An upcoming webinar will focus on helping GPs looking to increase their income or ensure the sustainable operation of their practice.
This week’s edition of In Practice also includes an update on semaglutide supply, information on the pursuit of text-based subsidies for e-prescribing services, and details on a host of webinars and more. educational resources.
Strategies to maintain general sustainable practices and increase revenue
Thursday, September 15, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (AEST)
This webinar will cover strategies GPs can use to manage their income and future-proof their business, ensuring they can continue to practice as a GP or run a practice.
Discussion topics will include:
- practice setup experiments
- examples of changes made (e.g. billing) – what prompted the change, how it impacted patients
- examples of what went wrong (i.e. what an unsustainable practice looks like)
- what factors were considered in the design of the solutions (e.g. community factors, practice/staff factors).
Although the session will focus primarily on invoicing, it will also discuss other strategies for improving sustainability, including:
- use practice management software
- seek alternative funding sources
- performing non-clinical work or working in other locations (eg, hospitals)
- maximize the roles of practice staff.
Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions during the presentation.
Registration is available on the RACGP website.
TGA Updated Statement on Semaglutide
Increasing global demand for semaglutide products will continue to impact the availability of Ozempic (semaglutide) in Australia through early 2023.
A joint statement developed by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and leading professional obesity organizations discusses recommendations for patients and healthcare professionals affected by the ongoing supply issue.
RACGP Plus: free educational resources
RACGP Plus offers a suite of free mental health educational resources available to its members.
GPs can access more information on e-mental health and how to identify patients best suited for e-mental interventions through the RACGP webpage.
The Black Dog Institute also provides guidance on using e-mental health in primary care settings.
Webinar 2: Diagnosing dementia demystified – A step-by-step approach to diagnosing dementia in general practice
Wednesday, September 21, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (AEST)
Eligible for 2 RACGP CPD points
This three-part webinar series, hosted by RACGP Specific Interests and Dementia Training Australia, will provide GPs with a practical and step-by-step approach to improving knowledge, skills and confidence in the diagnosis and management of dementia in general practice.
Presented by three GPs who specialize in dementia, the second webinar in the series will provide an overview of dementia and outline a practical approach to help GPs diagnose dementia.
Continued reimbursement of text messages and the Electronic Prescription Fee
The Department of Health and Aged Care has published a Request for Tenders (RFT) for the provision of electronic prescription delivery services.
The Australian Digital Health Agency, on behalf of the department, has also announced that refunds for electronic prescription tokens sent via SMS will be extended until March 31, 2023, or until the results of the RFT process are finalized. .
Refunds will be provided for both original electronic prescription tokens through prescription systems and for the cost of repeat tokens generated through distribution systems.
It was also confirmed that the 15 cent e-prescription fee will continue until the RFT process is finalized.
Questions about these announcements can be sent to [email protected]
Integrating genomics into general medicine
Webinar 1: NIPS beyond common trisomies
Tuesday, September 13, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (AEST)
This webinar series will provide insight and expertise to successfully implement non-invasive prenatal screening (NIPS) beyond common aneuploidies in clinical practice.
Counseling considerations before and after NIPS will be discussed using case examples. In addition to NIPS, the series will also address the current state of reproductive carrier screening.
Finance Series: New Home Buying and Practice Support
This two-part webinar series has been designed to provide GPs with useful information to make informed financial decisions regarding:
- buy their first home and make the process as easy as possible
- buying and financing their practice space through a super self-directed fund (SMSF) and the process involved.
Webinar 1: September 20, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (AEST)
Information session for first-time home buyers.
Webinar 2: October 6, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (AEDT)
The benefits of purchasing and financing your practice premises through an SMSF.
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