Practice Incentives Program (PIP)
The Practice Incentives Program (PIP) aims to recognise and reward general practices that provide comprehensive quality care and to compensate for the limitations of fee-for-service arrangements.
PIP payments are mainly dependent on practice size and type of patients seen, rather than on the number of consultations performed.
PIP incentives are currently available for the following:
- Diabetes management – Diabetes Annual Cycle of Care
- Asthma management – Asthma Cycle of Care
- Cervical Screening
- After hours care
- Teaching of medical students
- Employing a Practice Nurse or Allied Health - PNIP
- Indigenous Health Incentives (IHI)
- Rural Loading
- Quality Prescribing
- GP Aged Care Access
For more information about each of these incentives, including descriptions, payments, forms and guidelines, please visit the Department of Human Services website.
To be eligible for the PIP, practices need to be either accredited or working towards accreditation against the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) 4th Standards for General Practices. The ISML Primary Care Support team can assist practices undertaking accreditation for the first time, or for those undergoing re-accreditation. Please visit our accreditation page for more information or contact the team on 4220 7600 (Wollongong) or 4423 6233 (Bomaderry).
The information package includes an application form which should be completed and forwarded to:
Practice Incentives Program
GPO Box 2572
Adelaide SA 5001
Fax: (08) 8274 9352
Changes to PIP and SIP
In the recent Budget 2012-13 a number of changes to the current Practice and Service Incentive Payments (PIPs and SIPs) were announced.
These changes affect the Diabetes Incentive, Cervical Screening Incentive, General Practice Immunisation Incentive (GPII) and the eHealth Incentive. Please click here to view these changes in detail.
How Can ISML Assist?
The Primary Care Support Team can assist practices with claiming and maximizing PIP payments, by:
- Identify eligible patients for PIP activities through searching clinical software and using data extraction software;
- Creating and managing recall and reminder systems; and
- Implementing a systematic approach to PIP activities - tailored to the needs of your practice