Opting Out of Medicare as a Clinical Social Worker

Mirean Coleman, MSW, LICSW, CT

Clinical Social Work

Practice Perspectives

2011

NASW members are seeking reimbursement clarifications when performing psychotherapy services to Medicare Part B beneficiaries who do not wish to use their Medicare benefits. In such situations, a clinical social worker may opt-out of Medicare. Opting out means that the clinical social worker cannot bill Medicare for any services they provide for a two year period. Instead, reimbursement is received from the Medicare beneficiary under the terms of a private contract.

Members Only

Members only content keeps NASW Members current with the latest practice information and social work trends.

Join NASW Today

About Practice Perspectives

NASW Practice Perspectives are valuable members-only resources that provide insight on trends affecting social work practice.

View all Practice Tools


http://www.socialworkers.org/practice/practice_tools/opting_out_of_medicare.asp
6/22/2017
National Association of Social Workers, 750 First Street, NE • Suite 800, Washington, DC 20002
NASW Member Services 800-742-4089 Mon-Fri 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. ET or membership@naswdc.org
©2017 National Association of Social Workers. All Rights Reserved.
  • Update Your Profile in the Member Center
  • Login