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News Bulletin : ADA News Bulletin September 2010
14 SEPTEMBER 2010 called 'rorting' was no more than an administrative oversight by dentists. The ADA also pointed out that whilst it did not support the Scheme (due to it not being means tested) many Australians had received some worthwhile dental care that may otherwise have not been available to them. Budget blowouts were identified as being attributable to the lack of appreciation by Government in its budgetary process as to the degree of unmet dental need in the community and the the significant uptake of the funds available. (See Media Release on ADA website, 10 June 2010). Cynics might suggest the Government's frustration at their inability to close down the CDDS (due to opposition in the Senate) was being directed at the dental profession. Following ADA contact with the Minister's office, media releases and numerous media interviews by the ADA President, Dr Neil Hewson, the Honourable Chris Bowen, Minister for Financial Services, Superannuation and Corporate Law and Minister for Human Services was reported as stating that breaches under the CDDS by dentists were in most cases "accidental". The ADA's response was seen as having some impact. As Medicare were continuing with their audits and finding dentists were non-compliant with the administrative requirements of the CDDS, it was felt a meeting with Minister Bowen may achieve some political or administrative solution to the matter. In late June a meeting was agreed to but cancelled by the Minister. A new date was set for late July but in the interim the Federal Election was called necessitating the cancellation of the meeting as the Government was in 'Caretaker' mode. Medicare continue their audit process and have now advised ADA that there are a further 300 dentists likely to undergo an audit by Medicare. Recent ADA News Bulletins have provided useful information as to CDDS requirements to be observed and the last edition of ADA Dental Files contained a valuable interview with Kathy Dennis from Medicare on how compliance with the CDDS is essential and on how best to deal with a Medicare audit. Members are urged to review this material and those continuing to provide CDDS services must ensure compliance with the CDDS requirements or risk an audit. ADA has met with AMA to discuss and clarify issues that have arisen under the CDDS between MGPs and dentists. Following the Election, ADA will immediately re-establish contact with the appropriate Minister to point out the innocent nature of the oversight by dentists and will seek an administrative outcome to the problems arising from this for members. In the meantime, if you are one of these subject to an audit or you are one of the 300 about to be approached for information or audit, please immediately refer the matter to your Branch for assistance. If you feel you need further information on the actual mechanisms of the CDDS contact the Medicare provider enquiry line on phone: 132 150 (local call rate) or Mail, Medicare at GPO Box 9822, in your capital city or Email: medicare.prov@ medicareaustralia.gov.au. Robert Boyd-Boland Chief Executive Officer 10 August 2010 Prices do not include gst and may be subject to change Principles and Practice of Laser Dentistry Dr R r A. C nv ss r, D r c r L s r D n s ry N w r M c l C n r Qu ns, N w r C y ISBN: 9780323062060 • H r c v r • 352 P g s • M s y $A177 x gs Exp n y ur s lls n h r p ly gr w ng l l s r n s ry. Pr nc pl s n Pr c c L s r D n s ry us s c nc s , v nc - s ppr ch n scr ng pr c ls n pr c ur s. Dr C nv ss r h s ss m l v rs p n l n rn n l c n r u rs. H s ls n h rs g n r l n s s us l s rs n h s pr c c . Th c v rs h h s ry l s rs n n s ry n l s r r s rch, plus h us l s rs n p r n cs, p r - n l surg ry, r l p h l gy, mpl n l gy, x n r m v l pr s- h cs, c sm c pr c ur s, n n cs, p r v n s ry, p r cs, r h n cs, n r l n m x ll c l surg ry. Key Features Full-c l r ph s n llus r ns m ns r surg c l chn qu s. A L s r Fun m n ls ch p r scr s h phys cs l s rs n h w v l ng hs h c n pr uc r u c m s. Gu l n s n nv s ng n l s r chn l gy, m r ng, Cl n c l T ps n C u n x s nclu v c n l r s.
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