2013 Medicare Changes
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the final rule for the 2013 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule on November 1, 2012. Highlights of the final rule include the following for clinical social workers: sustainable growth rates, mental health parity, physician quality reporting system, psychotherapy codes, electronic health records and practice expense
New Psychotherapy Codes for Clinical Social Workers
Effective January 2013, clinical social workers will begin using new and revised psychotherapy codes when providing psychotherapy services to patients. For the first time since 1998, the family of psychotherapy codes has gone through a major revision process. NASW provided national social work leadership in the development and approval processes for the new and revised psychotherapy codes through the American Medical Association Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Editorial Panel. In addition to working with CPT panel, NASW also worked collaboratively with the American Psychiatric Association, Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, American Nurses Association, and American Psychological Association.
Questions about these documents should be directed to NASW Senior Practice Associate Mirean Coleman at email@example.com.
NASW advocates for clinical social workers through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to improve regulations pertaining to clinical social workers.