Practice Incentives Program - Digital Health Incentive

To be eligible to participate in the PIP, a practice must be accredited or registered for accreditation, against the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) Standards for general practices. PIP is administered by the Department of Human Services on behalf of the Department of Health.

The PIP Digital Health Incentive aims to encourage practices to keep up to date with the latest developments in Digital Health (eHealth). The size of the PIP payment is dependent on the size of the practice and is a maximum payment of $12,500 per quarter. Practices must comply with all five eligibility criteria to receive the Digital Health Incentive payments.

From May 2016 the Practice Incentive Program's (PIP) eHealth Incentive (ePIP) will be replaced by the Digital Health Incentive and will include a new eligibility requirement.

The new eligibility requirement for general practices is to contribute 'Shared Health Summaries' to the My Health Record system for their patients. Practices will be required to upload Shared Health Summaries for a minimum of 0.5% of the practice's standardised whole patient equivalent (SWPE) to be eligible for the Digital Health Incentive. All previous obligations and requirements under ePIP remain the same.

For practices currently claiming ePIP, the Department of Human Services will issue written notification about eligibility requirement changes for this incentive.

The Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) recommends the following to be ready for this change:

  1. Check your practice digital certificate to access the system is valid. If it has expired you will need to renew the certificate to access the system.
  2. Aim to run the latest version of your practice software. Most vendors have made a number of improvements to the usability of the My Health Record system and supplied them in their latest version.
  3. Focus on a cohort of patients who would most benefit from sharing their health information with other healthcare providers. Review the quality of the data you have for these patients before using the My Health Record system.

The Department of Health provides online training to assist practices to use the My Health Record system and ACRRM will develop resources to help members adjust to the new system.

For more information, please refer to the following resources:

Practice Incentives Program 
The Department of Human Services guidelines are the starting point for understanding the requirements of the PIP Digital Health incentive. 

My Health Record - PIP Digital Health Incentive 
Department of Health - My Health Record website.  Providing detail on the 5 requirements and a checklist to prepare for the change being introduced in May 2016