A new fact sheet has been released to provide primary care physicians with guidance on Medicare requirements for bulk billing and charging additional fees from patients.
This week’s round-up also includes an expansion of subsidies for mental health training, new training on managing dementia and how GPs can get advice on the GP business.
Medicare bulk billing and additional fees
The Department of Health and Elderly Care has developed an educational resource that provides information on Medicare requirements for bulk billing and charging patients additional fees.
Under the Health Insurance Act 1973When a practitioner charges for a service in bulk, the practitioner agrees to accept the applicable Medicare benefit as full payment for the service.
Designed to help healthcare practitioners and providers understand Medicare rules and requirements related to bulk billing, this educational resource covers collection of supplies, vaccine administration, and membership fees.
Subsidized FPS training extended
The General Practice Mental Health Standards Collaboration (GPMHSC) has extended the Focused Psychological Strategies (FPS) training grant through June 30, 2023.
The grant covers part of the cost of completing an accredited FPS Skills Training (FPD ST). Eligible GPs may submit an application form for a grant application to receive a $600 reimbursement upon successful completion of the FPS ST and once provider status has been confirmed by Services Australia (Medicare).
GPs who have already completed the FPS ST may still be eligible for a grant. For more information, including eligibility criteria and application process, please contact the GPMHSC Secretariat.
AGPT program 2023
Applications for the Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) program are now open.
General Medicine is the perfect career choice for any doctor who enjoys diagnosing and treating a wide range of medical conditions and building lasting relationships with their patients. With GPs at the forefront of primary health care during the recent pandemic, there are more opportunities than ever for a rewarding career in general medicine – especially for those choosing to pursue an education in rural and remote Australia.
Visit the RACGP website for more information and how to apply for the 2023 AGPT program. Application deadline is August 30th.
Webinar Series Demystifying Dementia
Webinar: Wednesday, September 7th, 7pm – 8pm (AEST)
Eligible for 2 RACGP CPD points
Presented by Dementia Training Australia and RACGP Specific Interests, this three part webinar series offers a practical and step-by-step approach to improving knowledge, skills and confidence in the diagnosis and management of dementia in general practice.
Presented by three GP dementia specialists, the first webinar in the series, “Reshaping Dementia – Applying GP-Friendly Frameworks to Better Understand Dementia” describes the phases and domains of the approach to dementia detection and diagnosis in general practice.
Learning Outcomes of the Webinar:
- Recognize characteristics other than memory loss in people with dementia by applying the Domains Framework
- Apply the inclusion/exclusion criteria framework when evaluating patients for a possible diagnosis of Alzheimer’s dementia
Improving the sustainability of practice
The RACGP is hosting a free webinar series in September and October 2022 entitled Improving the Sustainability of Your Practice, sponsored by CommBank Health.
The CPD-accredited webinars are held bi-weekly at 7:00 p.m. (AEST) on the following dates:
Registration for all webinars is now possible via the above links.
Purchase and financing of practice rooms via an SMSF
Webinar: Thursday, October 6, 7pm – 8pm (AEST)
For many GPs, purchasing premises through a Self-Managed Super Fund (SMSF) is often an attractive option that brings rewards. The RACGP is presenting a webinar to highlight the importance of understanding what risks may also be involved.
Senior Finance Specialist, Luke Truscott will report on the pros and cons of premises for purchasing practices through an SMSF and will also cover the legal structure and process of setting up an SMSF loan.
Identify mitochondrial disease
Webinar: Tuesday, September 13, 7:00 p.m. (AEST)
General practitioners play a central role in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with mitochondrial diseases (Mito).
In response to requests for continuing education, the Mito Foundation has created a special webinar series covering various topics relevant to general practice, including the diagnosis and treatment of the disease.
The first webinar, with Professor David Thorburn, explored reproductive options for Mito and can be viewed online.
In the next session, the metabolic geneticist Dr. Shanti Balasubramaniam discuss the multiple organ systems involved in mito and identify “red flag” symptoms.
Register now for the opportunity to submit a clinical question, while those watching live can participate in an interactive Q&A discussion after the presentation.
First information event for home buyers
Webinar: Tuesday, September 20, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (AEST)
Buying a first home is a big commitment and the process can be both overwhelming and confusing. In partnership with BOQ Specialist, the RACGP presents a webinar to equip GPs with a wealth of knowledge so they can confidently take their first step up the real estate ladder.
Discussion topics include:
- Understanding the home loan process and choosing the best loan
- Sales process and negotiation tips
- Interest rate movements and how much one can afford to borrow.
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