PSR Director's Update for January 2018

7 February 2018
 
 
Due to the nature of negotiated agreements and secrecy limitations imposed by the legislative scheme, no practitioners who have entered into s 92 agreements with the Director are named. The Director has the power to disclose the names and addresses of practitioners who are found by a Committee to have engaged in inappropriate practice and who are subject to a final determination.
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In January 2018, 5 negotiated agreements came into effect.

A. Director’s Section 92 agreements effective in January 2018

The following agreements entered into by the Director and persons under review (in accordance with s 92 of the Act) were ratified:

  • An agreement with a general practitioner. This practitioner’s rendering of MBS items 23, 36, 721, 723 and 732 was reviewed by the Director. The practitioner acknowledged they engaged in inappropriate practice in connection with providing these items except for MBS item 23, in relation to which the Director had no concerns. The practitioner agreed to repay $135,000 and will be reprimanded by the Director.
  • An agreement with an otolaryngologist. This practitioner’s rendering of MBS items 104, 41671, 41672 and 45641 was reviewed by the Director. The practitioner acknowledged they engaged in inappropriate practice in connection with providing these items. The practitioner agreed to repay $110,000 and will be reprimanded by the Director.
  • An agreement with a medical practitioner practising in general medicine. This practitioner’s rendering of MBS items 53, 721, 723, 2715, 5020, 5040, 66596 and 66833 was reviewed by the Director. The practitioner acknowledged they engaged in inappropriate practice in connection with providing these items. The practitioner agreed to repay $215,000 and will be reprimanded by the Director.
  • An agreement with a general practitioner. This practitioner’s rendering of MBS items 20, 23, 24, 35, 36, 37, 160, 705, 721, 723, 731, 732, 735, 900, 903, 5028, 5040, 31210, 31215, 31270, 31285 and 31290 was reviewed by the Director. The practitioner acknowledged they engaged in inappropriate practice in connection with providing these items, except for MBS items 24 and 5028, in relation to which the Director had no concerns. The practitioner agreed to repay $400,000 and will be reprimanded by the Director.
  • An agreement with a general practitioner. This practitioner’s rendering of MBS items 23, 36, 721, 723 and 732 was reviewed by the Director. The practitioner acknowledged they engaged in inappropriate practice in connection with providing these items. The practitioner agreed to repay $400,000 and will be reprimanded by the Director.

B. PSR Committees' final determinations

No final determinations became effective in January.

C. Federal Court

The decision in the judicial review application first mentioned in September 2017 remains reserved.

D. Referrals to the major non-compliance (fraud) division

No matters were referred to the major non-compliance (fraud) division in January 2018.

E. Referrals to AHPRA

No matters were referred to AHPRA in January 2018.