In a constantly changing environment, we summarise the most important updates for General Practitioners.
This week’s summary includes updates from:
- The Department of Health
- 3GA Programs
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH-
Total Coronavirus Cases –
There have been a total of 30,366 cases in Australia. There have been 5 new locally acquired cases and 4 overseas acquired cases in the last 24 hours, with 149 current active cases.
Coronavirus Vaccines Rollout–
A total of 6,590,741 vaccinations have been administered at more than 5,500 sites across the country. In the past week, 723,442 doses were administered.
As of today, 10,335,042 vaccine doses have been delivered to these sites by the Australian Government. This week, the Vaccine Operations Centre achieved a new record, distributing over 1.2 million doses in a single week.
AMC Testing Centre Reopens –
From the 1 July 2021 Clinical examinations will be available both online via the Zoom platform and in person at the National Test Centre in Melbourne. Scheduling for Clinical examinations in July and August 2021 will commence from this week.
Whilst the implementation of the online Clinical examination has proven to be successful, in order to increase the number of examination placements available to candidates, the AMC will return to delivering Clinical examinations at the National Test Centre.
Scheduling for the July and August 2021 Clinical examinations have been released to eligible candidates.
Applications for ACRRM Independent Pathway –
Applications for the January 2022 intake of the Independent Pathway are now open and will close on the 30th of August 2022.
PEP Applications –
Applications for PEP open on the 28th of June 2021. Make sure you have all the necessary paperwork organised before then for an easy process.
Apply Here: https://www.racgp.org.au/racgp-pep-apply-now
PEP Webinars –
Are you interested in learning more about the PEP Program. Join RACGP’s Webinar on the 5th of July.
Read more here: https://www.racgp.org.au/racgp-pep-apply-now
RACGP Fellowship Reminder –
From January 2022, it will be compulsory for non-VR doctors who don’t have a specialist qualification to complete an approved program – such as PEP – to be eligible to sit the RACGP Fellowship exams.
Enrolments Open –
Round 1 Applications for the RVTS Remote and AMS training schemes open from 31 May – 4 July 2021.
Find out more about RVTS here: https://rvts.org.au/
Changes to Fellowship Requirements –
Medical Practitioners who achieve Fellowship will no longer be required to submit a HW075 or HW076 form to Medicare in order to be recognised as a Fellow and be eligible for A1 Medicare rates. You will now only need to apply to the Medical Board of Australia (AHPRA) for Specialist registration in General Practice.
Summary of Changes July 1 –
Item 57351 will be amended to provide a patient who has had a service under item 57357 (which is for a repeat CT angiography service) in the previous 12 months, is able to access item 57351.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Item 63454 will be amended to remove the current 12 month restriction on the claiming of this item and restrict the claiming of this service to once per pregnancy. This change recognises that there may be occasions when a woman has two pregnancies within a 12 month period.
Item 63454 will also be relocated from Subgroup 19 – Scan of body – for specified conditions into Subgroup 20 – Scan of pelvis and upper abdomen – for specified conditions under Group I5 – Magnetic resonance imaging. This is to better reflect the type and nature of this service.
Heart Health Assessment
Items 699 and 177 will be amended from 1 July 2021, to provide that these services can only be performed on a patient who is 30 years old or older. This will align the items with the current evidence-based age cohorts for the Australian Absolute Cardiovascular Disease Risk calculator, which is the basis for the assessment requirements for the heart health assessment items.
Transcatheter mitral valve repair
On 1 July 2021, the Australian Government will introduce four new items for the provision of transcatheter mitral valve repair (TMVr) using the MitraClip™ implant for managing severe mitral valve regurgitation. Mitral valve regurgitation occurs when the heart’s mitral valve doesn’t close tightly and blood flows backward in the heart.
Eligible patients, who are ineligible for open surgical management with moderate-severe mitral valve regurgitation will be able to receive a Medicare rebate for this less invasive approach through transcatheter repair using the MitraClip™ implant.
3GA PROGRAM IMPORTANT DATES:
- AGPT applications are now closed.
- RVTS applications are now open.
- PEP applications open soon.
- ACRRM Independent Pathway applications are now open.
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