11 October New education guide for Medicare billing for immunisations October 11, 2018 By Sue James Announcement, Department of Human Services immunisation, Medicare, billing 0 Use this new guide as a quick reference to support you with Medicare billing for immunisations. You can usually bill an MBS attendance item when you immunise your patient, as long as it’s not funded under a mass immunisation. The new guide gives you an overview of how to bill attendance items for immunisations and mass immunisations. It includes scenarios to help you work out complicated billing situations. More information and download (Source: Department of Human Services) Related Medicare bulk billing rate hits historic 86.1 per cent A record amount of Australians are visiting their doctor without having to pay a cent with the latest Medicare data confirming almost nine out of every ten services were fully bulk-billed. 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. 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. New Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) eLearning education modules available The Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) is a national register that can record vaccines given to people of all ages in Australia. This includes all vaccines funded under the National Immunisation Program, vaccines provided under State and Territory vaccination programs and most privately funded vaccines, including influenza and travel vaccines. New guidelines for myopia management The Brien Holden Vision Institute (BHVI) has released an online tool designed to help eyecare professionals manage patients with myopia. 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). Comments are closed.