Clinical Social Work Practice Tools:
PQRS & Measurement


Clinical Social Work Practice Update - 2008 Medicare Bonus Incentive Program For Clinical Social Workers

Mirean Coleman, MSW, LICSW, CT

Jun 03, 2008

A quality reporting system for Medicare providers was established by the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006 (TRHCA). The program is known as the Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI) and was first implemented during the period of July 1, 2007 through December 31, 2007. 

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Clinical Social Work Practice Update - Urgent Need For Clinical Social Workers And Agencies Who Are Medicare Providers

Mirean Coleman, MSW, LICSW, CT

Apr 28, 2008

Since 2007, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has been developing quality measures to improve the quality of services performed by Medicare providers.  Three quality measures were developed and approved for use by clinical social workers in 2008; and four additional quality measures have been proposed for use by clinical social workers beginning January 1, 2009. 

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Clinical Social Work Practice Update - Measures For Substance Use Disorders Available For Comment By Clinical Social Workers And Other Providers

Mirean Coleman, MSW, LICSW, CT

Apr 28, 2008

The American Medical Association Physician Consortium (AMA/PCPI) for Performance Improvements has released for public comment the Substance Use Disorders Measurement Set.  These measures were developed by an expert work group that included a multidisciplinary group of professionals from social work, psychiatry, addiction medicine, primary care, government, health plans, pain medicine, and substance use counseling communities. 

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Clinical Social Work Practice Update - 2007 Medicare Bonus Incentive Program for Clinical Social Workers

Mirean Coleman, MSW, LICSW, CT

Sep 01, 2007

Under the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006, (P. L. 109–432, December 20, 2006) the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) established the 2007 Physician Quality Reporting Initiative, known as PQRI. This program creates a financial incentive for clinical social workers and other health care professionals to participate in an  optional quality reporting program.

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