Wednesday, October 05, 2016
It Looks Like The Department of Health Has Rather Backed Down On The ePIP Requirements For A Few Months.
This appeared last week:
Antony Scholefield | 29 September, 2016 |
Practices will still be able to claim the e-health Practice Incentive Program payment even if they failed to meet the upload targets following a reprieve from the Department of Health.
The requirement for GPs to upload shared health summaries to the MyHealth Record for at least 0.5% of their patients has a new deadline of 31 January 2017.
The moratorium announced on Thursday by Health Minister Sussan Ley comes after a large number of practices fell short of the upload target and so failed to qualify for the e-health PIP in the third quarter (Q3) of the year.
Missing the target meant practices losing an average of $23,000 a year in federal funding.
Just 1500 of the 5000 eligible practices hit the target in Q3 and more than 200 practices withdrew from the program.
AMA president Dr Michael Gannon said the reprieve would give practices more time to prepare.
It looks like a good number of GPs have called the Minister’s bluff and made it clear they are rather less than convinced they deserve such a scale of penalty when their rebates are frozen.
General Practice really does not see the Minister and Department as trusted friends!
Posted by Dr David More MB PhD FACHI at Wednesday, October 05, 2016