Category: Practice Management

The Medical Republic webinar: Practice success is all about the attitude

The COVID-19 pandemic has placed practice business models under a magnifying glass, and many have been found wanting. Fewer consults, increases in nurse and reception triage, medical stock wastage, lack of PPE, and issues with transitioning to telehealth have caused serious problems for many practices. Some may not recover. The pressure to adapt in such

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AMA (WA) webinar: Money, medicine and protecting yourself

We are proud to be invited by the AMA (WA) to present to young doctors and Practice Owners.  The Australian Medical Association (WA) is pleased to host a webinar that looks at money matters specific to doctors in training. While junior doctors focus on building their clinical skills and research repertoire, and walking the tightrope

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The Medical Republic webinar: Turning the tide of the F2F patient exodus

Patients are “voting with their feet” by avoiding waiting rooms during COVID-19, but GPs don’t have to wait passively for patient confidence to gradually return, says business adviser David Dahm.  Instead, GPs can take back control of the situation and change the way they operate so  patients feel safer making face-to-face appointments again, Mr Dahm

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The Medical Republic webinar: Practices Pass Up JobKeeper by Mistake; Bullied on Rental Income

As many as 70% of GP practices may have so far passed up government support of anywhere between $30,000 and over $100,000 because practice owners and practice accountants are failing to comprehend how their practice structures actually qualify them for the new JobKeeper scheme.  At the same time, major pathology labs are continuing to behave

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Practice Collapse: ABC 7:30 Report featuring David Dahm

Coronavirus pandemic leaves hundreds of medical practices on the verge of collapse David Dahm was invited to speak on the ABC 7:30 Report about falling patient numbers and the impact this is having on General Practices and the healthcare industry. Hundreds of medical practices are on the verge of collapse because of a fall in

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Experiencing a patient exodus? Here’s how to coax them back

Patients are “voting with their feet” by avoiding waiting rooms during COVID-19, says business advisor David Dahm. But GPs don’t have to wait for patient confidence to gradually return – they can take control of the situation and change the way they operate so that patients feel safe coming in for face-to-face appointments again, he

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Path labs are demanding 50% rent cuts

Major pathology companies are attempting to halve their rental payments to GP practices across the country, a move that threatens to financially cripple already struggling clinics at a time of critical need. Many Australian GP clinics depend on rental payments from co-located pathology centres to remain viable, and the revenue source has become increasingly important

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Six vital steps to take if your practice is in COVID-19 distress

Practice management expert and accountant David Dahm has released a comprehensive and practical 101 survival guide for practice owners HERE Since the start of the COVID-19 crisis, many practices have been buried in a rolling series of problems which are starting to culminate in a fight for financial survival. Dahm says the most important starting point

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2020 Doctors Pay Calculator now on the cloud protects practices from Employee v Contractor problems!

We are proud to announce, after many decades, the desktop Doctors Pay (Service Fee) Calculator has moved to the cloud. Unfortunately, the and the desktop solution for DPC will terminate on the 31st July 2020. You will not be able to open the program unless you have a valid subscription program with us. You may

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Could your business do with a cash flow boost?

The two cash flow boosts provided by the federal government to help businesses deal with the COVID-19 emergency have largely been overshadowed by the JobKeeper program, but they could provide valuable financial support to organisations that qualify.  Some businesses may have already noticed refund payments or tax credits appear in their tax account.  With the

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1st July 2020 1.75% Award pay rise or freeze?

Think carefully Did you know that on the 1st July 2020 your staff may be legally entitled up to a 1.75 % pay rise? Just ensure you have carefully considered the future of the practice. Then make sure you have a current agreement with your amazing staff in writing. You cannot afford to make an irreversible strategic

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Important coronavirus updates: JobKeeper scheme and unpaid pandemic leave

There have recently been some changes to workplace laws to support employees and employers during the coronavirus pandemic. JobKeeper scheme The Fair Work Act has been amended to support the implementation and operation of the JobKeeper wage subsidy scheme (JobKeeper scheme) in Australian workplaces. These changes are temporary and will end on 28 September 2020.

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Coronavirus leaves medical practices on the verge of collapse

We have a free sustainable COVID-19 plan for your practice ABC 7:30 Report national TV interview ABC 7:30 Report article interviewCoronavirus leaves medical practices on the verge of collapse.As reported by the Royal Australian College of General Practice in June 2020, 12% of practices do not feel they are viable, and 37% are not sure!

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Australian Accounting Awards 2020 National Finalist Deanna Niarhos

Deanna Niarhos from Health and Life named national finalist in the Australian Accounting Awards for Rising Star of the Year.   Deanna Niarhos, accountant at Health and Life was named as a national finalist in the Rising Star category in the recent 2020 Australian Accounting Awards. We congratulate her for this prestigious recognition for her work

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New tax shortcut for employees working from home

With many people now working from home because of COVID-19, some of the expenses your employer normally covers – such as electricity, heating and cooling – are coming out of your pocket instead. Some employers provide a daily allowance to help with these additional costs, but if not it’s important to claim your extra expenses

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The Economic Stimulus Package: Instant asset write-off threshold increase explained

A key part of the government’s economic response to the coronavirus is to support business investment and cashflow by increasing the instant asset write off threshold and eligibility rules. So what is the instant asset write-off (IAW) and how can it help your business? Claiming an immediate deduction Put simply, the IAW provisions allow your business to

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National JobKeeper Webinar

Proudly hosted by The Medical Republic about JobKeeper Medical and Healthcare Practices – your JobKeeper questions answered! For more information click here. On Thursday the 14th of May, 7:30 pm AEST, we will be hosted by the Medical Republic to speak about how your Practice might qualify for JobKeeper and recent important changes to how the ATO views

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How to Globally Terminate COVID-19 and Preventable Healthcare Errors We are excited to globally launch our…..

How to Globally Terminate COVID-19 and Preventable Healthcare Errors (click here) We look forward to your support by joining us on Facebook.  To learn more why we need a not for profit International Healthcare Standards and Ethics Board (IHSEB) to avoid mixing politics, business with health visit our website ihseb.org.au.  Do you really want to show

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5 tips to work productively remotely

In the current climate, many businesses are needing to make changes to accommodate staff working remotely. If you are able to work from home the ensuing changes to your work habits can be challenging to negotiate, however there are things you can do to ensure that you maintain productivity and motivation while you’re not in

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Kicking COVID-19 General Practice Continuity Checklist Guide

We have a free COVID-19 plan for your practice As featured in The Medical Republic click here for more information.  How are you and the team doing? We understand that practices are busy responding to COVID-19. We hope this guide may help you work more efficiently and effectively.  We aim to make this easier for you

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Practices Pass Up JobKeeper by Mistake; Bullied on Rental Income

As many as 70% of GP practices may have so far passed up government support of anywhere between $30,000 and over $100,000 because practice owners and practice accountants are failing to comprehend how their practice structures actually qualify them for the new JobKeeper scheme. At the same time, major pathology labs are continuing to behave

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Leadership through challenging times

As all leaders can attest to, no leadership role is smooth sailing. There will inevitably be the occasional storm coming over the horizon, with different challenges you need to respond to. Sometimes these challenges will be unprecedented, such as the impact of the coronavirus pandemic while others may not be of this scale. As every

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JobKeeper Payment now officially passed by the Government

On April 8th, the JobKeeper package was passed by both sides of Parliament and legislated. This update offers further guidance on the scheme. Workers with multiple jobs If you are employed by multiple businesses, you are only eligible to receive the payment from your nominated primary employer. Timing The JobKeeper will be available from March

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Commercial tenancies rent relief package

On April 7, the Government announced new commercial rental waivers and deferrals for tenants that have been severely impacted by the coronavirus crisis. The draft Code of Conduct is to impose a set of ‘good faith leasing principles’ and intended for landlords and tenants to share a proportionate financial risk and cashflow impact during this

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Temporary relief for financially distressed businesses

The coronavirus is first and foremost a health crisis, but as measures are being taken to reduce the spread of the virus throughout the community, many profitable businesses may temporarily suffer financial hardships. The Government announced the following initiatives to assist these businesses to make it through the crisis and resume normal business. Temporary higher

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Award flexibility during coronavirus – Proposed new pandemic leave

Workers may soon have access to unpaid pandemic leave and extended annual leave at reduced rates to help keep them in their jobs through the coronavirus crisis. On 1 April 2020, the Fair Work Commission (the Commission) issued a Statement outlining its intention to update 103 awards during the coronavirus pandemic. The proposed updates would provide: 1.

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Boost to mental health services, domestic violence support and Medicare assistance

The Government released further funding on March 29 to support the secondary effects of the health and economic impact of the coronavirus. This package is designed to provide care and help to the many who are facing hardship as a result of this crisis. Medicare support at home The $669 expansion of Medicare-subsidised telehealth services

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Accelerated depreciation deductions to benefit businesses

The Government has accelerated depreciation deductions for the next 15 months. Up until June 30, 2021, businesses turning over less than $500 million will be able to deduct 50 per cent of the cost of any eligible asset the moment it’s installed. It’s predicted these two tweaks to the investment rules could benefit up to

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JobSeeker or JobKeeper?

In a rapidly evolving response to the spread of COVID-19, the Federal Government announced in March a new suite of welfare packages to help Australians who’ve found themselves out of work. Among them are the JobSeeker and JobKeeper payments. Here’s a rundown of how they work: JobSeeker This initiative was devised in mid-March, prior to

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Support for business investment

The government is loosening the criteria around the instant asset write-off. Pre-Coronavirus, businesses with a turnover of up to $50 million could instantly write-off the purchase of assets costing up to $30,000. Post-Coronavirus, businesses with a turnover of up to $500 million can write off asset purchases of up to $150,000. 

The JobKeeper program – Help for businesses

The Australian Government has announced unprecedented assistance to help businesses of all sizes manage their cashflow and retain their employees. The six-month JobKeeper Payment of $1,500 a fortnight per employee is made through the tax system and is available to small, medium and large businesses, and not-for-profits. Legally employers must pass on the payment to

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Kicking COVID-19 General Practice Continuity Checklist Guide

We have a free COVID-19 plan for your practice. How are you and the team doing? We understand that practices are busy responding to COVID-19. We hope this guide may help you work more efficiently and effectively.  We aim to make this easier for you and make sure General Practices stay open to free up

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‘Integrity Defines Success’ ‘Integrity Defines Success’ David Pridham and David Dahm at the University of South Australia’s (Great)Pridham Hall Opening. David Dahm three wise words are ‘Integrity Defines Success’. This was officially with many others etched on the ‘Inverted Pyramid. For information see Great Hall Donor Congratulations to the Honourable Member Christopher Pyne for 25

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Is your Doctor ripping you off?!

We find these headlines disappointing when it comes to paying to see your doctor or any adviser. GP rebate: What I do for the $37.05 that no one wants to pay People in Saba jackets complain to me about “crap bulk-billing doctors”. It’s like whingeing that McDonald’s gave you reflux. If you haven’t already, read

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Are your medical records exposed without your consent?

90% of Australians have agreed to have their private health records online! Despite the controversial headlines such as My Health Record: clinics receiving up to $50,000 a year in incentives and  My health record  opt out doubles to 2.5 million people  My Health Record has met a key default milestone. Yes, 90% of Australians have

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Nudge economics – ‘A Nobel prize winner reveals psychology of saving money.’

A professor’s research reveals nudge economics is far more effective than setting rules when it comes to changing people’s financial behaviour. From an article on the ‘My Business’ website: ‘Professor Richard Thaler’s studies are centred on ‘nudge economics’, wherein simple fixes or hacks, rather than rules or laws, are employed to nudge people in the

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More Audits and Unsustainable Compliance!

We predict more Government audits for 2019 and beyond! We expect an increase in ATO audits over the next 12 months after seeing a spike in taxpayers details being linked (data matched) to the Tax Office’s databases. Furthermore there will be new 1st July 2019  harsh laws that stop legitimate payroll tax deductions if you

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Do you love your wife? Do you love your job?

What makes a great leader and manager? This video by Simon Sinek best explains the key qualities in leadership and management needed to build staff trust. Without these qualities, you cannot lead an organisation to scaleable success. By contrast, a low staff morale breeds poor engagement, higher turnover, system failures and lower patient or customer

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New Tax sting: Is your practice running like a brothel?

A Brothel has to pay GST, withholding tax in cash economy case. A high-end brothel will have to pay more than $6 million after an unsuccessful bid to avoid tax and GST obligations relating to its sex workers. Purely from an accounting and taxation viewpoint we examine the key issues. Those who would like to

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New Fair Work Law – Permanent Casuals can double dip on their pay!

You may have read in the media about a 2019 case where a regular casual claimed  annual leave entitlements even though the employer had thought their higher hourly wage was in lieu of these and so was not liable. That cost would come from casuals “double-dipping” by claiming leave entitlements in line with a permanent

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Medicare cops reveal they unfairly prosecute healthcare providers

Medicare ‘cops’ reveal they have no consistent procedures or policies when prosecuting healthcare providers! The Government has just admitted they do not provide authoritative guidelines . We are concerned our Medicare Item Complexity has revealed Medicare audit anxiety may be harming patient care see Are uncertain Medicare rules hurting your provision of care? It is

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Are uncertain Medicare rules hurting your provision of care?

Medicare Audit Anxiety is on the increase! According to a two-year survey, over 83% of doctors/providers believe that the care they provide to patients is affected by the uncertainty surrounding Medicare rules. The Government has admitted for the first time there is a serious problem and it is harming patient care; see Health officials promise

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2019 New Medicare Laws expose practices to fraudulent billing

Practices may now be liable for their provider’s billings. From 1st July 2019, medical and healthcare practice owners must be careful when incentivising their doctors or allied health professionals using the percentage of their gross fees method, or any other similar method. A possible risk is if a provider ‘dobs in’ a practice to escape

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Use the ‘Best of Breed’ processes and technology is the key to survival

Solve staff stress and burnout What follows is a 4-step process to address staff stress and burnout. The key is clarity and transparency,  and having the right processes and technology in place, so your systems provide full visibility of your entire staff work load, even down to the individual team member. The 4 key four

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Outsourcing the hard stuff!

Outsourcing is a better solution – 10 great reasons why. Increasingly it is getting harder to find and retain talented and experienced people. At the same time, technology is evolving so fast it is making many hard-earned skills redundant overnight. This may not concern you much, until it gives your competitors a competitive edge –

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Restructure now: Labor will limit your tax deductible accounting and taxation fees to $3000 p.a.

Should voting for a change in government mean you allow a new Government to reduce your ability to pay unnecessary tax by limiting your tax deductions to $3,000 p.a? And, by the way, possibly also increasing your risk of paying more unnecessary tax or losing a tax audit for not getting the right advice? Is

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Exit Planning – Five things to think about

The last thing you want to find, at the exit of your practice journey, is that you don’t have the right structures in place to successfully say goodbye to your practice. That’s why you need to ensure you have everything in place, well before the final farewell. A succession plan for your practice, formulated well

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The People v Australian Government

Support a landmark legal fight for a Better, Fairer, Simpler and Safer healthcare system for all Australians “This is dedicated to all those patients and carers whose lives have been affected with or who have had difficulty in navigating our complex healthcare system” – David Dahm A Patient Advocate “We thank the high profiled human

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Why traditional or start-up healthcare accountants are finding it difficult to help you.

Are you being acknowledged by your patients and peers? At the end of the day, your practice is your most valuable investment. It puts food on the table, a roof over your head and pays for your retirement. Ensuring that it stays in the safest possible hands is critical from the outset. Can we help

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