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  • RDWA e-News 6 November 2018

    • STREAKY BAY & DISTRICT MEDICAL CLINIC INC. BOARD WINS MAJOR AWARD
    • Primary Care Ultrasound – December program
    • Health Workforce Scholarship – Nnadozie Awujo
    • RDWA 20th Birthday Celebration
    • 2019 Remote Vocational Training Scheme (RVTS) - Third round applications now open
    • Pakistani Medical Association of South Australia – Mock OSCE

    View RDWA e-News 6 November 2018

  • RDWA e-News 22 October 2018

    • Primary Care Ultrasound & RESP Plus – Places available for November - register now
    • Health Workforce Scholarship Program Recipient – Jennifer Cullen-Pascoe
    • BRIM For Busy Doctors
    • Cancer Council Occupational Cancer GP Module
    • Standard Interim Medication Administration Chart (IMAC)

    View RDWA e-News 22 October 2018

  • RDWA e-News 2 October 2018

    • Apply now for Health Workforce Scholarships and Bursaries
    • New Medical Professional Development Program
    • Mallee Medical Practice
    • Draft National Strategic Action Plan for Lung Conditions Survey open now for public consultation
    • Fellowship Exam Enrolments Open

    View RDWA e-News 2 October 2018

  • RDWA e-News 11 September 2018

    • Quorn Clinical Skills Weekend (7-9 September)
    • Health Workforce Scholarships Recipient – Cathy Starr
    • RFDS Ride Along Program
    • Registrations closing for the third Business Essentials Workshop - Human Resource Management, Privacy Act and Record Keeping 
    • 2018 SARRAH National Conference
    • Draft State Public Health Plan 2019-2024

    View RDWA e-News 11 September 2018

  • RDWA e-News 4 September 2018

    • Welcome new R2R Interns
    • Health Workforce Scholarships Recipient – Jennifer Everett
    • Registrations closing for the third Business Essentials Workshop - Human Resource Management, Privacy Act and Record Keeping 
    • RACGP Fellowship Exam Registrations
    • You're invited to the 'Art of Medicine'
    • RVTS Round two applications now open

    View RDWA e-News 4 September 2018

  • RDWA e-News 28 August 2018

    • Registrations closing for the third Business Essentials Workshop - Human Resource Management, Privacy Act and Record Keeping 
    • Rural Health Workforce Scholarships Recipient - Sharon Bilney
    • Book Launch: Have Stethoscope Will Travel - a rural doctor in South Australia
    • You're invited to the 'Art of Medicine'
    • RVTS Round two applications now open 

    View RDWA e-News 28 August 2018

  • RDWA e-News 3 July 2018

    • Thirteen new locations can now access SAVES from 11pm to 7am every night of the year
    • Apply Now for 2018 Rural Emergency Skills Program
    • SA Healthy Towns Challenge - Grants for Rural and Regional Towns
    • Rural Health Business Sustainability - The Essentials Series
    • Renmark public consultation for the 2018 Regional Telecommunications Review
    • Applications open for 2019 intake of the Remote Vocational Training Scheme (RVTS)

    View RDWA e-News 3 July 2018

  • RDWA e-News 26 June 2018

    • Rural Health Business Sustainability - The Essentials Series
    • Are you interested in becoming a John Flynn Placement Program Mentor?
    • Apply Now for 2018 Rural Emergency Skills Program
    • Applications open for 2019 intake of the Remote Vocational Training Scheme (RVTS)

    View RDWA e-News 26 June 2018

  • RDWA e-News 19 June 2018

    • New MBS rebate structure for non-vocationally recognised general practitioners from 1 July 2018
    • We welcome our Interns to the Heart of Country SA
    • Rural Health Business Sustainability - The Essentials Series
    • Apply now for Rural Health Workforce Scholarships and Bursaries
    • Are you interested in becoming a John Flynn Placement Program Mentor?
    • Apply Now for 2018 Rural Emergency Skills Program

    View RDWA e-News 19 June 2018

  • New MBS rebate structure for non-vocationally recognised general practitioners from 1 July 2018

    The Australian Government is introducing new Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) item fee arrangements for non-vocationally recognised general practitioners (non-VR GPs). The new arrangements will affect claims for services provided by these doctors from 1 July 2018.

    The changes will ensure that MBS fees payable reflect recognised levels of expertise, reward and incentivise investment in postgraduate specialist qualifications, and encourage more doctors to work where they are needed most.

    Non-VR GPs already participating on one of the Other Medical Practitioner (OMPs) Programs will be largely unaffected by the changes at this stage due to grandfathering arrangements. The OMPs programs will, however, be closed to new entrants in late 2018.

    There are no changes to the MBS fees payable to specialist GPs or to registrars training on the Australian General Practice Training Program, the Remote Vocational Training Scheme or the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine Independent Pathway.

    Outline of the changes
    Information about the new fee arrangements is provided in the attached Q&A Sheet. The main changes are:
    • A new MBS item group (A7), which will sit alongside the existing A2 and A19 item groups.
    • New rebate differentials of 80% and 60% tied to item access eligibility.

    The application of these changes to individual doctors will depend on their practice location, based on the Modified Monash (MM) classification system.
    Non-VR GPs practising in regional, rural and remote areas (MM2-7)
    Non-VR GPs practising in locations with an MM2-7 classification will have access to all items in the new A7 item group, which are set at a standard 80% of the equivalent GP item. (Note that some of these items, such as Mental Health, require the practitioner to have undertaken specific training).
    Non-VR GPs practising in major cities (MM 1)
    Non-VR GPs practising in locations with an MM1 classification will be restricted to the existing A2 items for standard GP services, and A19 items for attendances associated with Practice Incentive Payments. These A2 and A19 items will attract rebates at 60% of the VR rate. For all other services they will be able to access the relevant items in the new A7 item group with an 80% rebate.
    Non-VR GPs registered on OMPs programs (MM1-7)
    Non-VR GPs who are currently registered on one of the Other Medical Practitioner programs (AHOMPs, MOMPs, OMOMPs, ROMPs) will be able to continue to access the MBS items they are currently billing until 30 June 2023. In addition, for services that are not covered under the OMPs arrangements, these doctors will now be able to access the new non-VR items listed under A7.

    Further information

    • Q&A from the Department of Health
    • For more information on the new items, go to www.mbsonline.gov.au
    • For any other questions please contact the Department at Access.Programs@health.gov.au

  • RDWA e-News 21 March 2018

    • RDWA Annual GP Conference Registrations Open
    • Young Achievers Awards Finalists Announced
    • Rural Health Business Sustainability - The Essentials Series
    • 2018 GP Local CPD Events registrations open
    • Apply Now for 2018 Rural Emergency Skills Program - Port Lincoln

    View RDWA e-News 21 March 2018