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News list

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.

Changes to PBS Online payments over Easter

27 February 2018

Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) Online payments will be paid in advance over Easter.

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.

Tell your patients about our disability communication survey

23 February 2018

Help your patients have their say, so we can support their information needs.

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.

Health assessments and your record keeping responsibilities for health professionals

29 November 2017

Want to know more about doing health assessments and what you need to do for record keeping?

Billing pregnancy ultrasound services under Medicare

29 November 2017

Health professionals, make sure you know the rules when billing pregnancy ultrasound services.

Do you know who to contact for Hearing Services Program support?

27 November 2017

We and the Department of Health look after different parts of the Hearing Services Program.

Do your patients know about the Child Dental Benefits Schedule?

14 November 2017

As the year comes to an end it’s good to remind families about the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS).

Support for people affected by family and domestic violence

14 November 2017

On White Ribbon Day, and every day, we want your patients to know they can reach out for help.

Do you provide services to veterans?

8 November 2017

We’ve just launched a new eLearning program to help you understand how to claim DVA services.

PBS Online claiming system changes for highly specialised drugs

31 October 2017

There are new PBS Online rejection codes where the prescribing and supply combination doesn’t meet dispensing rules.

Changes to subsequent attendances with surgical items

30 October 2017

From 1 November 2017, there are new limits for some consultation items done by specialists and consultant physicians.

Change in aftercare claiming requirements for GP consultations

30 October 2017

From 1 November 2017, GP consultations will be exempt from aftercare rules where the GP does not perform the operation.

Claiming services on behalf of a general practitioner

18 October 2017

There are things to check if you’re a practice nurse claiming services you provided on behalf of a medical practitioner.

New PBS Safety Net stationery order form for pharmacies

9 October 2017

There’s a new form available online for pharmacists to order PBS Safety Net cards and envelopes.

How you and Medicare can best support children with disabilities

5 October 2017

We’ve produced an education guide about the Better Start for Children with Disability initiative.