Professional Services Review – continuation of funding

The Government is continuing funding for the independently-administered Professional Services Review (PSR) Scheme, which provides a mechanism of peer review for investigating possible cases of inappropriate practice by health practitioners under Medicare and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

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Why is this important?

  • The Professional Services Review (PSR) Scheme protects the public from inappropriate medical practice and, in doing so, protects the integrity of the Medicare Benefits and Pharmaceutical Benefits Schemes.
  • The PSR Scheme provides a process for reviewing and investigating services provided by a health practitioner, to determine whether the practitioner has engaged in inappropriate practice in the rendering or initiating of Medicare services, or in prescribing under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

Who will benefit?

  • By reducing inappropriate medical practice, patients will benefit from the enhanced activity of the PSR through the knowledge that the PSR scheme ensures that medical services provided are subject to the scrutiny of their peers and that the scheme acts as a deterrent to inappropriate practice.

What funding is the Government committing to the initiative?

  • The Government will provide $12.9 million over four years for the continuation of the PSR Scheme.

What have we done in the past?

  • In the six years to 2005-06, the PSR has investigated 313 health practitioners for inappropriate practice. It has produced savings to Medicare in sanctions and in Medicare benefits not paid due to disqualification of practitioners. Sixty-three practitioners have been fully disqualified for specific periods from the Medicare benefits arrangements.

When will the initiative conclude?

  • Funding for this initiative is ongoing.

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