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COVID MBS items FAQs No.14, 31 March 2020, Special Edition Bulk Bill Signature Explainer

31 Mar 2020

Dear Doctors and Health Care Workers

Following on from yesterday’s bulletin, as promised, this is an explainer on the law around the requirement for patients to sign the Bulk Bill voucher, known as the DB4 form.

As an academic scholar of Medicare law, bulk billing strikes…

COVID MBS items explainer and FAQs No.13, 30 March 2020

31 Mar 2020

Dear Doctors and Health Care Workers

Firstly, thank you all for your generous words of support in relation to these bulletins. It is the least we can do, putting our totally weird area of specialisation to use at a time when Medicare billing just got a whole lot more complex. …

COVID MBS items explainer and FAQs No.12, 29 March 2020

31 Mar 2020

Dear Doctors and Health Care Workers

Following on from our bulletin earlier today, the new Determination is now on the Commonwealth Law Register and commences tomorrow, 30 March 2020. Here is the link https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/F2020L00342

The changes focus most…

COVID MBS items explainer and FAQs No.11, 29 March 2020

31 Mar 2020

Dear Doctors and Health Care Workers

Stage 4 has just been announced in a joint media release which you can read here https://www.health.gov.au/ministers/the-hon-greg-hunt-mp/media/covid-19-whole-of-population-telehealth-for-patients-general-practice-primary-care-and-other-med…

COVID MBS items explainer and FAQs No.10, 27 March 2020

27 Mar 2020

Dear Doctors and Health Care Workers

Thanks to everyone who has reported successful experiences charging gaps for COVID services, following which patients have successfully obtained their Medicare rebates. Whilst interesting, this represents nothing more than how Medicare has …

COVID MBS items explainer and FAQs No. 9, 26 March 2020

26 Mar 2020

Dear Doctors and all Health Care Workers

Lots of excellent questions today, many of which will be relevant to all practitioners because they deal (again) with the bulk bill issue, correct use of provider numbers and an update from the Department about signing bulk bill voucher…

COVID MBS items explainer and FAQs No. 8, 25 March 2020

25 Mar 2020

Dear Doctors and all Health Care Workers

The key message today is that, despite some excitement around the prospect of all Australians being able to talk to a medical practitioner online for free from next week, we do not know the details and it is not yet law.

Talking ‘f…

COVID MBS items explainer and FAQs No. 7, 24 March 2020

24 Mar 2020

Dear Doctors and all Health Care Workers

First an update on the news flash announced in yesterday’s bulletin.

1.  The Health Minister announced an extension of vulnerability criteria for Health Professionals.

This mirrors the criteria for vulnerable patients and repre…

COVID MBS items explainer and FAQs No. 6, 23 March 2020

23 Mar 2020

Dear Doctors and all Health Care Workers

A new week of COVID MBS billing questions answered. We hope you are all managing OK out there on the frontline.

In addition to questions from specialists, we are now receiving questions from GPs, Nurse Practitioners and Allied Health…

Advance Health Webinar : Coronavirus

23 Mar 2020

Dear Valued Network,

As part of our commitment to exchange knowledge and ideas – especially during exceptional circumstances – we are pleased to share the first Advance Health Webinar on coronavirus (COVID-19) from Dubai Science Park, Connection Communications & Sy…

COVID MBS items explainer and FAQs No. 5, 20 March 2020

20 Mar 2020

Dear Doctors

Below are the responses to today’s questions, some great news from the Department and a weekly wrap up. Let’s start with some very welcome news from Medicare.

Questions

1.You no longer have to print and retain bulk bill forms AND will not be audited in r…

COVID MBS items explainer and FAQs No. 4, 19 March 2020

19 Mar 2020

Dear Doctors,

Below is the next tranche of responses to the excellent questions that arrived before 4.30pm today.

Questions

1. If I have to cancel my consulting room sessions, due to patient concerns (i.e. am a geriatrician), can I offer telehealth consultations from hom…

Synapse connect March 2019 – our 10th anniversary year

18 Mar 2020

Hello Synapse Network,

Welcome to the first Synapse Connect for 2020, our 10th anniversary year. As ever, the year is flying by, and Easter eggs have been spotted on supermarket shelves!

2020 has kicked off with a bang here at Synapse and we have plenty of updates to share….

COVID MBS items explainer and FAQs No. 3, 18 March 2020

18 Mar 2020

Dear Doctors,

Below is the next tranche of responses to the excellent questions that arrived before 4.30pm today.

Just as a general point, the COVID MBS item numbers are intended as a stop gap measure in an emergency situation such as this pandemic. They are not designed to…

COVID MBS items explainer and FAQs No. 2, 17 March 2020

17 Mar 2020

Dear Doctors,

Thank you for your excellent questions overnight. Please keep them coming. Below are responses to questions that came in before 4.30pm today. We received quite a few of the same question, so I have incorporated those into one, where appropriate. Please note that …

COVID MBS items explainer and FAQs No. 1, 16 March 2020

16 Mar 2020

Dear Doctors,

We have been inundated with requests for assistance understanding the new COVID MBS items which we agree are unclear and confusing. Below are answers to the most common questions we have received since Friday. If you have more questions, please send them through …

Billing in Byzantium

13 Mar 2020

Delighted to announce that our CEO & Founder, Margaret Faux appears on the latest episode of Pomegranate Health; the podcast from the The Royal Australasian College of Physicians about the culture of Medicine. Australia has one of the best value health systems in the world, b…

Advance Health Highlights Role of Healthcare Technology in Fighting Diabetes

29 Jan 2020

Synapse Medical Services co-hosted the the 10th edition of the forum
Marwan Abdulaziz Janahi “DSP supports innovative business partners who are using new technologies to diagnose and treat the disease “
Diabetes is a major health concern that affects 19% of the UAE …

Synapse Connect December 2019 – So here it is, Merry Christmas!

20 Dec 2019

Hello Synapse Network,

Where has 2019 gone?! With the festive season well and truly upon us it is time to reflect on the twelve months that are coming to a close, and review the transformational year that 2019 has been for Synapse.

We made great progress this year in furthe…

SASMOA – Private Practice 101 – Your Questions Answered

12 Dec 2019

Synapse Medical Services CEO, Margaret Faux presented a seminar on private practice for the South Australian Salaried Medical Officers Federation in Adelaide yesterday evening. The event was sold out with a wait list, which was fantastic! As always, it was an honour for Synapse…

Next Generation Sequencing – Empowering Clinical Practice

21 Nov 2019

Dubai Science Park (DSP), a science- and healthcare-focused business community, convened key industry stakeholders at the ninth edition of its Advance Health forum that highlighted the latest trends in next-generation sequencing (NGS).

Organised in partnership with Synapse Med…

Published in the Journal of Law and Medicine (2019) 27 JLM 66

10 Nov 2019

Medicare Billing, Law and Practice: Complex, Incomprehensible and Beginning to Unravel
Margaret Faux, Jonathan Wardle and Jon Adams*

Australia’s Medicare is still widely considered one of the world’s best health systems. However, continual political tinkering for 40 years h…

Synapse moves into Dubai Science Park

11 Oct 2019

Synapse Medical Services are delighted to announce that we’ve moved our Dubai based office to Dubai Science Park, DSP.

DSP have been great supporters of Synapse since our move into the healthcare space in the UAE and this strategic move makes sense for a number of reasons, n…

Paperless and Proud

5 Oct 2019

We at Synapse Medical are extremely proud of our technological solutions, in part for the ease in which we can help the practices of our clients and also how they help those precious healthcare dollars to go further in the right places.

Our billing and autocoding solutions als…

Needs based investment in healthcare policies to support best practice and centres of excellence

4 Oct 2019

Synapse Medical Services CEO & Founder, Margaret Faux, was in Dubai this week as part of an esteemed panel of speakers to discuss “Needs based investment in healthcare policies to support best practice and centres of excellence”.

Synapse were honoured to be invited b…

More mental health specialists needed to respond to growing demand for services, Experts at Advance Health Forum State

29 Sep 2019

 
 

Dubai-UAE: 29th September, 2019 – Dubai Science Park (DSP), a science- and healthcare-focused business community, convened key industry stakeholders at its Advance Health forum to discuss the current status and future direction of mental health in the UAE.

New Synapse India Office!

25 Sep 2019

Last week was a wonderful moment for Synapse Medical Services as we moved into our new office in Chennai. We held a magnificent inauguration on Wednesday 25th September 2019. We’d like to offer special thanks to our guest of honour from Australian Department of Foreign Affairs …

Synapse connect September 2019 – announcing new ‘share patients’ function in the Synapps MBS!

23 Sep 2019

Hello Synapse Network,

Welcome to the spring edition of Connect in which we have exciting updates on our revolutionary Synapps Medical Billing System, including a new ‘share patient’ function, the increasing demand for medical billing education, a new private practice concept …

A billing platform for rural health services

20 Sep 2019

Earlier this year, we visited Hobart, Tasmania for the 15th National Rural Health Conference to showcase how our solutions could be used in the most remote of locations. The aim was to spread the word about Synapse’s medical administration services, such as our mobile Medica…

Wrap up from the Australian College of Nurse Practitioners National Conference, 2-5 Sept 2019

12 Sep 2019

 
The Australian College of Nurse Practitioners is the peak professional body for Nurse Practitioners and Advanced Practice Nurses in Australia. The fact that their vision statement “Instil nurse practitioner knowledge, competency and capability through access to quality educ…