Local Medical Officer scheme

Amendments arising from the introduction of statutory registration for health care providers effective 13 August 2007.

Effective from 13 August 2007, all references in the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) Notes for Local Medical Officers to the Local Medical Officer (LMO) contract or the requirement for a medical practitioner to enter in contract with DVA to provide services under the Local Medical Officers Scheme, should be read in the context of the changes arising from the implementation of statutory registration.  That is, that it is no longer necessary for a medical practitioner to sign or re-sign a contract with DVA to be eligible to provide services under the DVA Local Medical Officer Scheme.

It will still be a requirement that medical practitioners wanting to participate in the Local Medical Officer Scheme will still be required to meet the registration criteria as stipulated in 5.2 of the Notes for Local Medical Officers.

It is no longer necessary for a medical practitioner who is currently a LMO at an existing practice location, to advise DVA of a new practice location and reapply for LMO status at this new location, where the LMO has notified Medicare Australia of the new practice location.

Effective 13 August 2007, new medical practitioners who have been issued a new Medicare provider number who meet the registration criteria for the LMO Scheme will be contacted by DVA and invited to participate in the Scheme.

Those medical practitioners who do not clearly meet the registration criteria for the LMO Scheme will be contacted by DVA for further consideration by the Local Medical Officer Registration Committee.

These amendments to the Notes for Local Medical Officers are an interim measure to provide for the ongoing operation of the Local Medical Officer Scheme as a result of the implementation of statutory registration for health care providers treating entitled persons under DVA health schemes.  These notes will be reviewed more comprehensively to incorporate the changes arising from statutory registration as part of a broader review of DVA’s provider notes.  DVA will consult with the Australian Medical Association and other provider representatives as part of this review.