Practice Incentives Program quarterly news update
You can save time by managing your Practice Incentives Program (PIP) information online through Health Professional Online Services (HPOS). You can:
- apply for the PIP
- apply for new PIP incentives
- register patients for the Indigenous Health Incentive
- confirm which doctors are linked to your practice, and
- view your PIP payment history.
You can also use HPOS to manage your Practice Nurse Incentive Program (PNIP) information. Use it to:
- apply for the PNIP
- review your PNIP payment advices
- maintain practice and provider details
- update your practice details, and
- receive information updates.
If your practice details change, you can update them:
- online through HPOS. Changes made through HPOS are immediate and can be made up to, and on, the relevant point-in-time date
- by completing the PIP and GPII Change of Practice Details [PDF, 319Kb] form, or
- by advising us in writing no later than seven days before the relevant point-in-time date.
Go to the PIP guidelines for more information.
The 'point in time' eligibility assessment dates and Standardised Whole Patient Equivalent (SWPE) reference periods for each quarterly payment are in the below table.
|Quarterly payment month||Point in time assessment of eligibility||SWPE value reference period|
|February||31 January||1 October to 30 September|
|May||30 April||1 January to 31 December|
|August||31 July||1 April to 31 March|
|November||31 October||1 July to 30 June|
Your practice will need a Department of Human Services Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) Individual Certificate to access HPOS. To register for a PKI certificate and access HPOS, go to HPOS logon page on our website.
For help with PKI certificates and HPOS, call our eBusiness Service Centre on 1800 700 199 **.
When you get a Department of Human Services PKI Individual Certificate, you need to tell us your Registration Authority (RA) number so you can access PIP Online through HPOS.
You can find the RA number on the card attached to your PKI Individual Certificate.
You can record and send us your RA number on the PIP and GPII Application [PDF, 710Kb] or the PIP and GPII Individual General Practitioner Details [PDF, 209Kb] forms.
From 1 February 2013, four new requirements were introduced for the PIP eHealth Incentive, with a fifth requirement to be introduced from 1 May 2013.
The new eligibility requirements are outlined in the PIP eHealth Incentive guidelines [PDF, 822Kb].
Practices are reminded that from 1 May 2013 they also need to meet the fifth requirement—personally controlled electronic health (eHealth) record system—to be eligible for payments.
To help you meet the new requirements, go to the PIP eHealth Incentive Implementation Overview documents at nehta.gov.au/pip
To apply for the PIP eHealth Incentive:
You can apply for the PIP eHealth Incentive May quarterly payment up until 24 April 2013.
Eligible practices will get their final After Hours Incentive payment in August 2013 for the period 1 May to 30 June 2013.
From 1 July 2013, Medicare Locals will work with local GPs, health professionals and the community to fund and support after hours services that best meet community needs.
Contact your Medicare Local to discuss future after hours arrangements in your region.
For more information, and contact details for each Medicare Local, go to yourhealth.gov.au.
Final payments will be made to eligible practices in May 2013.
If you notify the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register of completed vaccinations after we’ve done the May 2013 quarterly assessment of immunisation status, you’ll get an adjusted recalculation payment in August 2013.
For more information on recalculation payments, go to the GPII guidelines [PDF, Kb].
Re-register your Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients for 2013 using PIP Online through HPOS. It’s quick and easy, and you don’t need to send us any paperwork. It also tells you straight away whether you’ve successfully registered your patients.
If you register your patients online you don’t need to send us the patient consent form, but you must keep it on file at your practice.
Your practice will need a Department of Human Services PKI Individual Certificate to access HPOS. To register for a PKI certificate and access HPOS, go to the HPOS logon page on our website.
Make sure you use the new form to register or re-register patients—the Indigenous Health Incentive and PBS Co-payment Measure Patient Registration and Consent [PDF, 205Kb] form. To register multiple patients, use the new Indigenous Health Incentive and PBS Co-payment Measure multiple patient registration and consent [PDF, 267Kb] form.
They’re available on the Forms and guidelines page on our website.
Department of Human Services
Practice Incentives Program
GPO Box 2572
ADELAIDE SA 5001
Phone: 1800 222 032** 8.30 am to 5.00 pm Monday to Friday, Australian Central Standard Time.
Fax: 1300 587 696*
*Call charges apply.
**Call charges apply from mobile and pay phones only.
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Last updated: 3 May, 2013