Practice Incentive Program e-health incentive (ePIP)
IMPORTANT UPDATE: To meet Requirement 2 – Secure Messaging Capability, general practices will be provided with additional time to commission a compliant secure messaging product. Practices will be considered to comply with Requirement 2 of the PIP eHealth Incentive if by 1 August 2013 they have booked, arranged or registered for a compliant secure messaging product to be commissioned. This commissioning must then be completed by 31 October 2013 at the latest.
For auditing purposes practices must retain evidence that a suitable booking has been arranged by 1 August 2013. For further information on this matter please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the PIP enquiry line on 1800 222 032
To comply with the new ePIP, general practices must meet five requirements.
Four new requirements were introduced on 1 February 2013, with the fifth requirement to be introduced from 1 May 2013.
From 1 February 2013, practices must:
Requirement 1 - Integrating Healthcare Identifiers into Electronic Practice Records
- apply for a Healthcare Identifier – Organisation (HPI-O)
- integrate Healthcare Identifiers into electronic practice records
Requirement 2 – Secure Messaging Capability
- have standards-compliant secure messaging capability to send and receive clinical messages.
- have a written policy to encourage the use of secure messaging
Requirement 3 – Data Records and Clinical Coding
- be working towards electronic clinical coding for diagnoses for active patients
Requirement 4 – Electronic Transfer of Prescriptions
- be sending the majority of prescriptions electronically to a prescription exchange service.
From 1 May 2013, practices must:
Requirement 5 – Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record (PCEHR) System
- have applied to participate in the personally controlled electronic health record (PCEHR) system
- have software selected from the PIP eHealth Product Register for the Personally Controlled Electronic Health (eHealth) Record System
- have installed and configured PCEHR compliant software according to the software provider’s implementation guidelines, to post shared health summaries and event summaries.
For information on PCEHR compliant software, go to www.nehta.gov.au/pip.
The eligibility requirements are outlined in the Practice Incentives Program–eHealth Incentive Guidelines.
Further information is available at www.medicareaustralia.gov.au/provider/incentives/pip/updates.jsp#N10009.
ePIP Policy templates
The RACGP has developed a range of practice policy templates for general practices to adapt to their individual practice needs when registering and complying with the requirements for the eHealth Practice Incentive Program (ePIP).
The practice policy templates are available for download below, and cover secure messaging delivery, clinical coding terminologies, electronic transfer of prescriptions and the PCEHR.