Medical Republic article – Medicare payments: expensive, old-fashioned, unnecessarily punitive, and ineffective


In the February 1, 2022 issue of The Medical Republic’s Money & Medicine newsletter, Dr Margaret Faux discusses the Professional Services Review (PSR) approach to penalising doctors found to have inappropriately billed. When first introduced was described as ‘draconian’ and the criticism of the PSR has not let up for over 25 years.
“This bill fudges the distinction between a prosecution on the one hand and an inquiry or investigation on the other hand. A review turns into a prosecution without the subject ever having been advised of that transformation or of the particular charge against the person being identified to him at the relevant time. That makes a mockery of the government’s assertion that the proposed legislation meets the principles of natural justice and procedural fairness …”
Federal Shadow Attorney-General Darryl Williams QC
Read the full article, Still draconian, still unjust by Dr Margaret Faux, from The Medical Republic website.
About the Author:
Dr Margaret Faux is a health system administrator, lawyer and registered nurse with a PhD in Medicare compliance, and is the CEO of AIMAC, which offers courses and explainers on legally correct Medicare billing.

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