Incentive payments for General Practitioners
There are a number of incentive payments available to practitioners working with our clients.
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Veterans' Access Payment (VAP)
As a General Practitioner (GP) you may claim a supplementary VAP for services you provide to eligible veterans and dependants. You can only claim VAP using the Medicare bulk billing incentive item numbers:
The VAP is also payable with GP telehealth items introduced for COVID-19 as part of our changes in service delivery.
We have the fee schedules for medical services available online.Back to top
The Practice Nurse Incentive Program (PNIP)
PNIP provides incentive payments to practices to enhance and expand the role of nurses working in general practice.
Each year practices receive an annual per client payment based on the number of 'in room' consultations they provide. This only applies to clients who have a Veteran Gold Card. There are no limits on the amount per practice.Back to top
The Rural Enhancement Initiative
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Repatriation Commission and the Australian Medical Association Ltd (AMA) makes provision for us to pay a higher fee to GPs who provide services to veterans in identified rural public hospitals.
GPs participating in the rural enhancement initiative receive a 10% loading on top of the GP rate. This applies in:
- South Australia
- Western Australia
You can view a list of identified rural hospitals.
If you treat veterans at any of these identified hospitals you are eligible to receive higher fees. This applies to all MBS services provided for eligible veterans.
Participating in the Rural Enhancement Initiative
There are 3 steps to participating in the Rural Enhancement Initiative.
1. Apply for a Medicare provider number
Apply for a provider number for the specified hospital or hospitals where you provide services. To do this complete the Application for a Medicare Provider Number for a Medical Practitioner form and submit it to Medicare Australia.
2. Let us know
Tell us your provider number when you get it. We record the details, which will let Medicare Australia know that this practice attracts the higher fee.
3. Bill to practice location
You must bill all services that you provide at the hospital or hospitals to that location. This helps make sure you get the correct payments. We will not pay the higher rate for services you provide at eligible rural hospitals but bill to other practice addresses.Back to top
For invoicing and billing enquiries call 1300 550 017.
For other provider enquiries call 1800 550 457.Back to top