31 August WorkCover QLD Medical table of costs annual review August 31, 2018 By Jasmine Harvey Announcement, WorkCover OHS, WorkCover, Safety, Queensland 0 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. The Medical items table of costs annual review is done in conjunction with the release of the Australian Medical Association (AMA) List of Medical Services and Fees and the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) fees. WorkCover Queensland adopts the MBS items, explanations, definitions, rules and conditions for services provided by medical practitioners and fees are generally in line with the AMA fee list. The Supplementary table of costs for both GPs and specialists provide for item codes that fall outside the MBS and are utilised by workers’ compensation insurers specifically for referred services such as independent medical examination fees, case conferences, medical reports and other communication. This table will also be reviewed for accuracy and appropriateness. If you have any suggestions or feedback regarding the review of the Medical items table of costs or the Supplementary table of costs for GPs and specialists, please email firstname.lastname@example.org before 21 September, 2018. Separate to this annual table of costs review, WorkCover Queensland is conducting research into fee models that will enhance return to work for injured workers while balancing costs for employers. They’ll be investigating options for improvements in timely and quality services that deliver better outcomes and consistent positive experiences for their customers. More information will be shared in the coming months. Related 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. Medicare benefits schedule review taskforce - seeking feedback on the draft reports from Primary Care reference groups 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. MedicalDirector: Runner-up on Most Innovative Companies List 2018 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. Cardiovascular disease linked with other chronic medical conditions Roughly half of patients admitted to Australian hospitals with a cardiovascular disease also have multiple chronic medical conditions that require complex treatment, a study suggests. 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. 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. Comments are closed.