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News Bulletin : ADA News Bulletin September 2011
8 SePtember 2011 latest news AdA MAKES SUbMISSIOn TO SEnATE COMMUnITY AffAIRS COMMITTEE REvIEW Of THE PROfESSIOnAL SERvICES REvIEW (PSR) SCHEME InTROdUCTIOn TO THE ‘EIGHTH’ EdITIOn Of THE PRACTICAL GUIdES Based upon the experiences of members in relation to the Medicare Chronic Disease Dental Scheme (CDDS), the ADA considers it essential that in respect of all Medicare Australia (MA) programs that the Professional Services Review (PSR) adopts a proactive role in the provision of advice on the administrative requirements and ramifications of such schemes. While the ADA continues to be a critic of the CDDS due to it not being targeted to that one-third of Australians that cannot currently access adequate dental care, it did see the scheme provide some necessary dental treatment to those eligible. The conduct of MA, in the enforcement of some administrative requirements that now requires dentists to repay to MA monies received by them for services rendered to patients is, in the ADA’s view, inappropriate. The administrative requirements contained in Section 10 of the Health Insurance (Dental Services) Determination 2007 (the Determination), were not adequately brought to the attention of participants in the scheme by MA; yet it is the failure to comply with the Determination that is requiring practitioners to repay all benefits paid by MA for legitimate dental services to patients. Resultant bankruptcy and/ or closure of many dental practices will be the inevitable result. A result that does not serve the general community and will undermine the goodwill of the dental profession in participating in any future government funded schemes. The full Professional Services Review submission is available to view in the members’ area of the ADA website: www.ada.org.au The 7th Edition of The Practical Guides was published in hard copy format in 2006 and has since been periodically updated. In order to ensure currency of information with the provision of the Guides, the Dental Instruments and Materials Committee (DIME) will undertake regular review of the Guides as part of its meeting cycle. In view of this, it has been decided that in future there will be ongoing replacement of individual Guides as they are each updated. The Guides will then be available electronically from the Association’s member web site. As each Guide is revised, the revision date will be shown on the Contents page and on the Guide, and the existence of the revision announced in the News Bulletin. Members will be able to download the Guides in PDF form, or request a hard copy from the Association office. The Practical Guides was first published in 1982, with Dr Derrick Beech, then Director of the Australian Dental Standards Laboratory (now subsumed into the Therapeutic Goods Administration) and Professor Henry Atkinson MBE as Editors. As we move into digital distribution, I would like to thank all the successive Editors and especially the contributors for their expertise and dedication in producing hard copy updates for the last 29 years. Martin Tyas AM August 2011 AdA MEMbERS CAn ACCESS fAIR WORK AUSTRALIA AWARd MOdERnISATIOn ADA members, with the exception of unincorporated employers in Western Australia, can now access new rates of pay, calculators and instructions available for the transition to the Fair Work System for unincorporated employers. New schedules are applicable to both incorporated and unincorporated employers through Australia, except in Western Australia. To view these documents members can log in to the ADA website go to the Practice Management menu and AIRC Award Modernisation. Please note, these changes and wages increase are effective from the first full pay period to commence on or after: • 1 July 2010 for incorporated employers, or • 1 February 2011 for unincorporated employers.
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