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News Bulletin : ADA News Bulletin February 2011
10 FEBRUARY 2011 no false advice Please contact Garry Pammer, Alison Lacey or Heath Stewart on: Telephone (02) 9264 1111 Fax (02) 9264 1344 email firstname.lastname@example.org website clarkjacobs.com.au Dental specialists for over 20 years latest news AUSTRALIA DAY 2011 HONOURS LIST NEW MEDICARE BENEFITS SCHEDULE OF DENTAL SERVICES FOR THE CHRONIC DISEASE DENTAL SCHEME The Australian Dental Association Inc. (ADA) and its members wish to congratulate the following recipients of awards in the Australia Day 2011 Honours List: Dr Terence Keith Pitsikas AM -- Member of the Order of Australia Award granted for service to dentistry, particularly through executive roles with a range of professional organizations, and to education. Members will note that in addition to past roles within the ADA and the ADA WA Branch, Dr Pitsikas is currently a member of the Federal Council of the ADA and is Chairman of the ADA's Schedule and Third Party Committee. Dr James Alastair Robertson AM -- Member of the Order of Australia granted for service to dentistry and to international humanitarian aid through the delivery of dental health programmes in Asia. Dr Robertson is currently Chairman of the ADA's Committee on Dental Volunteers. Dr Robertson has also been engaged in a variety of activities for the ADA Victorian Branch. Dr Anthony Michael Zahra OAM -- Medal of the Order of Australia granted for service to dentistry, and to the community. Robert Boyd-Boland Chief Executive Officer The Department of Health and Ageing has advised that the new Medicare Benefits Schedule effective 1 November 2010 is now available for viewing. Consistent with the Government's stated intention to close the Chronic Disease Dental Scheme (CDDS), schedule fees for the scheme are not indexed annually (unlike other Medicare items) and continue as originally set at the scheme's implementation on 1 November 2001. However, the maximum patient gap between the benefit payable and the schedule fee for out-of-hospital services under Medicare was increased by $2.10 to $71.20 as at 1 November 2010, consistent with previous years. For all CDDS item fees up to $474.65, the benefit payable is 85% of the schedule fee. For CDDS fees over $474.65, the benefit payable is the schedule fee less $71.20. Because the CDDS fees are not indexed, but the maximum gap provision is, this results in a small reduction in the benefit payable for dental items with a schedule fee above $474.65. The Maximum Gap Payment amount last year was $69.10, $2.10 less than this year's indexed amount of $71.20. This means that items with schedule fees over $474.65 will generally see a reduction in benefit of $2.10 over last year. The Maximum Gap Payment provision ensure as patient will receive benefits above 85% of the schedule fee once the fee reaches a certain level (this year $474.65). The maximum gap for out-of-hospital services has increased to $71.20 this year. As an example of the operation of the provision, if the schedule fee for a service is $1000, the patient would receive a maximum benefit of $850 if only the 85% rule applied ($1000 / .85 = $850). However, with application of the maximum gap provision, the patient would receive a benefit of $928.80 ($1000 -- $71.20 = $928.80).
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