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Incentives News Update – February 2017 is now available

Incentives News Update (INU) provides updates on the Practice Incentives Program (PIP) and Practice Nurse Incentive Program (PNIP).

Help patients get their Medicare benefit direct to their bank account

Check your patients have their bank account details registered with Medicare as we no longer pay Medicare benefits by cheque.

Better access to mental health care services

Find out more about mental health services for patients under the Better Access initiative.

Check the progress of your Medicare provider number application

Important update for new health professionals.

Changes to manual bulk bill claiming - have you tried Webclaims?

You can access Bulk Bill Webclaims through Health Professional Online Services (HPOS).

Are you an aged care provider?

News for aged care providers is now available!

New concession cards for some seniors

You can use a Customer Reference Number (CRN) to check concession entitlements for prescriptions.

How you can help patients affected by family and domestic violence

If you have a patient who is affected by family and domestic violence, we have a variety of information available that you can use.

Create a PRODA account now to maintain access to HPOS

From 1 January 2017, you’ll need to use your Provider Digital Access (PRODA) account to access Health Professional Online Services (HPOS).

Submit your forms online in HPOS

You can now submit some forms online using the form upload service in Health Professional Online Services (HPOS).

Incentives News Update—November 2016 is now available

Incentives News Update (INU) provides updates on the Practice Incentives Program (PIP) and Practice Nurse Incentive Program (PNIP).

Finding forms is now easier

We’ve developed a new search tool to help you find the forms you need.

If you’re graduating, apply now for your Medicare provider number

If you’re a graduating health professional and have an intern position, you need to register for an initial Medicare provider number. Here’s how to apply.

Important reminder about Chronic Disease Management billing

There are important things to keep in mind if you’re a GP billing for Chronic Disease Management (CDM).

Medicare benefits for diabetic retinopathy tests

There are two new services listed in the MBS for diabetic retinopathy tests given by a primary care practitioner.

Information about changes to skin services under Medicare

What you need to know about claiming and billing skin services from 1 November.

Pharmacy applications and PBS stationery orders over the holidays

Over the holiday period, Section 90 pharmacy applications and PBS stationery orders won’t be processed.

Improving Carer Payment and Carer Allowance assessments

You are invited to take part in a field test for people claiming our carer payments.

eLearning for Pharmacy Interns now available

A new online National Intern Training Program (NITP) is available for pharmacy interns.

Help when claiming MBS items for children with disabilities

The education guide for the Better Start for Children with Disability initiative has been updated to make claiming easier.

The new Australian Immunisation Register

The Australian Childhood Immunisation Register has become the Australian Immunisation Register.

Ordering PBS and RPBS stationery just got easier

Eligible prescribers can now email completed Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) and Repatriation Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (RPBS) stationery order forms to us.

Incentives News Update - August 2016 is now available

INU provides updates on the Practice Incentives Program (PIP) and Practice Nurse Incentive Program (PNIP).

Chemotherapy Compounding Payment Scheme

From 1 September 2016, information needed to claim infusible chemotherapy items from the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) is changing.

Medicare services for Indigenous health – what you need to know

We have an online eLearning program and education guides to help you when providing health services to your Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients.

Monday morning Medical Services at St Vincents Hospital, Darlinghurst, Sydney

New online resources to help with billing Medicare in public hospitals

There are new online educational resources to find out about your legal obligations when billing under Medicare for services provided in public hospitals.

Medicare patient cheques have stopped

From 1 July 2016, Medicare patient cheques have stopped. Help your patients receive their Medicare benefit by encouraging them to register their bank details.

Patients waiting at medical centre

Checking your patient’s concessional entitlement

You can now check your patient’s concessional status with a new concessional entitlement verification service.

Doctor checking girl at medical centre

Your bulk bill latter day adjustment statements will be changing

From 1 July 2016, improvements to the Bulk Bill Latter Day Adjustment system will change the look of your bulk bill adjustment statements.

Help patients receive PBS refund payments

Help your patients to receive their PBS refund payment

From 1 July 2016, Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) patient refund cheques and EFTPOS refunds at service centres are stopping.

Order your 2016 - 2018 prescriber bag supplies book now

Now is the time to order your prescriber bag supplies book for 2016 - 2018.

Changes to the Practice Incentives Program (PIP) eHealth Incentive

From 1 May 2016, the Practice Incentives Program (PIP) eHealth Incentive includes a new eligibility requirement.

Changes to arrangements for optometrists

From 1 April 2016 it will be easier for optometrists to request a Medicare provider number.

patient getting blood pressure checked

Help your patients receive their benefit payment from Medicare

From 1 July 2016, Medicare patient cheques are stopping. Encourage patients to register their bank details with us so they don’t miss out on their benefits.

Refresh your knowledge of the PBS with just a few clicks

Learn more about the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) with the help of our online resources.

Changes to the Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate Scheme

You no longer need to register your patients with us before treating them under the Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate Scheme.

Changes to immunisation requirements starting 1 January 2016

From 1 January 2016, parents who want to receive CCB, CCR or FTB A supplement for a child of any age must make sure their child’s immunisations are up to date.

Changes to the way you bill Healthy Kids Checks

From 1 November 2015, there are changes to the way you bill Healthy Kids Checks.

Create additional Medicare Provider Numbers online

Add a new Medicare Provider Number instantly by creating a new provider location in Health Professionals Online Services (HPOS).

Changes to pharmacy remuneration arrangements

New arrangements for s90 community pharmacies and s92 dispensing doctors came into effect on 1 July 2015.

New online resources for Indigenous health education

Learn how to better manage and improve the health outcomes of your Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients.

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