THIS WEEK’S UPDATES

Our team aim to keep our network of General Practitioners up to date with changes in the industry.  

 

This week’s summary includes updates from: 

  • Doctor Connect  
  • Medicare  
  • RACGP – PEP 
  • The Medical Board of Australia / AHPRA  

 

 

DOCTORCONNECT  

Have You Checked DWS Recently? – 

DWS location are updated on the DoctorConnet website each year. Traditionally this happens in the month of February, however dates for changes to DWS are not published. 

 

It’s recommended that you check your practice location on the DWS map a few times this month, in case the DWS status changes. 

 

DWS Map: http://www.doctorconnect.gov.au/internet/otd/publishing.nsf/Content/locator  

 

 

MEDICARE  

Medicare Provider Number Applications – 

Due to current volumes of applications, Medicare Provider Number applications are taking roughly 20 business days to be processed. Please note, applications are processed from the date of receipt.  

 

To check Medicare’s current processing dates, visit the Medicare website – https://www.humanservices.gov.au/organisations/health-professionals/enablers/applying-medicare-provider-number/45781  

 

 

Upcoming System Maintenance for HPOS & AIR Site – 

Across February and March there will be system maintenance for HPOS & AIR sites. This will mean at times access to some reports from HPOS and the AIR site will not be available.  

 

During the upgrade, the following reports will not be able to be accessed: 

  • AIR010A – Due/Overdue Immunisation Practice Report 
  • AIR021A – Due/Overdue Report – by Medicare GP 
  • Medicare Easyclaim Reports 
  • DVA Webclaim Reports  
  • Medicare Webclaim Reports 

 

For more information, see Medicare’s website – https://www.humanservices.gov.au/organisations/health-professionals/news/systems-maintenance-hpos-and-air-site-what-it-means-you  

 

 

RACGP 

Practice Experience Program (PEP) 01/07/2019 Intake 

Applications for the 1st of July 2019’s intake is currently open and will close as of 8pm AEST on the 29th of March 2019. Placements for this intake will be limited to 200, successful participants will incur a cost of $2,000.00 per term.  

 

You can find the PEP eligibility criteria for participants or practices, please see the RACGP website – https://www.racgp.org.au/education/imgs/fellowship-pathways/practice-experience-program . Applications are also made via RACGP online.  

 

 

Practice Experience Program (PEP) 01/01/2020 Intake 

Applications for the 2020 intake are also open from today (18/02/2019) until the 15th of March 2019. However, there are a few changes to be aware of: 

  1. Placements for 2020 intake will be unlimited 
  2. Applicants will be required to complete a PEP Entry Assessment (PEPEA) 
  3. RACGP have released dates for PEPEA Entry Assessment dates for Jan 2020, May 2020 and August 2020 
  4. In addition to the $2,000.00 fee per term, there will also be an Entry Assessment fee of $725.00 payable 

 

 

AHPRA / THE MEDICAL BOARD OF AUSTRALIA 

Profession-specific Annual Report – 

A new report summary has been released to showcase the Medical Board of Australia’s regulation work over the past 12 months up until the 30th of June 2018.  

 

This report includes data collected via AHPRA on the following topics: 

  • Number of registration applications,  
  • audit outcomes and segmentation of the registrant, including: 
  • Gender  
  • Age 
  • Registration type 
  • Specialty and  
  • Principal place of practice 
  • Notifications information, such as: 
  • Number of complaints or concerns received,  
  • Matters opened and closed during the year,  
  • Types of complaint,  
  • Monitoring and compliance, and  
  • Matters involving immediate action. 

 

To access a copy of this report, please visit the AHPRA website –  https://www.medicalboard.gov.au/News/2019-02-14-profession-specific-report-published.aspx . 

 

 

Complementary and Unconventional Medicine and Emerging Treatments – 

Currently, the Medical Board of Australia is consulting on options to more clearly regulate Medical Practitioners who provide complementary and unconventional medicine and emerging treatments, via proposed draft guidelines.  

 

The draft guidance for Medical Practitioners who provide complementary and unconventional medicine and emerging treatments spans knowledge and skills, conflicts of interest, informed consent, assessment and diagnosis, treatment, patient management, advertising, research and advancing knowledge. 

 

Take a look at the draft guidelines: https://www.medicalboard.gov.au/News/Current-Consultations.aspx . You can also provide a written submission with feedback to medboardconsultations@ahpra.gov.au by close of business on the 12th of April 2019.  

 

 

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