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Health Business Newsletter: November 2016

Newsletter Article 01 November 2016

In this issue:

Medical practitioners should exercise caution when patients request prescriptions for specific drugs and doses and consider the most appropriate manner of management for that patients’ pain. Medical practitioners should also ensure their record keeping practices are at an appropriate standard to ensure drug dependant patients are easily identified. This article examines although it is widely accepted that medical practitioners are entrusted to prescribe drugs of addiction to patients, many medical practitioners however are often unaware that such an entitlement involves a corresponding duty to abide by legislative requirements. Read more >

Recently the Victorian Government introduced into parliament the Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Bill 2016. The Bill provides a statutory scheme for medical decision making for people without decision making capacity through making “instructional” advance care directives, making “values” directives, appointing a “medical treatment decision maker” and appointing a “support person”. This article looks at the implications for practitioners, exclusions to the Bill and other relevant legislation. Read more >

Practitioners need to be aware of the descriptors for after hours services to ensure they are billing the most appropriate and clinically relevant item, which may ultimately avoid any repayment to Medicare in the future. This article outlines six key points every practitioner should consider before billing Medicare for an after hours consultation. Read more >

Health practitioners need to be aware that, in addition to their adverting obligations under the National Law and the Guidelines for Advertising Regulated Health Services, they should also be mindful of their obligations under the Australian Consumer Law when advertising their medical practice. Read more >

Recently the Minister of Health and Sport announced that a Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) Review Taskforce would be established to investigate how the 5,700 plus items on the MBS might be revised and updated to better align with modern medicine. This article looks at the highlights from the interim report produced, in particular the reasoning behind the review, the method of review, the services identified for early review, the key issues for review and the timeline. Read more >

Health practitioners need to be conscious of new legislation and any implications that it may have on their practice. The Health Complaints Act 2016, establishes a new legal framework for complaints about the provision of health services or the failure to provide health services in Victoria, along with a Health Complaints Commissioner and Advisory Council. This article addresses the types of providers now subject to regulation, the commissioner’s new powers and who can make a complaint. Read more >

It is essential that medical practitioners maintain clear, appropriate, accurate and detailed clinical records of their discussions with their patients regarding the risks and potential complications of procedures. This article looks at a disciplinary hearing held by the Medical Board of Australia which highlights the importance of good record keeping by medical practitioners as it can be vital in the defence of allegations of a failure to provide reasonable care. Read more >

The New South Wales parliament has passed the Industrial Relations Amendment (Industrial Court) Bill 2016. Read more >



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Newsletter Article 01 November 2016
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