The MedsCheck program is a new program under the Fifth Community Pharmacy Agreement. The program aims to improve the use of medicine among Australians by providing an in-pharmacy review of a patient’s medicines by a registered pharmacist.
The program is open to Section 90 community pharmacies and will be available from 1 July 2012.
The MedsCheck program aims to:
- help patients learn more about their medicines including how medicines affect medical conditions
- identify problems patients may be experiencing with their medicines
- improve the effective use of medicines by patients, and
- educate patients about how to best use and store their medicines.
As part of the program registered pharmacists can also provide a Diabetes MedsCheck for patients with Type 2 Diabetes. This review focuses on their diabetes medicines, monitoring devices and self management.
To become an approved MedsCheck service provider you need to be an owner of a Section 90 Pharmacy (this does not include hospitals and Section 94 pharmacies)
You need to submit a Medication Management Review programs service application [PDF, 290Kb] form along with information showing your eligibility for the MedsCheck program to the Department of Human Services (Human Services). The application form must be completed by all owners of the pharmacy.
Pharmacies already approved to provide Home Medicines Reviews (HMR), Residential Medication Management Reviews (RMMR) and/or Quality Use of Medicines (QUM) don’t need to reapply for these programs when applying to become a MedsCheck Service Provider.
Once you have received a letter confirming you have been approved, you can start claiming services under the MedsCheck program. Human Services will start approving applications to from 1 July 2012.
Make sure you have read the Medication Management Review terms and conditions [PDF, 162Kb] before applying.
If you are an approved MedsCheck service provider you can use the MMR change of details form [PDF, 412Kb] to update your details.
The Department of Human Services must approve your application to provide MedsCheck services before you can provide MedsCheck services or receive payment.
The payment rate for a MedsCheck service is $61.02, and $91.53 for a Diabetes MedsCheck service. These amounts are indexed annually.
Claims are to be submitted by completing the MedsCheck claim cover sheet and MedsCheck payment application form, available below in Claiming MedsCheck services.
Once you are an approved MedsCheck service provider you can claim the service fee using the forms below:
- MedsCheck Program Claim cover sheet (8937) [PDF, 147Kb]
- MedsCheck Program payment application (8936) [PDF, 162Kb]
Send the completed forms to:
Community Pharmacy Agreement Officer
Pharmaceutical Benefits Branch
Department of Human Services
PO Box 9826
ADELAIDE SA 5001
Fax: 08 8274 9373
For more information on the MedsCheck program, including patient eligibility rules, frequent asked questions and Professional Practice Guidelines go to health.gov.au
You can also call Human Services on 08 8274 9641* for help with applying or claiming under the MedsCheck program.
*Call charges apply.
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Last updated: 12 July, 2013