If Medicare recognises you as a specialist you are almost certainly eligible.
Putting the significant financial incentives to one side for a moment, some of the reasons Specialists have given us include:
To encourage the early uptake of Telehealth by Specialists the Government has put in place some financial incentives. You can read the full details on the medicare site.
The duty of care and medical negligence issues inherent in everyday practice exist regardless of whether a consultation takes place face to face or, via video conference. You are an expert in your field and so ideally placed to know what can be done by video conference, what can't, and when to tell a patient that video conferencing is not clinically adequate and a face to face review will be required.
AHPRA released a final position statement on Telehealth on 16th January 2012. Click here to read it.
You may already have almost everything you need. Click here to read our coverage of this important issue. We can supply a portable tailor made solution if you require.
All you need to do now is register. You will need about 3 minutes of spare time. Once you have registered one of our consultants will walk you through the accreditation process. Your secretary will be able to help with most of the requirements of accreditation, so the process will not occupy much of your valuable time.
Our accreditation process is as quick, painless, and practical as we can make possibly make it. We are sure you'll understand why it's vital that every Specialist we make available via our system is who they say they are. The things we need that may not be immediately to hand include:
Before our system will allow patients under 18 years of age to make bookings with you a Working With Children Check is required. The reason for this requirement is satisfy the legislative requirements of various State Governments. The actual process simply involves submitting a form and waiting for approval.
You bill Telehealth patients in the same way you bill patients for face to face consultations. If you are bulk billing our system offers a fully integrated solution. It also presents all the necessary details for your secretary to use your current billing software.
No. You are free to bill as you see fit. Your patient will receive a higher Medicare rebate (when compared to provision of a traditional face to face service) regardless of how you choose to bill. It should be self evident that the $16 bulk billing incentive will not be payable if you do not bulk bill.
We do not charge Patients or GPs for using our service. Specialists using our service are provided with a complete virtual office managing everything from bookings to billings on the usual percentage basis.
Yes, provided there is a valid referral, the usual doctor patient relationship remains unchanged. You can, for example, conduct a video conference with a patient who is located within the comfort of their own home, provided they have adequate equipment and bandwidth.
The government has provided financial incentives for tripartite consultations where the GP is rewarded with a small premium over their usual consultation fee in return for sitting in on a patient-specialist video conference and "facilitating". The idea of a 3 way consultation represents a paradigm shift in established practice, and its practical utility and uptake remains to be seen.