Software vendors left scrambling as MBS changes for cardiac services rushed through

Medical software vendors and health funds were left scrambling over the weekend as the Department of Health hurried through changes to the Medicare Benefits Schedule for cardiac imaging services, with one vendor complaining they were only given one day's notice before the update came into effect on September 15.

The changes to 10 item numbers for stress echocardiography and continuous electrocardiogram recording were legislated on September 10 and a data file added to MBS Online on September 12 for downloading into medical software.

Posted in Australian eHealth

Tags: MBS, COVID-19

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0 # Oliver Frank 2020-09-17 08:48
Disgraceful.
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+1 # Tony Firth 2020-09-17 09:42
From a software vendor's perspective, nothing has changed. Thirty years ago when practice management software would fill in the claim form (which was a great benefit to the HIC as it was legible), the HIC would change the layout of the form and give no notice to software vendors, either directly or via the MSIA. The first we would hear about it would be when a client would call us and tell us that our software was not filling in the form correctly.
It's just unbelievable that this sort of thing still goes on.
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0 # Thinus van Rensburg 2020-09-17 13:22
And then there are those Covid Telehealth items that are all supposed to cease at the end of Sept. Lots of rumours but no definitive answer from any official source on what is happening - we will probably find out on the 30th of September and none of the IT providers will have time to be ready
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0 # Robyn Peters 2020-09-17 16:49
We software vendors manage this all very well for our client so they can focus on best patient outcomes.
There just needs to be understanding by people at DOH on how changes DOH makes impact on the Provider and their software vendor.
Not intentional, I am sure, just a lost awareness for people at DOH
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