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News Bulletin : ADA News Bulletin April 2011
13 APRIL 2011 As members will have been made aware from previous announcements, should they have failed to register with the Dental Board of Australia (DBA) within four weeks of the expiry of their existing registration, a fast track mechanism was made available to obtain prompt registration by the DBA. This fast track mechanism allowed practitioners to make application to DBA for immediate registration without the necessity for a ‘fresh’ application for registration. This fast track process recognised the omission on the part of potential registrants to register within time and allowed those registrants the four weeks within which to make the easier less onerous fast track application. However, despite this fast track process being available, registration through this process did not mean that registration was back dated to the date of expiry of your previous registration. This will mean that those who utilised the fast track mechanism will still be left with a period during which they were unregistered, i.e., between the date of expiry of your previous registration and the date the fast track application was processed. In these cases, the registrant’s ability to have claims met under Medicare and other third party funding mechanisms will have been adversely affected, as may their professional indemnity insurance cover. The Dental Board of Australia, through the Australian Health Registration Regulatory Authority (AHPRA), will be writing to fast track applicants advising them if they feel that extenuating circumstances warrant the DBA to consider back-dating their registration to the date of expiration of the original registration, then a process has been identified for this purpose. These members should watch for the AHPRA advice and if they feel their case meets the guidelines for extenuating circumstances to justify making an application they should act upon the information immediately by completing their documentation and submitting it to the DBA. The DBA will then consider each case on its merits to determine if the circumstances warrant the back- dating of registration. It is understood that registrants will have only three weeks to complete the additional documentation to enable back-dating of their registration. KEY POInTS • If you missed being registered before the expiry of your previous registration and made a ‘fast track’ application, there will be a gap in your period of registration as a dentist. The gap will be from the date of expiry of your previous registration and the date of processing of the ‘fast track’ application. • AHPRA has created a process to allow you to apply to back date your registration to the expiry date of your previous registration. • To access this process, AHPRA will send you a letter advising of this process. • The process will involve the completion of a Statutory Declaration in which you will need to identify to AHPRA the extenuating circumstances of your case that warrant the back- dating of your registration. • A strict timetable of three (3) weeks from the date of AHPRA’s letter to you will apply in which to lodge your Statutory Declaration. Robert Boyd-Boland Chief Executive Officer Dental Board of Australia FAST TRACK APPLICANTS MEDICARE CLAIMS and Dental Board Registration If your dentist registration lapsed in the transition process from State and Territory Boards to the Dental Board of Australia (DBA) and you have since been successful in having your registration backdated to achieve continuous registration, then Medicare Australia has advised that claims rejected for reasons relating to provider (non) registration will need to be resubmitted. In accordance with existing procedures, providers will need to resubmit any previously rejected bulk bill claims to Medicare Benefits for claims made during the period when records indicated you were not registered. For patient claims, providers are requested to contact their patients where revised registration dates may have previously prevented their patients from claiming Medicare Benefits and advise them to resubmit their claim. Providers can contact either Medicare Australia on 132 150 for further information in relation to procedures for rejected claims or the Australian Dental Association Inc. on 02 9906 4412.
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