Practice Incentives Program

The Practice Incentives Program (PIP) aims to support general practice activities.

These activities include continual improvements, quality care, enhanced capacity, and improved access and health outcomes for patients.

We administer the PIP on behalf of the Department of Health. The PIP consists of 11 individual incentives.

Applying

Eligibility

To be eligible for the Practice Incentives Program (PIP) your practice must meet certain criteria.

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Additional requirements

 

Practice accreditation for PIP

Practices must be accredited, or registered for accreditation, to participate in the PIP.

Read more about Practice accreditation for PIP

How to apply

To apply for the PIP your practice must be eligible. A practice owner can apply at any time, online or by form.

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Practice Incentives Program Outcome

We will assess your application and advise your practice in writing of its eligibility. We may also:

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Guidelines

Practice Incentives Program

The Practice Incentives Program encourages general practices to continue providing quality care, enhancing capacity, and improving access and health outcomes for patients.

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Asthma Incentive

The PIP Asthma Incentive aims to encourage GPs to better manage the clinical care of people with moderate to severe asthma.

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Practice Incentives Program After Hours Incentive

Incentive to support general practices to provide their patients with appropriate access to after hours care.

Read more about PIP After Hours Incentive

Cervical Screening Incentive

The PIP Cervical Screening Incentive aims to encourage GPs to screen under-screened women, that is women aged at least 24 years and 9 months but less than 75 years who have not had a cervical smear in the last four years, for cervical cancer and to increase overall screening rates.

Read more about Cervical Screening Incentive

Diabetes Incentive

The PIP Diabetes Incentive aims to encourage GP's to provide earlier diagnosis and effective management of people with established diabetes mellitus.

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eHealth Incentive

The PIP eHealth Incentive aims to encourage practices to keep up to date with digital health and adopt new digital health technology as it becomes available.

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General Practitioner Aged Care Access Incentive

The PIP General Practitioner Aged Care Access Incentive (ACAI) aims to encourage GP's to provide increased and continuing services in Australian Government funded residential aged care facilities (RACFs).

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Procedural General Practitioner Payment

Procedural General Practitioner Payments are made to eligible practices in February and August each year.

Read more about Procedural General Practitioner Payment

PIP Indigenous Health Incentive

The PIP Indigenous Health Incentive aims to support general practices and Indigenous health services to provide better health care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients, including best practice management of chronic disease.

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Quality Prescribing Incentive (QPI)

The PIP QPI rewards participation by practices in a range of activities recognised or provided by the National Prescribing Service (NPS).

Read more about the Quality Prescribing Incentive

Rural Loading Incentive

The rural loading recognises the difficulties of providing care, often with little professional support, in rural and remote areas.

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Teaching Payment

Payment to encourage general practices to provide teaching sessions to undergraduate and graduate medical students preparing to enter the Australian medical profession.

Read more about the Teaching Payment guidelines

Managing

Practice payments for PIP

Most payments made through PIP are made to practices, and focus on aspects of general practice that contribute to quality care.

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Payments under the PIP Quality Stream

The table explains the payments under the Practice Incentives Program Quality Stream.

See the table explaining the PIP Quality Stream

Payments under the PIP Capacity stream

The table explains the payments under the Practice Incentives Program Capacity stream.

See the table explaining the payments under the Practice Incentives Programme Ca

Payments under the PIP Rural support stream

The table below explains the payments under the Practice Incentives Program Rural support stream.

Read more about payments under the PIP Rural support stream

Calculating the SWPE value

The SWPE value of a practice is the sum of the fractions of care provided to practice patients, weighted for the age and of each patient.

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Calculation of payments

PIP payments are generally based on a measure of the practice size, known as the Standardised Whole Patient Equivalent (SWPE) value.

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Types of payments

There are 3 types of payments under PIP.

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When PIP payments are made

To qualify for payments, practices must be participating in the PIP and meet the eligibility requirements of the incentives at a point in time date.

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PIP Online

Lets participating practices manage their information and involvement in the PIP. Practices can access PIP Online through HPOS.

Practices use PIP Online to:

  • view and update practice details
  • get important program information
  • apply for individual incentives
  • confirm practice details for PIP annual confirmation statements, and
  • add or change practitioners

Changes made in PIP Online are visible and effective immediately.

You can access PIP Online through HPOS using your PRODA account. You need to link your Registration Authority (RA) number from your PRODA account to your practice.

Linking your RA number to your practice profile

Link your PRODA account to your practice to access Practice Incentives Program (PIP) Online.

Read more about linking your RA number to your practice profile.

Participating in Health Care Homes

Practices participating in the Health Care Homes trial must already be in the Practice Incentive Program (PIP) eHealth Incentive.

Read more about participating in Health Care Homes

Resources

Forms for PIP

Practice Incentives Program forms.

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PIP statistics

Practice Incentives Program statistics are available on the corporate site.

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Incentives News Update

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

Read more about incentives news update

Page last updated: 11 January 2019