Social Workers Define Role in the Future of Healthcare, Allsup Reports

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National Social Work Month highlights future of profession, upcoming annual conference on Oct. 2-5

Allsup celebrates social workers for their ability to transform the profession by developing programs across healthcare settings that accommodate the needs of a changing public.

March 6, 2013—Social workers are versatile professionals who have the ability to adapt to the changing landscape of healthcare, according to the Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care (SSWLHC). During National Social Work Month in March, Allsup, a nationwide provider of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) representation, veterans disability appeal and Medicare plan selection services, celebrates social workers for their ability to transform the profession by developing programs across healthcare settings that accommodate the needs of a changing public.

“Social workers in healthcare have and will continue to play a pivotal role in the lives of patients and families,” said Carol Maxwell, former president of the SSWLHC. “Through their expertise, knowledge, and experience, social workers are able to help patients and families navigate complex healthcare systems throughout the continuum of care options available. Through education and awareness, social workers also help patients and families be their own best advocates for their healthcare needs. Partnering with agencies such as Allsup is yet another way in which healthcare social workers promote patient advocacy.”

Social work professionals nationwide will gather in Philadelphia on Oct. 2-5, 2013, for the SSWLHC’s 48th annual meeting and conference. The theme of the conference is “Social Work: Essential to the Future of Health Care.”

The SSWLHC conference will explore the relevance of social workers in the future of healthcare, with an emphasis on leadership skills at all levels of the healthcare continuum. Participating professionals can benefit from educational sessions that emphasize techniques and skills for daily application. Benefits include training designed to help social workers manage change and enhance their understanding and application of recent trends.

Allsup commends all social workers for their role in bringing a range of creative and innovative techniques to use at their organizations. Social workers can download free posters highlighting National Social Work Month at

For more information on understanding Social Security Disability Insurance or receiving patient resource materials, please contact Karen Hercules-Doerr at (800) 854-1418, ext. 65770

For information on the SSWLHC, please contact Carol Frazier Maxwell at (501) 364-6531.

The Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care is an association of 1,200 members, in the United States and worldwide, dedicated to promoting the universal availability, accessibility, coordination, and effectiveness of healthcare that addresses the psychosocial components of health and illness. For more information, visit

Allsup is a nationwide provider of Social Security disability, veterans disability appeal, Medicare and Medicare Secondary Payer compliance services for individuals, employers and insurance carriers. Founded in 1984, Allsup employs more than 800 professionals who deliver specialized services supporting people with disabilities and seniors so they may lead lives that are as financially secure and as healthy as possible. The company is based in Belleville, Ill., near St. Louis. For more information, go to or visit Allsup on Facebook at

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