Strengthening Medicare: Set up your practice for success

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How to apply for the Strengthening Medicare Grant – supporting general practices across innovation, training and quality patient care.

The Australian Government has announced the new ‘Strengthening Medicare General Practice Grant Program’, where they will be granting practices a single, one-off grant worth either $25,000, $35,000 or $50,000.

These grants will be determined by practice size and accreditation size and are to be used for expanding patient access and supporting safe and accessible quality primary care.

The program provides an opportunity for practices owners to boost efficiencies, save time on administrative tasks and improve business optimisation. Practice managers can invest in innovation, training, equipment, and minor capital works across three investment streams: :

  1. Enhancing digital health capacity
  2. Upgrading infection prevention and control arrangements
  3. Maintaining or achieving accreditation.

Unsure where to begin? PracticeHub is here to support you.

Our comprehensive practice management software is specifically designed to streamline everyday administrative tasks and ultimately mitigate risk so you can focus on what is important, providing top quality patient care all the time.

Here are some ways practice owners can use the grant with PracticeHub.

1. Upgrade to a digital solution to streamline your practice 

Running a practice may be difficult at times, as there are many implications practice managers may face. PracticeHub is designed specifically for practice managers to navigate the challenges of running a modern-day healthcare organisation.

Our all-in-one platform is built to securely store your data in one central hub, accessible anytime, anywhere. 

As a practice manager, you can save time by creating streamlined processes and embed patient safety and quality into your practice systems – helping to minimise risk and reduce costs to your practice. The grant can help practices cover the costs of upgrading to a cloud-based system, making it easier to take advantage of these benefits.

2. Receive accreditation support and customisable templates to accelerate the accreditation process

Accreditation can be a stressful period for many practice managers, organising the requirements needed for assessment may be time consuming. PracticeHub’s Accreditation Assessment Framework for General Practice provides a critical review of your documentation against the 130 assessment criteria in the RACGP Standards for General Practice. Our Premium package provides a gap analysis report and detailed next steps on how to meet the accreditation standards.

3. Access training and support

We understand that training can be a difficult task amidst running a busy practice, which is why our comprehensive training modules are designed to ensure staff are equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to provide optimal patient care. A variety of role-specific training plans that are cross referenced with relevant policies and procedures will help you build a confident team that’s highly skilled and ready to provide a consistently positive patient experience.  

4. Improve patient care

It’s no secret that with the right digital solution in place, practice owners can boost operational performance creating opportunities to deliver exceptional patient care. But this involves more than just applying technologies.

To foster ongoing quality, safe patient care, it’s imperative for practice owners to proactively adopt the right technology in all aspects of managing their healthcare organisation. 

If you are a practice owner or manager planning to receive the General Practice Grant funding, PracticeHub may be the right solution to improve your practice’s efficiency, and most importantly, drive quality patient care.

Applications for the Strengthening Medicare – GP Grant are still open and will close on Thursday, 15 June, 2023. If you need more information, PracticeHub can assist you every step of the way.

To find out more book a consultation today or call our team on 1300 96 86 36.

Persons implementing any recommendations contained in this publication must exercise their own independent skill or judgment or seek appropriate professional advice relevant to their own particular practice. Compliance with any recommendations will not in any way guarantee discharge of the duty of care owed to patients and others coming into contact with the health professional or practice. Avant and PracticeHub are not responsible to you or anyone else for any loss suffered in connection with the use of this information. Information is only current at the date initially published. © Avant Mutual Group Limited 2023.

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