NYSSCSW Newsletters, Brochures & Other Documents

This page allows you to access all documents that are currently on the website, chapter newsletters, brochures and flyers for educational conferences and programs, membership application materials, the Society By-Laws, ethics and professional standards guidelines, and other documents listed by date in descending order.

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"Lest We Forget, We Are Clinical Social Work Psychotherapists"

By Marsha Wineburgh, DSW, President Elect

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Art Exhibit Exhibition 2011

Artists / Clinician Society Members show their works at the NYSSCSW Annual Meeting at the Pennsylvania Hotel, New York City, NY.

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LCSW Medicare Presentation for 2010

National Government Services provides Medicare Seminar for NYSSCSW

On July 14 Kathy Dunphy and Jim Bavoso of National Government Services gave a clear and informative presentation on what we can expect from Medicare. The in-person seminar at Metrotech Center in Brooklyn was accompanied by a teleconference.

Highlights of the talk were: Clarifying the fee schedule for 90801 and 90806. (There have been four different versions this year!) Currently 90806 is $105.21 for physicians, $78.91 for social workers. 90801 is $178.88 for physicians, $134.16 for social workers. These rates are in use until November 30, 2010.

Under mental health parity, the portion of the fee paid by Medicare is 55% in 2010; it will go up stepwise to 80% in 2014.

Expect a letter in August if you have not already enrolled in the PECOS database. You will not get paid in 2011 unless you enroll. Expect that Electronic Funds Transfer will become mandatory when you do.

The future calls for increased use of Electronic Claims Submission to replace paper claims. You are encouraged to seek a billing service or use Medicare billing software.

In October 2013 the ICD-10 will become the basis of diagnoses covered by Medicare.

The requirements for documenting psychotherapy visits are on the NGS website. Providers are encouraged to create a template for recording necessary information under Medicare regulations, anticipating the possibility of an audit.

For problem solving, your first step should be to call one of these numbers:

Provider Interactive Voice Recognition (IVR) 877-869-6504

Provider Customer Service Representative (CSR) 866-837-0241

For much more detail see the attached PowerPoint presentation from the seminar.

Helen T. Hoffman LCSW, State Chair, Vendorship and Managed Care Committee [email protected]

Virginia Lehman LCSW, Medicare Liaison [email protected]

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Medicare: More Questions Answered

Since October 2008 Virginia Lehman, LCSW, our Medicare Liaison, has been conveying our questions to a designated contact at National Government Services. Below are some of the answers she has received. See The Clinician, Spring 2009 for an earlier Medicare Q & A.

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Legislative Update

Summary of legislative actions that may impact those working in the mental health field.

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NYSSCSW Code of Ethics

This PDF is contains the Society's Code of Ethics and provides a history of it's development.

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Standards for Clinical Documentation

Standards for Clinical Documentation and Recordkeeping: This PDF sets forth the standards for clinical documentation and recordkeeping in clinical social work practice.

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Vendorship and Managed Care Report

This document is a compilation of committee activities for the past several years. In it is important information regarding state regulations, insurance company practices and how this impacts you in your professional work. Please note: this is a Microsoft Word document.

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Out of Sorts:

Meeting the Challenge of Working with Anxiety and Mood Disorder Our unstable economy, politics, war and the threat of global warming leave underlying traces of sadness and anxiety upon the psyche and body of both therapist and patient, a feeling of “out of sorts” unconscious, difficult to articulate. Suicides/homicides occur too often when depressive symptoms and hidden rage remain the unspoken known in families, schools, the workplace, among friends, and within couples. This conference will address the profound importance of connecting and listening to both the clinician’s own and the patient’s split off states of awareness.

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