Section 8. Payment for Services. (1) A social worker shall ensure that a client is informed of the fee and billing arrangement before rendering a service.
(2) A social worker shall not bill, or permit a client or third party to be billed. for a social work service if he knows that the service was:
(a) Not provided;
(b) Improperly provided;
(c) Provided by another individual who is not identified on the billing statement; or
(3) A social worker shall not offer or accept payment or other compensation for referral of a client.
(4) A social worker shall not accept a form of remuneration for a service that involves the bartering of services.
(5) A social worker may take legal measures to collect a fee if:
(a) A client does not pay the agreed fee for a rendered service; and
(b) The social worker:
1. Gives reasonable advance notice to the client; and
2. Does not release more information about the client than is necessary to collect the fee.
- Kentucky Legislature. Title 201, Chapter 23: 080 Board of Social Work. 2018 Kentucky Administrative Regulations. Section 8. Payment for Services.
Peer-Reviewed Journal Article References:
DeMuth, N. M., & Kamis, E. (1980). Fees and therapy: Clarification of the relationship of payment source to service utilization. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 48(6), 793–795.
Nielsen, M., & Levkovich, N. (2019). Promoting health payment reform literacy: Does integrated care save money? Families, Systems, & Health, 37(1), 74–83.
Yoken, C., & Berman, J. S. (1984). Does paying a fee for psychotherapy alter the effectiveness of treatment? Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 52(2), 254–260.
Ethics CEU QUESTION
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