Legislative Alerts

CSWA keeps members apprised of all current national legislation that affects clinical social workers and the need for action to members of Congress. The Past Legislative Alerts listed here allow members to review the history of CSWA action on national bills in Congress that affect clinical social workers and the outcomes of our actions.


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HR 4302 passed

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HR 4302 passed the Senate this evening and is very likely to be signed by the President shortly.

Educating Clients/Consumers about How to Sign Up for the New Healthcare Plans

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The Commission on Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Department of Health and Human Services have asked us to provide our patients and clients with information about how to sign up for the new health care plans which are available in the Affordable Care Act Exchange, now known as the Marketplace.

 

 

CSWA - Mental Health Parity Rules Finalized - 11-8-13

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11/8/2013

The Federal Final Interim Parity Rules for the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) will be made Final Rules today when they are published in the Federal Register at 11:15 am EST.  This is a victory for the five years of work that CSWA and many other organizations have devoted to getting these rules in place, the key to enforcement of MHPAEA. 

LCSW Medicare Providers to Sign Up with IACS & PV-PQRS if CMS to Figure Out PQRS Claims

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10/15/13

Today is the day that all LCSWs who are Medicare providers who want to have CMS figure out their PQRS claims must be signed up with IACS and PV-PQRS (see previous posts on CSWA website under Legislative Alerts).  This should be a small percentage of LCSWs.

 

Corrections/More Information on How to Submit PQRS Quality Data Codes

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Here's a correction and more information on how to submit PQRS Quality Data Codes (QDCs).

How to Submit PQRS Quality Data Codes (QDCs).

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Information on how to submit PQRS Quality Data Codes (QDCs).

Accessing the HIPAA Templates and PQRS Options

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Several questions have been raised about accessing the HIPAA Templates and PQRS Options at the CSWA website.  Here are some answers to those questions:

Templates for the HIPAA Notice of Privacy Practices and the Business Associate Agreement

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September 23, 2013

 

The Templates for the HIPAA Notice of Privacy Practices and the Business Associate Agreement in editable form are now under the Members Only section of the website under "CSWA Templates".   

 

There is also an editable template for opting out of Medicare.

 

  

 

Changes to HIPAA form must be in effect as of September 23, 2013 to remain compliant.

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September 23, 2013

As you know from my recent posts, the HITECH Act of 2009 required certain changes be made to the main HIPAA forms that we use, i.e., the HIPAA Notice of Privacy Practices (NPP) and the Business Associate Agreement (BAA).  The changes must be in effect as of September 23, 2013 to remain HIPAA-compliant.  These forms have been vetted with health care attorneys at the firm of Ogden Murphy Wallace in Seattle, and comply with the new requirements for the NPP and the BAA.

Upcoming Changes to PQRS and HIPAA which Affect LCSWs

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Many questions are being asked about the upcoming changes to PQRS and HIPAA which affect LCSWs.  Here is a summary of key dates and the information you can expect from CSWA on these topics.

Legislative Alerts

  • 04/02/2014 - 6:33pm
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    HR 4302 passed the Senate this evening and is very likely to be signed by the President shortly.

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