Prostheses List Advisory Committee (PLAC) Bulletin 5

Bulletin number 5, October 2011

Page last updated: 25 October 2011

Printable version of Prostheses List Advisory Committee (PLAC) Bulletin 5 (PDF 58 KB)

February 2012 Prostheses List - Important Dates

20 December 2011ARTG and MBS item numbers required for recommended new applications for the February 2012 Prostheses List
20 December 2011ARTG cut-off for transfers and duplications for the February 2012 Prostheses List
20 December 2011Transfers, duplications and deletions due for the February 2012 Prostheses List
9 – 13 January 2012Letter to sponsors re: payment of initial listing fees/gaps (invoice payable within 14 days)
9 – 13 January 2012Anticipated draft list to be circulated to sponsors for comment
7 February 2012February 2012 Prostheses List scheduled to be released
21 February 2012February 2012 Prostheses List scheduled to commence

New MBS/ARTG Assessment Process

As a result of the implementation of the HTA Review, in particular concurrent assessment, applications to the Prostheses List can now be made without an MBS/ARTG number.

To better manage this process the PLAC have agreed to the following:
• All applications recommended for listing pending MBS and/or ARTG will only be assessed by the PLAC once the MBS and/or ARTG listing is received.
• All applications will be assessed by the CAG/PoCE clinicians as per standard process.

However, all applications not recommended for listing will be assessed by the PLAC at the next available meeting.

Superior Clinical Performance Requirements

The PLAC at its 7 September 2011 meeting agreed to the Superior Clinical Performance (SCP) evidence requirements (Attachment A) (PDF 11 KB).

The SCP evidence requirements were circulated to sponsors on 5 October 2011 to assist in future SCP applications.

Conflict of Interest - Audit

As previously advised in PLAC Bulletin #3 the PLAC have now reviewed all identified conflicts of interest from CAG and PoCE members. These declarations have been individually assessed and dealt with accordingly.

A process is now in place to review and manage all new conflict of interests received.

Prostheses List Information Session Presentation

The Department of Health and Ageing held three information sessions in August 2011. The presentation is now available at: http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/health-privatehealth-prostheseslist.htm