Practice Incentives Program guidelines

PIP payment types

There are 3 types of payments under the PIP. Practice payments, service incentive payments, and rural loading payments.

Practice payments

Most payments made through PIP are to practices. Practice payments are to contribute to quality care. This includes helping the practice to buy new equipment, upgrade facilities or increase pay for practitioners at the practice.

We’ll pay you if you meet the eligibility requirements of the incentives for the entire quarter. This includes the point in time date.

The point in time date is the last day of the month before the next PIP quarterly payment.

Service incentive payments

Service incentive payments (SIPs) recognise and encourage GPs to provide specific services to individual patients. We pay SIPs directly to GPs, into their nominated bank account.

The Cervical Screening, Asthma and Diabetes incentives have SIP components. The Aged Care Access Incentive is a SIP only.

Rural loading payments

To get the rural loading payments practices must:

  • be participating in the PIP
  • have the main practice located outside a capital city or other major metropolitan centre

We’ll automatically pay the loading, you don’t need to do anything.

We base the loading on the main practice’s location using the Rural, Remote and Metropolitan Areas (RRMA) Classification on the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare website, 1991 Census Edition (Department of Primary Industries and Energy and Department of Human Services and Health, November 1994).

This information was printed Sunday 19 May 2019 from https://www.humanservices.gov.au/organisations/health-professionals/services/medicare/practice-incentives-program-guidelines/eligibility/pip-payment-types It may not include all of the relevant information on this topic. Please consider any relevant site notices at https://www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/site-notices when using this material.

Page last updated: 22 February 2019