In Practice: Enhancing MBS knowledge

Morgan Liotta

22/09/2022 11:18:42 AM

GPs can ensure their use and interpretation of the MBS is up to date and compliant via an upcoming educational session.

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An upcoming webinar will provide GPs with an overview of how to improve their understanding of the MBS.

This week’s round-up also includes details about the annual RACGP Rural members forum, new health tools for practice websites, and upcoming CPD-eligible webinars.
Improving understanding of the MBS
Webinar: Thursday 29 September, 7.00 – 8.00 pm (AEST)
This webinar will provide an overview of how GPs can improve their understanding of the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) – which can be highly complex, with questions about item interpretation common. The session will cover:

  • resources available to support MBS use and interpretation
  • how to ensure use of the MBS is compliant
  • understanding the billing profile – how to find information from common practice software systems
  • RACGP resources to assist with MBS use, such as the MBS online tool.
Attendees will also have the opportunity to ask questions of the presenters.
Register online.
RACGP Rural 2022 member forum
Webinar: Wednesday 28 September, 7.30 – 9.30 pm (AEST)
GPs are invited to join RACGP Rural online for the 2022 Rural member forum. This free event is the chance to hear about what’s happening in the college’s rural faculty and meet the Council and faculty committees to learn about rural GP representation.
Hosted by RACGP Rural Chair Dr Michael Clements, members can join RACGP Rural members from around Australia for important updates, the annual member meeting, Q&A and networking.

RACGP CEO Paul Wappett and President-Elect Dr Nicole Higgins will attend as guests, as well as Assistant Minister for Rural and Regional Health, Emma McBride MP, and National Rural Health Commissioner, Ruth Stewart, who will share recorded messages for members.

Register online.

Healthdirect embeddable health tools for practice websites
Healthdirect Australia has designed a range of free, embeddable health tools and buttons that can be added to general practice websites.
The newly available tools and buttons give patients quick access to a range of support materials and guidance, including:
  More information is available on the healthdirect website.
Burning questions: What GPs need to know about STIs
In-person event: Saturday 22 October, 8.30 am – 4.00 pm (AEST)
Venue: Sofitel, Melbourne
Members price: $325
Non-members price: $375
This RACGP CPD-accredited educational activity is a one-day practical workshop to address GPs’ questions about sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
Presented by RACGP Specific Interests Sexual Health Medicine and sexual health experts, the interactive sessions will be presented by experts in STIs and cover sexual history taking, the use of guidelines, appropriate communication with patients, sequelae of STIs (pelvic inflammatory disease and epididymitis), and partner notification and partner delivered therapy.
The day will also cover:
  • mycoplasma genitalium
  • vaginal discharge, including recurrent candida, bacterial vaginosis
  • identifying the stages of syphilis.
This activity will attract 40 RACGP CPD points in the 2020–22 triennium.
Register online.
Integrating genomics into general practice
Webinar: Tuesday 27 September, 7.00 – 8.00 pm (AEST)
Experiences with rare autosomal aneuploidies (RAA) NIPS results is the second session in genomics in general practice webinar series.
Genetic counselling is an important aspect of non-invasive prenatal screening (NIPS). Many professional societies now recommend that all women, regardless of age, be offered screening and diagnostic testing for aneuploidy during pregnancy. NIPS is the most sensitive and specific screening option for common fetal aneuploidies, which analyses the cell-free DNA in a pregnant woman’s blood to analyse chromosomal variations in pregnancy.
Hear from Senior Genetic Counsellor Rebecca Dickson about her experiences with Rare Autosomal Aneuploidies (RAA) NIPS results.
Learning outcomes:
  • Interpret the clinical outcomes after a positive NIPS result for rare trisomy through case studies
  • Appropriately follow-up for positive NIPS cases through case studies
Register online.
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