8 February Medicare benefits schedule review taskforce - seeking feedback on the draft reports from Primary Care reference groups February 8, 2019 By Andrea Harris-Poddi MBS review 0 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. The Taskforce has established Clinical Committees and Working Groups to undertake clinical reviews of MBS items. Accordingly, the Primary Care Reference Groups (PCRGs) have reviewed 106 MBS items within its remit and made 75 draft recommendations to the Taskforce, based on evidence and clinical expertise, in consultation with relevant stakeholders, which were endorsed for consultation by the Taskforce in late 2018. The Taskforce is now seeking feedback and comments from key stakeholders in the primary care sectors to review the report. You are invited to provide comments and feedback on the report based on your areas of expertise, knowledge and interests. The PCRGs will consider feedback from stakeholders then provide recommendations to the Taskforce in a final Report. The Taskforce considers the Reports from clinical committees and stakeholder feedback before making recommendations to the Minister for Health, for consideration by the Government. Please find attached a letter from Professor Bruce Robinson, Chair, MBS Reviews Taskforce seeking your feedback on the draft reports from Primary Care Reference Groups. The reports will be published on the Department of Health website from Tuesday 5 February 2019. A link to the reports can be found here. Responses can be sent to the Taskforce via email at MBSReviews@health.gov.au. Attached Files PCRGs - Stakeholders' letter 355.58 KB Related What doctor groups want from the aged-care probe The RACGP is calling for the Royal Commission on Aged Care to shine a spotlight on government oversight of the sector, nurse staffing levels and barriers to GP access. Amendments to Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) Urgent after-hour items Changes to the arrangements for Medicare funded urgent after-hours services will take effect on the 1st of January 2019 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. 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. WorkCover QLD Medical table of costs annual review WorkCover Queensland will again review and update the medical fees applicable for workers’ compensation in Queensland on 1 December 2018. This will affect the Medical items table of costs and the Supplementary table of costs for GPs and specialists. My Health Record – Australians to decide on a smarter and safer way to share their important healthcare information By the end of 2018, a My Health Record will be created for every Australian, unless they choose not to have one. If people choose not to have a My Health Record, they will be able to opt out of having one created for them during a three-month period, starting on Monday 16 July and ending on October 15 2018 Comments are closed.