Closing the Gap PBS Co-payment program changes - GP Synergy

Closing the Gap PBS Co-payment program changes

Did you know that the Closing the Gap (CTG) PBS Co-payment program changes came into effect on 1 July 2021?

Some of the key improvements include:

Patient registration changes:

  • A new centralised patient registration database for the program, managed by Services Australia.
  • Any PBS prescriber or AHPRA registered Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioner registered with Medicare as a provider can register eligible Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people for the program.
  • Eligible Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can be registered for the program no matter where they live, and regardless of their chronic disease status.
  • Registration of eligible Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people will be via the Health Professional Online Services (HPOS) and will cover Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people even if they move to a different health clinic.

Prescription (PBS) changes:

  • PBS prescribers will no longer be legally required to write or electronically print ‘CTG’ on eligible PBS prescriptions for registered Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
  • Any PBS prescriber can issue PBS General Schedule medicine prescriptions for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people that are registered for the program.
  • If Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are registered for the program the PBS Online claiming system will verify this in real time. If the “Closing The Gap’ field in the dispensing system has been completed, this will trigger the correct pricing. If that field has not been completed, a claim will be rejected and will need to be resubmitted.

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