As you know, CSWA has been involved in the development of a Compact which would allow clinical social workers to practice in all states that join the Compact without having to become licensed in individual states. For the past 8 months, Laura Groshong, CSWA Director of Policy and Practice, and I have attended the Social Work Compact Technical Advisory Committee meetings monthly, sponsored by the Department of Defense and Council of State Governments.
A document for the Compact has been created which is now available for review by the public, including CSWA members. I encourage all CSWA members to attend one of the two webinars which will be held on July 30 at noon ET and September 8 at 3 pm ET for more detailed information on the Compact. Keith Buckhout and Matt Shafer of the Council of State Governments will be available to explain the process and answer your questions. Registration for these webinars will be on the website shortly.
Among the issues that will be addressed are:
To review the document before the webinars, go to https://compacts.csg.org/compact-updates/social-work/
To submit comments or feedback on the draft, please fill out the online survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/socialworkcompact
Please let Laura know if you have any questions and watch for an email later this week from our new Administrator, Angela Katona, regarding how to sign up for one of the two webinars.
Kendra Roberson, PhD, LICSW
Laura Groshong, LICSW
CSWA Director, Policy and Practice
Please see below for an announcement from the Telehealth Certification Institute about a CE course they are offering this month. Thank you!
Providing culturally adapted care is one of our profession's highest values. However, how to do so is often missing from training, and it is important to us that you and your peers have this practical knowledge.
In celebration of BIPOC Mental Health Month, Telehealth Certification Institute is providing their "Anti-Racist Telehealth Practices for Racial/Ethnic Trauma Healing" online course (1.5 CE) to our membership this month for free. This course will provide you with practical skills that you can immediately use. You can register for this course only during July 2022 using the coupon code "BIPOCMHM". Please secure your registration and share this opportunity with other clinicians who may benefit. Click here for the course details and to register.
CSWA members have expressed concerns about the way that companies like Betterhelp are providing a kind of mental health treatment based on texting. The lack of direct contact is cause for concern. The asynchronous nature of Betterhelp limits emotional communication.
A new article from California Healthline written by award-winning journalist Harris Meyer, has just come out and has echoed some of these concerns. The article, “Digital Mental Health Companies Draw Scrutiny and Growing Concerns”, can be found at https://californiahealthline.org/news/article/digital-mental-health-companies-scrutiny-concerns/.
Both Marlene Maheu, PhD, who presented a webinar on telemental health for CSWA, and Laura Groshong, CSWA Director, Policy and Practice, are quoted in the article.
Below is a Letter to Congress on gun violence that CSWA signed on to with 9 other national organizations which was published in USA Today this morning. ~Laura Groshong, LICSW, Director, Policy and Practice, email@example.com, 6/7/22
The Clinical Social Work Journal (CSWJ) is pleased to announce a call for papers for a special issue called: Life After the MSW. This special issue will be co-edited by the Editor in Chief of the journal, Melissa D. Grady, PhD and Kendra C. Roberson, PhD, the President of the Clinical Social Work Association (CSWA). In this issue we will be seeking manuscripts that offer readers a mix of historical/scholarly information about the topic, as well as concrete and practical information for soon to be and/or recent MSW graduates. The aim of this special issue is to offer practical advice to newer professionals in the field. We hope that the articles within this special issue can be used by faculty members and supervisors who are helping to train new social work practitioners, as well as by the graduates/students themselves.
Some examples of topics for this special issue could include, but are not limited to issues related to post-masters education, clinical supervision considerations, navigating and/or preparing for the licensure process, practicing clinical social work with a social justice lens, and potential career paths as a clinical social worker.
Interested authors should submit an abstract of no more than 750 words describing the proposed manuscript. Those that are chosen will then be invited to submit full manuscripts that will be between 10-15 pages in length.
Each abstract should include the following:
In addition to the above, full manuscripts will also require
Deadlines for process:
I have received a deluge of emails from you about the use of POS “10” for Medicare and other insurers. This guidance that Medicare has provided about this policy is complicated.
The current guidance from CMS is that:
Be sure to check with EACH private insurer for a patient to find out what combination of POS and Modifier are being requested so that claims will not be denied.
I hope this resolves the confusion about POS codes. Let me know if there are any other questions.
POS Codes as of 4/1/22 – Medicare
There has been some confusion about what Point of Service (POS) Codes should be used for Medicare and other insurers as of April 1, 2022.
As you know, there were changes to POS codes that were announced as of January 1, 2022 to be “available” for Medicare as of April 1, 2022. POS “10”, a new POS code for telemental health services that are provided when the patient is in their home, and the LCSW is in their office or elsewhere. Other POS Codes are “2” which is used when a patient is not in their own home and receiving telemental health services from an LCSW or “11” which is used when seeing a patient in the LCSW’s office.
The Medicare modifier is 95 for any of the above codes.
It appears that the POS 10 is now being used instead of POS 2 for Medicare for reimbursement. All other insurers, public and private, should be contacted about the POS codes that are required for reimbursement of claims. The same goes for which modifier is being used – check with the individual insurer.
For more information, go to https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Coding/place-of-service-codes/Place_of_Service_Code_Set If you have other question, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Transgender children have been in the crosshairs of conservative groups in the legislature and elsewhere for the past decade. Amongst legislative attempts to discriminate against them, there have been attempts to ban them from gender-specific bathrooms or from participating in sports consistent with their gender identity. Support for transphobic attitudes and actions has grown. Now there is an attempt in Texas to lay blame on parents who affirm their child’s gender identity. This bill is one of the most harmful to trans children, but is the tip of the iceberg; there have been over 235 state-based bills that limit the rights of trans children in 2022 (https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/nearly-240-anti-lgbtq-bills-filed-in-2022-so-far-with-most-targeting-trans-people/ar-AAVhMSa) . The current law that has passed in Texas, abhorrently describes parental support of trans children as child abuse; though, for now, it has been placed on hold by a Texas appeals court.
CSWA believes that gender identity is an integral aspect of our intersectional identities and that children’s rights to express their identities, and to participate in everyday activities of childhood, regardless of this expression, should be protected. LCSWs work with trans-children and adults who have been harmed because their trans identities. To our affiliated colleagues in the Texas Society for Clinical Social Work, we send our support and encouragement to stand strong. No law can persuade us to ignore our ethical stance on respecting the identity of any individual child, and for parents that support and affirm their children. Also notable, the Texas law does nothing to prevent the violence directed toward trans BIPOC youth for being themselves. This violence has increased at alarming rates in the last few years.
As reported by Forbes, 30 trans youth were killed in 2020, including 23 that were BIPOC youth. (Forbes, “Transgender America: 30 Killed And Fatally Shot Already In 2020”, 10/2/20, https://www.forbes.com/sites/jamiewareham/2020/10/02/30-trans-woman-have-now-been-violently-murdered-in-america-in-2020/?sh=296cb38564a4). The work of groups like GLAAD (glaad.org), the Trans Youth Equality Foundation (http://www.transyouthequality.org/), and the Transgender Law Center (https://transgenderlawcenter.org/) are crucial to educating the public and advocating across multiple domains to prevent transphobic violence and discrimination against trans youth and their parents. CSWA supports the work of these groups in preventing harm and protecting trans children.
President Biden’s State of the Union address tonight will have a major focus on the need for more mental health funding and services. A few of the areas he will discuss are:
To see a complete summary of what the President will discuss regarding mental health go to: https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2022/03/01/fact-sheet-president-biden-to-announce-strategy-to-address-our-national-mental-health-crisis-as-part-of-unity-agenda-in-his-first-state-of-the-union/
CSWA will provide a message to send to Congress, who will have to approve the funding and policy measures regarding mental health, on the issues that most affect clinical social workers following the State of the Union speech.
Laura Groshong, LICSW, Director, Policy and Practice
Clinical Social Work Association
In the rush to figure out the Good Faith Estimate, another important issue has been on the back burner.
As you know, the No Surprises Act also had a provision that we see every patient at least once every 12 months. This was extended from the previous rule which required this provision every 6 months.
With recent guidance from CMS, it is now clear that this requirement will go into effect after the end of the Public Health Emergency (PHE). That is not likely to be before the end of 2022 at the earliest.
CSWA is hoping to work with many other mental health groups to eliminate this rule. We will keep you posted.
Laura Groshong, LICSW
Clinical Social Work Association
Director, Policy and Practice
PO Box 105Granville, Ohio 43023