To be eligible for the PIP eHealth Incentive, practices must be registered in Medicare Australia's Practice Incentives Program (PIP) and meet each of the five requirements defined below.
The requirements for this incentive support the direction of the Australian Government’s National eHealth Strategy. These Guidelines take effect from 1 February 2013.
Eligible practices can receive a maximum payment of $12,500 per quarter, based on $6.50 per Standardised Whole Patient Equivalent (SWPE) per year.
1. Integrating Healthcare Identifiers into Electronic Practice Records
The intent of this requirement is to make Healthcare Identifiers available for Secure Message Delivery and for use in the Personally Controlled Electronic Health (eHealth) Record.
2. Secure Messaging Capability
The intent of this requirement is to begin the process that will drive towards achieving a standards based and interoperable secure messaging environment within the health sector.
3. Data Records and Clinical Coding
There are no software conformance requirements for this requirement. This requirement is a work process change associated with whichever medical vocabulary used by the vendor (such as SNOMED-CT, DOCLE, PYEFINCH and ICPC2+).
4. Electronic Transfer of Prescriptions
The practice software system must be able to send an electronic prescription to a Prescription Exchange Service (PES) operator for later retrieval by a dispenser at the time of dispensing.
5. Personally Controlled Electronic Health (eHealth) Record System
e-PIP - Practitioner Incentive Program
The Practice is PCEHR Accredited and NEHTA compliant and meets all the specified criteria for practitioners to be eligible for the PIP eHealth Incentive