Under our new contract with ACC, we will provide a partnership programme between Pinnacle and ProCare Health. This means we will be upgrading practices to a new referral and outcome tool which will streamline the referral and claims process. The new tool, called Profusion, is a digital platform for clinical programmes and services and is currently in a pilot phase with some practices.
It is important to continue using the current referral and claiming process as outlined on our website prior to go-live in your region. We will roll out the changes regionally and will keep you up-to-date on the progress.
The pathways focus on patients with knee and back (cervical and lumbar spine) injuries. The shoulder pathway has been removed. Historically GPs could only refer for a low-tech imaging X-ray or ultrasound, with all magnetic resonance imaging restricted to specialist requests. This is no longer the case. Accredited GPs can now follow nationally ratified guidelines to refer directly to radiology services for MRI investigations. These guidelines have been developed with clinical input from GPs, radiologists and specialists, leveraging existing guidance across New Zealand and Australia.
Historically, once a clinician had completed their training, anyone in the practice could refer for an MRI. Under the new ACC changes, only trained clinicians will be able to refer. Changes are currently underway to enable this in the new referral and outcome tool.
When a GP is accredited they will no longer be required to do annual refreshers.
GP accreditation process has 2 parts.
All other regions - dates coming soon.
If you would like to register your interest for the next training course, please contact Petrina Cooper, details below.
Petrina Cooper, Strategic Project Lead
0274 778 852