Medicare recovers debts and issues penalties
19 Nov 2019
Doctors and their employers will both be required to pay Medicare for debts from 1 July 2020. As part of significant amendments to the Health Insurance Act 1973 (Cth) to improve Medicare compliance, the Health Legislation Amendment (Improved Me ...
Clinical photos, what are your responsibilities?
10 Sep 2019
In a study of Australian healthcare practitioners use of mobile devices it was discovered that What’s App was the most common app for sharing messages and photos.* Its use is widespread in Australian hospitals from students through to consultant ...
The cost of repaying the PSR
2 Sep 2019
The Professional Services Review Scheme is a daunting and difficult process for any healthcare practitioner. In its administration of the Scheme, PSR is responsible for reviewing and examining possible inappropriate practice by practitioners whe ...
Should you trust data from fitness wearable devices?
30 Aug 2019
With the increased reliance on smartphones and new technologies, people are increasingly trusting data from health and fitness wearable devices such as the FitBit and the Apple Watch. Individuals are also taking a more empowered role in their he ...
Legal and privacy issues with PIP QI Incentive
5 Jul 2019
MIPS is aware that many of our GP members are working in healthcare practices that participate in the Australian Government’s Practice Incentives Program (PIP). The PIP Quality Improvement (QI) Incentive commenced on 1 August 2019.
TGA regulation of HCT products has changed
4 Jul 2019
The Therapeutic Goods Administration’s (TGA) updated regulations for autologous human cells and tissue (HCT) products, such as adipose-derived stem cells, came into effect on 1 July 2019. This was the culmination of a yearlong transition period ...
SafeScript provides patient history in real time
27 Jun 2019
Before issuing a prescription for a high risk medicine, a prescriber must take ‘all reasonable steps’ to check the SafeScript information for the patient for whom the high risk medicine may be prescribed or supplied.
Victorian Voluntary Assisted Dying legislation
20 Jun 2019
The Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2017 (Vic) (the Act) comes into operation on 19 June 2019, making Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD)[1] legal in Victoria. When the legislation comes into effect in June, Victorian registered medical practitioners n ...
Test your indemnity fitness
30 May 2019
Indemnity doesn’t have to be complex, but if you find yourself in any of these scenarios, make sure you contact MIPS before taking any action. Access to our 24/7 Clinico-Legal Support and Advice is free and an included part of a benefit of your ...
Tips on how to ask for helpful feedback
30 May 2019
Feedback can be difficult to give and to receive. By understanding a little more about it, we can maximise the actionable and meaningful information we receive.