Social Work Month 2015
“Social Work Paves the Way for Change”
It’s hard to believe that a year has gone by since we last wished Social Workers a Happy Social Work Month. This year the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) selected the theme “Social Work Paves the Way for Change” and having had the privilege of working with some exceptional social workers as a co-worker and as a family member I could not agree more.
The NASW was founded in 1955 and this year marks their 60th anniversary. According to the NASQ the theme this year “was selected to convey what NASW and the social work profession have done over the past six decades to bring about positive changes in society and for individuals.”
Best said by this association here are reasons why Social Workers make a difference:
“Social workers have worked to improve the rights of women, African Americans and other ethnic minorities, and the LGBT community. They have also pushed to strengthen the social safety net through programs such as Medicaid, Medicare, and the Affordable Care Act, and advocated for social justice initiatives such as the Voting Rights Act and the Community Mental Health Act.
Social workers also make a difference in the day-to-day lives of millions of Americans by helping to build, support and empower positive family and community relationships. For example, they work in schools helping students overcome obstacles to their education; they work in hospitals helping patients navigate their paths to recovery; and they work in agencies and organizations helping protect vulnerable children and adults from abuse and neglect.
Social workers—more than any other profession—recognize that more must be done to address persistent social problems such as poverty, lack of education and health care access, and discrimination based on gender, race, sexuality, or income. And they know that all people, no matter their circumstance, at some time in their lives may need the expertise of a skilled social worker.
Positive social change is never complete. It’s a work in progress.”
For the past two years we have taken this month long celebration as an opportunity to provide available resources to assist with discharge planning. This year we have again updated the list and added a couple of new resources.
Resources Available to Assist Acute Care Hospital Social Workers:
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) provides several educational resources to assist in the Discharge Planning Process. A few examples include:
- Resources for You:
- Discharge Planning
- Communicating with Your Medicare Patients
- Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Prospective Payment System Fact Sheet
- Skilled Nursing Facility Prospective Payment Fact Sheet
- Swing Bed Services Fact Sheet
- Quick Reference Information: Home Health Services
- Hospice Payment System Fact Sheet
- Mental Health Services
- Medicare Ambulance Transports
- Resources for your patients
From all of us at MMP, Happy Social Worker Month!
Article by Beth Cobb
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