Western Victoria general practices can apply for the Practice Incentives Program (PIP) to access support for continuous improvements, quality care, enhanced capacity, and improved access and health outcomes for patients.
The program is part of a blended payment approach for general practice. Payments made through the PIP are in addition to fee for service income.
How PIP works
To qualify for the Practice Incentives Program, general practices must be accredited or working towards accreditation as per the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners’ Standards for General Practices.
Payments are calculated based on practice size and patient demographics. All PIP payments (excluding teaching and procedural GP) are paid according to the Standardised Whole Patient Equivalent for the practice.
Practice incentive payments differ to Service Incentive Payments (SIP) as they are paid to the practice rather than an individual provider. Service Incentive Payments are paid in addition to the normal Medicare benefit for a specific item and require specific trigger MBS item numbers to be billed.
Requirements for the practice’s entitlements are different for each incentive. However, all PIP or SIPs payments occur each year in February, May, August and November
Types of PIPs
Current programs include:
- Practice Incentive Payment Quality Improvement
- eHealth Incentive
- After Hours Incentive
- Rural Loading Incentive
- Teaching Payment
- Indigenous Health Incentive
- Procedural General Practitioner Payment
- General Practitioner Aged Care Access Incentive.
COVID-19 Primary Care Package PIP
The Federal Government has introduced temporary increases to incentive payments for general practices for bulk-billed services to ensure patients can continue accessing face-to-face consultations.
Practices that open for face-to-face services for a minimum of four hours a day (or for an average of 50 per cent of normal opening hours for part time practices) will have their May and August 2020 Practice Incentive Program Quality Improvement payments doubled.
For more information, refer to the Department of Health’s factsheet
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