Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme - medication charts for public and private hospitals

This measure will enable the supply and claiming of Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) and Repatriation Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (RPBS) prescriptions directly from a patient’s hospital medication chart in public and private hospitals.

This measure started in March 2015. See PBS compliant Hospital Medication Chart for up-to-date information.

Description of the measure

This measure will enable the supply and claiming of Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) and Repatriation Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (RPBS) prescriptions directly from a patient’s hospital medication chart in public and private hospitals.

It also broadens the opportunity for supplying and claiming PBS medicines dispensed from medication charts currently occurring in residential aged care facilities.

This measure will reduce the regulatory burden currently placed on prescribers, pharmacists, and nurses in public and private hospitals. It will remove the need for duplication of prescription information and improve health outcomes through a reduction in the risk of transcription errors.

Phase 1- introduces a national standardised paper-based hospital medication chart. This chart will be trialled in a small number of private hospitals from March 2015 and public hospitals from May 2015.

Phase 2 - allows fully electronic prescribing and claiming in public and private hospitals. Phase 2 will enable implementation of national standardised electronic medication charts in public and private hospitals from 1 Apri1 2016.

Questions and answers

Who will be affected by this measure?

Prescribers, pharmacists and nurses working in public and private hospitals and residential aged care facilities will benefit from reduced regulatory burden.

Am I eligible for this measure?

Public and private hospitals and residential aged care facilities are eligible for this measure.

When will this measure start and finish?

Phase 1 will be trialled in a small number of private hospitals from March 2015 and public hospitals from May 2015.

Phase 2 will allow from 1 April 2016, fully integrated electronic prescribing and claiming of PBS medicines in the hospital setting.

Page last updated: 1 July 2016

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