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BFD Education has been educating medical practitioners in ethical and legal billing since 2019

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BFD Education has been teaching MBS Workshops since 2019, many doctors have successfully passed Medicare audits post BFD education. In the workshops we teach the Basics of working in General Practice, whether you're a Practice Owner, Practice Manager, Administrator or Practitioner.

Due to Covid-19 putting a temporary end to BFD Educations Travel and Upcoming workshops we have had multiple requests to Live Stream and Record the MBS Workshops.

These Recordings are from our recent MBS for General Practice 2020 Workshop in August 2020 held in Perth Western Australia.

Everything you need to know as the basics for working in General practice as a practice manager, practice owner, general practice or administrator.

**Please note there is a minimum of 3 Recordings, Recordings are LARGE files, we suggest downloading and storing in a dropbox folder or on a hard drive.

Recording 1: Introduction to the MBS In the recording April Armstrong covers the layout of the MBS and the benefits of learning the MBS 1) Increased billings and profits for the practitioner. 2) Increased profits for the practice. 3) Higher quality medical services to patients as medical practitioners will be taking a more comprehensive history to potentially elect further billing opportunities. 4) Patients benefit from services above Item 23. 5) Encourages referral for allied health support.

The 5 Audit Stages - What triggers an audit? What do you need to do if you are contacted by Medicare for an audit? What information to i need to provide?

Communication and MBS Documentation - Where is documentation used? Patient or clinical record requirements.

Recording 2: Care Plans In this recording April Ratajczak talks about Domains of General Practice, communication skills and a patient-doctor relationship, Chronic Disease management item numbers and the billing frequencies.

Care plans - Completing a care plan, preparing for a care plan, completing a care plan.

General Practice Management Plan, When can/should you do a GPMP? What are the requirements for a GPMP?

Common General Practice Management Plans and Team Care Arrangements Mistakes.

Combination Billing for Common General Practice Management Plans and Team Care Arrangements.

Recording 3: Health Assessments Whats is your role in a health assessment? April Ratajczak explains who's eligible for health assessments, Health assessments for children, Adults and Older patients.

Opportunities to prevent chronic disease, mental health and addressing the underlying medical conditions that early intervention will result in better long-term health outcome.

A health assessment is to assess a patient health, physical, psychological and social functions.

Recording 4: Telehealth In July 2011 Medicare introduced rebates for video consultations for specialist services to address barriers to accessing health care faced by rural and re mote patients,

COVID Telehealth Item numbers, COVID Documentations Shortcuts, GP Attendance Item Numbers for Video and Phone for Pregnancy, Covid, Mental Health, Health Assessments and Chronic Disease. Eligibility for Telehealth, Combination Billing for Telehealth

Informed financial consent prior to undertaking consultation, to claim a medicare rebate for a patient you need a written or electronic consent from a patient.

Recording 5: Combination Billing A Medical billing model that correctly utilises all available item numbers Medicare Benefits Schedule to maximise the benefit claimed by patients for the services provided by the health practitioner.

The model supports comprehensive consultations, multidisciplinary team care, continuity of care and detailed, accurate and contemporaneous documentation.

Maximising MBS Billings, Combination & Return Billings,

The FOUR BIGGEST MISTAKES, The common combinations and Common combinations mistakes. What are the common combination billing mistakes?

Reappointments/Return business, Works on the model of return business and forward planning while developing individual care models.

Recording 6: Skin Care Billing Explanatory notes you need to understand to bill skin lesions correctly, April goes over the following item numbers.

Surgical Operations, Multiple Operation rule, Procedure performed with local Infiltration or Digital block, Normal After Care, Abandoned Surgery, Biopsy for Diagnostic purposes, Treatment of Keratosis/Warts ect, Cryotherapy and serial curettage Excision, Removal of Skin Lesions, Removal of skin lesions from the face, Local skin flap - definition, Removal of skin lesion, flap repair.

How to measure a skin lesion correctly and planning ahead for you patient when you do your biopsy and consents.

Recording 7: Mental Health Understanding mental health, Creating a framework to provide mental health services within the guidelines of the MBS.

Case Formulations, The Diagnosis, Mental Health Item Numbers.

The Risk Assessments Questions - Every patients needs a risk assessment, the three questions to ask.

Smarter Goals, setting smarter goals for your patient

Recording 8: Common MBS Mistakes, Treatment Room Item Numbers & Allergy base Disease There's over 330 item numbers that can be utilised in General Practice, Understanding the many item numbers provides your patients with the maximum rebate for eligible services.

What's the common mistakes GPs are making?

Why are MBS mistakes made?

Allergy based shortcuts and templates.

Learning outcomes

1) Identifying deficiencies in legislative knowledge to provide a framework for future ethical and legal billing.

2) Create health Assessments for eligible patients within the legal context of the MBS.

3) Identify self-care strategies within personal and professional context.

4) Develop skills to maximise quality clinical time with patients and improve patient outcomes.

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Business for Doctors Founder and Director Dr April Armstrong is a UWA graduate of Medicine and worked in General Practice in Kalgoorlie and Mandurah Western Australia. She is passionate about the business of medicine. She is the founder of the Business for Doctors concept and social media group. April was awarded the WA Telstra Businesswoman of the Year 2015 in the start-up category and her rural practice, Collins Street Surgery nominated for the WA Telstra Business Awards 2015. She has developed strategies and methods in investing and business management. Currently, April is working full-time for Business for Doctors and completing locum tasks in Rural ED and General Practice.

April Ratajczak in her 19 year’s experience of nursing, practice nursing and more recently practice management bring valuable insight to care plans, health assessments and the role of the practice manager in MBS compliance. April is the founder/director of Focus Accreditation an organisation that steps practices through the accreditation process to ensure a smooth site visit and successful accreditation. She also offers business management solutions for practices.

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