Practice Incentives Program

The Practice Incentives Program (PIP) aims to support general practice activities.


These activities include continual improvements, quality care, enhanced capacity, and improved access and health outcomes for patients.

The Practice Incentives Program (PIP) is administered by the Department of Human Services (DHS), on behalf of the Australian Government Department of Health (DoH).
 

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible to participate in the PIP, a general practice must meet all of the following requirements:

  • meet the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) definition of a general practice
  • meet the PIP definition of an open practice (where one or more registered medical practitioners provide face-to-face medical or health services to patients at a physical location)
  • maintain at least $10 million in public liability insurance cover for the main location and each additional practice location (legal liability is not public liability).
  • make sure all general practitioners and nurse practitioners have the required minimum of $10 million professional indemnity insurance cover
  • be accredited, or registered for accreditation, as a general practice against the RACGP Standards for general practices by an agency approved under the National General Practice Accreditation Scheme. Accreditation must cover the entire quarter the practice is applying in and be maintained thereafter. Practices must be registered for and achieve accreditation against the RACGP Standards within 12 months of joining the PIP Program.
You can download a copy (current at September 2019) of the Practice Incentives Program Guidelines by clicking here (please note: this is a Word document).
 

Current incentives

The PIP currently comprises eight incentives. Participating practices can apply for as many or as few as are applicable to their practice. Each PIP has its own program eligibility criteria, questions and required supporting evidence. The PIP includes incentives for:

  • After Hours
  • eHealth
  • GP Aged Care Access
  • Indigenous Health
  • Procedural GP 
  • Quality improvement
  • Rural Loading 
  • Teaching
In addition, the Workforce Incentive Program (WIP) provides targeted financial incentives to encourage doctors to deliver services in rural and remote areas. The WIP also provides financial incentives to support general practices to engage the services of nurses, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioners and Health Workers, and eligible allied health professionals. For more information please see our WIP Information page.
 

On 1 August 2019, the incentives for asthma, cervical screening, diabetes, and quality prescribing ceased, and the PIP Quality Improvement (PIP QI) payment was introduced.

To support practices through this transition, WA Primary Health Alliance has collated some frequently asked questions to explain the components and processes of the PIP QI. This library of FAQs will continue to expand with the implementation of PIP QI.

The Department of Health has also released its own set of FAQs, which you can access here.

 

On 30 March 2020, the Australian Government announced updates to the Practice Incentives Program as part of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Primary Care Package.

Frequently asked questions relating to this announcement are also available on this page.

 

On 24 April 2020, the Department of Health and Services Australia provided an update regarding the Practice Incentives Program (PIP) and Workforce Incentive Program (WIP), in response to COVID-19 to support general practice.

For further information please review the PIP and WIP – updated COVID-19 Business Continuity Arrangements from the Department of Health.

 

1. What is the PIP QI?

The PIP Quality Improvement Incentive became available from 1 August, 2019, as part of the Practice Incentives Program. It's a payment to general practices that participate in quality improvement activities to improve patient outcomes and deliver best practice care.

There are two components that a general practice needs to meet to be eligible for a PIP QI incentive payment:
  1. Participate in continuous quality improvement
  2. Provide the PIP Eligible Data Set to its local PHN
The PIP QI Guidelines provide further information about PIP QI.
 

2. What is continuous quality improvement?

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) defines continuous quality improvement as an ongoing activity undertaken within a general practice with the primary purpose to monitor, evaluate, or improve the quality of healthcare delivered to practice patients.

3. How do I contact the Department of Human Services Incentives Branch?

For more information or assistance with the Practice Incentives Program:

Ph: 1800 222 032
Monday to Friday
8.30am to 5.00pm Australian Central Standard Time (7.00am to 3.30pm Perth time)

Email: pip@humanservices.gov.au
 

1. How can I register my practice for PIP QI?

To register for PIP QI, your practice must first be participating in the Practice Incentives Program. If your practice has not applied for PIP, this can be done online through HPOS, or by using the DHS IP001 form

Your application to participate in the Program must be finalised before your practice can register for the PIP QI payment.

Registration for PIP QI can then be completed via HPOS. Please note that WAPHA cannot complete your PIP QI registration on your behalf, however our Practice Support Staff  will be able to provide you with support for this process.

Once your practice is registered for PIP QI, please let your WAPHA Practice Support Staff member know.
 

2. What information does my practice need to provide to WAPHA for the purpose of PIP QI?

We collect from general practice:
  • PIP ID + HPOS screenshot (the screenshot is to validate the PIP ID provided)
  • PIP registration name
  • Clinical information server status (shared server vs independent onsite server)
  • Standalone practice or satellite practice
We will need you to provide your PIP ID, and discuss your data sharing approach, in order for us to complete the set up for the incentive.

 

3. I am unsure how to set up PRODA and HPOS: can you help me?

The Department of Human Services has a good range of education resources, including videos, simulations, and infographics, to help healthcare providers set up Provide Digital Access (PRODA) and Health Professional Online Services (HPOS). You will need to create a PRODA account to use HPOS, so please start with the PRODA education if you are new to DHS online services.

PRODA education resources
HPOS education resources
Incentives programs education resources

Your WAPHA Practice Support Team member may also be able to provide you with assistance in using online services.


 

4. Why does WAPHA need my PIP ID?

Part of WAPHA's role in the PIP QI is to provide a report to the Australian Government Department of Health that confirms the identity of the practices that met the Data submission requirements each quarter. 

WAPHA must ensure that it provides the Department of Health with data that enables it to reliably identify participating practices. To do this, we need to know your practice's PIP ID, and the name your practice is known by to the Department of Human Services (this will usually match the name recorded on your certificate of accreditation).
In addition to registration for PIP QI, WAPHA collects and stores your accreditation information, such as your accreditation provider, and the expiry date of your current accreditation.

By having this information recorded for your practice, we can utilise identifiers known to the Department of Health and Department of Human Services to guide your practice on the requirements.

5. I am having trouble working out how to register for PIP QI in HPOS: can you help?

Yes, we can.

Firstly, please click here to download our step-by-step guide to registering for PIP QI. This PDF has images of the screens within HPOS that you should expect to see when registering for  PIP QI, and instructions on where to click.

If you still cannot register, you can contact your WAPHA Practice Support Team member for further assistance, or contact the Department of Human Services Incentives Branch.
 

6. How much money will my practice receive for participating in PIP QI?

The PIP QI Guidelines outline the payment information (page 6) for practices participating in PIP QI.

Eligible practices will be able to receive a maximum of payment of $12,500.00 per quarter, based on $5.00 per Standardised Whole Patient Equivalent (SWPE) per year. The table below provides some guidance on the payments available per quarter, and per annum, based on your practice's SWPE.

This information is provided as an estimate only: the payments for which your practice is eligible may differ from the calculations below.
 
SWPE per quarter per annum
1,000 $1,250.00 $5,000.00
2,000 $2,500.00 $10,000.00
3,000 $3,750.00 $15,000.00
4,000 $5,000.00 $20,000.00
5,000 $6,250.00 $25,000.00
6,000 $7,500.00 $30,000.00
7,000 $8,750.00 $35,000.00
8,000 $10,000.00 $40,000.00
9,000 $11,250.00 $45.000.00
10,000.00 $12,500.00 $50,000.00
 
Remember that four PIP incentives (Diabetes, Cervical Screening, Asthma, and Quality Prescribing) have ceased with the introduction of the PIP QI.

The Service Incentive Payments (SIPs) associated with these terminated incentives also ceased with the introduction of the PIP QI. 

7. What do Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS) need to do to receive the PIP QI payments?

Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services and other organisations funded under the Indigenous Australians' Health Programme for the delivery of primary health care services that wish to receive the PIP QI Incentive payment must:
  • be eligible for the PIP
  • register for the PIP QI incentive
  • submit data on the National Key Performance Indicators (nKPIs) to the Department of Health
  • undertake quality improvement activities within their existing arrangement with the Department of Health that focus on the nKPIs
These organisations do not need to share data with WAPHA to be eligible for PIP QI payments, but instead need to maintain their existing reporting arrangements with the Department of Health.

For more information about PIP QI and ACCHS, you can access the fact sheet by clicking here.
 

8. How do the PIP quarters, "points in time" and data submission periods work?

The Practice Incentives Program operates on a quarterly structure, with eligibility assessed on the final day of the month prior to the quarterly payment month.
 
Quarterly payment month Point in time assessment of eligibility Reference period
February 31 January 1 November to 31 January
May 30 April 1 February to 30 April
August 31 July 1 May to 31 July
November 31 October 1 August to 31 October

For the purpose of the PIP QI, it is important for practices to remember that there is a defined data submission period for each quarter, and only extractions received within the data submission period will contribute to the practice's payment eligibility for that quarter.

The data submission periods for PIP QI are outlined in the table below.
 
Quarterly payment month Data submission period Reference period
February 1 November to 15 January 1 November to 31 January
May 1 February to 15 April 1 February to 30 April
August 1 May to 15 July 1 May to 31 July
November 1 August to 15 October 1 August to 31 October


WAPHA will inform practices of the data submission cut-off date for each quarter and has designed the extraction schedule (for those with CAT4 Scheduler installed) to coordinate with the PIP reporting period and provide practices with sufficient opportunity to achieve a successful, eligible extraction.

 

9. My practice has not received its PIP QI payment: what should I do?

If your practice does not receive a payment but all data sharing and other PIP QI eligibility requirements have been met, it may have had its payment delayed or withheld due to:
  • non-compliance with eHealth incentives requirements (this can affect all PIP payments for a short time)
  • expired general practice accreditation (or recent updates to accreditation status not received)
  • failure to submit the annual confirmation statement
If your practice does not receive an expected PIP QI payment, or believes there are extenuating circumstances that should be considered, please direct your communication through the Department of Human Services by completing the Practice incentives review of decision form (IP027).

 

10. How do I withdraw my practice from participation in PIP QI?

General practices, ACCHS and other IAHP organisations can withdraw from the PIP QI Incentive online through HPOS by the data submission period end date for the relevant quarter. General practices, ACCHS and other IAHP organisations can re-apply at any time for the PIP QI Incentive online through HPOS.

https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/organisations/health-professionals/services/medicare/practice-incentives-program/how-manage
 

1. What is the PIP Eligible Data Set?

The PIP Eligible Data Set is the data that general practices must provide to their local PHN for the purposes of PIP QI. The PIP Eligible Data Set is comprised of only those fields required to calculate the PIP QI ten improvement measures, and conduct approved analysis in accordance with the PIP Eligible Data Set Governance Framework.

The ten quality improvement measures are:
  1. Proportion of patients with diabetes with a current HbA1c result
  2. Proportion of patients with a smoking status
  3. Proportion of patients with a weight classification
  4. Proportion of patients aged 65 and over who were immunised against influenza
  5. Proportion of patients with diabetes who were immunised against influenza
  6. Proportion of patients with COPD who were immunised against influenza
  7. Proportion of patients with alcohol consumption status
  8. Proportion of patients with the necessary risk factors assessed to enable CVD assessment
  9. Proportion of female patients with an up-to-date cervical screening
  10. Proportion of patients with diabetes with a blood pressure result
The PIP Eligible Data Set is de-identified patient data, aggregated at the practice level.

 

2. What will the PIP Eligible Data Set – and therefore my practice’s data – be used for?

Under the guidelines of the program, the PIP Eligible Data Set can only be used for the purposes of:
  1. Improving the quality of care and patient outcomes
  2. Improving the capacity for general practices to benchmark their activities against peers on an agreed set of improvement measures
  3. Providing nationally consistent, comparable data against specified quality improvement measures to create regional and national health data sets
  4. Contributing to service planning and population health mapping at different levels including PHN boundaries, local health districts, jurisdictional boundaries, and national, and
  5. Confirming participant eligibility for the receipt of Commonwealth funding under the PIP QI incentive.

1. Does my practice have to share data with WAPHA to be eligible for the PIP QI?

Yes. To be eligible to receive a PIP QI payment, general practices must:
  1. be eligible for the PIP
  2. register for the PIP QI Incentive
  3. electronically submit the PIP Eligible Data Set to their local PHN (for WA practices, this is WAPHA) quarterly
  4. undertake continuous quality improvement activities in partnership with their local PHN
One exception to this are Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS) and other organisations funded under the Indigenous Australians' Health Programme (IAHP), which already provide data against the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander National Key Performance Indicators (nKPIs), within existing arrangements with the Department of Health (see FAQ below for more information).

2. My practice IS currently sharing data with WAPHA but is not registered for PIP QI: what do I need to do?

If your practice is already sharing data with WAPHA, you are well-placed to meet the eligibility requirements for PIP QI.

You will need to provide your PIP ID to WAPHA so that we can ensure our records for your practice include the information we require for reporting to the Department of Health on your participation. If you have not already provided your PIP ID, you can do so by contacting your WAPHA Practice Support Team member.

Your practice will also be asked to sign a Data Sharing Agreement to reflect the data extraction and governance requirements for the PIP Eligible Data Set.

To be eligible for a payment, your practice needs to register for PIP QI, then complete a successful data extraction of the PIP Eligible Data Set before the end date of the data submission period for the PIP quarter in which the practice registered (see below FAQ for more information). Note that participation in the incentive must be approved prior to the data extraction: successful extractions that occur prior to successful PIP QI registration will be considered ineligible.
 

3. My practice IS NOT currently sharing data with WAPHA but would like to participate in PIP QI: what do I need to do?

If your practice is not currently sharing data with WAPHA, and intends to participate in PIP QI, we encourage you to contact your WAPHA Practice Support representative  as soon as possible

Your practice may have a Pen CS licence and not be extracting, or may not have had the Pen CS tool installed. If this is the preferred method you wish to implement, please contact you WAPHA Practice Support Staff to establish a data sharing arrangement which will take some time and coordination.

If your practice would prefer to share a compliant data extract file (JSON) from your clinical information system, you have the option of uploading to either portal solution:
  1. WAPHA Portal at no cost to your practice
  2. Pen ’PHN’ Portal with costs being negotiated between your practice and Pen CS directly.
The file submitted must comply with the PIP QI Technical Specifications.
Whatever your current circumstances, it is important that you get in touch promptly as the process for establishing a data sharing arrangement will take some time and coordination.

Please contact your WAPHA Practice Support Team member to initiate this process.

4. What data extraction tool does WAPHA use?

WAPHA has selected Pen CS as its data extraction tool.

You can learn more about CAT Plus, and the Pen CS suite of tools for general practice, on its website.

Your Primary Health Liaison (PHL) or Comprehensive Primary Care (CPC) Facilitator will also be able to assist you with information and training on the PEN CS tools.
 

5. Which general practice software packages are compatible with CAT Plus?

Below is the Pen CS CAT Plus compatibility matrices for clinical and billing information systems:
 
Clinical information system CAT4 Scheduler V3 Topbar
Medical Director Yes Yes Yes
Best Practice Yes Yes Yes
Zedmed Yes Yes Yes (v26 and higher)
Genie Yes in beta in beta
Specialist Complete Yes TBC No
Medinet Yes No No
MedTech32 Yes No No
MMEx Yes No No
practiX Yes No No
StatHealth Yes No No
 
Billing information system CAT4 Topbar
PracSoft Yes Yes
BP Management Yes Yes
Zedmed Yes Yes
Communicare Yes  
Mediflex Yes  
MedTech32 Yes  
Medilink Yes  
MMEx Yes  
practiX Yes  
Genie    
The Practice Yes  

6. My practice was granted an exemption from sharing data for the purpose of PIP QI: what do I need to do now?

As the exemption period ended on 31 July 2020, your practice now needs to begin sharing the PIP QI Eligible Data Set each quarter with WAPHA. Your first data submission must be received between 1 August and 15 October for your practice to be eligible for a Quarter 1 payment.

If your practice’s software is compatible with PEN CS, you may wish to consider utilising the CAT4 extraction tool. To learn more, please speak with your WAPHA Practice Support Staff member.

If your practice’s software is compatible but you do not wish to use this method of extraction, two (2) solutions have been developed to allow your practice to extract the PIP Eligible Data Set from its clinical information system and securely share it with WAPHA. The file submitted must comply with the PIP QI Technical Specifications.
If your practice would prefer to share a compliant data extract file (JSON) from your clinical information system, you have the option of uploading to either portal solution:
  1. WAPHA Portal at no cost to your practice
  2. Pen ’PHN’ Portal with costs being negotiated between your practice and Pen CS directly.
Please contact your WAPHA Practice Support Team member to initiate this process.
 

7. What if my practice uses software that is not compatible with CAT Plus?

While practices with non-compatible software were eligible for the PIP QI exemption, that period has now ended (31 July 2020) and you will need to adopt a portal solution for sharing data with the PHN.

Two (2) solutions have been developed to allow your practice to extract the PIP Eligible Data Set from its clinical information system and securely share it with WAPHA. The file submitted must comply with the PIP QI Technical Specifications.

For your practice to share a compliant data extract file (JSON) from your clinical information system, you have the option of uploading to either portal solution:
  1. WAPHA Portal at no cost to your practice
  2. Pen ’PHN’ Portal with costs being negotiated between your practice and Pen CS directly.
Please contact your Practice Support Team member to initiate this process.
 

8. My practice uses a shared server. Can we separate the data extractions by location?

Assuming your practice uses software that is compatible with Pen CS, CAT4 can be configured to run a data extract by location once the clinical software has been correctly configured. Pen CS refers to this as “multi location” and has successfully supported practices to provide separate and aggregated data extracts across practices with a shared server arrangement.

If your practice uses one of the software systems listed below, please review the information provided by PEN CS to ensure the software is correctly configured for collection by location:

Best Practice collection by location
Medical Director collection by location
Communicare collection by location 

If your practice uses software that is not compatible with Pen CS, CAT4 and you intend to share data via JSON file extract, please advise the Department if your practice is using a shared database with other practices within your local PHN area or across PHNs before 30 September via PIPQIexemptions@health.gov.au. These practices will be managed on a case by case basis by the Department and further advice provided at that time.

CIS vendors, Pen CS and Polar are continuing to work collaboratively with the Department of Health (the Department) to explore solutions for those practices using shared databases.
 

9. How do I know if my practice has successfully extracted and submitted data to WAPHA?

Practices with a data sharing agreement with WAPHA will receive a notification to confirm:
  • a successful extraction, or
  • an unsuccessful extraction

10. What are the data governance arrangements?

The PIP Eligible Data Set Data Governance Framework sets out the roles and responsibilities of all data custodians involved in the content, collection, use, access, aggregation, privacy and security of the PIP Eligible Data Set.
  • Local data custodians: Participating general practices control collection, use, access, privacy and security of data at the general practice level and are designated local data custodians.
  • Regional data custodians: Primary Health Networks (PHNs) aggregate and control collection, use, access, privacy and security of data at the regional level and are designated regional data custodians.
  • National data custodian: The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) national provider aggregates and controls collection, use, access, privacy and security of data at the national level and is the designated national data custodian of the PIP Eligible Data Set. The PIP Eligible Data Set Data Governance Framework sets out the roles and responsibilities of all data custodians involved in the content, collection, use, access, aggregation, privacy and security of the PIP Eligible Data Set.

11. What changes have been made to WAPHA’s Data Sharing Agreement (DSA)?

WAPHA has made amendments to its DSA to address queries that were raised by general practices, and to align with the Commonwealth’s own data sharing agreement template, for the extraction and use of clinical practice data.


WAPHA New Data Sharing Agreement (PenCS)- sample 
WAPHA New Data Sharing Agreement (Via Portal)- sample 
Quick Snapshot of DSA ‘changes’ document is available here

The New Data Sharing Agreement will be rolled out in three (3) phases in 2020:
Phase 1- Practices moving off exemption    August- September
Phase 2- Practices on the old DSA (expressed issues with the DSA they signed) October
Phase 3- All other Practices who chose to transition – November

12. I have patients who don't want their data shared: can I exclude them from this data set?

If you are using PEN CS CAT4 as your data extraction tool,  you can exclude a patient from the extraction that you submit to WAPHA.

If your patient withdraws consent for data to be shared for the purpose of the PIP QI, you can use the functionality in CAT4 to exclude them from this particular data sharing activity only. Using this feature removes a patient’s data completely from any de-identified data files that CAT creates. You only need to do this once for a patient, and that patient will be excluded from all future extractions.

To find the instructions guide on how to opt a patient out of data sharing via CAT4, please click here.

Please note that this process only excludes non-consenting patients from data extracted via CAT4: it does not exclude them from other data sharing activities your practice might participate in. You may find that your clinical software has features that allow you to exclude non-consenting patients from these other activities. If other data sharing is a concern for you or your patients, please speak directly with your clinical software provider to learn more about features specific to your software.
 

13. When will my data be extracted?

WAPHA has scheduled the automated extraction dates so that extractions will coordinate with the PIP QI reporting schedule, and PIP quarters, mandated by the Department of Human Services.

This means that automated data extractions will occur between the 9th and 12th of each month. For most practices, the schedule will have little or no impact as Scheduler works remotely to extract data at a time of day convenient to the practice.

If your practice does not have Scheduler installed, please review the FAQ above relating to software compatibility and, if your software is compatible, we recommend you contact PEN CS to have Scheduler installed. If your practice software is not compatible, and you perform data extractions manually, you may wish to use this schedule as a guide for your own processes.

Please note that two weeks prior to each PIP point in time are considered a void or blackout period (example: 4th quarter dates are 1st August – 15th October, therefore 15th October to 31st October is the blackout period) and data extracted or received during that period will not be considered an eligible data set. Therefore, it is imperative that data extractions occur, and data is received, prior to this period. Please see the FAQ below for information on data submission periods and points in time.

 

1. What is WAPHA's role in the PIP QI program?

WAPHA, like all Primary Health Networks nationwide, is responsible for receiving the PIP Eligible Data Set from participating local practices (for WAPHA, that is general practices in Western Australia), and for providing a report to the Department of Health that confirms the practices that successfully extracted data for the quarter.

WAPHA will share the de-identified aggregated data with the national data custodian – the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) – for national level analysis and research.

WAPHA is also able to support practices with quality improvement activities.
 

2. What are the benefits of sharing data with WAPHA? What can WAPHA help with?

In addition to being a requirement for practices wishing to participate in the PIP QI, practices that share data with WAPHA enjoy the following benefits:
  • Licences for the CAT Plus software suite at no cost to your practice
  • Reports that provide your practice with de-identified data to help drive quality improvement in data quality, billing accuracy, and patient-centred care
  • Increased practice revenue through better practice insights
  • Strengthen patient care using insight-based decision making
  • Personalised support and training to assist your practice in maximising the benefits of the Pen CS general practice data tools
  • Support with quality improvement activities
Building a relationship with your Practice Support Team member provides you with a support person to assist you with a range of activities tailored to general practice, as well as up-to-date information about services and events both local to your practice, and pertinent to general practice state-, and nation-, wide.

Please contact WAPHA to be put in touch with your Practice Support Staff member, or contact them directly to discuss the benefits of sharing data with WAPHA.
 

3. Are there any other resources that I can access?

The RACGP has released a PIP QI fact sheet, which you can download by clicking here.

The Practice Assist website provides links to a wide variety of guidelines and resources to assist you with managing data security and patient health information in general practice.

PenCS has a suite of materials designed for use in general practice and Aboriginal Medical Services.
 

I've heard the PIP QI payment has changed because of Coronavirus (COVID-19). What is different?

The Australian Government has advised that there will be temporary increases to the PIP QI incentive payments for general practices to ensure patients are able to access essential face-to-face care. General practices that open for face-to-face services for a minimum of four hours a day (or for part time practices, an average of 50% of their normal practice opening hours) will have their next two PIP QI payments doubled.

The current details of this package are available on this fact sheet.

Does my practice have to register to receive the increased PIP QI payment?

No. Practices that are already registered and claiming PIP QI do not need to register for this additional funding. Payments will be made automatically based on MBS billing.

Your practice does have to be approved to participate in PIP QI to receive the increased payments. If your practice is not currently participating in PIP QI, please contact your Practice Support team member to discuss this further.

Do I have to provide evidence to WAPHA of our consultation arrangements, to demonstrate that we are still providing at least four hours of face-to-face visits with GPs?

No. The Department of Health has confirmed that it will calculate determine eligibility via MBS billing. You do not need to confirm your opening hours with WAPHA for the purpose of the PIP.

However, if your opening hours or arrangements have changed, we encourage you to let us know so that we can maintain current information for your practice.

My practice has a PIP QI exemption: are we still eligible for the increased payment?

Yes. Practices that hold an approved exemption for PIP QI are also eligible to receive the additional funding, providing they meet the requirements for providing face-to-face services, as well as the obligations (other than data sharing) for PIP and PIP QI eligibility.

When will the increased PIP QI payments be made?

Increased payments will be made in accordance with the existing PIP payment schedule, meaning that they will be made on 1 May and 1 August. At the present time, the increased payments will cease on 30 September, 2020.

Please ensure your practice continues to meet all its eligibility criteria for the Practice Incentives Program, including maintaining current accreditation and completing annual statements. Failing to meet eligibility criteria puts all your PIP payments at risk.
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