Can I use a Replacement exemption from a doctor who never billed at the practice?

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In order for a Replacement Exemption to be valid, your doctor must have billed and provided consistent Medicare-subsidised services to the practice within the last 12 months consistently. If they have billed only one day, for example, you won’t be able to use this exemption.

So if the doctor who is leaving never started at your practice and never billed a patient, you won’t be able to use their exemption for an incoming doctor.

Please note that this is a direct quote from an email response from the Department of Health and Aged Care: “there is no specific definition in relation to the consistent billing, it is generally assessed on a case by case basis. If the doctor was only employed for 3 months, worked full-time, and it was evident that they regularly billed during the 3 month period, then the consistent billing requirement would be met.”

Note: The information presented above has been gathered from the Department of Health and Aged Care website and has been updated as of 2023-11-27.

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