11 October Don’t run out of PBS stationery over Christmas October 11, 2018 By Sue James Announcement, Department of Human Services 0 Get your PBS stationery order in by Wednesday 28 November to get your order before Christmas. The Department of Human Services can’t process PBS stationery orders during the Christmas and New Year period because of the holidays. To make sure you have enough supplies, if you place: an order for personalised stationery by close of business 28 November, you’ll receive your order by 24 December an order for non-personalised stationery by close of business 5 December, you’ll receive your order by 24 December. If you place an order after these dates, the Department will process and deliver your order in January 2019. More information Related WorkCover QLD Medical table of costs annual review 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. Government-funded program offers support for leave when casual staff are in short supply Article from HealthTimes Leave requests and unexpected absences in health facilities are often difficult to cover when the casual pool of staff are in short supply. This scenario is all too real for rural and remote health services around Australia and the weight is shouldered by the remaining nurses and midwives who take on more of the workload to offset reduced staff numbers. 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. What doctor groups want from the aged-care probe 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. New education guide for Medicare billing for immunisations Use this new guide as a quick reference to support you with Medicare billing for immunisations. 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. Comments are closed.