The Aware Advocate
The Aware Advocate keeps members up to date on national legislative matters and other pertinent legislative issues that affect clinical social work practice. Members receive this information prior to having it posted on the website. It is an excellent resource and another example of the ways in which CSWA is working for you.
Over the past year, as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and other health care reforms have taken hold, we have seen a number of challenges to the way that many clinical social workers prefer to practice - as private practitioners. This Special Edition IV of The Aware Advocate will summarize both the changes already in effect and those we can anticipate, with links to previous information provided by CSWA on these topics.
The topics that will be summarized below include:
CURRENT CHANGES TO LCSW PRACTICE
Implementation of Federal Mental Health Parity Rules
Paradigm Shift from Fee for Service to Pay for Performance
LCSW PRACTICE CHANGES IN THE WORKS
- Integrated Health Care Delivery Systems
- Use of Electronic Health Records (EHRs)
- Use of Outcome Tools
THE SUSTAINABLE GROWTH RATE
LCSWs AND THE ACA
This is a summary of the work that has been done by CSWA on behalf of LCSWs regarding reimbursement for our services in this morphing health care delivery system. CSWA continues to advocate on behalf of fair payment for our work in many arenas.
Here is an expanded version of information on opting out of Medicare, requested by several CSWA members.
Here is a report on the implementation of electronic health records (EHRs), accountable care organizations (ACOS), and health homes which will begin on January 1, 2014.
CSWA is a sponsor for the Los Angeles Parity Field Hearing being conducted by former Reps. Patrick Kennedy, Jim Ramstad and, Rep. Grace Napolitano and has been invited to present the following Testimony on the problems with parity implementation.
This paper is designed to offer ways to appeal denials of mental health treatment as the agent for the patient or to assist the patient in filing an appeal.
This is the fourth edition of The Aware Advocate which deals with recent and upcoming changes to HIPAA as well as a, much needed, licensure tip.
This edition of The Aware Advocate focuses on mental health parity rules.
This is a high profile moment for health care, and many health care organizations are looking for the opportunity to be heard after years of soaring unsustainable costs and neglect of clinical views.
This is a special edition of The Aware Advocate which focuses on the reorganization of health care as it affects clinical social workers.