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My Health Record puts your patients’ health in their hands

18 July 2018

By late 2018, everyone with a Medicare or Department of Veterans’ Affairs card will have a My Health Record, unless they opt out.

Ultrasound transducers no longer need to be registered

5 July 2018

From July 2018, ultrasound providers no longer need to register individual ultrasound transducers on their practices’s equipment list.

New prescription shopping letter for prescribers

25 June 2018

We’re changing the way we tell prescribers a patient has been identified under the Prescription Shopping Programme (PSP).

Changes to Medicare Claims Review Panel MBS items

7 June 2018

From 1 November 2018 there’ll be changes to the Medicare Claims Review Panel (MCRP) and related MBS items.

Your guide to Medicare for Indigenous health services

6 June 2018

We’ve got a new guide to support health professionals with all aspects of Indigenous health services available under Medicare.

May 2018 Incentives News Update (INU) for health professionals

4 June 2018

The INU keeps you up to date with the Practice Incentives Program (PIP) and the Practice Nurse Incentive Program (PNIP).

Prescribers – our PBS eLearning programs have been updated

24 May 2018

Our PBS eLearning programs support prescribers with information about a variety of topics.

Pharmacists – our PBS eLearning programs have been updated

24 May 2018

Pharmacists can use our PBS eLearning programs to find out more about their topic of choice.

Updates to NSW public hospital computer-generated prescriptions

18 May 2018

NSW Health are rolling out a new computer-generated prescription format for highly specialised drugs and trastuzumab.

You can phone for a continuing PBS authority for some eye drugs

18 May 2018

Health professionals can apply for continuing Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) treatment for some eye drugs by phone.

Where to send PBS and RPBS Authority applications

15 May 2018

Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme and Repatriation Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme Authority applications must be submitted to different places for assessment.

Prescribers can get PBS Authorities online!

10 May 2018

Learn how to get PBS Authorities online with the help of our updated eLearning module.

How to prescribe PBS Streamlined Authority Items

24 April 2018

You don't need to get prior approval from us to prescribe Authority Required (STREAMLINED) items.

New order form for PBS and RPBS computer prescription stationery

20 April 2018

We’ve updated order forms to request prescription stationery.

Write ‘Certified Dental Patient’ for Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate Scheme

17 April 2018

You must include the words ‘Certified Dental Patient’ when providing services under the Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate Scheme.

Order your 2018-2020 Prescriber bag supplies book now

6 April 2018

You can now order the Prescriber bag supplies book for July 2018 to June 2020.

Flu season is coming – remember to update the AIR

5 April 2018

You can record flu vaccines, along with other adult vaccines, on the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR).

Head to Health – Australia’s new digital mental health gateway

19 March 2018

Head to Health gives you access to Australia’s mental health services and support in one place.

Sonographers - find out more about Medicare ultrasound services

14 March 2018

We have a Medicare ultrasound services education guide to let you know what you need to do when claiming Medicare.

Retinal photography - who can take the photo?

9 March 2018

Photos for diabetic retinopathy testing can be taken by an appropriately trained or qualified third party.

The After Hours Other Medical Practitioners Programme Guidelines have changed

1 March 2018

The guidelines have been revised to be consistent with the new urgent after-hours MBS items introduced on 1 March 2018.

Doctors – there’s a new assessment framework for the SAPP

1 March 2018

On 1 February 2018 the Department of Health revised the application assessment for the Special Approved Placements Program (SAPP).

Specialists and consultant physicians – don’t forget attendances changes

1 March 2018

The limits for some consultation items done by specialists and consultant physicians changed in November 2017.

Health professionals – read the February 2018 Incentives News Update

23 February 2018

We publish the Incentives News Update (INU) 4 times a year to bring you news on incentive programs.

Applying for a Medicare provider number

9 February 2018

If you’re a new health professional you need to register for an initial Medicare provider number.

Did you know you can submit forms online to us using HPOS?

16 January 2018

Here’s a reminder of how to use the form upload function in Health Professional Online Services (HPOS).

We have education for health professionals on the MBS, PBS and more

12 January 2018

You can work at your own pace through our education resources on a range of topics at any time.

Health professionals – find out about bulk billing incentive payments

11 January 2018

If you’re providing a bulk billed service to a patient you may claim extra MBS items.

Health professionals – you can save time when claiming

10 January 2018

Don’t forget to use patient verification services before you submit Medicare Online and ECLIPSE claims

Free Interpreting Service for medical practitioners

20 December 2017

Medical practitioners working in private practice can use the Free Interpreting Service.

Changes to the Better Access to mental health care initiative for general practitioners and allied health professionals

12 December 2017

The Better Access to mental health care initiative has changed and we’ve updated the education guide.

New graduates should apply now for a Medicare provider number

7 December 2017

If you’re a graduating health professional you need to register for an initial Medicare provider number.

We’re updating PBS and RPBS computer prescription stationery

7 December 2017

We’re phasing in new computer prescription stationery, but you can still use up your old stationery.