"An Hour With Private Practice" for NASW Members
2016 Schedule and Topics.
Questions and Answers is a free question and answer session for NASW members which is held every third Wednesday of the month from January through November. The monthly call-in sessions focus on a specific private practice subject. There is no registration and members can join in the discussion, ask questions, and make comments. These sessions provide members with important clinical social work updates impacting the delivery of mental health services. An Hour With Private Practice is held every third Wednesday of the month from noon until 1:00 pm ET. No session is held in December.
- February 17, 2016 - Reporting Medicare PQRS 2016 Through Claims
- March 16, 2016 - Reporting Medicare PQRS 2016 Through Claims
- April 20, 2016 - Preparing for an Audit: What You Should Know
- May 18, 2016 - Avoiding Claim Denials When Using the CMS-1500 Form
- June 15, 2016 - Tips for Using HIPAA in Private Practice
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Prosecutors Split On Criminalizing Threats To Social Workers, Others
VT Digger, Feb.3, 2016
Trissie Casanova told lawmakers Wednesday that she’s been a social worker for 13 years.
“I personally have been threatened to be killed, my building blown up, I’ve had people waiting for me outside by my car. I’ve had things sent to my personal home. I have been personally sued for doing my job,” Casanova said. “And I know I’m not the only person that’s experienced these things.”
Six months after a social worker was shot to death as she left her office in Barre, lawmakers are considering a bill, S.154, that would heighten penalties for assaulting social workers. The bill would also create a new crime: threatening anyone, not just social workers, in such a way that they fear for their life or well-being.
While some prosecutors and state workers strongly support the measure, others, including Washington County State’s Attorney Scott Williams, are wary.
Williams was in downtown Barre when social worker Lara Sobel was shot one August afternoon as she left work. He was one of the first on the scene and held Sobel as she died.
Williams told the Senate Judiciary Committee he supports part of the bill that imposes enhanced penalties for assaulting a social worker — the same way penalties are steeper if someone assaults a police officer or a firefighter on the job.
But he urged lawmakers to use caution in making a new crime to punish threats that cause someone to reasonably fear for his or her safety. Making threatening behavior a crime will not stop people from making threats, he said.
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Reporting Requirements for PQRS 2015
For Individual Measures Used by Clinical Social Workers*
Mirean Coleman, LICSW, CT Senior Practice Associate
From 2007-2014, clinical social workers who were Medicare providers received an annual bonus incentive payment when successfully reporting PQRS. A positive payment adjustment for successfully reporting PQRS 2015 will be based on the value-based modifier (VM) which will be applied to the reimbursement of clinical social workers in 2017 based on the payment year 2015. The value-based modifier is a differential payment provided to Medicare providers based on the quality of care furnished compared to cost during the performance period. When PQRS is successfully reported in 2015, the value-based modifier may create a positive payment adjustment in 2017 whereas lack of PQRS reporting may create an additional negative payment adjustment in 2017.
PQRS measures are developed through a variety of resources including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the American Medical Association Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement (AMA/PCPI), the National Quality Forum (NQF), and the National Committee on Quality Assurance (NCQA). NASW has participated in the development of PQRS measures and is advocating for additional performance measures for clinical social workers.
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