In the 2017–18 Budget the government announced a new Quality Improvement (QI) Incentive. The new QI Incentive will start from 1 May 2018, ensuring ample timeframes for preparation if required.

The new PIP QI Incentive will help general practices continuously improve the quality, safety, performance and accountability of the care they provide to their patients.

After feedback from the community, including general practices, the government has also confirmed that only five existing PIP incentives will end instead of the seven incentives previously announced. After April 2018, funds from the ending incentives will be available to eligible general practices in the new QI Incentive.

Continuing PIP incentives

Six PIP incentives will remain as they are:

  • eHealth
  • After Hours
  • Rural Loading
  • Teaching Payment
  • Indigenous Health, and
  • Procedural General Practitioner Payment.

PIP Incentives ending

Five PIP incentives will end in their current form on 30 April 2018

  • Asthma
  • Quality Prescribing
  • Cervical Screening
  • Diabetes, and
  • General Practitioner Aged Care Access.

More information about the PIP QI Incentive will be available in the coming months. We will continue to provide you with updates and encourage you to subscribe to the Incentives News Update via the Australian Government Department of Human Services website.

Please note: information has been sourced from the Medicare Incentives News Update, released August 2017.