Onsite general practice accreditation assessments resumed on 26 October 2020 following a period of maintained (paused) accreditation from 25 March 2020, during which no accreditation assessments took place.
Accreditation agencies will now assess general practices deemed to have low risk of COVID-19 transmission. Any practice located in an at-risk area (including a COVID-19 cluster or under state/territory restrictions or lockdown) will be ineligible for onsite assessment and will continue to have their accreditation maintained. Practice Incentive Payments (PIP) will continue as normal for accredited practices until onsite assessment. Priority for accreditation will be given to general practices that:
- have completed an initial assessment and are in the remediation period to address mandatory indicators that were not met
- were previously scheduled for assessments from March 2020 and have not yet been assessed
- have completed the Attestation Statement
- were granted an extension to the accreditation status with special conditions
- have been registered for the PIP for more than 12 months.
Along with the agencies, the Australian Commission on Quality and Safety in Health Care (the Commission) will review eligibility for assessment as risk statuses change.
Accredited general practices will have 12 months added to their current accreditation expiry date, and an assessment should be scheduled with a practice’s accrediting agency to commence at least four months before the revised accreditation expires.
The Commission’s FAQs for practices provide details on low-risk criteria, when a practice will be assessed and what measures are in place to ensure onsite assessments are conducted safely.
The RACGP will extend eligibility criteria for surveyors by 12 months from 26 October 2020.
Your accreditation agency will reach out to your practice. If you have any questions, contact your agency, the Commission or the RACGP.