29 July Independent review of health providers’ access to Medicare card numbers July 29, 2018 By Jasmine Harvey Announcement, Department of Human Services Medicare 0 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. On 10 July 2017, the Australian Government announced an Independent Review of Health Providers’ Access to Medicare Card Numbers (the review). The 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. The review identified options to improve the security of Medicare card numbers within the department’s HPOS system and telephone channel, while continuing to support access to health services without unnecessarily increasing the administrative workload faced by health professionals. The review considered the balance between appropriate access to a patient’s Medicare number for health professionals to confirm Medicare eligibility, with the security of patients’ Medicare card numbers. The department has commenced work on the 14 recommendations contained in the review. They’ve focused on improving the security of access to Medicare card numbers by enhancing their systems and by raising public awareness about the importance of the Medicare card. The department will continue to balance appropriate access for health professionals with the security of patient’s Medicare information. Read more Related 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 My Health Record kits being distributed to Australian healthcare providers The Australian Digital Health Agency is pleased to announce nearly 20,000 My Health Record education kits are being distributed to healthcare providers and Australia Post offices across Australia. The kits will equip providers and Agency partners with information and resources to help them advise all Australians about My Health Record Changes to Health Professional Online Services (HPOS) – September In response to the recommendation made by the ‘Independent Review of Health Providers' Access to Medicare Card Numbers’ the following changes will be made to HPOS in September. Mental Health Care for Transitioning ADF Personnel Eligible ADF members transitioning from Defence will automatically receive a DVA White Card to access DVA-funded mental health care from GPs, psychologists, psychiatrists or other health providers. Australia ahead in personal control of electronic health records An international comparison review of digital health record systems shows My Health Record consumers in Australia have more ability to personally control their digital health information than in similar countries worldwide. Health Workforce Scholarship Applications Now Open (QLD) The Health Workforce Scholarship Program was established in 2017 to provide scholarships and bursaries to eligible remote and rural medical, nursing and allied health professionals, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers, to improve their skills and expand their scope of practice. Comments are closed.