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Three new Practice Notes will be uploaded this month on Optometry Australia’s website to assist members with their day-to-day business practice.

They focus on billing and patient communication in the wake of changes introduced in the May Federal Budget.

Many practices may reconsider their current billing practices following the changes to the optometric Medicare Benefits Schedule, which are expected to be introduced from 1 January 2015.

With the expected removal of the cap on fees that can be charged for services that attract a Medicare rebate, for the first time optometrists will be able to set fees that they determine appropriate for the services they provide.

The three Practice Notes are:

  • Setting consultation fees

Provides information and ideas to support optometrists who are seeking to set fees for consultations. It includes practical tips on what to consider in setting fees for consultations—following the removal of the Medicare fee cap—that attract a Medicare rebate and those that don’t.

  • Changing billing practices

Provides information on billing options expected to be available to optometrists from 1 January 2015, and practical tips to support billing changes you may choose to make.

  • Recall and reminder systems

Provides an overview of the rationale and application of recalls, reminders and registers in practice and the systems that support their use.

 

View the Practice Notes on our website.

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