Use of nonphysician providers in the Medicare program: assessment of The Direct Reimbursement of Clinical Social Workers Demonstration Project.

@article{Haber1989UseON,
  title={Use of nonphysician providers in the Medicare program: assessment of The Direct Reimbursement of Clinical Social Workers Demonstration Project.},
  author={Sandra Haber and Nancy McCall},
  journal={Inquiry : a journal of medical care organization, provision and financing},
  year={1989},
  volume={26 2},
  pages={158-69}
}
Rising Medicare costs and concern about inadequate access to physician services have prompted interest in extending independent practitioner status to nonphysician providers. This paper reviews the findings from a demonstration project that tested whether recognizing clinical social workers (CSWs) as independent practitioners in the Medicare program would be a cost-effective method to improve access to needed mental health services. The demonstration showed little impact on access and no clear… CONTINUE READING

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