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Practice managers' circular

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 LMO 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 LMO scheme.

It will still be a requirement that medical practitioners wanting to participate in the LMO 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 an 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 LMO 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 AMA and other provider representatives as part of this review.

Diabetes educators

DVA has recently contracted diabetes educators to provide allied health services to eligible gold and white card holders. For more information or to find a DVA-contracted diabetes educator in your area, please contact 1300 550 457 (metro) or 1800 550 457 (non-metro).

LMO and general practitioner fees

See: Fee schedules page for reference to all provider fees

Ordering health care provider forms

See: Ordering online forms 

LMO notes

Download the LMO Notes as a Word document. (Word 405 KB)

Practice managers' circular

This is an electronic circular distributed twice a year to practice managers. The circular contains information that will assist practice managers to interact with the veteran community, and advice regarding DVA administrative processes. 

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