THIS WEEK’S UPDATES

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

From this week onwards, we will be putting together blogs that highlight changes and updates you may need to be aware of.  

This week’s summary includes updates from: 

  • Medicare 
  • RACGP 

 

MEDICARE  

Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) Updates – 

On the 1st of November 2018, the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) will be updated.  

 

The updates affecting General Practice include: 

  • Plastic and reconstructive surgery items, 
  • Skin-prick testing and dermatology items, 
  • GP referrals for respiratory function and sleep studies. 

 

To find out more, please visit the Medicare Benefits Schedule Book – November 2018: http://www.mbsonline.gov.au/internet/mbsonline/publishing.nsf/Content/Downloads-201811 

 

Provider Number Application Forms – 

Medicare have updated their manual application forms as of the 10th of September 2018. All Medical Practitioners applying for Medicare provider numbers and, or prescriber numbers must now use the HW019.1809 form. Any other versions of the application form used may result in your application being rejected. 

 

Here’s where you can find the new form: https://www.humanservices.gov.au/organisations/health-professionals/forms/hw019  

 

Application Processing Times – 

Medicare experiences peak processing times between December and April each year. For General Practitioners looking to apply for a Medical Practitioner Provider Number via a manual application, please make sure you don’t leave it to the last minute.  

During peak processing times Medicare publish their current processing times on the website – https://www.humanservices.gov.au/organisations/health-professionals/services/medicare/medicare-benefits-health-professionals  

  

RACGP  

OSCE  

The 2018.2 OSCE is being held on the 11th of November 2018. For those taking the exam, results will be available from the 17th of December 2018.  

 

AKT & KFP  

Enrolments for 2019.1 AKT & KFP close as of 8pm AEDT on the 16th of November 2018.  The AKT will be held on the 1st of February 2019 with results available on the 27th of March 2019. The KFP will be held on the 23nd of February 2019, with results available on the 20th of March 2019. 

 

Further information about the enrolment periods for RACGP Fellowship exams can be found via the following link: https://www.racgp.org.au/education/imgs/fracgp-exams/exam-enrolment-instructions/enrolment-periods  

  

DO YOU HAVE OTHER QUESTIONS?  

Our team would like to help, contact us directly on admin@peoplemedical.com.au. 

 

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People Medical Consulting are a team of professionals with a passion for guiding those specialising in the Medical industry to find their career pathway and settle into Australia. Working with both Australian trained and Overseas trained professionals, we have extensive experience in Recruitment of General Practitioners and Document Assistance for those requiring support with RACGP, AHPRA, 19AA and 19AB Medicare Exemptions.