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News Bulletin : ADA News Bulletin September 2011
10 SePtember 2011 latest news MEMBERS READ THE NEWS BULLETIN ON YOUR iPAD As part of the ADA’s ongoing program to improve services to members, the News Bulletin is now available for the iPad. As with the online version it is available through the ADA web site www.ada.org.au . No special software is required to be downloaded or installed because the application automatically identifies iPads and loads the appropriate version of the Bulletin. To access the iPad version: • Logon to the members section ADA.org.au using an iPad • Select ‘Publications’ and then News Bulletin • Select current issue or any issue required (back to August 2010). The iPad version of the News Bulletin will automatically open up on your iPad • As with the browser based version, instructions on how to operate the News Bulletin on the iPad are displayed on the first page. Celebratingover40yearsofpublicationAus tr a li anDen t a l Assoc i a ti on I nc . Se pte m ber 2011 N o 402 PrintPost A pproved PP 238801/00003 ISS N 0810-7440 The Professional Leader in D enti stry On li nemembersurvey–p l easerespondCDDS–M i n i ster ’ s l ettertoADADenta l workforceshortagesamyth? THE dEnTAL fILES QUIZ Please be aware that the ADA has ceased the provision of the Dental Files quiz. With the establishment of national registration for dental practitioners through the Dental Board of Australia and the changes to the Registration Standard in relation to Continuing Professional Development (CPD) the accumulation of CPD hours is now self-certified. MEdICARE AUSTRALIA And THE CHROnIC dISEASE dEnTAL SCHEME The Minister for Human Services, the Hon Tanya Plibersek MP, has written to the ADA following a meeting with the ADA Inc. President, Dr Shane Fryer, CEO, Mr Robert Boyd- Boland, the Minster and representatives from Medicare Australia which was held on 13 July 2011. Members will recall previous reports regarding discussions and meetings held with the Hon Tanya Plibersek MP and Medicare Australia (MA). A copy of the letter is published on pages 12 and 13. The letter refers to the concerns expressed by the ADA as to what it saw as a discrepancy between the understanding that the ADA had taken from earlier meetings with the Minister and MA and what appeared to be happening in relation to MA activities and recent audits. The Minister’s message is clear that she is in agreement with the sentiments expressed by Dr Fryer in his earlier President’s comments [News Bulletin, May and August 2011] where he said: “...dental practitioners should get their house in order, review their records and correct all administrative deficiencies and that such actions will hold them in good stead if they are subject of an investigation or audit.” She cautions though that: “...once an audit by DHS (Department of Human Services) has been notified or commenced such retrospective action would be unlikely to be taken as compliance...” The clear message is if you have not been compliant with the administrative requirements of the scheme; then immediately take steps to attempt to rectify the situation. Such action may assist you avoiding claims for repayment of benefits. Don’t wait until MA or the DHS notify you of an audit to do this – as it will be too late then to enable you to obtain any favourable exercise of discretion by MA. As yet, no details of any further meetings between senior representatives of MA and ADA have been received. However, it is pleasing to observe that the Minister has directed the Department “to work in close partnership” with the ADA. Robert Boyd-Boland Chief Executive Officer 12 August 2011
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