From 1 August 2019, the new Practice Incentives Program (PIP) Quality Improvement (QI) Incentive commences. The PIP QI Incentive is a payment to general practices for activities that support continuous quality improvement in patient outcomes and the delivery of best practice care.
The following four incentives will cease and be replaced by PIP QI:
- Asthma Incentive
- Cervical Screening Incentive
- Diabetes Incentive
- Quality Prescribing Incentive
The other seven PIP Incentives that will remain unchanged are:
- eHealth Incentive
- After Hours Incentive
- Rural Loading Incentive
- Teaching Payment
- Indigenous Health Incentive, and
- Procedural General Practitioner Payment
- General Practitioner Aged Care Access Incentive.
To Qualify for a PIP QI Incentive Payment
There are two components a practice needs to meet to qualify for a PIP QI Incentive payment:
1. Provide PIP Eligible Data Set to your local PHN
The PIP Eligible Data Set is the data collected against specified Improvement Measures such as the number of patients who are diabetic, the percent who smoke, the cardiovascular risk and weight profile. Practices must submit this data to us on a quarterly basis. We will use this de-identified data to help you identify key priority areas and quality improvement activities.
2. Participate in Continuous Quality Improvement
Practices may focus their quality improvement activities on specified Improvement Measures. There are no set targets for the Improvement Measures and practices can choose to focus their activities on other areas. These areas must be informed by their clinical information system data and meet the needs of their patient population.
Tailoring Quality Improvement to Your Practice Needs
The PIP QI Incentive recognises and supports those practices that commit to improving the care they provide to their patients. Participating practices will be supported to utilise the health information they have about their patient population, and their knowledge about the needs of their patients, to develop innovative strategies to drive improvement.
To understand the PIP QI requirements and PIP data governance arrangements, please refer to the following documents on the Department of Health's website:
Our Practice Support team are available to assist you through this transition. They can be contacted on 4708 8100 or online.