MyMedicare

MyMedicare is the Australian Government is the voluntary patient registration mode. The aim of MyMedicare is to drive improvements in primary health care for all Australians and deliver new funding packages to primary care providers.
 
MyMedicare will strengthen the relationship between patients and their primary care teams by allowing patients to register with their regular general practice and select their preferred GP and providers within the practice.
 
Registration in MyMedicare is voluntary for patients, practices and providers.
 
Visit health.gov.au/MyMedicare for more information.

MyMedicare Eligibility & Registration

General Practice Eligibility

The following information outlines the eligibility requirements for general practices to register in MyMedicare.
To be eligible for MyMedicare, general practices must:
  • provide Medicare-funded services or Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) equivalent services.
  • be registered in the following Services Australia systems:
o Provider Digital Access (PRODA)
o Health Professional Online Services (HPOS)
o the Organisation Register
  • have at least one eligible GP linked to the practice in the Organisation Register – an eligible GP can be a vocationally registered GP, non-vocationally registered GP or a GP registrar.
  • be accredited against the National General Practice Accreditation Scheme (NGPAS) – non-accredited practices will have 12 months to gain accreditation through a registered accreditation agency from the date they register in MyMedicare as a practice.
A temporary exemption from accreditation is available to mobile and outreach services (including sole providers) who do not meet the current RACGP definition of a general practice until 30 June 2025 if they deliver general practice services:
  • in rural settings
  • in residential aged care
  • in disability residential settings
  • to First Nations Australians
  • to people experiencing homelessness.
You can find out more about the accreditation process by visiting the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care website or by contacting our team through Practice Assist.
 

PHN support for practice accreditation

General practices will need to be accredited under the National General Practice Accreditation Scheme, including the requirement to meet the RACGP definition of a general practice, to participate in MyMedicare. Unaccredited practices will have 12 months to gain accreditation through a registered accreditation agency from the date they register in MyMedicare as a practice.
 
General Practices accredited under the National Safety and Quality Primary and Community Healthcare Standards and not accredited against the National General Practice Accreditation Scheme, are ineligible for MyMedicare.
 
A temporary exemption from accreditation is available to mobile and outreach services (including sole providers) who do not meet the current RACGP definition of a general practice until 30 June 2025 if they deliver general practice services in rural settings, residential aged care, disability residential settings, to First Nations Australians and/or people experiencing homelessness.
 

Practice registration checklist

Services Australia has developed a practice registration checklist to guide practices through the MyMedicare registration process. This can be found here.

Practice registration is now open – click here on how to register

Practice Registration

To take part in MyMedicare, general practices need to register their organisation and link their participating providers to the organisation in PRODA.

Information on practice eligibility and registration can be found here.

Organisation Registration resources

*Created by East Melbourne Primary Health Network
 

Link your organisation to the MyMedicare program

Once the organisation is registered in HPOS and the Organisation Register tile is visible, you will need to link your organisation to the MyMedicare program. This step is essential for patients to be able to register with your practice.

In PRODA:
  1. Log in to PRODA and go to ‘services’
  2. Choose the practice, go to the green organisation tile, and then associated sites
  3. Click on blue link to the chosen practice, then program registration, add program
  4. Select new program, drop down box, and choose ‘MyMedicare’
  5. Submit and save
  6. Choose MyMedicare preferences. These preferences are about how the practice wants to work with patient registrations.

Prompts will assist you with the steps to add the MyMedicare program.

For additional support with practice registration, email ORGANISATION.REGISTER.SUPPORT@servicesaustralia.gov.au or phone 1800 700 199 and select option 1.

For more information on registering your practice, visit the Services Australia Health Professional Education website. This website has a range of eLearning modules to guide you through the registration process.
 

Patient Registration – click here on how to register your patients

Patient Registration

Patients Registration is now available.

Information on patient eligibility, potential benefits to patients and patient resources can be found on the Information for MyMedicare patients page of the Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care website.

Patients can be registered in three ways;
  • Patients can commence the registration process in their Medicare online services (Medicare Online Account or the Express Plus Medicare mobile application) and then practice staff can then accept or decline the registration in MyMedicare system.
  • Practice staff can commence the patient registration process in MyMedicare and patients can then complete the registration and provide consent in their Medicare online services.
  • Patients can fill out a registration form at the practice and practice staff will then complete the registration in the MyMedicare system with the patient’s consent captured on the form. Note that DVA patients must use this method of registration.
Australian Government Patient Registration Resources For additional support with MyMedicare actions in PRODA contact the PRODA helpline 1800 700 199 and select option 1.
 

More Information

You can visit health.gov.au/MyMedicare for more information, including Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on registration and the benefits of MyMedicare.

Practices and providers are encouraged to contact their local Primary Health Network if they need further information on eligibility or registration.

Information on patient registration will be made available on the Department of Health and Aged Care website in the coming months.

Links to resources

Information on patient registration, resources for patients and practices
can be found on the Australian Government Department
of Health and Aged Care MyMedicare page.

The Resources for general practices and healthcare providers page includes:


For information regarding the changes to Bulk Billing in General Practice from 1 November 2023 please visit our Medicare Benefits Tool Kit page.

How to talk about MyMedicare

The benefits

  • MyMedicare is a new voluntary patient registration model that aims to build a stronger relationship between patients and their primary care teams.
  • MyMedicare will drive improvements in primary health care for all Australians and deliver new funding packages to primary care providers.
  • Registration in MyMedicare is voluntary for patients, practices and providers.

For patients

  • Patients can register with their general practice and nominate their usual doctor.
  • MyMedicare patients will have access to greater continuity of care with their registered practice, improving health outcomes.
  • Registered patients will be able to access longer MBS-funded telephone calls with their usual general practice.
  • Registered patients under 16 years old, pensioners and other Commonwealth concession card holders will have access to triple bulk-billed longer telehealth consultations.
  • Patient registration will be available from 1 October 2023 to Australians with a Medicare card or Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) Veteran Card. Patients will be able to register at their practice or online through their Medicare Online Account.

For practices

  • Registration in MyMedicare is voluntary for patients, practices and providers.
  • MyMedicare practices will have access to more information about regular patients, making it easier to tailor services to fit the patient’s needs.
  • Registered practices will be able to deliver MBS funded longer telephone consultations (levels C and D) to registered patients.
  • Registered practices will have access to the triple bulk-billing incentive for longer MBS telehealth consultations (levels C, D and E) for registered patients under 16, pensioners and Commonwealth concession card holders.
  • The following new blended funding payments will be available to registered practices and providers:

      o   the General Practice in Aged Care Incentive from 1 August 2024, which will support regular health assessments, care plans and regular GP visits for people in residential aged care homes.
      o   new blended funding payments to support better care in the community for people with complex, chronic disease who frequently attend hospitals. These arrangements will roll out progressively across the country over three years from FY2024–25.
      o   Chronic Disease Management items linked to a patient’s registration in MyMedicare from November 2024, to support continuity of care for people with chronic and complex conditions. Patients who are not registered in MyMedicare will still be able to receive Chronic Disease Management items from their usual GP.

  • Practices that provide services to patients who would benefit from the new MyMedicare-linked MBS long telehealth services or provide care to people in residential aged care are encouraged to register in MyMedicare as a priority.
  • From 1 October 2023, patients will be able to register with their regular general practice and select their preferred general practitioner (GP).
  • Practices will be able to generate and access a list of their registered patients through the MyMedicare system.

     o   Work is underway to integrate registration information with practice software to reduce administrative burden and allow GPs to access their registered patient lists directly.

More information by practice type

General practice

  • All general practices providing Medicare-funded services or DVA equivalent services will be able to participate in MyMedicare.
  • General practices must be accredited under the National General Practice Accreditation Scheme or have a valid exemption. Non-accredited practices will have 12 months to gain accreditation through a registered accreditation agency from the date they register in MyMedicare as a practice.
  • Patients will be able to register with their regular general practice and select their preferred GP linked to that practice.
  • General practices can start the MyMedicare registration process by ensuring they are registered in PRODA, HPOS and the Organisation Register and linking all their eligible providers so they are ready for patient registration.

Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service (ACCHS) and Aboriginal Medical Service (AMS)

  • ACCHS and AMS practices and their providers can participate in MyMedicare if they provide Medicare-funded services or DVA equivalent services.
  • Patients will be able to register with their regular ACCHS or AMS practice and select their preferred GP and care team within the practice.
  • Additional flexibility is available for ACCHS and AMS practices that operate as a hub and spoke model in their region. They will be able to set up their practice in the MyMedicare system to reflect these arrangements.
  • Patients registering at a “hub and spoke” ACCHS/AMS will be able to access linked MBS items and incentives at any of the sites identified as part of the hub and spoke business structure. It will also mean that their eligibility will be calculated from any MBS services rendered by linked providers at any of the identified sites.
  • ACCHS and AMS practices can start the MyMedicare registration process by ensuring they are registered in PRODA, HPOS and the Organisation Register and linking all their eligible providers so they are ready for patient registration.
  • A temporary exemption from accreditation is available until 30 June 2025 to ACCHS and AMS who do not currently meet the current RACGP definition of a general practice (due to not having a bricks and mortar practice).
  • The RACGP is updating its definition of a general practice for the purpose of accreditation. The proposed definition includes mobile and outreach providers and those providing comprehensive, patient-centred, whole-person and continuous care based predominantly of a general practice nature. The RACGP Standards for General Practice Accreditation will be reviewed to enable alignment with the revised definition.
  • Practices should ensure that they commence the accreditation process by registering with an accrediting agency approved under the National General Practice Accreditation Scheme with enough time to achieve accreditation before the exemption period ceases.

Mobile and outreach services

  • Mobile and outreach services and their providers can participate in MyMedicare if they provide Medicare-funded general practice services or DVA equivalent services.
  • Patients will be able to register with a mobile or outreach practice in MyMedicare and select their preferred GP and the care team within that service.
  • Mobile and outreach services can start the MyMedicare registration process by ensuring they are registered in PRODA, HPOS and the Organisation Register and linking all their eligible providers so they are ready for patient registration.
  • A temporary exemption from accreditation is available until 30 June 2025 to mobile and outreach services (including sole providers) who do not meet the current RACGP definition of a general practice, if they deliver general practice services in rural settings, residential aged care, disability residential settings, to First Nations Australians and to people experiencing homelessness.
  • The RACGP is updating its definition of a general practice for the purpose of accreditation. The draft definition being considered includes mobile and outreach providers and those providing comprehensive, patient-centred, whole-person and continuous care based predominantly of a general practice nature. If the proposed definition is adopted, the RACGP Standards for General Practice Accreditation (the Standards) will need to be reviewed to ensure alignment with the revised definition.
  • If mobile and outreach services are able to be accredited under a revised definition and Standards, practices should ensure that they commence the accreditation process by registering with an accrediting agency approved under the National General Practice Accreditation Scheme with enough time to achieve accreditation before the exemption period ceases.

State-operated GP practices

  • State-operated GP practices will be able to participate in MyMedicare if they:
o provide Medicare-funded services or DVA equivalent services, and
o are covered under the COAG Section 19(2) Exemption Initiative.
  • State-operated GP practices will be required to be accredited under the National General Practice Accreditation Scheme. Non-accredited practices will have 12 months to gain accreditation through a registered accreditation agency.
  • State-operated GP practices can start the MyMedicare registration process by ensuring they are registered in PRODA, HPOS and the Organisation Register and linking all their eligible providers so they are ready for patient registration by 1 October 2023.

Urgent Care Clinics

  • Urgent Care Clinics (UCCs) will not be able to participate in MyMedicare as their operating model is not designed for continuity of care.
  • General practices that operate as both a general practice and UCC can only register the regular general practice business in MyMedicare.
  • Providers linked to a general practice and UCC must not use or link their UCC specific speciality code when providing MyMedicare services through the regular general practice.
  • All activities and claiming that occur through the UCC will not count towards MyMedicare patient eligibility, nor will MyMedicare linked items be claimable under the UCC operations.

Nurse practitioner-led practices

  • Nurse practitioner-led practices will be able to participate in MyMedicare if they have an eligible GP linked to their practice who is providing Medicare services or DVA equivalent services.
  • Patients will be able to register with their regular nurse practitioner-led practice and select their preferred provider and care team within the practice.
  • Nurse practitioner-led practices with an eligible GP must be accredited under the National General Practice Accreditation Scheme or have a valid exemption. Non-accredited practices will have 12 months to gain accreditation through a registered accreditation agency from the date they register in MyMedicare as a practice.
  • Nurse practitioner-led practices can start the MyMedicare registration process by ensuring they are registered in PRODA, HPOS and the Organisation Register and linking all their eligible providers so they are ready for patient registration by 1 October 2023.
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