18 December Amendments to Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) Urgent after-hour items December 18, 2018 By Andrea Harris-Poddi Announcement, Department of Health MBS amendments 0 Changes to the arrangements for Medicare funded urgent after-hours services will take effect on the 1st of January 2019 View the announcement from the Department of Health Related Medicare benefits schedule review taskforce - seeking feedback on the draft reports from Primary Care reference groups The MBS Review Taskforce is undertaking a program of work to consider how the more than 5,700 items on the MBS can be aligned with contemporary clinical evidence and practice in order to improve health outcomes for patients and is now seeking feedback and comments from key stakeholders in the primary care sectors to review the report. Reforms to Medicare compliance– firmer but fairer? Law reforms introduced from 1 July 2018 have given Medicare stronger debt recovery powers. The legislation also provides for fairer approaches to compliance, by apportioning responsibility for overpayments between both doctors and their employers or contractors, including public hospitals. Minister for Health, Greg Hunt said the legislation aims to deal with the “very, very small number of outliers” who don’t comply, at the same time acknowledging “the outstanding degree of integrity” among the medical workforce when the Act was being reviewed by Parliament. Independent review of health providers’ access to Medicare card numbers This review examined access by Health professionals to Medicare card numbers by using the Health Professional Online Services (HPOS) system or by calling the Department of Human Services. New education guide for Medicare billing for immunisations Use this new guide as a quick reference to support you with Medicare billing for immunisations. Medicare bulk billing rate hits historic 86.1 per cent A record amount of Australians are visiting their doctor without having to pay a cent with the latest Medicare data confirming almost nine out of every ten services were fully bulk-billed. ALERT - Medicare SMS Scam Be sure to inform all staff and patients about this scam activity and NOT to open any link that requests personal details. Comments are closed.