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Medicare coverage boost for telehealth
Expanded telehealth items for GPs
NewsGP Writers – 23 March, 2020
The Government has been consulting extensively with the Australian Medical Association (AMA), RACGP, Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACCRM), Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA), and other key peak bodies and members of the medical profession and health professions to ensure Medicare is responsive to the challenges of COVID-19.
Amendments to Medicare are being implemented quickly, but also in a staged and proportionate way to ensure critical health services can continue to operate, and the integrity of our health system is maintained.
The Government is also consulting with the AMA, RACGP, ACCRM, RDAA, and other critical parts of the medical profession during the course of this week to further expand our telehealth response.
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Electronic scripts for GPs here within weeks, says Govt
A neat COVID-19 interim fix for electronic prescribing
Various GP groups, including the RACGP, are asking the state and federal governments to temporarily relax legislation around the current e-prescription infrastructure, to allow doctors to prescribe for COVID-19 and self-isolated patients using telehealth.
- During a Telehealth consult, a GP prints a prescription as normal. The barcode on the script (or a copy of the whole script) is sent to a patient via whatever means (email,SMS, or image capture during video consultation).
- The barcode is automatically sent via the script exchanges to all pharmacies already using the current system.
- The patient just then needs to identify themselves and send the barcode to their nearest pharmacy which can deliver.
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This podcast was recorded during the week starting 16 March.
DDoS attack blamed for myGov issues
Portal maxes out concurrent user limits.
myGov crashes amid welfare rush
Australians asked to try again later.
Minister backflips on myGov DDoS attack claim
Now suggests site was simply overloaded.
Coronavirus: Security agencies rule out MyGov attack
myGov still stalling even after capacity tripled to 150,000
"My bad not realising the sheer scale of the decision".
myGov logins surpass 3 million in less than 24 hours
And likely to increase as new COVID-19 bans introduced.
DTA reveals its three-step myGov overhaul path
After horror week for existing portal.
COVID-19 lockdowns, self-isolation measures put Internet under pressure
NBN Co to unmeter over 70 percent of traffic on Sky Muster Plus
Responds to growing concerns in satellite footprint.
Covid-19 puts extra strain on Internet, telcos urged to purchase more capacity