If an agency provides medical social work services, such services shall be provided by or under the supervision of a medical social worker and in accordance with the client's plan of care and shall include the following:

(1)           assisting the physician and other members of the health team in understanding the significant social and emotional factors related to the client's health problems;

(2)           assessing social and emotional factors in order to estimate the client's capacity and potential to cope with problems of daily living;

(3)           helping the client and family to understand, accept, and follow medical recommendations and provision of services planned to restore the client to optimum social and health adjustment within their capacity;

(4)           assisting the client and family with personal and environmental difficulties which predispose toward illness or interfere with the client obtaining maximum benefits from medical care; and

(5)           assisting the client and family in the utilization of appropriate community resources.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 131E‑140;

Eff. July 1, 1992;

RRC Objection due to lack of statutory authority Eff. November 16, 1995;

Amended Eff. February 1, 1996;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. June 25, 2016.