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Founded in 1955, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world, with more than 120,000 members. NASW works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain professional standards, and to advance sound social policies.


Clinical Social Workers Excluded from MIPS Reporting in 2019


WASHINGTON, D.C. -  The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the final rule for the  2019 Physician Fee Schedule on November 1, 2018.

The 2019 final rule for the CMS’ Quality Payment Program excludes clinical social workers from the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS)  reporting in 2019.   

This is a victory for clinical social workers who have limited quality measures to report on and in the past have received penalties when reporting quality measures.   

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) has been advocating for clinical social workers and improvements in the Quality Payment Program.  NASW is grateful to CMS and all of the stakeholders who helped with the exclusion.  

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW), in Washington, DC, is the largest membership organization of professional social workers. It promotes, develops, and protects the practice of social work and social workers. NASW also seeks to enhance the well-being of individuals, families, and communities through its advocacy.

WV Substance Use Response Plan - Six regional public forums to review and provide feedback begin Oct 15

Six public meetings will be held 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm (on-site registration opens at 4:00 pm) on the following dates: 

•    Tuesday, October 15, 2019 – Beckley
Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center, 200 Armory Drive, Beckley, WV 25801
 
•    Wednesday, October 16, 2019 – Parkersburg
WVU Parkersburg, Multipurpose Room 1536, 300 Campus Drive, Parkersburg, WV 26104
 
•    Monday, October 21, 2019 – Charleston
University of Charleston, Ballroom (3rd Floor Geary Student Union), 2300 MacCorkle Avenue, SE, Charleston, WV 25304
 
•    Tuesday, October 22, 2019 – Martinsburg
Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office, Training Center, 510 South Raleigh Street, Martinsburg, WV 25401
 
•    Wednesday, October 23, 2019 – Wheeling
Wheeling University, Swint Hall Troy Theater, 316 Washington Avenue, Wheeling, WV 26003
 
•    Thursday, October 24, 2019 – Fairmont
Robert H. Mollohan Research Center, 1000 Galliher Drive, Fairmont, WV 26554

 

Public comments, which will be considered by DHHR’s Office of Drug Control Policy and the Governor’s Council on Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment during the review process, may be submitted during one of the six public meetings. Pre-registration at https://helpandhopewv.org/odcp is recommended but not required. On-site registration begins at 4:00 pm.

Attendees can download and review a summary of the plan prior to the meeting. Those who are unable to attend can download the plan and provide online feedback.  All feedback must be received by October 25, 2019.