Changes to the Practice Incentive Program eHealth Incentive (ePIP)

From 1 May 2016 there will be a change in the eHealth Practice Incentive Payment (ePIP). The only change is the 5th eligibility requirement for the ePIP, new eligibility requirements.

The ePIP has been successful in encouraging the majority of general practices to become “My Health Record ready”; however this has not translated into active use of the system. As a result a new eligibility criteria has been developed to increase meaningful use of the My Health Record system.

The new eligibility requirement is for general practices to contribute Shared Health Summaries to the My Health Record system for their patients. General practices will be required to upload Shared Health Summaries for a minimum of 0.5% of the practice’s standardised whole patient equivalent (SWPE) to be eligible for the ePIP. All other ePIP obligations and requirements remain the same.

To support these changes updated online training materials have been developed and access to face-to-face training will be available to assist general practices and GPs become familiar with and confident to use today’s My Health Record system.

The change to the ePIP, include the requirement to upload Shared Health Summaries and this will commence from 1 May 2016. This timing is aligned with the reference period May–July for the August 2016 payment quarter. Formal, written notification about the new Digital Health Incentive requirements will be issued to general practices currently enrolled in PIP by the Department of Human Services. Future notifications will provide information on what practices need to do to participate in the ePIP.

Practices currently enrolled to the PIP eHealth Incentive will not be withdrawn automatically. Practices that no longer wish to participate in the PIP eHealth Incentive will need to withdraw online through the Health Professionals Online Services (HPOS)  by 31 July 2016. Practices that withdraw will be able to re-apply for the eHealth Incentive online through HPOS at anytime.

Practices that do not withdraw will continue to be registered from 1 May 2016 and will need to meet all of the eHealth Incentive requirements. These practices will be able to opt-out of individual quarters online up to the point-in-time, where they determine they will not meet the requirements. Practices will automatically be opted back in to the next payment quarter. Failure to meet the new eHealth Incentive requirements applying from 1 May 2016 may result in recovery of payments to which the practice was not entitled.

If you have any queries regarding My Health Record or the changes to the eHealth Practice Incentive Program Incentive (ePIP) please do not hesitate to contact the eHealth team at Gippsland PHN on 03 5126 2899.

For more information for both providers and consumers please visit the My Health Record website.

For further detail on eHealth and to view training videos please refer to the website of the Australian Digital Health Agency.