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Last Modified: 9/3/2021 Location: FL, PR, USVI Business: Part A, Part B

Clinical social worker (CSW)

Qualification requirements

Clinical social workers (CSW) must meet all of the following criteria to provide services for Medicare beneficiaries:
Master’s degree or doctorate in social work
Performed at least two years of supervised clinical social work
Meets one of the following licensure or certification criteria
Licensed or certified as a clinical social worker by the state in which the services are performed
If a CSW practices in a state that does not provide for licensure or certification, he or she has completed at least two years or 3,000 hours of post-master’s degree supervised clinical social work practice under the supervision of a master’s-level social worker in an appropriate setting such as a hospital, skilled nursing facility (SNF), or clinic.

Documentation requirements and recommendations

Completed CMS-855I form external pdf file
Note: To expedite the processing of your provider enrollment application, you may use the internet-based PECOS external link, which will automatically select the appropriate form and allow you to complete the application process online.
Signed and dated certification statement -- all signatures must be original and signed in ink (blue ink preferred). Stamped, faxed, or copied signatures will not be accepted.
Note: If you submitted your application through internet-based PECOS, you may sign the application electronically or you must submit your paper certification statement within 15 days of your electronic submission.
Completed Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) Authorization Agreement (CMS-588) external pdf file and associated documentation (e.g., copy of a voided check and/or a deposit slip). Please click here for more information.
Note: If a provider/supplier already receives payments electronically and is not making a change to his/her banking information, the CMS-588 is not required. In addition, physicians and non-physician practitioners who are reassigning their benefits to another entity are not required to submit the CMS-588.
Include copies of the following supporting documents:
A notarized copy or a certified “true copy” of the practitioner’s state medical license:
A notarized copy must include the stamp that states “official seal” and the name of the notary public as well as the state, county, and date the notary’s commission expires.
A certified “true copy” of an original document has a raised seal that identifies the state and county in which it originated or is stored.
Note: A provider/supplier located in Puerto Rico or U.S. Virgin Islands must include a copy of his or her Letter of Good Standing. The letters for Puerto Rico providers/suppliers will be considered valid if it was issued within 12 months of First Coast’s receipt of the enrollment application. The letters for U.S. Virgin Islands providers/suppliers will be considered valid if it was issued within six months of First Coast’s receipt of the enrollment application.
Certificate of completion, transcript, and/or diploma from accredited educational program(s) required for certification and/or licensure (please refer to Qualification requirements section at the top of the page.)

Additional documentation requirements (when applicable)

Medicare may require additional documentation, when applicable, to validate key information contained within the enrollment application (e.g., name change, tax identification number, proof of citizenship) or to address specific issues that could adversely affect a practitioner’s potential eligibility for enrollment (e.g., adverse legal actions, financial relationships).
Driver’s license
Social Security card
Marriage license
U.S. passport
NPI verification from National Plan and Provider Enumeration System (NPPES) -- only durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies (DMEPOS) suppliers are required to submit this type of documentation
Written confirmation from the IRS verifying provider’s TIN is associated with the provider’s legal business name (e.g., IRS CP 575)
Final adverse action documentation: Please include copies of legal documents associated with any final adverse action(s) taken against the provider as well as copies of any the legal documents showing its resolution (e.g., notifications, reinstatement letters).
Note: Documents containing a summary of the adverse actions taken or their resolution will not be accepted.
Statement in writing from the practitioner’s bank (or other financial institution) -- if Medicare payments will be sent to a practitioner’s bank with which he or she has a lending relationship (i.e., any type of loan), then the practitioner must provide a statement in writing from the bank -- which must be specified in the loan agreement -- that the lender has agreed to waive its right of offset for Medicare receivables.


Clinical social workers are reimbursed from the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) at 75 percent of the rate allowed when a physician performs the service, subject to a 20 percent coinsurance. See external pdf file, section 150.
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