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Entries for December 2016

We have received the following information from the Department of Health in response to questions members have asked about provider compliance. In response to any uncertainty regarding bulk billing and record keeping, section 20A of the Health Insurance Act 1973 (the Act) requires the patient recei...

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From 1 January 2017, you’ll need to use your Provider Digital Access (PRODA) account to access Health Professional Online Services (HPOS). Changes to internet browsing software will impact the use of a Medicare Individual Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) certificate to access HPOS. To maintai...

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From the Department of Human Services: If you have a patient who is affected by family and domestic violence, we have a variety of information available that you can use. Family and domestic violence is unacceptable in any form and has a serious impact on individuals, families, the workplace and t...

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The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) 61st meeting Bulletin has been published online. The Bulletin provides a summary of the key points considered by ATAGI at the most recent meeting in October and is available on the Immunise Australia website.  More Information
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Australian researchers may have come closer to taking the mystery out of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, the death of otherwise healthy babies, that are often ruled "undetermined". An Australian study of about 30 babies who died from SIDS, or cot death, has discovered they have decreased levels of ...

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A comprehensive new education program and value-adding resources to support pharmacists working in general practice have been launched by the peak national body for pharmacists, the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA).  Read More (Source: Pharmaceutical Society of Australia)  ...

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The Australian summertime drill seems simple enough: slip on a shirt, slop on some sunscreen and slap on a hat. But if you have ever found yourself staring back at a regretful, hyper-sensitive, pink-skinned version of yourself in the mirror thinking "that sunscreen didn't work as well as it shoul...

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The new deadline for applications for stage one of Health Care Homes is now Thursday 22 December, 2016. General practices and Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS) in selected regions have an extra week to apply for stage one of Health Care Homes.   The ten selected regions...

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Practices participating in the Practice Incentives Program (PIP) Digital Health Incentive are reminded that they have until January 31 2017 to meet their cumulative quota for Shared Health Summary (SHS) uploads for the last three quarters. The Department of Health has advised those practices that do...

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Do you have employees in Victoria? If you answered yes to the above question, there has been a recent change to the Christmas Day public holiday that will impact on pay and entitlements for those employees working in Victoria.  What is the change? The Victorian Government has declared ...

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