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Medicare and Health Funds updated fee schedules - 1st May 2019
Posted by Sinclair Hughes on 05 May 2019 10:36 PM

Medicare and many of the Health Funds have provided updates to their schedule of fees, of which there are a few new Items. 

The list of Medicare items that have been modified is available from this link.

DO NOT IMPORT THE NEW SCHEDULE OF FEES UNTIL ALL SECRETARIES IN THE PRACTICE HAVE COMPLETED THEIR INVOICING FOR APRIL (or earlier).

Note that importing the schedule will not adjust the fees that each doctor chooses to charge. 

To download and import the new Medicare and Health Funds rates file:

  1. Log into SPM using a login that has permissions to access the Import option in the following locations.  
  2. Go to Utilities module then:
    • SPMc - click on the 'Rates' button (for Classic SPM)
    • SPMi - go to Import -> Health Fund rates (for Integrated SPM)
  3. Click on the button 'Download Rates.Aus file' .  Accept the default values and click on Go.
  4. When that has finished click Close and then choose 'Import Rates.Aus'

To download and import the DVA rates file:

  1. Log into SPM using a login that has permissions to access the Import option in the following locations.  
  2. Go to Utilities module then:
    • SPMc - click on the 'DVA Fees' button (for Classic SPM)
    • SPMi - go to Import -> Health Fund rates (for Integrated SPM)
  3. Click on the button 'Download DVAFees.Aus file' .  Accept the default values and click on Go.
  4. When that has finished click Close and then choose 'Import DVAFees.Aus '

The import process could take 15-20 minutes and can be completed while other staff are still using SPM - although as it may cause some slow-down the import process should ideally be performed when no-one is using SPM.

When a small message box appears saying that the import has been successful you can exit by clicking on the Cancel button.
When we next notify you that an updated rates file is available with the latest rebate schedules, you will need to repeat this process.

Advanced instructions for configuring the Health Funds in SPM, importing the Rates.AUS file and updating the specialist's individual charges are available in this document

If you have any queries regarding the importing of the new schedules please let us know and we will do our best to help you.