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Medical Republic article – The international language of SNOMED

4 Aug 2022

In the 2 August 2022 article for the Medical Republic, Dr. Margaret Faux discusses the international language of SNOMED and how it can make our data meaningful and precise without clinicians needing to change a thing.

Clinicians use different words to describe the same things …

Synapse Connect July 2022

25 Jul 2022

Dear Synapse Network,

Welcome to our belated first newsletter for 2022, and boy is there a lot to update!

If there is one positive that’s come out of the ongoing Covid pandemic for us, it is that it has allowed us a period of consolidation and internal development, includ…

Medical Republic article – Australia’s health system still in the traveller’s cheque phase

21 Jul 2022

In the 19 July 2022 article for the Medical Republic, Dr Margaret Faux discusses that without the adoption of the international standard health information model, portable medical information still means carrying around pieces of paper.

“To get Australia’s health system out …

Advance Health Care Dubai 2022

20 Jul 2022

We’ve been receiving great coverage of our recent Data Driven Care Advance Health event in Dubai, featuring our CEO, Dr Margaret Faux & Business Development Director, Thom Soutter.

The event took place on Wednesday 22nd June at Dubai Science Park. Our CEO, Dr Margaret Fa…

COVID MBS items Explainer and FAQs, No. 64, 18 July 2022

18 Jul 2022

Dear Doctors and Health Care Workers

Hot off the press there are two new covid telephone item numbers for GPs which will commence tomorrow, and we also have an update about the 80/20 rule.

First the two new GP items.

We received an updated MBS file late this afternoon an…

Medical Republic article – Reform before rebate rise

8 Jul 2022

In the 5 July 2022 article for the Medical Republic, Dr Margaret Faux discusses why she believes we need Medicare reform before rebates can rise.

“So, what we have is a failed policing system where some very good clinicians are having their lives destroyed for unintentionally …

COVID MBS items Explainer and FAQs, No. 63, 07 July 2022

7 Jul 2022

Dear Doctors and Health Care Workers

Just a quick update.

As we flagged in Bulletin 62, the department made an error last week, which is has now corrected.

Items 91834, 91835, 92431 and 92432 have now been officially removed from the MBS.

The 30/20 rule still has not …

Article by Adele Ferguson on the big losses of tax payer’s money from billing errors through Medicare system

5 Jul 2022

In the July 4, Financial Review opinion piece, Medicare fraud, errors are costing $7b a year, by Adele Ferguson, Dr Margaret Faux is interviewed about the billing errors of medical practitioners through Medicare system amounting to losses of billions of dollars a year.

Read th…

COVID MBS items Explainer and FAQs, No. 62, 01 July 2022

1 Jul 2022

Dear Doctors and Health Care Workers

Unsurprisingly, there was another 11th hour change announced late yesterday, and we have had a few excellent questions overnight. First though the announcement.

The Federal Health Minister, the Hon Mark Butler MP, has decided to postpone…

Synapse Coding Manager chosen as the co-chair for openEHR International Education Program Board.

1 Jul 2022

Congratulations to our digital health expert and coding manager, Heather Grain, who has been elected as co-chair for the openEHR international Education Program Board.

Heather has years of practical and strategic leadership in EHR and terminology design and development. A long…

COVID MBS items Explainer and FAQs, No. 61, 30 June 2022

30 Jun 2022

Dear Doctors and Health Care Workers

We have waited till the last minute to send this bulletin, and we’re glad we did because a revised 1 July MBS file landed in our inbox at 4.50pm today. Ten minutes before the official EOFY! Take a moment to think about that and what it me…

Medical Republic article – Impenetrable codes and bad ‘official’ advice

22 Jun 2022

In the 21 June 2022 article for the Medical Republic, Margaret Faux discusses how doctors are vulnerable to misinterpretation of the Medicare billing system, and incorrect advice from the DOH doesn’t help to clarify Medicare’s complex system of laws.

“In the absence of nat…

Medical Republic article – Let’s bill the why, not just the what

15 Jun 2022

In the 7 June 2022 article for the Medical Republic, Margaret Faux reflects on the introduction of Medicare’s predecessor, Medibank and the evolvement of that into the Medicare system in place today.

“The ways we pay for health will continue to evolve, but the Australian hea…

Article by Dana Daniel on the AHPRA inquiry into allegations on misconduct into the cosmetic surgery industry

8 Jun 2022

Read Margaret Faux’s comments on lifting the ban on testimonials for medical advertising, in the June 7th Sydney Morning Herald article by Dana Daniel, Scrapping ban on patient testimonials would give free rein to cosmetic ‘cowboys’, experts warn.

“I’m really worried a…

Medical Republic article – ECG changes amount to gibberish

25 May 2022

In the May 24th, 2022 issue of The Medical Republic’s Money & Medicine newsletter, Dr Margaret Faux discusses the five basic rules of good legal drafting in context to some MBS items and the importance of aligning clinical vocabulary when describing clinical services.

“The…

The Guardian article – Inflated bulk billing numbers and Medicare is haemorrhaging money

16 May 2022

In the May 14th, 2022 issue of The Guardian, Dr Margaret Faux discusses Medicare bulk billing and non-compliant billing within Australian health regulation.

“Working in the underbelly of our health system has taught me that trumpeting artificially hyped statistics is a sign of…

Medical Republic article – PSR law is written so the PSR wins

11 May 2022

In the May 10th, 2022 issue of The Medical Republic’s Money & Medicine newsletter, Dr Margaret Faux discusses the litigation-plagued PSR and the need for reform.

“The PSR has been plagued by litigation since it began, particularly in the area of procedural fairness. My res…

Medical Republic article – Paid or not to be paid, that is the question

29 Apr 2022

In the April 26th, 2022 issue of The Medical Republic’s Money & Medicine newsletter, Dr Margaret Faux discusses the questions of whether a submitted claim will be paid or not, and if paid, whether the doctor was entitled to that payment. The doctors in Margaret’s research c…

Medical Republic article – the reforms we really need

14 Apr 2022

In the April 12th, 2022 issue of The Medical Republic’s Money & Medicine newsletter, Dr Margaret Faux discusses the Grattan report, bulk billing proposals for Medicare and the structural reforms that are really needed.

“There just is no point in continuing to fiddle with M…

Telehealth a target in recent primary healthcare reforms

6 Apr 2022

Dr Margaret Faux and Dr Sylvia Pfeiffer are referenced in the article, Winners and Losers in New 10-Year Plan by Holly Payne, published on the Medical Republic website on 6th April, 2022. In this article you can find out more about the significant changes to healthcare in the ref…

PSR-strengthening bill sails through committee – Medical Republic article

6 Apr 2022

Penny Durham author of the article, PSR-strengthening bill sails through committee, published on the Medical Republic website April 4th, informs us of the key changes to the PSR strengthening bill that looks to pass the Senate. The article includes quotes from Dr Margaret Faux o…

New reforms will restrict access and equitability to healthcare

6 Apr 2022

A recent article,  Misleading VPR reforms will restrict equitable access to health care, published by the Hospital and Health Care website and written by Dr Margaret Faux and Dr Silvia Pfeiffer, discusses the impact of delivery of healthcare services when the Government implemen…

Medical Republic article – Unpacking the Government’s Medicare ‘fair fee’ definition

31 Mar 2022

In the March 29th, 2022 issue of The Medical Republic’s Money & Medicine newsletter, Dr Margaret Faux discusses the Government’s Medicare ‘fair fee’ definition and discovers it’s neither of those things.

“Medical fee and rebate setting is a complex business, and everyone w…

Medical Republic article – We’re all doing it, so it must be legal … right?

16 Mar 2022

In the March 15th, 2022 issue of The Medical Republic’s Money & Medicine newsletter, Dr Margaret Faux discusses the illegality of bulk-billing and charging a gap and the ignorance around the correct use of Medicare bulk-billing system.

“We know that Medicare billing is pro…

Article by Melissa Davey on Medicare findings

15 Mar 2022

Melissa Davey, Medical Editor of The Guardian, discusses Dr Margaret Faux’s review findings on Medicare. The results are quite shocking.

“We all know we’re paying for health everywhere. But we’re being told we’re not.” Dr Margaret Faux

Read the full article by M…

Medical Republic article – how to bill, when to bill, and whether to bill

3 Mar 2022

In the March 1st, 2022 issue of The Medical Republic’s Money & Medicine newsletter, Dr Margaret Faux discusses how MBS descriptions can border on the absurd, making Doctor’s sitting ducks for policing authorities.

“Think on this. If a senior general legal counsel, with d…

Medical Republic article – Show me the double dip

17 Feb 2022

In the February 15, 2022 issue of The Medical Republic’s Money & Medicine newsletter, Dr Margaret Faux discusses the common misconception that Medicare bulk-billing for public hospital outpatient services leads to double dipping. Margaret discovers however, on close inspectio…

COVID MBS items Explainer and FAQs, No. 60, 10 February 2022

10 Feb 2022

Dear Doctors and Health Care Workers

We have received a handful of good questions over the past few weeks.

Here are the answers.

1. I have some patients where I do home visits in residential care. However, two facilities have COVID cases, and I want to convert to telehea…

IMEXHS and Synapse deliver integrated medical billing

10 Feb 2022

Synapse Medical, the company with Australia’s only rules based, enterprise, medical billing system which currently has over 65,000 embedded Medicare billing rules, and IMEXHS, the leading innovator in cloud-based medical imaging solutions, are delighted to announce a partnershi…

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

3 Feb 2022

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 t…