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Medical Republic article – Ins, outs, and in-outs! 

20 Jan 2022

In the January 18 2022 issue of The Medical Republic’s Money & Medicine newsletter, Dr Margaret Faux explains why the latest update to Medicare rebates is no more than a breathtakingly amateur cost-cutting exercise and is completely devoid of any understanding of the law, or …

COVID MBS items Explainer and FAQs, No. 57, 4 January 2022

4 Jan 2022

Dear Doctors and Health Care Workers

Lots of updates with the new laws now in force.

We received some excellent questions, as expected, and with the legislation now on the register we have the following answers and updates.

Before we start, some legal definitions that ar…

COVID MBS items Newsflash! No.56, 30 December 2021

30 Dec 2021

Dear Doctors and Health Care Workers

Firstly, we hope you are enjoying the festive season, spending time with loved ones and staying Covid safe.

There are major changes happening to Covid telehealth item numbers from 1 January 2022. The changes have not yet hit the Federal …

Synapse Connect December 2021 – So here it is, Merry Christmas!

22 Dec 2021

So here it is, Merry Christmas!
Welcome to our final update for 2021, which was another difficult year with the world still battling a pandemic.
At Synapse, we continued to make the best of it, by firstly keeping everybody safe (we continued to work from home, and supported our…

Medical Republic article – To name or not to name a referral…

16 Dec 2021

In the December 14 issue of  The Medical Republic’s Money & Medicine newsletter, Dr Margaret Faux discusses some entrenched billing myths around referrals.

“Neither GPs nor public hospitals are deliberately rorting anything in this context. Both are just strugglin…

Medical Republic article – Get SMART, or get pinged

2 Dec 2021

In the November 30 issue of  The Medical Republic’s Money & Medicine newsletter, Dr Margaret Faux and Heather Grain discuss the PSR’s latest expectation  – that Doctors adopt the SMART goals in context to management plans for chronic disease.

“The inability of …

Medical Republic article – Too many standards to bear

18 Nov 2021

In the November 16 issue of The Medical Republic’s Money & Medicine newsletter, Solicitor and CEO of Synapse Medical, Dr Margaret Faux, discusses the poorly understood standard of clinical relevance as Doctors try to navigate a spaghetti junction of standards for Medicare b…

Medical Republic article – Medicare365: punting on compliance

4 Nov 2021

In the November 2 issue of The Medical Republic’s Money & Medicine newsletter, Solicitor and CEO of Synapse Medical, Dr Margaret Faux, discusses Doctor’s compliance and assessing reliable advice and support from Medicare.

When Margaret asked doctors who participa…

Medical Republic article – When it comes to billing, doctors eat their young

21 Oct 2021

In the recent article for The Medical Republic, Solicitor and CEO of Synapse Medical, Margaret Faux, discusses Medicare billing in a GP practice and the lack of education for registrars.

“…my research found some commendable attempts to teach correct use of Medicare, the ov…

Synapse Connect October 2021

14 Oct 2021

Dear Synapse Network,

Welcome to the Spring edition of Synapse Connect.

The last quarter has been another very busy one here at Synapse. On the tech front, we have made numerous improvements to the Synapps MBS, as well as to our automated clinical coding product, Aircoder.

AIMAC and Leo Cussen Centre for Law announce education partnership

11 Oct 2021

The Australian Institute of Medical Administration & Compliance and the Leo Cussen Centre for Law announce education partnership.

The Australian Institute of Medical Administration and Compliance (AIMAC) and the Leo Cussen Centre for Law, have announced they will be joinin…

Medical Republic article – Medical billing is full of reasonable doubts

7 Oct 2021

There is a common view that medical billing is easy and doctors can learn what they need to know on the job. In the third article in this series, Margaret Faux highlights a few items that no one (including Medicare) knows how to bill correctly.

Read the full article, Medical b…

Medical Republic article – Medicare: how it started, how it’s going

22 Sep 2021

In 1975 when Medibank (later Medicare) was first introduced, the regulatory landscape was pretty simple.

Forty-five years later, it has morphed into a twisted and snarled morass of incoherent laws and other legal instruments, so complex and mercurial it would be beyond the com…

InfoMedix and Synapse Medical announce integration and partnership looking at Australia and beyond

16 Sep 2021

Synapse Medical, the company with Australia’s only Medicare integrated billing app (Synapps MBS), and the only automated clinical coding solution (Aircoder) and InfoMedix, the leading supplier of Digital Medical Records within Australia, are delighted to announce a partnership …

COVID MBS items Newsflash! No. 55, 15 September 2021

15 Sep 2021

Dear Doctors and Health Care Workers

Newsflash! Private inpatient telehealth services are here!

It’s been almost a year to the day since we sent our last Covid bulletin. We hope you have all been surviving out there.

A major change hit the federal register yesterday…

Synapse and Simbani announce Telehealth for the Bush initiative

15 Sep 2021

Synapse Medical Services, a MedTech healthcare administration company based in Sydney, and Simbani Research, a research organisation based in the Northern Territory, are delighted to announce a joint Telehealth for the Bush (TH4B) Project.

Synapse Medical has been providing mo…

Medical Republic article – Why I did a PhD on Medicare claiming and compliance

7 Sep 2021

In this series of articles for TMR’s Money & Medicine, Margaret Faux shares her extensive research findings and recommendations for reform designed to modernise Medicare.

The first article in the series, reveals Margaret’s journey into the complexities of the Medicare …

Medical Republic article – MBS Wild West

7 Sep 2021

In the recent article for The Medical Republic,  Solicitor and CEO of Synapse Medical, Margaret Faux, discusses the launch of their online educational platform called the Australian Institute of Medical Administration and Compliance (AIMAC).

“We’re very excited to have pu…

EBM Analytics and Synapse Medical Services announce integration and partnership

7 Sep 2021

Synapse Medical Services, the company with Australia’s only comprehensive medical billing rules engine and automated clinical coding (Aircoder), and EBM Analytics (EBM), a leading Australian-based technology and consultancy team dedicated to the provision of high-quality clinic…

AIMAC new website is now live!

6 Sep 2021

AIMAC is back!
Our popular education academy, AIMAC, has been having an upgrade in recent months and we are delighted to officially launch the new site today!

We have over 100 products, including short courses, subscription packages, free content to read, watch and liste…

Telehealth for the Bush

1 Sep 2021

The telehealth for the bush trial or ‘TH4B’ as it has become known, is now in full swing.

In collaboration with our research partners, Simbani Research, we are delighted to advise some updates:

We now have a network of approximately 20 specialists (a wide range of …

Criminalising split medical bills? We are in la la land!

18 Aug 2021

The latest article for Croakey Health Media by our CEO, Margaret Faux, discussing the Private Healthcare Australia proposal to criminalise surprise split medical bills. Arguing this is an ill-conceived, non-evidence-based overreach, that does not fit within the proper role of…

Anthony Albanese says the cost of visiting your doctor has increased by more than 30 per cent since the Coalition took office. Is he correct?

23 Jul 2021

Margaret Faux featuring in #Medicare #GP #Doctor news in #Australian today.
The claim
In a prelude to what the next federal election campaign may look like, Labor says cutting Medicare is “in the Liberals’ DNA”.
On June 8, 2021, Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese attac…

Greg Hunt says nearly 90 per cent of people receive their GP services for free. Is he correct?

22 Jul 2021

The claim

The federal government has come under fire from doctors for its decision to make changes to more than 900 items on the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS).

The impact of these changes, which came into effect on July 1 after a five-year MBS review, remains to be seen….

Synapse Connect March 2021

13 Mar 2021

Dear Synapse Network,

March already! It’ll be Easter in a minute…

We hope 2021 is already shaping up to be an improvement on 2020 for you all.

Here at Synapse, it’s been a very busy first quarter. We have released a major app update, entered new partnerships, made …

Vijaya Group – Industry ICON Awards 2021

8 Mar 2021

On International Women’s Day 2021 it gives us great pleasure to congratulate the outstanding achievement of our own Vidhya Bala who won the Industry Icon Award last week from the Vijaya Group of Hospital.

The event was organised to recognise individual talent in the h…

Proud to join the Talking HealthTech community

3 Feb 2021

Synapse is delighted to announce that we’ve joined the growing community over at Talking HealthTech. 

We are excited to become full members for 2021 and support the great work being done by Peter Birch and his team.

You can see our listing here.

Watch this space for som…

Fatal wound for Medicare? New fees for dressings “herald the end of bulk-billing”

28 Jan 2021

In this comprehensive article below, solicitor and Medicare scholar Margaret Faux and health informatician and clinical coder Heather Grain warn that the MBS Review Taskforce proposal for GPs to be able to charge co-payments for dressings will have big ramifications, heralding …

Synapse Connect December 2020 – So here it is, Merry Christmas!

4 Dec 2020

So here it is, Merry Christmas!
2020! A memorable year for all the wrong reasons and soon to be consigned to history.
We hope that everyone reading this has made it through the year unscathed, and your families are safe and well. At Synapse we tried to stay as positive as possi…

HIMAA Newsletter, September 2020 – Member Profile

7 Oct 2020


We are very proud that our Group Co-ordinator, Quality Assurance, Aircoder – Pratheena Augustine, was selected for a member profile article in the monthly newsletter (September 2020) of the Health Information Management Association of Australia (HIMAA). We understand…