22 August AAPM and Avant Practice Managers Survey - Prize Winner August 22, 2018 By Danielle Cranefield AAPM, Announcement AAPM Avant Survey 0 AAPM and Avant recently invited members to complete a survey to help us better understand the issues faced by Practice Managers and the varied medical practices, structures and operational nuances they work within. Thank you to all who participated and were entered into the prize draw. Congratulations to our lucky winner, Vanessa Pearson (QLD). Vanessa has won a full registration for the 2018 AAPM National Conference in Canberra, valued at $1,055. Related First Online Survey – Painaustralia National Action Plan The Australian Government recently announced funding for Painaustralia to develop a National Action Plan on Chronic Pain Management. The National Action Plan is a critical and overdue step towards improving quality of life for the millions of Australians who live with chronic pain (daily pain that lasts three months or longer) and reducing the burden of pain which is increasingly impacting families, communities and the economy. The Plan will set out key priority areas and measures to improve access to, and knowledge of, best practice pain management in the next three to five years. 2019 AAPM Webinar Series now available! Make sure to take advantage of key learning topics including: Leadership, Financial Benchmarking, Operational Planning, WHS/OHS and Performance Management. AAPM National Conference AAPM is excited to invite you to Australia's leading healthcare management conference in 2018. 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. 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.