16 August Changes to Health Professional Online Services (HPOS) – September August 16, 2018 By Danielle Cranefield Announcement, Department of Human Services 0 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. Changes to the multiple patient verification request service in HPOS From 8th September 2018, there will be changes to the maximum number of multiple patient verification checks allowed in a request upload through HPOS. The current daily maximum limit will reduce from 500 to 50 patients check per request upload. However, the existing limit of one upload request per day will remain. Exemptions In certain circumstances an exemption to the new maximum daily limit may be granted by the Department upon a written application. Current users of the multiple patient verification check service have been directly contacted to submit their applications now to maintain their current maximum daily limit. From 8th September, an individual provider or a health services PKI Site Certificate Authorised Officer will be able to submit a written application in HPOS for an exemption. More information will be available on the Department’s website in September. Changes to the Terms and Conditions From September 8th, you will only be required to read and accept the HPOS Terms and Conditions the first time you login or when there is a change made to the conditions. Health professionals will need to read and accept the Terms and Conditions in order to access your HPOS services the next time they log in. More changes to come Further changes to support the review recommendations will be made to HPOS in December. More information will be provided closer to the time. (Source: Department of Human Services) Related Changes to Health Professional Online Services (HPOS) The Department of Human Services has released important information outlining changes to the Health Professionals Online Services (HPOS) in December to support the recommendations outlined in the Independent Review. 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 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. Legislative changes to tighten privacy and security protections for My Health Record In response to a growing privacy backlash, the Federal Government has announced legislative changes to My Health Record to restrict access by law enforcement and government agencies and allow records to be deleted by those who choose to withdraw from the system, with the opt out period also expected to be extended. HPOS access changes from DHS From 1 December 2018, delegations in HPOS will automatically expire after a 12-month period. After the 12-month period, providers will need to renew their delegates’ access or the delegate will need to request delegate access. 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 Comments are closed.