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The Director of PSR reports to the Minister for Health and Aged Care, who has portfolio responsibility for administering the Health Insurance Act 1973, including the PSR Scheme.
PSR works with several government entities and other organisations.
Department of Health and Aged Care: The department’s work is relevant to PSR in several ways:
- The department provides legislation development and policy advice to the Minister for Health about the PSR Scheme, Medicare, the PBS and CDBS.
- Delegates of the Chief Executive Medicare, based in the department, may ask the PSR Director to review possible inappropriate practice.
- PSR may seek Medicare and PBS data from the department when investigating a practitioner under review.
- The department implements the Determining Authority’s final determinations and ratified section 92 agreements, including any disqualifications and repayment of Medicare benefits.
Services Australia: Services Australia administers payments for Medicare, PBS and CDBS.
Professional organisations and registration bodies: PSR’s peer review process relies on the support of health practitioners, their professional organisations and registration bodies. Under the Health Insurance Act 1973, PSR must consult with the AMA and other professional organisations on statutory appointments, and the PSR Director can only be appointed with the agreement of the AMA.