MBS Review Taskforce – Report from NPRG
6th February 2019
6 February 2019
MBS Benefits Schedule Review Taskforce – Report from the Nurse Practitioner Reference Group (NPRG)
The Australian College of Nurse Practitioners (ACNP) has today reviewed the report from the Nurse Practitioner Reference Group (NPRG) in relation to the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) Review Taskforce (the Taskforce).
The Taskforce is undertaking a program of work that considers how more than 5,700 items on the MBS can be aligned with contemporary clinical evidence and practice and improve health outcomes for patients. The NPRG was established in 2018 to make recommendations to the Taskforce on MBS items in its area of responsibility, based on rapid evidence review and clinical expertise.
“The ACNP supports and advocates for timely and appropriate health care for all Australians. The report from the NPRG represents the opportunity to significantly improve the health of our community, and increase access to quality healthcare for all Australians.” said Leanne Boase, ACNP President.
The NPRG report outlines 14 recommendations and each of these recommendations are positive for the community. The recommendations are well considered, extensively researched, and well supported by the evidence that reflects the high standard of Nurse Practitioner care in Australia. The recommendations focus on the following key areas:
- Enabling much greater access to timely and appropriate care, especially in Aged Care and Rural and Remote areas
- Enabling access to preventative care and early intervention in disease management
- Enabling patients to access rebates for procedures and a wider range of services provided by Nurse Practitioners
- Enabling Nurse Practitioners to work to full scope of practice, especially in areas of Australia where communities have poor, or reduced access to health services
- Enabling Nurse Practitioners to integrate further into Primary Care
- Reducing fragmentation of care, encouraging true collaboration between health professionals, and reducing delays, duplication of services and inefficiencies
- Removal of artificial barriers to practice, which currently limit access to Nurse Practitioners services
The ACNP is pleased that the changes outlined within the 14 recommendations will also lead to significant growth in Nurse Practitioner numbers in Australia, especially in areas of need, and a more sustainable workforce.
Registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Authority, educated at Masters level, Nurse Practitioners are focused on improving access to treatment, providing efficient, cost-effective care, and dedicated to improving health outcomes of all Australians, particularly those designated as at-risk populations, such as aged care, indigenous populations and general primary health care in remote and rural and regional areas.
ACNP President, Leanne Boase declared “The ACNP would like to acknowledge the extensive work that has gone into this report, and we call on our health professional colleagues and the Australian community to support these recommendations, in the interests of better health and access to care.”
Sara Carter, Marketing & Communications Manager
Australian College of Nurse Practitioners
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Notes to Editors:
The Australian College of Nurse Practitioners (ACNP) is the peak body for NPs nationally with more than 1,200 NPs and Advanced Practice Nurses across the country, including rural and remote areas of Australia. The strategic leadership is provided by a group of NPs practicing in both public and private settings who understand Nurse Practitioners are intent on maintaining the patient at the centre of quality health care.
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