In this episode of Medicubes, Riwka Hagen, Chris Smeed and Kim Poyner dive into the hot topic of the week - new patient registration, MyMedicare and its impact on healthcare practices in Australia.
The team answer your questions and share valuable insights and guidance on understanding the differences between enrolling and registering patients, the changes with patient registration, and the potential challenges practices may face.
Key Discussion Points:
- Introduction to the new patient registration model, MyMedicare, and its voluntary nature.
- The objectives of My Medicare in enhancing the patient-GP relationship and primary care services.
- The significance of continuous patient care and how MyMedicare aims to achieve it.
- Enhanced access to GPs through My Medicare: Telephone consultations for Level C and Level D.
- The tripling of bulk billing incentives for telehealth consultations (Level C, D, and E) for pension card holders, healthcare card holders, and children under 16.
- A deep dive into the telehealth consultations covered by MyMedicare.
- The exclusion of registered patients from accessing chronic disease management services from other practices, ensuring continuity of care.
- An exploration into the possible challenges that practices might face due to the patient lock-in feature of My Medicare.
- Anticipations on the potential impact and benefits of My Medicare on healthcare service delivery.
Resources & Links:
- MyMedicare practice registration – Frequently asked questions - https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/mymedicare-practice-registration-frequently-asked-questions?language=en