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Florida Hippa Privacy Rules- Mental Health 2022
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FEDERAL RULE TO PREVENT SURPRISE HEALTH CARE BILLING
|Posted on August 9, 2022 at 12:50 AM|
Under a new federal rule to protect consumers from surprise health care bills, clinical social workers (CSW) must, effective January 1, 2022, provide a good faith estimate (GFE) of expected charges that may be billed for items and services to individuals who are uninsured (e.g., not enrolled in any health plan or coverage) or who are self-pay (e.g., not seeking to file a claim with their plan or coverage). The GFE must be provided both orally and in writing, upon request or at the time of scheduling health care items and services, and within specific timeframes.
The rule applies to both current and future patients who are uninsured or self-pay. However, GFEs do not need to be provided to patients who are enrolled in federal health insurance plans (e.g., Medicare, Medicaid, TRICARE, Indian Health Service or the Veterans Affairs health system).
Providing a GFE to patients is not new to CSWs who, as part of best clinical practice, routinely discuss services and fees before or during the initial interview with new patients. Read more at the Social Work Blog.
NASW Ethics on Diversity and Inclusion 08/06/2022
|Posted on August 6, 2022 at 1:15 AM|
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion - NASW growing together - handshake
Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
NASW is the largest social work organization and represents a diverse group of professional social workers and students around the country and globally. We strive to serve diverse communities large and small with integrity, competence, respect for human relationships, respect for the inherent dignity and worth of all people, and a commitment to promoting social justice. We can only meet these goals by caring about our best resources: our staff, members and volunteers.
NASW’s commitment to diversity is rooted in our belief that creating a truly diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace is ethical. It is the right thing to do. It is also crucial to our organization’s continued success. Most important, it is what all members of our workforce deserve.
NASW is committed to becoming a true leader in attracting and retaining diverse talent, creating an environment based on policies and practices that are just and to fostering a true sense of inclusion and belonging. Our goal is to be the example for other associations.
NASW Anti-Racism Statement
The mission of social work is to enhance human well-being and help meet the basic needs of all people with particular attention to those who are vulnerable, oppressed, and living in poverty. To honor this mission and realize our core professional values we must understand and commit to doing our part in abolishing racist and oppressive systems. NASW’s Anti-racism statement approved by the NASW Board of Directors at its January 2022 meeting.
Read NASW's Anti-Racism Statement
NASW Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee Charter
In 2020, NASW established a diversity, equity, and inclusion committee of 20-25 employees, including senior leaders and national and chapter staff, who act on behalf of the organization to launch and support the diversity equity and inclusion process.
Read the DEI Committee Charter
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Every Month is Pride Month
Stop Asian Hate
Why We Need More Black Male Social Workers
Justice and Joy: Self-Care in 2020
Black Lives Matter: The Role of Social Work in Dismantling Structural Racism in the USA
Facing Racism, Moving Forward
Where We Stand on Racism
Supporting LGBTQ Youth
NASW Honors Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
NASW Celebrates Black History Month
NASW and the NASW Foundation honor Native American Heritage Month in November
NASW Town Hall on Racial Equity, Economic Equity and #COVID19
NASW Calls for an End to Hate, Racism and Gun Violence Against Asian Americans
NASW outraged by hate crimes against people who are Asian
On anniversary of George Floyd’s death, NASW calls for meaningful police reform
NASW calls for President Trump to be removed from office
NASW strongly condemns pro-Trump riots at U.S. Capitol
National Social Work Organizations Oppose Elimination of Texas LGBTQ and Disability Protections
Updates on Monkey Pox
|Posted on August 6, 2022 at 1:00 AM|
Confidentiality 491.0147 08/06/2022
|Posted on August 6, 2022 at 12:35 AM|
491.0147 Confidentiality and privileged communications.—Any communication between any person licensed or certified under this chapter and her or his patient or client is confidential.
(1) This privilege may be waived under the following conditions:
(a) When the person licensed or certified under this chapter is a party defendant to a civil, criminal, or disciplinary action arising from a complaint filed by the patient or client, in which case the waiver shall be limited to that action.
(b) When the patient or client agrees to the waiver, in writing, or, when more than one person in a family is receiving therapy, when each family member agrees to the waiver, in writing.
(c) When a patient or client has communicated to the person licensed or certified under this chapter a specific threat to cause serious bodily injury or death to an identified or readily available person, and the person licensed or certified under this chapter makes a clinical judgment that the patient or client has the apparent intent and ability to imminently or immediately carry out such threat, and the person licensed or certified under this chapter communicates the information to the potential victim. A disclosure of confidential communications by a person licensed or certified under this chapter when communicating a threat pursuant to this subsection may not be the basis of any legal action or criminal or civil liability against such person.
(2) This privilege must be waived, and the person licensed or certified under this chapter shall disclose patient or client communications to the extent necessary to communicate the threat to a law enforcement agency, if a patient or client has communicated to such person a specific threat to cause serious bodily injury or death to an identified or readily available person, and the person licensed or certified under this chapter makes a clinical judgment that the patient or client has the apparent intent and ability to imminently or immediately carry out such threat. A law enforcement agency that receives notification of a specific threat under this subsection must take appropriate action to prevent the risk of harm, including, but not limited to, notifying the intended victim of such threat or initiating a risk protection order. A disclosure of confidential communications by a person licensed or certified under this chapter when communicating a threat pursuant to this subsection may not be the basis of any legal action or criminal or civil liability against such person.
History.—ss. 15, 19, ch. 87-252; ss. 19, 20, ch. 90-263; s. 4, ch. 91-429; s. 515, ch. 97-103; s. 1, ch. 2009-103; s. 6, ch. 2019-134.
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491.0045�??Intern registration; requirements.
|Posted on August 6, 2022 at 12:30 AM|
491.0045 Intern registration; requirements.— 08/06/2022
(1) An individual who has not satisfied the postgraduate or post-master’s level experience requirements, as specified in s. 491.005(1)(c), (3)(c), or (4)(c), must register as an intern in the profession for which he or she is seeking licensure before commencing the post-master’s experience requirement or an individual who intends to satisfy part of the required graduate-level practicum, internship, or field experience, outside the academic arena for any profession, and must register as an intern in the profession for which he or she is seeking licensure before commencing the practicum, internship, or field experience.
(2) The department shall register as a clinical social worker intern, marriage and family therapist intern, or mental health counselor intern each applicant who the board certifies has:
(a) Completed the application form and remitted a nonrefundable application fee not to exceed $200, as set by board rule;
(b)1. Completed the education requirements as specified in s. 491.005(1)(c), (3)(c), or (4)(c) for the profession for which he or she is applying for licensure, if needed; and
2. Submitted an acceptable supervision plan, as determined by the board, for meeting the practicum, internship, or field work required for licensure that was not satisfied in his or her graduate program.
(c) Identified a qualified supervisor.
(3) An individual registered under this section must remain under supervision while practicing under registered intern status.
(4) An individual who fails to comply with this section may not be granted a license under this chapter, and any time spent by the individual completing the experience requirement as specified in s. 491.005(1)(c), (3)(c), or (4)(c) before registering as an intern does not count toward completion of the requirement.
(5) An intern registration is valid for 5 years.
(6) A registration issued on or before March 31, 2017, expires March 31, 2022, and may not be renewed or reissued. Any registration issued after March 31, 2017, expires 60 months after the date it is issued. The board may make a one-time exception to the requirements of this subsection in emergency or hardship cases, as defined by board rule, if the candidate has passed the theory and practice examination described in s. 491.005(1)(d), (3)(d), and (4)(d).
(7) An individual who has held a provisional license issued by the board may not apply for an intern registration in the same profession.
History.—s. 10, ch. 97-198; s. 202, ch. 97-264; s. 165, ch. 99-397; s. 1, ch. 2016-80; s. 48, ch. 2016-241; s. 43, ch. 2020-133.