Practice Incentive Payment Quality Improvement begins 1 August

4 Jul 2019

AMA members are advised that the Practice Incentive Payment Quality Improvement (PIP QI) will begin on 1 August 2019. PIP registered general practices (including ACCHS) will soon receive a letter advising them of the commencement data, registration requirements and where to find supporting information. 

There are two components to the incentive that practices will have to meet. 

  1. Participate in Continous Quality Improvement; and
  2. Provide the PIP Eligible Data Set to their local PHN.

The de-identified Improvement Measures that form the PIP Eligible Data Set are:

  1. Proportion of patients with diabetes with a current HbA1c result
  2. Proportion of patients with a smoking status
  3. Proportion of patients with a weight classification
  4. Proportion of patients aged 65 and over who were immunised against influenza
  5. Proportion of patients with diabetes who were immunised against influenza
  6. Proportion of patients with COPD who were immunised against influenza
  7. Proportion of patients with an alcohol consumption status
  8. Proportion of patients with the necessary risk factors assessed to enable CVD assessment
  9. Proportion of female patients with an up-to-date cervical screening
  10. Proportion of patients with diabetes with a blood pressure result.

More information about the PIP QI can be found here

With the first payments under the new incentive scheduled for November 2019, participating practices will have until the 31 October 2019 to meet the eligibility requirements for the incentive.

Come 31 July 2019 the following incentives will cease:

  • Asthma Incentive
  • Quality Prescribing Incentive
  • Cervical Screening Incentive
  • Diabetes Incentive

Strong advocacy from the AMA has helped ensure the new incentive will be better funded and the Aged Care Access Incentive which was due to cease on 31 July will be retained.