What does maintaining accreditation mean for my practice?
Under usual circumstances, an accreditation cycle is three years. The extraordinary measures enacted suspends the current accreditation status of a general practice, which will be maintained until the recovery phase of the pandemic begins and these measures are ceased. For example, a general practice that would normally have one year before its scheduled assessment, will have one year before its next assessment from the time these measures are ceased.
When do these measures commence?
Immediately. As the implementation of the changes is administrative, general practices are not required to take any further action at this time.
Do efforts to implement the RACGP Standards for general practices (5th edition) cease?
No. General practices will be relying on their safety and quality systems to ensure patient care is safe and of good quality. All general practices are expected to ensure safety and quality systems are being used, monitored and address any breeches in practice.
Can my practice continue to access Practice Incentives Program (PIP) and Workforce Incentive Program (WIP) – Practice Stream funding?
Yes. Introducing these measures will not change a general practice’s current eligibility for funding under the Department of Health’s Practice Incentives Program (PIP) and Workforce Incentive Program (WIP) – Practice Stream.
The Commission’s process for reviewing gaps in accreditation will still be accessible for general practices where the gap has occurred prior to the release of this announcement. General practices that are currently accredited, will have their accreditation continue until these measures are cease in the recovery phase.
General practices that are not currently accredited, and wish to become accredited, can commence the accreditation process by completing the self-assessment audit but will not undergo an onsite assessment until the recovery phase.
My practice has had its onsite assessment, can it be finalised?
General Practice that have completed an onsite assessment, are in the remediation phase of their assessment cycle and require an onsite assessment cannot be finalised.
General practices can finalise their assessment if they have completed an onsite assessment and are able to finalise their assessment as a review of documentation.