What's new?

July 2014

Improvements will be made to the way some PBS medicines are processed under the Highly Specialised Drugs Programme from 1 July 2015.

What is new in PIP

Update on forms – July 2014

We have combined the PIP and GPII Individual General Practitioner Details form (2746) and PNIP Individual GP Details form.

The new combination form is called Practice Incentives Individual general practitioner or nurse practitioner details (IP003). From now, you will only need to complete the one form for the PIP and/or PNIP when joining a practice.

The old versions of the PIP and GPII Individual General Practitioner Details form (2746) and PNIP Individual GP Details form will not be accepted for processing after 31 January 2015.

The old version of the Indigenous Health Incentive Patient registration form (8943) will not be accepted for processing after 30 October 2014.

The new form is available from Forms and guidelines.

If the old versions of these forms are submitted after these dates they will be returned to the practice.

Changes to the Practice Incentives Program – Teaching Payment May 2014

From 1 January 2015, the Practice Incentives Program (PIP) Teaching Payment will increase from $100 to $200 for each 3 hour teaching session for undergraduate and graduate medical students preparing for entry into the Australian medical profession.

Teaching sessions carried out before 1 January 2015 will receive $100 for each 3 hour session.

Who will be affected by this measure?

This measure will affect practices that currently claim the PIP Teaching Payment and new practices seeking to join the program.

Is my practice eligible for this measure?

Practices are eligible for PIP Teaching Payments for teaching sessions that are:

  • provided by a GP from a practice participating in the PIP when the teaching session took place
  • provided to a student enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate medical course accredited by the Australian Medical Council. The course must be at an Australian university that is preparing the student for entry into the Australian medical profession and the teaching session must be part of the student’s core curriculum. The student must also be studying at an Australian-based campus
  • provided by a GP who is responsible for the teaching session, including those sessions provided outside the practice, such as home visits and consultations in hospitals or aged care facilities, and
  • a minimum of 3 hours in length

Teaching sessions are not payable:

  • for registrars and junior doctors, nursing, allied health or pharmacy students, and
  • if the supervising GP is paid for teaching activities through other Australian Government funded teaching programs. To clarify which teaching programs apply please contact us

Practices can claim a maximum of 2 sessions per GP, per calendar day. There is no limit on the number of students per teaching session.

For information about the claiming process or to view the PIP Teaching Payment guidelines go to the Practice Incentives Program page.

You can also email pip@humanservices.gov.au or call the PIP enquiry line on 1800 222 032 (call charges apply from mobile phones) Monday to Friday, between 8:30am and 5:00pm, Australian Central Standard Time.

Change to how you view your PIP Teaching Payment claims history – January 2014

You can now access detailed listings of your practice’s teaching sessions through Health Professional Online Services (HPOS) in the Incentive Summary screen. This information can be used to reconcile against your practice records. You can view all teaching claims for your practice, submit a new claim and withdraw any claims waiting for payment.

Previously practices received a letter with details of the teaching sessions provided under the Teaching Payment. From 1 May 2014 we will no longer send these letters, as this information is now available through HPOS. You will continue to receive payment advices each quarter with the total amount paid for the Teaching Payment.

To register for HPOS, you must have a Medicare Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) Individual Certificate linked to the practice. A PKI certificate ensures information submitted through our online service is secure. If the practice does not have a PKI Individual Certificate, the practice owner or authorised contact can apply for one and register for HPOS by filling in the registration form.

Changes to the PIP Teaching Payment claim form – January 2014

We have updated the Practice Incentives Program Teaching Payment claim [PDF, 190Kb]PDF reader required form. Practices can now claim teaching sessions using this form.

Changes have been made to the ‘Certification by university’ section of the form. Universities will need to complete questions 1 to 8, prior to endorsing it with the university stamp.

For more information email pip@humanservices.gov.auEmail, or call the PIP enquiry line on 1800 222 032 (call charges apply from mobile phones) Monday to Friday, between 8:30 am and 5:00 pm, Australian Central Standard Time.

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Last updated: 25 July, 2014