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New NASW Practice Alert: Home Health

Chris Herman, MSW, LICSW

NASW Senior Practice Associate – Aging

Home Health: NASW Advocacy for Telehealth During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Clarifications Regarding the Patient-Driven Groupings Model

The Medicare home health benefit, which includes medical social services, has long been essential to beneficiaries living with acute, chronic, and advanced health conditions. Access to home health services is of utmost importance during the coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. This Practice Alert provides an overview of the Medicare home health benefit; describes NASW’s advocacy on behalf of both home health social workers and beneficiaries served during the COVID-19 pandemic; and clarifies the status of home health social work under the Patient-Driven Groupings Model.

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