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Almost 200 practices and Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS) around Australia are now providing Health Care Home services to patients with chronic and complex conditions. The stage one trial of Health Care Homes will run until November 2019. Health Care Homes are existing gener...

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Here’s a reminder of how to use the form upload function in Health Professional Online Services (HPOS).   The form upload function is a secure service in HPOS. Health professionals can use HPOS to send a selection of forms and supporting documents directly to the Department of Human Ser...

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It is easier to spread the influenza virus (flu) than previously thought, according to a new University of Maryland-led study. People commonly believe that they can catch the flu by exposure to droplets from an infected person’s coughs or sneezes or by touching contaminated surfaces. But, new...

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Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) Online payments due on Friday 26 January 2018 will be a day earlier. Payments made on Thursday 25 January 2018 will cover the period Thursday 11 January 2018 to Wednesday 17 January 2018. Payments we make on Thursday 25 January 2018 will cover the period Th...

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The Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) and Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) contain complex information.   The Department of Human Services have a range of eLearning and education guides to help you when billing and claiming MBS item numbers and when prescribing, dispensing and claiming und...

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Under the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) you can claim bulk bill incentive items if you meet the eligibility requirements.   All GPs – whether vocationally registered or not – can claim bulk bill incentive items on eligible unreferred services.   Specialists and cons...

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The Health Care Homes Care team handbook has been designed to introduce the Health Care Home model to health care providers who are outside the Health Care Home, and members of the patient care team. It aims to explain how care delivered by general practices or Aboriginal Controlled Community Health...

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Travelling to access specialist services often places a large burden for patients in Rural areas. Flying Doctor Telehealth offers the opportunity for patients to access specialist services, without leaving their community. Flying Doctor Telehealth offers access to Bulk Billed Endocrinology, Respira...

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If you would like to recognise a nurse hero, look no further than the APNA Nurse Awards 2018. The awards, APNA Nurse of the Year and APNA Recently Graduated Nurse of the Year, recognise primary health care nurses who excel in their roles and communities. For more information on the 2018 APNA Nurse ...

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Cervical screening is not recommended in the renewed program for women under 25 years. Some women under 25 will present with an expectation for screening, having had previous Pap tests. Pathology Laboratories are reporting that a significant number of samples are being submitted from women und...

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