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The way orthotists can deliver services to the Australian veteran community is changing.

From 30 April 2019 you will need to be a DVA Provider to deliver most services, including the supply of orthoses, to the Australian veteran community. 

However, orthotists can still prescribe through the Rehabilitation Appliances Program (RAP) without signing up to these arrangements.

Orthotists are invited to register their interest from 1 February 2019 to become a DVA Provider by emailing RAP.program.management@DVA.gov.au with your preferred email address.

Once you have registered your interest in becoming a DVA Provider you will be sent an information pack that will include a letter of offer including the terms and conditions, links to the schedule and fees and more information on becoming a DVA Provider.

Why become a DVA Provider?

As a registered DVA orthotist you will be able to claim clinical time spent assessing, prescribing, fitting, reviewing and repairing orthoses, as well as the cost of prefabricated, customised and custom orthoses for eligible DVA clients.

Claiming will also be quicker because as a DVA Provider you will have access to claim online through Medicare.

DVA has a treatment population of more than 190,000 clients holding a Gold or White Health Care card, with an average age of 71 years. Of note, nearly three percent of this population is under 30 years of age.

Previously orthotists have provided services to DVA clients but were limited in the clinical time they could claim for.

DVA has been working closely with the Australian Orthotic Prosthetic Association (AOPA) to develop schedule items, fees and processes for a range of orthotist products and services.

Transition period – 1 February – 30 April 2019

To enable orthotists time to register as DVA Providers and for the implementation of the new processes, schedule items and fees, a transition period of three months will be in place.

During this time DVA will continue to accept claims through the current processes, so you are still able to complete claims for custom orthoses only.

Once you receive your DVA Provider number you can commence using the new fee schedule, processes and claiming through the online Medicare system.

These changes will not impact your ability to prescribe orthoses under the RAP.

For more information

If you are a DVA client requiring orthotist services please refer to the Factsheet – HSV147.

Please also see the Dental and Allied fee schedules for orthotists.

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