Strengthening IDENTITY | Preserving INTEGRITY | Advocating PARITY
[The Aware Advocate is an occasional newsletter sent to members with information that is relevant to Licensed Clinical Social Workers ~LWG]
This episode of The Aware Advocate will focus on POS Codes for Medicare; Public Health Emergency extension; and the Social Work Compact development.
POS Codes for Medicare
There remains a lot of confusion about which POS codes should be used for Medicare. Here is a reminder of what Medicare and other insurers are requiring for claims:
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.
Public Health Emergency
The Public Health Emergency is predicted to be in effect until the end of 2022, possibly longer. I will be keeping you informed on any changes that take place which may affect Medicare coverage and commercial insurance.
Social Work Compact
As you know, CSWA began working as part of the Technical Assistance Group (TAG) in October of 2021, along with representatives from ASWB, NASW, CSWE, and Department of Defense and the Council of State Governments to create a Social Work Compact. The latter two groups listed are funding the effort to create a compact for clinical social workers that would allow us to work in any state that has joined the Compact. The process for creating the Compact is as follows:
Once the process is moving forward, we will need to have a legislative campaign to pass the Compact in as many states as possible. I will be sending materials to help you make the case for the Compact in your state.
Let me know if you have any questions about any of these issues.
Laura Groshong, LICSW, Director, Policy and Practice
PO Box 10Garrisonville, Virginia 22463