Budget 2012 and Changes to Financial Incentives for Telehealth Services under the MBS

 

Changes to Financial Incentives

Under the Budget measure, the On-Board Incentive for telehealth will be paid in two instalments. The first is paid after the first valid telehealth MBS claim is processed by the Department of Human Services (DHS) and the second is paid after the tenth valid telehealth MBS claim is processed by DHS ( see attached documents for details)

Telehealth brainwave for rural GPs seeking neurologist consults for patients

Neurologist, Geoffrey Boyce, consults with patients and their GPs from Cairns to Tasmania during his lunchbreak. An early adopter in telehealth consulting, Associate Professor Boyce (pictured), says that the opportunity to speak with the patient and their GP at the same time has real benefits for all three.

Telehealth Claims - New information from Human Services (Medicare)

Telehealth – assignment of benefits for specialist services

Recently, the Department of Human Services introduced a new option to enable patients who have a telehealth consultation with a specialist to assign their right to a Medicare benefit to the specialist via email. 

This option has been made available to meet the needs of specialists who wish to bulk bill their patients when they are not in the same location and is available for all Telehealth services provided from 1 July 2011 retrospectively.

ACRRM TeleHealth latest news & updates

Step-by-step to set up your practice for telehealth

Submitted March 9th 2012

$6,000 Medicare incentive till 30 June 2012

ACRRM Telehealth Support Advice

⇒ ACRRM generally recommends use of videoconferencing solutions which are standards based because, theoretically, such systems are better engineered to achieve practical interoperability between video conferencing products (including state based systems used by some specialists for non- admitted patients) and assure image quality and data security.

⇒ Not all clinicians or organisations are prepared to use or invest in such systems and are more prepared to use systems that they are familiar with such as FaceTime, Skype etc..