Indigenous Health Incentive (IHI) and Cultural Awareness Training coming up

7 June 2019

 

The Practice Incentive Program (PIP) Indigenous Health Incentive aims to support general practice and Indigenous health services to provide better health care for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander patients, including best practice management of chronic disease.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the PIP Indigenous Health Incentive sign-on payment, the practice must:

  • Participate in the Practice Incentive Program (PIP)
  • To be eligible for the patient registration and outcomes payments, the practice must:
  • Be signed on for the PIP Indigenous Health Incentive, and
  • Meet the relevant requirements for these payments

Payments

The PIP Indigenous Health Incentive has three components:

  • The practice sign-on payment
  • Patient registration payment
  • Outcomes payment

PBS Co-payment Measure

The PBS Co-payment Measure promotes greater access to PBS medicines by reducing the co-payment for eligible Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander patients.

Practices must get patient consent to register their eligible patients for this measure and annotate PBS prescriptions.

Practices should note that patients registered only for the PBS Co-payment Measure won’t attract a patient registration payment. See link below for more information on requirements for this measure.

For information on the Indigenous Health Incentive Guidelines and Application process go to:

https://www.humanservices.gov.au/organisations/health-professionals/services/medicare/practice-incentives-program/guidelines/pip-indigenous-health-incentive

Cultural Awareness Training: is one of these requirements and includes practices registered for the IHI must have two (2) staff members (one must be a GP) attend or complete a cultural awareness training.

CESPHN will be holding the next Cultural Awareness training on 19 June 2019 at Canada Bay Club. Please go to the website to register for this Cultural Awareness in Practice. Please note: if one of your staff leaves the practice that had completed the training, you must replace that staff member with another to complete the training.

Want to know more?

CESPHN’s Practice Support team can assist you with understanding, applying and accessing resources for the Indigenous Health Incentive and PBS Co-Payment Measure.

If you would like to know more about this incentive and/or the Cultural Awareness Training, please contact the Practice Support team at practicesupport@cesphn.com.au.