Supporting general practice activities
For more specific information on the Practice Incentives Program and other financial incentives, follow the links below:
Under the Practice Incentives Program (PIP) there are eight individual incentives:
This incentive supports general practices to provide their patients with appropriate access to after hours care.
The PIP eHealth Incentive aims to encourage general practices to keep up to date with digital health and adopt new digital health technology as it becomes available.
This incentive encourages GPs to provide increased and continuing services in Australian Government funded residential aged care facilities (RACFs).
This incentive supports general practices and Indigenous health services to provide better care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients, including best practice management of chronic disease.
This incentive encourages GPs in rural and remote areas to maintain local access to surgical, anaesthetic and obstetric services.
This incentive is a payment to general practices that participate in quality improvement activities to improve patient outcomes and deliver best practice care.
There are two components required to qualify for a PIP QI Incentive payment:
1. Participate in continuous quality improvement
The PIP QI Incentive rewards practices for participating in continuous quality improvement activities in partnership with COORDINARE. Practices may focus their quality improvement activities on specified Improvement Measures, or can choose to focus their activities on other areas. These areas must be informed by their clinical information system data and meet the needs of their practice population.
2. Provide the PIP Eligible Data Set to the PHN
The PIP Eligible Data Set is the data collected against specified Improvement Measures. Practices must submit the PIP Eligible Data Set from their clinical information system to COORDINARE on a quarterly basis. We will use the de-identified data to provide feedback, helping the practice identify key priority areas and quality improvement activities.
The Department of Health has released a number of documents to help practices understand the PIP QI requirements and PIP data governance arrangements, which you can access here.
If you are already participating in COORDINARE’s Sentinel Practices Data Sourcing (SPDS) project, please contact your Health Coordination Consultant (HCC). By updating your existing SPDS agreement and undertaking quarterly benchmarking with your HCC, you will find it an easy process to meet the PIP QI requirements.
If you are not participating in our SPDS project but you wish to qualify for the PIP QI Incentive payment, please contact your HCC to discuss enrolling or call 1300 069 002.
This incentive recognises the difficulties of providing care, often with little professional support, in rural and remote areas.
This payment encourages general practices to provide teaching sessions to undergraduate and graduate medical students preparing to enter the Australian medical profession.