The federal laws and regulations of Medical Social Services for home health agencies consists of the following: § 484.34 Condition of participation: Medical social services. If the agency furnishes medical social services, those services are given by a qualified social worker or by a qualified social work assistant under the supervision of a qualified social worker, and in accordance with the plan of care. The social worker assists the physician and other team members in understanding the significant social and emotional factors related to the health problems, participates in the development of the plan of care, prepares clinical and progress notes, works with the family, uses appropriate community resources, participates in discharge planning and in-service programs, and acts as a consultant to other agency personnel.
The Indiana State laws and rules form medical social services for home health agencies consists basically of: A social worker licensed under IC 25-23.6 or a social work assistant are health care professionals. “Social worker” means a person who has a master’s degree from a school of social work accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, and who has one (1) year of social work experience in a health care setting. “Social work assistant” means an individual who has a baccalaureate degree in psychology, sociology, or other field related to social work, and has had at least one (1) year of social work experience in a health care setting and is supervised by a social worker.
Scope of services: Any social services furnished by the home health agency, shall be provided by a social worker, or a social work assistant under the supervision of a social worker, and in accordance with the medical plan of care. The social worker shall do the following:
(1) Assist the physician and other team members in understanding the significant social and emotional factors related to the
(2) Participate in the development of the plan of care.
(3) Prepare clinical and progress notes.
(4) Work with the family.
(5) Use appropriate community resources.
(6) Participate in discharge planning and in-service programs.
(7) Act as a consultant to other home health agency personnel.
(8) Accept and carry out physician orders for social work services.
At Assured Home Healthcare we realize the importance when the time may require the need for a medical social worker. Patients and their families may need assistance with resources when social and emotional factors are a concern with the patient’s health status. Situations that have required MSW at Assured Home Healthcare are, but not limited to:
- When a patient lives alone and their is a lack of family participation, a MSW will be able to find appropriate community resources.
- When the patient and family may need assistance with a power of attorney, living will, or other legal documents to prepare when the patient may become unable to represent himself or herself due to the medical condition.
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