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Need to know more about multi-item billing?

Our guide can help you work out when to multi-item bill under the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS).

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Avoid delays - use the latest HI Service and PKI registration forms

There are changes to evidence of identity for Healthcare Identifier (HI) Service and Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) forms.

Billing for a newborn and don’t have their Medicare number?

We can help you check their Medicare details.

Incentives News Update – May 2017 now available

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

It’s time to get online - bulk bill claiming has changed

We’re continuing to make it easier to claim digitally - Bulk Bill Webclaim is a quicker way to do business with Medicare.

The Disaster Health Care Assistance Scheme has a new claim form

From 3 April 2017 you’ll need to use our new form for claims under the Disaster Health Care Assistance Scheme.

Help us improve our online PBS authority approval system

Answer a few quick questions to help us improve our online PBS authorities system and services.

Apply now to be recognised as a medical specialist

You’ll need to be recognised as a medical specialist to claim specialist items on the MBS.

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Varenicline (Champix) is now a Streamlined Authority

From 1 May 2017 you don’t need to call the PBS Authorities Line to prescribe varenicline to help patients quit smoking.

Concessional entitlement for PBS now recognised on day person dies

Changes mean concessional entitlements for pharmaceutical benefits are valid for concessional patients on the day of death.

Pharmacies can apply now to become vaccination providers

Eligible pharmacies can now apply to become vaccination providers.

Be sure about Medicare billing for skin services

We’ve got a new eLearning program to help you with billing and claiming for skin services.

Changes to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR)

The immunisation payment statement is changing.

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Making it easier to manage your GPRIP payments

Did you know you can manage your details for the General Practice Rural Incentives Program (GPRIP) online?

Closing the Gap – PBS Co-Payment Measure – know your requirements

We’ve revised our education guide for Closing the Gap – PBS Co-Payment Measure to include more helpful information about the scheme.

PNIP – updated guidelines are now available

The Practice Nurse Incentive Program (PNIP) guidelines have been updated.

New education resources for Highly Specialised Drugs

We’ve added more education materials for Highly Specialised Drugs.

Are you using the correct Medicare claims forms?

Keep up to date with Medicare claim forms - ensure you are using the current form for Medicare claims.

Changes to claiming aftercare

Changes have been made to the application of the aftercare rule to Patient Claims Interactive (PCI) channel.

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.

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