Assignment of Benefit

13 Aug 2015

GPs and their practice staff are reminded that when processing bulk bill claims though Medicare Easyclaim that the patient must physically assign their benefit as full payment for the service. The Department of Human Services in its latest News for Health Professionals advises that for the assignment of benefit you need to:

  • use the assignment of benefit form to show evidence of your agreement with the patient
  • get the patient to sign the form
  • provide the patient with a copy of the agreement
  • let the patient know that to assign their benefit for bulk bill claims to you, it is a legal requirement for the patient to:
    • press OK on the EFTPOS terminal
    • or to sign an approved DB4 form if the EFTPOS terminal system is unavailable