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Home Care Pricing Transparency and Comparability - 30 November 2018 and beyond

In March 2018, the Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP, convened a policy roundtable, to discuss a proposed approach to transparency and comparability of home care pricing. This came in response to increasing concerns raised by senior Australians and their families about a lack of transparency and comparability of pricing information, and high administration prices being charged by some home care providers....

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GP ordered to repay $450,000 for inappropriate billing

Dr Nicholas Sevdalis maintained that he made handwritten records which he subsequently transferred to an electronic record. However, the Committee held that the handwritten documents which were tendered in evidence were not contemporaneous and were “recent fabrications”. Dr Sevdalis unsuccessfully appealed the Committee’s decision to the Federal Court, and ultimately appealed to the Full Bench of the Federal Court....

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Dentist sues for defamation for negative online review

A Melbourne dentist has taken defamation action against a patient who posted a negative online review. Many practitioners seek to use legal strategies to combat a negative online review and preserve their reputation and business.  A claim for defamation is complex, costly and can take years to resolve. Even if defamation is proved, it does not necessarily follow that the court will award very large damages....

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Aged Care Law Reforms - Home Care Packages and Exit Fees

Reforms to Aged Care legislation taking effect from 27 February 2017 will see home care packages moving with the consumer if they change home care providers. These reforms are part of the first stage of the Commonwealth Government’s reforms to the home care system. Under the current system, home care places are allocated to individual providers to deliver services in a particular location or region....

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Professional Services Review Annual Report 2015-16

In 2015/16 there was an increase in the number of investigations of Chronic Disease Management and MBS Health Assessment items. Many practitioners providing high numbers of these services were found to use computer-generated templates leading to plans with minimal content specific to the patient for whom it had been prepared. Further, some team care arrangement plans were made without ...

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Are you ready for the new business-to-business unfair contract term laws?

ACCC Deputy Chair Dr Michael Schaper has explained that ”the new law will apply when a term in a small business standard form contract: causes a significant imbalance in the parties’ rights and obligations, isn’t reasonably necessary to protect the legitimate interests of the party advantaged by the term, and, causes financial or other detriment (such as delay) to a small business if it were relied on....

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Abuse of MBS privileges improper and unethical

A nurse practitioner was found to have engaged in professional misconduct after billing Medicare inappropriately and engaging in multiple boundary violations. The nurse practitioner provided therapy at centres providing crisis and homeless accommodation to adults and worked in collaboration with 3 psychiatrists. He also provided psychotherapy at his own Clinic where the majority of patients were referred from the crisis centres....

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Department of Health provides clarity on fees

A recent update from the Department of Health has flagged that it is now aware that an increasing number of aged care providers are or are proposing to charge additional service fees to residents. In response to this the Department has advised that such fees “would not be supported by the legislation where the fee does not provide a direct benefit to the individual or the resident cannot take ...

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