New Tax Office Warning – your practice could be facing a double risk?!

Breaking news : Watch out doctors ATO takes aim! I raised this news story with the Medical Observer last week and it made the headlines see: http://www.medicalobserver.com.au/news/frypan-to-fire-tax-traps-for-gps and http://www.medicalobserver.com.au/news/watch-out-docs-ato-takes-aim. Unfortunately, if your doctors or practitioners are affected by the recent Federal Tax Office announcement then your practice may be simultaneously exposed to a significant payroll tax

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Fair Work National Underpayment of Wages Phone Audit Blitz! Risk a $54,000 fine?!

Fair Work National Underpayment of Wages Phone Audit Blitz! Risk a $54,000 fine?! Practices risk a fine up to $54,000 per breach. Time poor practices who do not keep their documentation up to date are at risk. Paying above the Award rate is not enough. Fair Work Australia are randomly calling practice staff i.e. your

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Why are new GP’s terrified of Practice Ownership?

Why are new GP’s terrified of Practice Ownership? The fear factor…!  News reports http://www.healthandlife.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Id-be-terrified-Why-new-GPs-fear-practice-ownership.pdf that new GPs are terrified of practice ownership is more a myth than a reality. Ignorance is the source of much unnecessary fear. Clearly many practice do not have any succession planning programs in place which is breeding much uncertainty in practice.

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Got a spare appointment Doc? New immunisation law – no jab no pay from 1 January 2016 plus more!

Got a spare appointment Doc? New immunisation law – no jab no pay from 1 January 2016 plus more! The financial incentive for your children to get an immunisation jab is on. It may improve your health and wealth. We always believe in empowering patients to have freedom of choice through education. This is a personal family decision

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Congratulations: More clients making the RACGP National Awards!

Congratulations to Littlehampton Medical Centre and Inglis Medical Centre. They both feature in the latest national RACGP (Royal Australian College of General Practitioners) magazine. The RACGP each year recognises practices for their approach to patient’s health and wellbeing. The award criteria takes into account a number of factors, including services offered to patients, health promotion

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Do you use standard contracts/agreements in your practice? Are they legally binding? New ACCC Law 2016

Do you use standard contracts/agreements in your practice? Are they legally binding? New ACCC Law 2016 This new “standard form” law is designed to protect smaller parties such as contractors, employees and suppliers from unfair contract terms and conditions. If there is a breach, this term or agreement may not be legally enforceable. “A standard

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New Pathology Pain: Warning for GP Practices: There is a price for certainty!

New Pathology Pain: Warning for GP Practices: There is a price for certainty! Practices are on notice. In December 2015, the Senate proposed dramatic changes to reduce patient pathology and radiology rebates. These were announced by the Government late last year. We advise our pathology and radiology related clients that these changes in government policy may

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Your doctor is being set up to fail – the evidence so far …!

It is time to end the blame game, defend doctors and provide an actual solution for restructuring the MBS, following the comments from Federal Health Minister Sussan Ley in the wake of the recent 4 Corners report see http://www.abc.net.au/4corners/stories/2015/09/28/4318883.htm and http://www.healthandlife.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/TV-show-points-finger-at-GPs-for-much-of-Medicare-waste.pdf. These statements were comments on the alleged rampant misuse of outdated Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS)

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Succession Planning – Will Practice Manager co-ownership save healthcare practices?!

Practice owners are increasingly interested in what we call succession planning paralysis. There are three important things to consider. What is succession planning, how do you find a purchaser and what is your Practice worth? The perception that there is a continuing workforce challenge, increasing complexity, declining fee growth rates and profit margins has resulted

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Why Restructure?

Less Pain if you Restructure your Practice Now! Five simple reasons why practices should restructure now before it becomes a more expensive headache! (For a positive restructuring experience before 1st July contact David Dahm at pa@healthandlife.com.au or 1800 077 222). Significant health reform will affect everyone.  The government is proposing to extend the Medicare freeze for

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BREAKING NEWS – Federal Health Minister offers your GP a lifeline!

Breaking news! Federal Health Minister offers your GP a lifeline! The national media have reported that the Federal Health Minister is open to doctors charging an “additional fee” when a patient is bulk billed. This provides practices an excellent opportunity to overcome a six year Medicare freeze (the first Medicare freeze commenced in 2013). We

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BREAKING NEWS – “David, should I fire my young GP Registrar?!”

Breaking News – Latest update 1st March 2015 We continue to express concern about the viability of training positions, that the new 2015 national minimum terms and conditions impose on practices. All GP registrars must now be employed. We note the 2015 national minimum terms and conditions wages are on average 30% higher than the Award. Special Fair Work

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Dumped $5 GP copay! It is not over yet – 5 things you need to know!

Updated 5th March 2015 2015 welcome back! It is fantastic to be back into the full swing of things. For 2015, we have many new and exciting initiatives to share with you and our amazing clients. We hope you had a safe and well rested break over the holidays with your loved ones. 2014 had been an

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Finalist State National Owner Manager of the Year! – David Dahm

I am delighted and humbly honoured to have made the State National Finals! Thanks to the Australian Institute of Management for accepting our nomination of national Owner Manager of the year for 2014. The Australian Institute of Management runs an annual Excellence Award that we are proud to be a small part of. Many thanks to my

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Are you letting go of your nursing staff?

BREAKING NEWS 20th October 2014 – Medicare reverses its decision New Double Dipping Ban is on from 1st November 2014!! If this happens then the read the rest of this article about what you need to think about. For some practices either redeploy your staff or start doing things differently. Let us know what you think! http://www.australiandoctor.com.au/news/latest-news/double-dipping-ban-to-hit-on-1-November

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1st July 2014 new Award pay rise or freeze and more?!

The budget has a number of overwhelming changes that could seriously impact your practice. Here we cover the two most important ones, and provide a practice solution for your organisation. On the 1st July 2014 wage rates should be increased by 3% p.a. For practices that predominantly receive the Medicare Benefit Schedule rebate, the rebate has been frozen

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Are you prepared to pay $7 to see your GP?

What do you think? The media has reported an immediate drop in GP visits see Most private and mixed billing practices we have interviewed, state their patient numbers have held steady. Dr Pasquale Cocchiaro (Family GP) says.. “We have noticed a slight decrease in numbers since the announcement, but there is confusion about when it is to be

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