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Extension for PIP QI applications


Matt Woodley


4/11/2019 11:26:12 AM

Practices experiencing delays in either submitting data or securing a time-limited exemption may now submit a late application for payment.

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Practices unable to submit by the cut-off date may now submit a late application for payment – with supporting reasons for the delay.

The Practice Incentive Program Quality Improvement (PIP QI) Incentive requires accredited general practices to share de-identified, aggregated data with local Primary Health Networks (PHNs) and participate in quality improvement activities.
 
Registered practices were required to submit their PIP QI Eligible Data Set by 15 October to be entitled for the first payment, with the same deadline applying to exemption applicants.
 
However, some practices have had issues in securing PHN sign-off on the applications for a time-limited exemption, prompting the Department of Health to step in and offer assistance.
 
Practices that were unable to submit their data or applications by the cut-off date may now submit a late application for payment – with supporting reasons for the delay.
 
The time-limited exemption enables practices whose clinical information system does not allow data submission via their local PHN’s data-extraction method. It also enables practices that have chosen not to use their local PHN’s extraction method to remain eligible for the PIP QI payments while an alternative solution is identified or developed.
 
Practices are only obliged to submit data related to the 10 stipulated quality improvement measures, rather than entire data sets, while they also cannot be forced to install third-party software.
 
Instead, PHNs are required to work with practices and software providers to find a solution that complies with the PIP QI Incentive Guidelines and the PIP Eligible Data Set Data Governance Framework, with practices eligible to receive PIP QI payments for up to 12 months while they negotiate this solution.
 
GPs are advised to contact practicesupport@health.gov.au if they wish to submit a late application with supporting reasons.
 
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