Very true – and then there are very serious concerns regarding how much data is being extracted from the GP records in the background and how secure that data is once it leaves our Clinics.
Reality is that GP Clinics are struggling financially and they are desperate so > 50% have signed up
It looks like patient care and quality improvement have taken a backseat in the new Practice Incentive Program (PIP QI).
To be eligible to receive payments under the revamped quality improvement program, practice owners need to show Primary Health Networks (PHNs) that they are recording information such as smoking status or influenza immunisations, and hand over de-identified patient data to their local PHN.
It is important that practices record this kind of information but the requirements are set at a rookie-level – a bit like learning how to write, no, how to hold a pencil.
Not surprisingly, the new program is regarded by many practice owners and managers as ‘easy money’. I don’t blame them as the Medicare freeze has affected us all – but the Federal Department of Health is fully aware it is dangling a carrot in front of a profession in dire need of adequate funding.
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