The changes are part of Budget 2018 and include extending:
These initiatives are included within the PHO Services Agreement. The changes provide additional subsidies to enable practices to charge patients no more than $18.50 for enrolled adults and $12.50 for enrolled youth aged 14-17 for a standard day time nurse or GP consultation.
Financial modelling on the anticipated impact of these changes is available for your
If you were unable to attend one of funding change forums and have not yet seen your modelling, or you would like to discuss the modelling in further detail please contact your practice support person.
PMS vendors are currently working on the changes required, and system updates are expected to be available before 1 December.
The Ministry of Health (MOH) has set a 30 October deadline for non-Very Low Cost Access (VLCA) practices to let us know if they are:
The MOH will release a template for us to collect this information, your practice support person will send this to you.
VLCA practices will be paid capitation for enrolled CSC holders at the same rates as non-VLCA practices. This will be accompanied by other changes to capitation for VLCA practices that are all included in the practice financial modelling. These changes will take place automatically, no action is required.
It's very likely you will have questions, please contact your practice support person in the first instance. We'll be working closely with the MOH implementation team and feeding back all your questions.
Regular updates will be provided via our weekly newsletter and website. We'll also make all MOH bulletins available as they are released (see below).