social workers may be assigned to provide relief on existing units and teams within the healthcare facility, staff newly created units or develop and deploy new programs and resources. These announcements allow for candidates to apply at locations across the nation, and will remain open and continuous until the need no longer exists:

    GS-11 Social Worker

    https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/564638000

    GS-12 Senior Social Worker

    https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/564642100

  • Medicare Revises Telehealth Place of Service and Modifier Codes D

    On April 3, 2020 Medicare reported revisions to telehealth place of service and modifier codes.  The revisions will allow clinical social workers and other providers to be reimbursed for telehealth services at the same rate as an in-person service.  Information is available in  a new Practice Alert from NASW Clinical Manager Mirean Coleman, LICSW, CT, Attention Clinical Social Workers: Medicare Revises Telehealth Place of Service and Modifier Codes During COVID-19.
  • Urge CMS to Expand Telehealth to Include Audio-Only Devices

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently implemented temporary flexibilities in regulations regarding telehealth in order to ensure that beneficiaries can access health and mental health services during the COVID-19 public health emergency. Many Medicare beneficiaries either do not have access to smartphones, do not know how to use video chat capability, or do not have adequate, reliable internet service to support video communications. A number of states as well as commercial health plans are allowing the use of audio-only devices; Medicare needs to do the same.

  • Ethics and Technology CE Resources During COVID-19

  • Key Developments in Medicare Telehealth Options During COVID-19

    The recording of this March 23, 2020 Medicare webinar is now available on-demand in the NASW CE Institute, free of charge to NASW members.

  • COVID-19 and Changes to Telehealth Policies

    NASW is committed to supporting you and the clients you serve during this unprecedented public health crisis.  We are working on all fronts to respond in a way that best reflects our shared social work values. We are pleased with federal actions taken to provide economic relief as well as new healthcare services to combat the pandemic. We are especially pleased with the significant expansion of telehealth in Medicare, given that older adults are the most vulnerable to the virus....
  • Regulatory Provisions for Social Work Emergency Responders and COVID-19 Policy Actions

    The Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) has provided this useful tool for locating emergency provisions pertaining to social work licensure by state.  If a state is not included in the tool, it indicates there not currently emergency provisions related to COVID-19.  We appreciate this resource from ASWB, which they will update as new information is available.

  • CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19): 8 ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR SOCIAL WORKERS

    The COVID-19 (coronavirus) is rapidly transforming the way we go about day-to-day living. What should social workers do to prepare for the impact of this pandemic?

  • A SPECIAL MESSAGE OF SUPPORT AND ENCOURAGEMENT IN THESE CHALLENGING TIMES

    "We are faced with a health care emergency of international proportions. As we help people in our communities, we need to search out the best available information. There are many reliable resources beginning with our local public health agencies, the Centers for Disease Control, and the WHO. I encourage you to look at the NASW Coronavirus (COVID-19) webpage for information and resources that all of you can use as we band together to do our best during this difficult time."

  • Registration is now open for the 2020 NASW National Conference

    Registration is now open for the 2020 NASW National Conference – Social Workers Make a Difference, June 14-17 in Washington, DC. Join more than 2,000 social workers, like-minded professionals, and social work thought leaders for four days of unparalleled education and experiences.

  • URGE YOUR LAWMAKERS TO COSPONSOR S. 2880/H.R. 5138

    Urge your Congressional lawmakers to cosponsor the Protecting Social Workers and Health Professionals from Workplace Violence Act (S. 2880/H.R. 5138).

    The bipartisan Protecting Social Workers and Health Professionals from Workplace Violence Act is urgently needed legislation that will strengthen workplace protections for social workers and health care professionals.

  • Voice Your Opposition Now to Stop Social Worker Payment Cuts

    Deadline: Friday, September 27