For health professionals
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- The eHealth record system can help deliver more efficient health care
- Access through HPOS
- Renewing your Medicare PKI certificate
- Don’t hold on to your Fifth Community Pharmacy Agreement incentive payment claims until mid month
- Changes to Telehealth program
- Changes to the Medicare Teen Dental Plan
- Ordering PBS stationery
- Pharmacists - Annotating prescriptions to clarify a prescriber’s intention
- Check System Status
- Provider percentile charts
- Forum - for general practitioners, specialists and allied health professionals
- Bulletin Board - for pharmacists
The 2013-14 Budget was handed down on Tuesday, 14 May 2013. Details of the Budget measures including questions and answers are now available on the 2013-14 Budget page.
The personally controlled electronic health record system (eHealth) gives you an electronic summary of your patient’s key health information, taken from their existing records.
The eHealth record system will give you better access to patient information like medications, test results and allergies or treatments—meaning better, safer and more efficient care.
MBS items are available for use in the creation of shared health and event summaries. Health professionals will be able to bill the MBS for preparing both shared health summaries and event summaries as part of a consultation. In deciding which item to bill, health professionals will only have to consider the reasonable time it would take—not the complexity of the consultation.
To register your practice for the eHealth record system, go to the eHealth website.
If your practice is registered for the Healthcare Identifiers (HI) Service and has an active Healthcare Provider Identifier—Organisation (HPI-O) number, you can use HPOS to access the eHealth record system organisation registration services.
Note: HI Service Responsible Officers (ROs) and Seed Organisation Maintenance Officers (OMOs) must have either performed an Evidence of Identity check with the HI Service or be recorded as a known customer to perform these functions.
As a HI RO or Seed OMO, you can:
- apply to register your organisation for the eHealth record system
- set access flags against registered organisations for the eHealth record system, and
- accept the eHealth record system organisation participation agreement
As a HI Service RO or OMO, you can give health professionals, with a Healthcare Provider Identifier-Individual number, access to the eHealth Record Provider Portal by recording an authorisation link.
Note: OMOs must have authorisation rights over an organisation to perform this function.
If you have renewed your Medicare PKI certificate, you must install the software on the CD that was sent with your certificate for it to work.
Fifth Community Pharmacy Agreement (5CPA) incentive payment claims and paperwork should be sent throughout the month to help avoid unnecessary delays during peak times. This will help make sure all payments are processed in the agreed timeframe.
On 1 January 2013 the geographic eligibility criteria for telehealth Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) items changed.
To find out if this affects you, go to MBS Online.
For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Medicare Teen Dental Plan will be replaced with the Child Dental Benefits Schedule from 1 January 2014.
Eligible teens will be able to access the Medicare Teen Dental Plan until 31 December 2013. Benefits will continue to be paid for services provided to eligible teenagers before the date of closure.
The Child Dental Benefits Schedule provides capped benefit entitlement for basic dental services for children aged 2-17 in families who meet a means test. The means test will be the same as the existing Medicare Teen Dental Plan, which requires receipt of Family Tax Benefit Part A or other certain government payments.
Services for basic essential dental treatment, such as check-ups, x-rays, fillings and extractions will be included, and patients will have access to dental benefit entitlements capped (indexed annually) over a two calendar year period. For 2014, the benefit is capped at $1000 per child.
More information is available on the Department of Health website.
The Camerons Group is the contracted supplier of PBS stationery.
If you order stationery through us, continue to do so using the same PBS stationery ordering contact details.
If you're an approved community pharmacy, private hospital pharmacy or participating public hospital and order directly through the stationery supplier, you can order or make enquiries through The Camerons Group. Their contact details are on the PBS page.
If you’re a stoma association or paraquad association, you can fax your order to The Camerons Group.
For more information about ordering PBS stationery go to the PBS page.
When something isn’t clear on a PBS prescription, and getting a new prescription will delay the customer’s treatment, you can call the prescriber to clarify their intentions. You may then annotate the prescription in line with the prescriber’s intentions.
More information about Annotating prescriptions to clarify a prescriber's intention is available on our website.
The system status pages that are accessible via the links below will assist you to identify whether the relevant systems are currently available at Medicare Australia. Each of the status pages contain a Service Announcements section for important messages and a section on how to interpret the details of the status page.
Provider percentile charts show the number of services billed by peer groups for selected MBS items. You can use these charts to compare your billing data with your peers.
Last updated: 6 December, 2013