Practice Incentives Program guidelines

How we calculate PIP payments

We base most payments on a measure of the practice size known as the Standardised Whole Patient Equivalent (SWPE) value.

Data from Medicare and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) is used to calculate payments.

The data links to the provider numbers on the practice's PIP application, and any subsequent changes.

If, for example, a practice doesn’t give us details of new practitioners, the services provided by the practitioner won’t count towards the calculation of the practice’s SWPE value.

If a practice tells us it has changed its circumstances, we base the payment on the updated details.

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