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Out of date and unsecure fax machines are being used to share patient information between healthcare providers, despite other sectors discarding them over a decade ago. Not only do fax machines cause frustration for healthcare providers trying to communicate with each other, they can also cause pati...

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DHS has a new guide to support health professionals with all aspects of Indigenous health services available under Medicare. It includes tips from people who work with Indigenous communities every day. The department’s Medicare Liaison Officers - Adam from the Northern Territory and Hazel fr...

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From 1 November 2018 there’ll be changes to the Medicare Claims Review Panel (MCRP) and related MBS items. The changes were announced in the 2018-19 Budget. The MCRP will be dissolved, and changes will be made to related MBS items. To claim for services requiring approval by the MCRP, you&rs...

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The General Practice Roundtable has issued Key Messages for Providers regarding 2018 Seasonal Influenza Supplies:    Your efforts to vaccinate your patients against seasonal influenza in 2018 have been a great success and this notice provides an update regarding vaccine availability...

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NSW Health are rolling out a new computer-generated prescription format for highly specialised drugs and trastuzumab. DHS has approved this new prescription format for prescribing highly specialised drugs and trastuzumab in NSW, to be phased in from May 2018. This change is part of NSW Health&rsqu...

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Health professionals can apply for continuing Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) treatment for some eye drugs by phone. You can apply by phone for eye drugs that treat the following conditions: subfoveal choroidal neovascularisation retinal vein occlusion, and diabetic macular oe...

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In the May issue DHS talks to a health professional who works with Incentive Programs on a daily basis. Abbie Hunt is the National Practice Incentive Manager for a large network of medical practices and she gives some valuable insights into how they work with Incentive Programs. They also give yo...

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Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme and Repatriation Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme Authority applications must be submitted to different places for assessment. Items available for Authority application under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) aren’t the same as items available under the Rep...

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General Practitioners can undertake a one-off, comprehensive, Australian Defence Force (ADF) Post-Discharge GP Health Assessment for all former serving members of either the permanent or reserve forces, whether or not they are a DVA client. The assessment is funded under items 701, 703, 70...

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In less than a month Single Touch Payroll (STP) starts for many employers with 20 or more employees. STP is a reporting change that will require employers to report tax and super information to the ATO from their payroll software each time they pay their employees. The ATO is urging employers to de...

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