RFI for Medicare payments system delayed as Hunt finds his feet

A promised request for information (RFI) for a new Medicare and aged care payments IT system has been delayed slightly as the new Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, comes to grips with the complex portfolio.

The Department of Health (DoH) announced in January that it would release an initial RFI late that month or in early February, to be followed by a full procurement phase later in the year.

Under the department's Modernising Health and Aged Care Payments Services Program, a new platform will be selected from a commercial vendor to replace the 200 applications and 90 databases underpinning the 30-year-old Medicare system.

The Department of Human Services (DHS), which processes the payments and has built much of the infrastructure itself over the years, is not tendering for the contract.

DoH told interested parties in market briefing material that with Mr Hunt taking over as Minister for Health from Sussan Ley on January 24 – Ms Ley was forced to resign over a travel expenses scandal – the RFI will not be released as early as intended.

“Given the importance of the Modernising Health and Aged Care Payments Services Program, the Minister is being briefed on the program, including the request for information,” the department said.

“The Department of Health expects to issue the RFI to identify solutions for an innovative, cost effective digital payments platform to support health and aged care payments in the coming weeks.”

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Tags: Medicare payments system

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