11 October What doctor groups want from the aged-care probe October 11, 2018 By Jasmine Harvey Aged Care, Aging Royal Commission on Aged Care, RACGP 0 The RACGP is calling for the Royal Commission on Aged Care to shine a spotlight on government oversight of the sector, nurse staffing levels and barriers to GP access. The college is demanding a wide-ranging inquiry by the royal commission, probably beyond the scope imagined by Prime Minister Scott Morrison in his response to damning media coverage showing neglect and mistreatment of patients in aged care. In a submission to the Minister for Aged Care, Ken Wyatt, the college says the inquiry should extend to the effectiveness of existing legislation to protect residents, the government’s financial arrangements and monitoring of outcomes, and the effect of corporate involvement in the aged-care sector. Read more (Source: Medical Republic) Related 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. Specific MBS Changes from 1 November Visit the Department of Human Services website for news of specific MBS changes beginning on 1 November. Revised Guidelines around the Doctor-Patient Relationship Revised guidelines on "Sexual Boundaries in the Doctor-Patient Relationship" come into effect yesterday, 12 December 2018. The guidelines are based on ‘never using your professional relationship to establish or pursue a sexual, exploitative or other inappropriate relationship with anybody under your care. This includes those close to the patient such as their carer, guardian or spouse or the parent of a child patient’. 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. 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. Resources to engage with under-screened and never-screened women in the National Cervical Screening Program 80% of Australian women who develop cervical cancer are either under screened or have never screened. To assist healthcare providers to encourage these women to participate in cervical screening, resources have been developed for the population groups identified as less likely to engage in screening. Comments are closed.