This measure strengthens compliance activities by using data analytics to improve investigation of arrangements for approved pathology collection centres.
A dedicated investigative unit will be established in the Department of Health.
To assist doctors and pathology providers to comply with the provisions in the existing legislation, the department will undertake further education activities, including updated provider education materials.
Why is this important?
This will ensure that arrangements between doctors and pathology and diagnostic services providers are in accordance with the existing Health Insurance Act 1973 legislation.
Automating and streamlining existing approval processes for collection centre applications will reduce the regulatory burden for pathology providers.
Who will benefit?
There are currently 5,900 active approved collection centres in Australia.
Automated and streamlined processes will mean a reduced administrative burden for pathology collection centres.
How much will this cost?
This measure will cost $18 million from 2017–18 to 2020–21.