1997 Amendments - Strengthening the original PSR Scheme

The PSR Scheme was amended in 1997 to strengthen and clarify the professional review process and to remove administrative anomalies from the Scheme by:

  • repealing the statistical sampling provisions which had proved cumbersome and unworkable in practice
  • streamlining PSR Committee procedures by requiring the production of documents prior to a Committee hearing and introducing penalties for contempt of a Committee
  • refining the directions that may be included in PSR Determinations by providing a clearer approach to calculating the amounts of Medicare benefits to be repaid and
  • increasing the maximum full period of disqualification from 6 months to 3 years, and maximum partial period of disqualification from 12 months to 3 years.

Related Legislation