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Regulations as amended, taking into account amendments up to Health Insurance (Professional Services Review Scheme) Amendment (2022 Measures No. 3) Regulations 2022
These regulations repeal and remake the Health Insurance (Professional Services Review) Regulations 1999 to make administrative changes to support the ongoing function of the Professional Services Review Scheme.
Administered by: Health and Aged Care
Registered 11 Aug 2022
Start Date 09 Aug 2022
End Date 30 Sep 2022

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Health Insurance (Professional Services Review Scheme) Regulations 2019

made under the

Health Insurance Act 1973

Compilation No. 4

Compilation date:                              9 August 2022

Includes amendments up to:            F2022L01049

Registered:                                         11 August 2022

This compilation includes retrospective amendments made by F2022L01049

About this compilation

This compilation

This is a compilation of the Health Insurance (Professional Services Review Scheme) Regulations 2019 that shows the text of the law as amended and in force on 9 August 2022 (the compilation date).

The notes at the end of this compilation (the endnotes) include information about amending laws and the amendment history of provisions of the compiled law.

Uncommenced amendments

The effect of uncommenced amendments is not shown in the text of the compiled law. Any uncommenced amendments affecting the law are accessible on the Legislation Register (www.legislation.gov.au). The details of amendments made up to, but not commenced at, the compilation date are underlined in the endnotes. For more information on any uncommenced amendments, see the series page on the Legislation Register for the compiled law.

Application, saving and transitional provisions for provisions and amendments

If the operation of a provision or amendment of the compiled law is affected by an application, saving or transitional provision that is not included in this compilation, details are included in the endnotes.

Editorial changes

For more information about any editorial changes made in this compilation, see the endnotes.

Modifications

If the compiled law is modified by another law, the compiled law operates as modified but the modification does not amend the text of the law. Accordingly, this compilation does not show the text of the compiled law as modified. For more information on any modifications, see the series page on the Legislation Register for the compiled law.

Self‑repealing provisions

If a provision of the compiled law has been repealed in accordance with a provision of the law, details are included in the endnotes.

  

  

  


Contents

Part 1—Preliminary                                                                                                                                        1

1............ Name............................................................................................................................. 1

3............ Authority....................................................................................................................... 1

5............ Definitions..................................................................................................................... 1

Part 2—Prescribed matters for definitions                                                                                       3

6............ Standards for adequate and contemporaneous records.................................................. 3

7............ Exceptional circumstances in relation to inappropriate practice...................................... 3

8............ Circumstances for medical practitioners for prescribed pattern of services.................... 3

Part 3—Professional Services Review Committees                                                                     4

9............ Allowances for witnesses at hearings............................................................................ 4

Part 4—Referral of professional issues to regulatory and other bodies                         5

10.......... Specified persons and bodies—significant threat to life or health.................................. 5

11.......... Specified bodies—non‑compliance with professional standards................................... 6

Endnotes                                                                                                                                                                 7

Endnote 1—About the endnotes                                                                                                        7

Endnote 2—Abbreviation key                                                                                                            8

Endnote 3—Legislation history                                                                                                         9

Endnote 4—Amendment history                                                                                                     10


Part 1Preliminary

  

1  Name

                   This instrument is the Health Insurance (Professional Services Review Scheme) Regulations 2019.

3  Authority

                   This instrument is made under the Health Insurance Act 1973.

5  Definitions

Note:          A number of expressions used in this instrument are defined in the Act, including the following:

(a)    general medical services table;

(b)    general practitioner;

(c)    Human Services Department;

(d)    medical practitioner;

(e)    professional service.

                   In this instrument:

Act means the Health Insurance Act 1973.

practitioner has the same meaning as in Part VAA of the Act.

relevant service means a service specified in any of the following items of the general medical services table:

                     (a)  an item in Group A1, A2, A5, A6, A7, A9, A11, A13, A14, A15, A17, A18, A19, A20, A21, A22, A23, A27, A35, A39, A41, A42, A43 or A45;

                     (b)  an item in Subgroup 1 or 4 of Group A36;

                     (c)  an item in any of the following Subgroups of Group A40:

                              (i)  Subgroup 1;

                             (ii)  Subgroup 2;

                            (iii)  Subgroup 3;

                            (iv)  Subgroup 10;

                             (v)  Subgroup 11;

                            (vi)  Subgroup 13;

                           (vii)  Subgroup 15;

                          (viii)  Subgroup 16;

                            (ix)  Subgroup 19;

                             (x)  Subgroup 20;

                            (xi)  Subgroup 21;

                           (xii)  Subgroup 27;

                          (xiii)  Subgroup 28;

                          (xiv)  Subgroup 29;

                           (xv)  Subgroup 39;

                          (xvi)  Subgroup 40;

                         (xvii)  Subgroup 41;

                     (d)  an item listed in the following table.

 

Relevant services—individual items

Item

Column 1

Group or Subgroup

Column 2

Items of the general medical services table

1

A29

139

2

A36

90264, 90265

3

Subgroup 17 of Group A40

92142

4

Subgroup 25 of Group A40

92170, 92171

5

Subgroup 26 of Group A40

92176, 92177

Note:          Some services are specified in items set out in determinations under subsection 3C(1) of the Act.

service has the same meaning as in Part VAA of the Act.

Part 2Prescribed matters for definitions

  

6  Standards for adequate and contemporaneous records

                   For the purposes of the definition of adequate and contemporaneous records in subsection 81(1) of the Act, the standards for a record of the rendering or initiation of services to a patient by a practitioner are that:

                     (a)  the record must include the name of the patient; and

                     (b)  the record must contain a separate entry for each attendance by the patient for a service; and

                     (c)  each separate entry for a service must:

                              (i)  include the date on which the service was rendered or initiated; and

                             (ii)  provide sufficient clinical information to explain the service; and

                            (iii)  be completed at the time, or as soon as practicable after, the service was rendered or initiated; and

                     (d)  the record must be sufficiently comprehensible to enable another practitioner to effectively undertake the patient’s ongoing care in reliance on the record.

7  Exceptional circumstances in relation to inappropriate practice

                   For the purposes of subsection 82(1D) of the Act, each of the following circumstances are exceptional circumstances for a particular day for a practitioner:

                     (a)  an unusual occurrence causing an unusual level of need for relevant services on the day;

                     (b)  an absence, on the day, of other medical services for the practitioner’s patients, having regard to:

                              (i)  the location of the practitioner’s practice; and

                             (ii)  the characteristics of the practitioner’s patients.

8  Circumstances for medical practitioners for prescribed pattern of services

                   For the purposes of section 82A of the Act, circumstances in which services rendered or initiated by a medical practitioner constitute a prescribed pattern of services are that the medical practitioner renders or initiates 80 or more relevant services on each of 20 or more days in a 12 month period.

Part 3Professional Services Review Committees

  

9  Allowances for witnesses at hearings

             (1)  This section is made for the purposes of subsection 106C(1) of the Act and deals with allowances for expenses in respect of attendance by a person summoned to appear as a witness at a hearing before a Professional Services Review Committee.

Kinds of allowances

             (2)  The allowances for a witness are the following:

                     (a)  attendance allowance in accordance with subsection (3) or (4) as applicable;

                     (b)  travel allowance in accordance with subsection (5).

Amount of attendance allowance

             (3)  For a witness attending because of the witness’ professional, scientific or other special skill or knowledge, the amount of attendance allowance is equal to the witness’ actual fees for preparing to give evidence and of attending to give evidence.

             (4)  For a witness other than a witness mentioned in subsection (3), the amount of attendance allowance is equal to:

                     (a)  if the witness is paid by salary—any salary actually lost because of the attendance; or

                     (b)  if the witness is paid by wages—any wages actually lost because of the attendance; or

                     (c)  if the witness is paid by fees—any fees actually lost because of the attendance;

up to a maximum of $527 per day.

Amount of travel allowance

             (5)  The amount of travel allowance for a witness is a reasonable amount, determined in relation to the witness by the Professional Services Review Committee, for:

                     (a)  transport to and from the hearing; and

                     (b)  if the witness is required to be absent overnight from the witness’ usual place of residence—meals and accommodation during the absence.

Part 4Referral of professional issues to regulatory and other bodies

  

10  Specified persons and bodies—significant threat to life or health

             (1)  For the purposes of paragraph 106XA(4)(a) of the Act, this section specifies persons and bodies for persons who render professional services.

General practitioners

             (2)  The following persons and bodies are specified for a person who renders professional services who is a general practitioner:

                     (a)  the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine;

                     (b)  Australian General Practice Accreditation Limited;

                     (c)  the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency;

                     (d)  the Health Care Complaints Commission of New South Wales;

                     (e)  the Health Ombudsman of Queensland;

                      (f)  the Medical Board of Australia;

                     (g)  the Medical Council of New South Wales;

                     (h)  Quality Practice Accreditation Pty Ltd;

                      (i)  the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.

Persons who are not general practitioners

             (3)  The following persons and bodies are specified for a person who renders professional services who is not a general practitioner:

                     (a)  the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice Board of Australia;

                     (b)  the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency;

                     (c)  the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia;

                     (d)  the Chiropractic Board of Australia;

                     (e)  the Dental Board of Australia;

                      (f)  the Department;

                     (g)  the Health Ombudsman of Queensland;

                     (h)  the Human Services Department;

                      (i)  the Medical Board of Australia;

                      (j)  the Medical Council of New South Wales;

                     (k)  the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia;

                      (l)  the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia;

                    (m)  the Optometry Board of Australia;

                     (n)  the Osteopathy Board of Australia;

                     (o)  the Paramedicine Board of Australia;

                     (p)  the Pharmacy Board of Australia;

                     (q)  the Physiotherapy Board of Australia;

                      (r)  the Podiatry Board of Australia;

                      (s)  the Psychology Board of Australia.

11  Specified bodies—non‑compliance with professional standards

General practitioners

             (1)  For the purposes of subsection 106XB(3) of the Act, a body is specified in relation to a practitioner who is a general practitioner if:

                     (a)  the body:

                              (i)  is specified in subsection 10(2) of this instrument; and

                             (ii)  has the power to take action against the practitioner if the practitioner has failed to comply with professional standards; or

                     (b)  the body has the function of assisting a person who:

                              (i)  is specified in subsection 10(2) of this instrument; and

                             (ii)  has the power to take action against the practitioner if the practitioner has failed to comply with professional standards.

Practitioners who are not general practitioners

             (2)  For the purposes of subsection 106XB(3) of the Act, a body is specified in relation to a practitioner who is not a general practitioner if:

                     (a)  the body:

                              (i)  is specified in subsection 10(3) of this instrument; and

                             (ii)  has the power to take action against the practitioner if the practitioner has failed to comply with professional standards; or

                     (b)  the body has the function of assisting a person who:

                              (i)  is specified in subsection 10(3) of this instrument; and

                             (ii)  has the power to take action against the practitioner if the practitioner has failed to comply with professional standards.


Endnotes

Endnote 1—About the endnotes

The endnotes provide information about this compilation and the compiled law.

The following endnotes are included in every compilation:

Endnote 1—About the endnotes

Endnote 2—Abbreviation key

Endnote 3—Legislation history

Endnote 4—Amendment history

Abbreviation key—Endnote 2

The abbreviation key sets out abbreviations that may be used in the endnotes.

Legislation history and amendment history—Endnotes 3 and 4

Amending laws are annotated in the legislation history and amendment history.

The legislation history in endnote 3 provides information about each law that has amended (or will amend) the compiled law. The information includes commencement details for amending laws and details of any application, saving or transitional provisions that are not included in this compilation.

The amendment history in endnote 4 provides information about amendments at the provision (generally section or equivalent) level. It also includes information about any provision of the compiled law that has been repealed in accordance with a provision of the law.

Editorial changes

The Legislation Act 2003 authorises First Parliamentary Counsel to make editorial and presentational changes to a compiled law in preparing a compilation of the law for registration. The changes must not change the effect of the law. Editorial changes take effect from the compilation registration date.

If the compilation includes editorial changes, the endnotes include a brief outline of the changes in general terms. Full details of any changes can be obtained from the Office of Parliamentary Counsel.

Misdescribed amendments

A misdescribed amendment is an amendment that does not accurately describe how an amendment is to be made. If, despite the misdescription, the amendment can be given effect as intended, then the misdescribed amendment can be incorporated through an editorial change made under section 15V of the Legislation Act 2003.

If a misdescribed amendment cannot be given effect as intended, the amendment is not incorporated and “(md not incorp)” is added to the amendment history.

 

Endnote 2—Abbreviation key

ad = added or inserted

o = order(s)

am = amended

Ord = Ordinance

amdt = amendment

orig = original

c = clause(s)

par = paragraph(s)/subparagraph(s)

C[x] = Compilation No. x

/sub‑subparagraph(s)

Ch = Chapter(s)

pres = present

def = definition(s)

prev = previous

Dict = Dictionary

(prev…) = previously

disallowed = disallowed by Parliament

Pt = Part(s)

Div = Division(s)

r = regulation(s)/rule(s)

ed = editorial change

reloc = relocated

exp = expires/expired or ceases/ceased to have

renum = renumbered

effect

rep = repealed

F = Federal Register of Legislation

rs = repealed and substituted

gaz = gazette

s = section(s)/subsection(s)

LA = Legislation Act 2003

Sch = Schedule(s)

LIA = Legislative Instruments Act 2003

Sdiv = Subdivision(s)

(md) = misdescribed amendment can be given

SLI = Select Legislative Instrument

effect

SR = Statutory Rules

(md not incorp) = misdescribed amendment

Sub‑Ch = Sub‑Chapter(s)

cannot be given effect

SubPt = Subpart(s)

mod = modified/modification

underlining = whole or part not

No. = Number(s)

commenced or to be commenced

 

Endnote 3—Legislation history

 

Name

Registration

Commencement

Application, saving and transitional provisions

Health Insurance (Professional Services Review Scheme) Regulations 2019

22 Feb 2019 (F2019L00180)

23 Feb 2019 (s 2(1) item 1)

 

Health Insurance (Professional Services Review Scheme) Amendment (Prescribed Pattern of Services) Regulations 2021

17 Dec 2021 (F2021L01815)

1 Jan 2022 (s 2(1) item 1)

Health Insurance (Professional Services Review Scheme) Amendment (2022 Measures No. 1) Regulations 2022

18 Jan 2022 (F2022L00040)

20 Jan 2022 (s 2(1) item 1)

Health Insurance (Professional Services Review Scheme) Amendment (2022 Measures No. 2) Regulations 2022

21 Mar 2022 (F2022L00348)

1 July 2022 (s 2(1) item 1)

Health Insurance (Professional Services Review Scheme) Amendment (2022 Measures No. 3) Regulations 2022

9 Aug 2022 (F2022L01049)

1 July 2022 (s 2(1) item 1)

 

Endnote 4—Amendment history

 

Provision affected

How affected

Part 1

 

s 2.............................................

rep LA s 48D

s 4.............................................

rep LA s 48C

s 5.............................................

am F2021L01815; F2022L00040; F2022L00348; F2022L01049

Part 2

 

s 8.............................................

rs F2021L01815; F2022L00040; F2022L00348; F2022L01049

Part 4

 

s 11...........................................

am F2021L01815

Schedule 1................................

rep LA s 48C