Medtech practices are no longer required to request an authorisation number (via BPAC eReferral) in order to claim a Primary Mental Health extended GP consultation. The upgraded Medtech advanced form will provided to you by your practice development facilitator, please contact them for assistance in uploading this into your PMS.
Upcoming NZNO strike action – November
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) has issued a strike notice. The first 24-hour strike will take place on November 9, and a second is scheduled for November 23.
As some of you may already be aware, the Arms Legislation Act 2020 introduced changes to the Arms Act 1983 which will come into effect from 24 December 2020. The changes are intended to reduce harm from firearms and there is one change that our sector needs to be aware of.
If your practice took part in the patient experience survey you should be starting to receive some responses. Further instructions from IPOS will be sent out towards the end of the month to assist in accessing the patient responses.
The GP Liaison team are working with Waikato DHB mental health services to improve GP communication and patient services. They have created a survey on primary-secondary mental health and addiction service for GPs to complete as an opportunity to make some suggestions on the services
Here is the latest update for Tairāwhiti DHB GP liaison Anna Meuli covering pink zone hours, medication safety in transfer of care, obstetric summaries/hypertension in pregnancy postpartum monitoring and bowel screening.
Please note due to the COVID-19 pandemic there are problems in securing reagents for molecular/PCR based testing of enteric pathogens. This is due to the manufacturers of the test reagents diverting resource to the production of SARS-CoV-2 assays.