9 August MedicalDirector: Runner-up on Most Innovative Companies List 2018 August 9, 2018 By Danielle Cranefield Announcement, General 0 Clinical management software provider MedicalDirector has been named the second most innovative company in the Australian Financial Review’s 100 Most Innovative Companies list for 2018, with the company also taking out the top award in the Best Business Model Innovation category for its cloud product, Helix. MedicalDirector’s Helix platform provides GPs with access to their patient’s health information on any device in a secure, encrypted environment and allows information to flow within healthcare organisations and hospitals. Read more (Source: Healthcare IT News) Related 1 July 2018 MBS Changes The Department of Human Health adds 1 July 2018 Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) changes to our health professional education resources. 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. Pregnancy Warning Posters Misleading and Inaccurate Thousands of posters warning pregnant women about the dangers of alcohol have had to be removed from the walls of hospitals and GP clinics around the country. Improved Medicare Compliance: Changes to Legislation On 1 July 2018 changes occured to the Health Insurance Act 1973, the Dental Benefits Act 2008 and the National Health Act 1953, through the Health Legislation Amendment (Improved Medicare Compliance and Other Measures) Act 2018 (the Act). 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. GP incentives increased to enrol DVA clients The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) has increased incentive payments for General Practitioners (GPs) to enrol eligible patients in the Coordinated Veterans’ Care (CVC) program. The benefits of enrolling your patients, including reduced hospital admissions, were recently highlighted in an in-depth evaluation of the program. GP clinics receive an initial incentive payment to enrol eligible DVA clients, then quarterly care payments thereafter. The new DVA fee schedule for CVC claims, including an increase in payments, came into effect on 1 July 2018. Comments are closed.