GP Network News, Issue 11, Number 36 - 16 September 2011
GPNN this week: Senate Inquiry into Mental Health Funding; Primary Care Infrastructure Grants (PCIG) – Performance Audit; AMA supports Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA); Medical advice missing from personally controlled e- health record (PCEHR) plan; Pick up a free day on Hertz; Email the AMA; Post new comment to the website
At last week’s Senate Inquiry hearing into the Commonwealth’s Funding and Administration of Mental Health Services the AMA was asked to make a further submission regarding the changes. That submission was lodged earlier this week and provided additional comment on:
The Committee has received over 1000 submissions and is due to deliver its report to Parliament by 20 September 2011.
There is still an opportunity to support the AMA’s campaign to have the government reverse its decision to cut funding under the Better Access program by signing the Online Petition. Add your signature to the over 3100 already collected. Click here to sign the petition.
The Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) is conducting a performance audit that will assess the effectiveness of DoHA’s support for improved community access to integrated GP and primary health care services through its administration of PCIGs.
The audit will focus on:
In undertaking this audit the ANAO has approached the AMA seeking views on administration of the program. To help inform the AMA contribution any feedback you may wish to provide on your experience applying for a PCIG would be welcomed. Email your feedback on your direct or indirect experience with this process to firstname.lastname@example.org. Responses will be de-identified and aggregated.
Earlier this week the AMA lodged its submission on the National Health Reform Amendment (Independent Hospital Pricing Authority) Bill 2011. The AMA generally supports the proposed arrangements for the Authority, but recommends changes to strengthen and clarify its functions and procedures.
AMA President, Dr Steve Hambleton said that the IHPA would be responsible for setting the efficient price for the Commonwealth’s contribution to public hospital services and for determining the Commonwealth’s payments for block funding.“…AMA members working in public hospitals have experienced many examples of activities that could be interpreted as a State or Territory government cost-shifting to the Commonwealth… this Bill empowers the Authority to investigate and make recommendations on cost-shifting and cross-border disputes…’ Dr Hambleton said.
AMA President, Dr Steve Hambleton said earlier this week that the AMA was disappointed that the Government has failed to heed medical advice in finalising its Concept of Operation for the PCEHR. The AMA is a huge supporter of e-health and the benefits it can bring, but cannot support aspects of the system that do not improve on what we now have and which potentially create risks to patient health Dr Hambleton said. ‘….Under the proposed arrangements people will be able to alter their health record without consultation with their doctor…this is a very dangerous precedent that could undermine all the potential benefits of an electronic health record…’ Dr Hambleton said the AMA would prefer the system be opt-out, not opt-in which has resulted in complex rules for patients to give their doctors access to their PCEHR.
The AMA submission on the PCEHR Draft Concept of Operations is here. The Government’s 159 page Concept of Operations relating to the introduction of PCEHR (released earlier this week) is here. The AMA press release is here.
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Published: 16 Sep 2011