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Important Reminders

NIPT must be charged at the EP’s personal expense

As Non Invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT) is not covered under Medicare, this service is subsequently not covered for ADF Personnel.

NIPT is not covered by Medicare, and as such we would like to remind Providers that this service is also not payable by the ADF and if required, must be charged directly to ADF personnel.

While the ADF recognises that NIPT testing is much more accurate than first trimester screening, it is recommended that you counsel ADF personnel about the costs of the service in the same way as you would counsel non- ADF personnel, by letting them know the test will beat their own personal expense.

Data security requirements

Information on ADF members including any clinical details regarding their care must be stored securely in Australia.

Privacy is fundamental for both the ADF and GHS, there are stringent standards in place for Providers regarding data security and storage.

As per section 14 of the GHS Operational Procedures document, ‘you must not transfer any Personal Information held in relation to your provision of services to EP outside of Australia, or allow any person outside Australia to have access to, use or disclose Personal Information that you hold without the written prior consent of GHS.’ This includes online systems.

If you think these data security requirements have been breached, please notify GHS immediately on 1300 126 420.

Prescription of new medication

When prescribing a new medication or changing medication for ADF personnel, it is your responsibility to write the script.

GHS would like to remind prescribers that you should not be referring ADF personnel back to the On-base Medical Officer for new scripts. If you need to prescribe a new medication or change a medication for ADF personnel, you must write this yourself.

For further information please contact the Provider Support Team on 1300 126 420, or email adfenquiries@medibank.com.au.

Reporting requirements for ADF personnel

ADF On-base Medical Officers (MOs), health practitioners and On-base Health Centre staff are reliant on timely access to health reporting and information. In order to ensure effective clinical management of the on-going health needs of ADF personnel, it is crucial this documentation is communicated quickly and accurately by GHS providers.

The key time-frame: five business days.

GHS would like to remind all providers that written health reports must be submitted in line with the following time-frames:

Medical Specialists

• After each consultation a written Health Report must be submitted within five business days.

Allied Health providers

• After the initial consultation a written Health Report, including a treatment plan, must be submitted within five business days.

• At the completion of each set of six consultations, a further written Health Report is required within five business days (only if there is relevant information to communicate to the referring ADF MO).

• When treatment is complete, a written Health Report must be submitted within five business days.

Dentists

• After the initial consultation a written Health Report, including a treatment plan, must be submitted within five business days.

• When treatment is complete a written Health Report must be submitted within five business days.

As per item 11.5 of the GHS Operational Procedures document, all health information reports must be delivered back to the referring MO via fax or post.

Email is not currently accepted as a secure method of transferring information that is medical-in-confidence.

Due to an increasing number of reports being sent to the incorrect location or person, GHS would like to remind providers to ensure you fax health information reports directly to the referring MO. Fax numbers are always listed on the initial referral.


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