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News Bulletin : ADA News Bulletin May 2011
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Failure to comply (which is ill advised) will lead to an audit and the likely receipt of a formal demand for repayment of monies paid by MA. Compliance with MA's directions will only stand you in good stead. It may not result in a claim being avoided but you are more likely to be dealt with sympathetically by MA. • In the investigation process you should heed MA's advice. If a demand for repayment is made, it would be sensible to promptly enter into discussions with MA to explain the reason for your non- compliance. For example, you may have been innocently unaware of the Section 10 obligations. If you can establish this and this is the only shortcoming in your compliance or claiming then you may be able to demonstrate that remedial action by you to address the administrative oversights will result in overcoming the impact of at least some of your non-compliance. • If you ignore MA's approaches a statutory demand for repayment to the Commonwealth may be made. • In either case if a demand for repayment occurs you are able to seek an internal review of the decision within 28 days and this review is conducted by a delegate of the CEO of MA. Following failure of this your only recourse would be to appeal to or seek some relief from the Commonwealth Minister for Finance. • It should be noted that once a demand for repayment is made by MA the options available to you are limited. • If you have not been approached by MA but are now aware that you have been non-compliant, I suggest you review your patient files and see what can be done to rectify any deficiencies with respect to your administrative requirements as soon as possible. Any steps you take in this regard will assist the medical GP to place your treatment in the overall management of the chronically ill patient and will assist the patient to understand their treatment plan and the financial costs associated with it. You will be receiving a letter from MA shortly. It has been written by MA after our representations to the Minister and the Department. It provides some advice for you to deal with compliance issues under the CDDS. Please read the letter carefully as it sets out what it is you have to do to comply with the CDDS requirements. It is not forgiving you for any liability you may have but is offering a potentially more favourable outcome to you. I implore you to read it and act upon it. Please heed advice you receive through your Branch or from MA. The consequences of non-compliance have left some members on the verge of bankruptcy. So, in summary, all practitioners who have been involved with the CDDS should get their house in order, review their records and correct all administrative discrepancies. If you are the subject of an investigation or audit by MA now or in the future your ability to demonstrate a change in your administrative behaviour with respect to the CDDS will hold you in good stead and allow MA the option of exercising some discretion in your favour when they are reviewing your CDDS compliance level. It is also worth noting that MA is aware of the content of this Presidential Message on the CDDS. Your attention is also drawn to the article published on page 8 of the News Bulletin that deals with changes to the administrative powers of MA when dealing with claims. These changes make it even more imperative that you are fully aware of the rules and are compliant with the requirements.
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