Have You Upgraded to Medicare Web Services? The Clock is Ticking!

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Have you upgraded to Medicare Web Services yet?

The 19th of June is only weeks away and if you’re not using Medicare Web Services-compatible software by then, Online Claiming and Eclipse billing will stop working for you. The team here at Bp Software is here to break down the process for you into more manageable, bite-sized pieces. So, bookmark this post, set aside a few minutes each day, and make a start because how do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.

Step 1

If this article comes as a shock to you, and you weren’t aware of this mandatory change, please click here for an overview of Medicare Web Services, and the impact on your practice. 

Step 2

If you do not have one already, click here to register an individual account in PRODA. Services Australia steps and our Knowledge Base can help you navigate the registration process.

Step 3

If you do not have one already, register your organisation by logging into your PRODA account, selecting organisations then registering new organisation. Again, Services Australia steps and our Knowledge Base break it down nicely.

Ask the question first… Is your organisation already registered? Who set up the organisation? Who in the practice will be adding and managing your B2B device? If you haven’t had that conversation yet, now is the time. Perhaps your principal doctor originally set it up, but you, as the practice manager, will be the one managing your B2B device. You won’t be able to do that if you’re not delegated the right authority in PRODA.

Step 4

Link to Medicare Online. You’re going to need to grab some information from your system first before you jump back into PRODA, so if you’re a Bp Premier user click here, or a Bp VIP.net user, click here.

Step 5

Add or manage other members of your organisation in PRODA. If you’re the person who’ll perform functions on behalf of your organisation, you need to ensure you’re added by your PRODA RA number. Click here for more information.

Step 6

This one is exclusive to multi-location practices. Make sure you register your practice locations as subsidiary organisations in PRODA by following these steps.

Step 7

Register your B2B device. For Bp Premier users, you’ll need Saffron SP2 or later. Click here for the steps. For Bp VIP.net users, you’ll need Topaz SP1, which is on its way.  

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What's Next?

After your PRODA set up is done, you’ll need to upgrade your software. If you’re a Bp Premier user, you can do this now by upgrading to the most recently released version of Bp Premier. It’s really simple to upgrade, you just need to ensure you’re running at least Indigo SP1 and have the February 2022 data update installed. To see just how straight forward it is, check out this short demonstration:

How To Upgrade Your Version of Bp Premier on Vimeo.

If you’re a Bp VIP.net user, your Medicare Web Services compatible version is currently being worked on and will be available to you soon. In the interim, in order to be adequately prepared to upgrade when it’s ready, we strongly recommend you complete the PRODA preparation steps.

If you get stuck at any point with PRODA, Services Australia can give you a hand and for anything system related, our support teams are standing by to assist. If you don’t prepare and upgrade by June 19th, Online Claiming and Eclipse billing will stop working for you, and you’ll need to manually process your claims.

Please don’t delay and remember, how do you eat an Elephant? One bite at a time.

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Suzi Eley
Training & Deployment Leader at Best Practice Software

Changes to Image Based Prescribing

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From 1st April, 2022, prescribers may continue to fax or email digital images of paper prescriptions to the pharmacy of the patient’s choice. However, the prescriber must now send the original paper prescription to the pharmacy. The original temporary exemption that was in place from March 2020 did not require a paper copy of the prescription to be sent to the pharmacy (unless an S8 or S4 medication), we can now confirm that this is ending on March 31, 2022.

For practices using our Bp Premier product, ePrescribing is available and will ensure that an electronic version of the prescription can be provided to the patient, without the need to supply a paper copy of the prescription to the patient or pharmacy. Further information regarding ePrescribing for Bp Premier can be accessed here.

For practices using our Bp VIP.net product, we are expecting that ePrescribing will become available before the end of 2022. Until then, prescriptions that are faxed or emailed to a pharmacy will require a paper copy or the original prescription to be sent.

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Jessica White
Head of Commercial and Government at Best Practice Software

Displaying Patient Vaccination Status in Bp VIP.net

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With cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 surging in Australia, and recently reaching the shores of New Zealand, the desire to quickly and easily view a patient’s vaccination status when booking an appointment, or providing specialist care for a patient has never been more front of mind.  Vaccination rates across both sides of the Tasman Sea have been steadily on the rise, with over 93%, of the adult population double-vaccinated in both countries. 

Bp VIP.net is highly customisable to your practice’s individual needs, and the ability to easily record an individual patient’s vaccination status is just one of the many possibilities in your software.   One of the best places to record this information is within your UDFs, where you can create additional fields to capture quickly and easily all of the desired, and up-to-date information that you require for your patients.  COVID vaccination status is one possibility, or you may even wish to add some other additional fields such as Gender Identity, or Preferred Pronouns.  Fields like these can be added with selection lists using the Pick List function in the Form Designer, but the possibilities for customising your UDFs are endless.

One other possibility is the option to record your patients’ COVID vaccination status directly within the Patient Details UDF screen, usually accessed by hitting the F3 key (pictured below).

By capturing the COVID vaccination status of your patients within the Patient Details screen, this enables you to use this information in other areas of Bp VIP.net, such as an Autotext creation in the Appointment Book showing the vaccination status and date of vaccination.

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There are some points to be aware of when customising your UDFs in Bp VIP.net. When adding a new field to your Patient Details UDF, be sure to select the Field Type of ‘Patient’. This ensures that the value entered into the field will stay in until it is manually changed. Do not add fields to your Patient Details UDF that have the field type of ‘Medical’ as these fields are designed to only capture information on one visit date, and often cause saving issues if the field is replicated on the Medical Desktop and updated by multiple users from various areas of the software.

For detailed, step-by-step instructions on how to add fields for COVID vaccination status to your Patient Details UDF, or any other additional information, be sure to access our newly published article on our Knowledge Base.

With Bp VIP.net UDFs, the possibilities for you and your practice team to customize how your software works for you are endless.  Today, we’ve been looking through the lens of COVID vaccination statues, but the same steps can be applied to recording any other information of your choosing.  If you’re interested in finding out more, be sure to access our Knowledge Base for detailed instructions, simply open the Help menu from within Bp VIP.net and click Online to be taken directly there. Our team of Training Specialists are also here to support you with timesaving tips and tricks just like this one.

You can find out more, or get in touch with us at our website.

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Johanna Monson
Training & Deployment Specialist at Best Practice Software

Bp VIP.net Knowledge Base Improvements

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There’s good news for users of the Bp VIP.Net knowledge base! A couple of months ago, the Training and Deployment team acknowledged the gaps in the online help knowledge base, and worked out a plan to fill those gaps, particularly the various claiming channels for Australian practices as they begin their preparations for migrating practices to Medicare Web Services in 2022.

We’re very happy to announce that two dozen new articles have been published to the Bp VIP.Net Knowledge Base in the last couple of weeks, with another dozen ready to publish by end November. We appreciate your patience while we improve the learning resources we offer.

To access the Knowledge Base, select Help > Online from the menu inside Bp VIP.Net and select a button or just type into the search bar to start. User feedback is welcome at any time! Just scroll down to the bottom of any article and provide your feedback in the text box provided. The documentation team regularly reviews user feedback and will action any request for new or updated information.

System Configuration and Printing

VIPServices is the scheduling service that manages investigation results and appointment book reminders for Bp VIP.Net. A comprehensive new article aimed at administrators explains how to set up, stop, and restart this service for new installations or to troubleshoot an existing practice after an upgrade. Also included is a new article on setting workstation printing preferences for letters and templates, so that users don’t have to select a printer or paper source every time they print a script or appointment list, saving valuable time. Printing preferences also include automatic settings for RSD messages in New Zealand, and automatically populating recipients for letters that are sent out with multiple copies.

Just open the knowledge base and search for ‘vipservice’ or ‘printing preferences’!

Prescribing Setup

Prescribing workflow setup and defaults have received a boost in the knowledge base, with new articles on:

  • Combining multiple medications into a single medication protocol that can be prescribed together, saving time
  • Adding a medication route not supplied with the system
  • Inserting a record for medications prescribed elsewhere
  • Saving the dosage and frequency defaults for a patient’s medication, so they do not have to be reselected when represcribed
  • Prescribing workflow preferences for prescribers.

Not to mention information on Real Time Prescription Monitoring, introduced way back in Ruby and recently updated for all Australian states in Topaz Revision 2. Get up to speed with the status of RTPM in your state!

Open the Knowledge Base and select Setup > Prescribing.

Medicare, DVA and Health Fund Claiming

End-to-end instructions for all major claiming channels for Australian practices are now live, with new Health Fund billing for No Gap, Gap, and Gap Cover claims, complete with short and sharp video tutorials. Existing guidance on Bulk Bill and Patient claims, including in-hospital procedures, has been revised and updated to the latest version of Bp VIP.Net.

Select Management > Medicare and DVA Claiming or Health Fund Claiming to access the new articles.

While you’re there, don’t forget to search for ‘mws’ to see all of our preparation materials for your migration to Medicare Web Services, which becomes compulsory for all electronic claims in March 2022. If you haven’t already, now’s the time to start registering PRODA accounts for key personnel to get ready!

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Jay Rose
Lead Technical & Content Writer at Best Practice Software

Video: Prescribing in Bp VIP.net

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This BeInTheKnow session aims to provide clinicians with a comprehensive overview of all facets of prescribing within Bp VIP.net.

The webinar will cover the following topics:
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– Registering and Installing MIMS Integrated and NZULM [1:32]
– Setting script paper printer/tray defaults [02:55]
– Setting individual prescribing defaults for each doctor [04:15]
– Prescribing in Bp VIP.net [06:41]
– AIP, My Health Record & SafeScript [18:03]
– Saving and maintaining dosages [21:19]
– Repeating Prescriptions [25:00]
– Creating pre-set Medication protocols for different conditions or procedures [25:42]

Watch the video and join our expert trainer Warren Goertz to learn about Prescribing within Bp VIP.net!

Bp VIP.net Tips & Tricks: Creating a Prescribing Protocol

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If you find yourself frequently prescribing a specific combination of medications and could benefit from these combinations being easily accessible, then creating a Prescribing Protocol may be the shortcut you’re looking for!

The major advantage of creating a Prescribing Protocol in Bp VIP.net is the time saved for any future prescriptions that require those repeat medications. Creating the Protocol will allow you to select it in only a few clicks, rather than adding each individual medication every time. It is also worth noting that when prescribing via a Protocol, Bp VIP.net will still look for interactions and allergies, just as it would if you were prescribing a single medication, so there is no loss of this important functionality when utilising a Prescribing Protocol.

To Create a Prescribing Protocol:

1. Click Setup> Medical> Medications Protocol.
2. Click the New button to create the new Protocol.

(The Choose Medications screen should be displayed)

3. Select the first required medication (From Mims, Custom List or NZULM).
4. Click the OK button.

The Prescription Item Details screen should be displayed:

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Write a name for the Protocol into the protocol field.
6. Complete the Prescription details for dose and frequency and click the OK button.
7. Click the New button to add a second item to the Protocol.
8. Select the required medication and click the OK button.

(The Prescription Item Details screen should be displayed)

9. Select the newly created Protocol from step 5 in the Protocol drop down menu.
10. Complete the Prescription details for dose and frequency and click the OK button.
11. Repeat the process to add more medications to the Protocol.
12. Click the Close button of the Maintain Medication Protocols screen when no more medication items are to be added to the Protocol. More items can be added to this protocol in the future through the Maintain Medication Protocols screen.

To Prescribe the Protocol of Medications.

1. Click the Prescribing button (F9) to show the Medications screen.
2. Click the Protocols button.

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The Maintain Medication Protocols window is displayed. This will show all saved Protocols.

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Highlight the Protocol from the list.
5. Click the Select button.
6. Click the Print button to prescribe the Protocol.

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Suzi Eley
Product Training, Knowledge & Deployment Leader at Best Practice Software

Preparing for the Introduction of Medicare Web Services – Taking Your First Steps

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You’ll all be aware that Services Australia is upgrading the technology used by Practice management software such as Bp Premier and Bp VIP.net to connect to digital health services such as Medicare online. Hopefully, you also know that this new technology will replace the existing Medicare client adapter and PKI certificates, and that will be facilitated by the use of PRODA. Most importantly, what you definitely need to know is that Practices must migrate to this new technology by March 2022, to maintain access to Medicare Online functionality.

What you might not know, is that while March 2022 may seem too far away to begin preparation, now is actually the perfect time for you to start preparing for Medicare Web Services. There are a few steps in this process and you can not only be across what this change is all about, you can also complete steps 1 – 4, right now. Imagine that – you’d already be 70% of the way there, and across one of the biggest technological changes in the healthcare industry for quite a while, with plenty of time to spare.

Ok, so you’re ready to take the first steps?

  • Firstly, familiarize yourself with what this change is all about, and how it will impact you and your Practice by clicking here to watch this short introduction to Medicare Web Services and PRODA.
  • Next up, click here to view Step 1. Registering an individual account in PRODA. Already got one? Fantastic! Onto the next step. Does everyone in the Practice need one? No. Not sure if that’s you? The clip in this step covers that.
  • Click here to access Step 2. Registering an organisation in PRODA. Already got one? Even better. Step 3 will be for you.
  • Click here to access Step 3. Managing members and delegates in PRODA.
  • Finally, this one is only relevant if you actually have subsidiary organisations. Click here to access Step 4. Add subsidiaries. Not sure you if you have any? The clip in this step will guide you through what they are, if they’re applicable to you and whether you need to register them.

And that’s pretty much it for now! You’re 70% of the way to preparing for Medicare Web Services access through your software! What happens next? Well the team here at Best Practice Software are working hard to develop the product versions integrated with Medicare Web Services by the end of Q3 this year. Plenty of time to complete the final two configuration steps from within your software. Stay tuned to our Knowledge Base and communications for more information, or you can contact us with any questions on medicarewebservices@bpsoftware.net.

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Suzi Eley
Product Training, Knowledge & Deployment Leader at Best Practice Software

Video: Bp VIP.net TOPAZ Release Supplement for Bp VIP.net & My Health Record

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This product release activity contains important information about enhanced My Health Record functionality that is included in the TOPAZ release of Bp VIP.net.

It is designed to familiarise you with the type of information you can view in My Health Record for your patients, security you can implement in your clinic around accessing My Health Record and uploading both a prescription episode and specialist letters to your patients’ records.

Video: The Charges Screen in Bp VIP.net

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This Be In The Know webinar will cover the Charges Screen in Bp VIP.net.

The webinar will cover the following topics:
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– Navigating around the Charges screen [00:52]
– The Provider charge screens [04:29]
– Billing per provider [06:39]
– The function buttons at the bottom of the screen [08:09]
– Setting up Item Fees for private items [10:24]
– Looking at the set up of MBS items and copying MBS items [15:09]
– Billing Protocols [19:44]
– Working with Feescalers [21:28]
– Working with Subsidisers [25:39]
– Updating fees [26:55]
– Assistance Fees – Australia Only [29:18]
– Scaling – Australia Only [31:22]

Watch the video and join our expert trainer, Jo Monson, to learn about the Charges Screen in Bp VIP.net!

Medicare Web Services is Coming! What Does that Mean For Your Practice?

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An Update on Medicare Web services – for our Australian Customers

As you may be aware, Services Australia is upgrading the current technology used by practice management software, to connect to critical digital health services such as Medicare/DVA Claiming, Eclipse and the Australian Immunisation Register.

A number of our products currently connect to Services Australia via a Medicare Client Adaptor, which utilises a Medicare PKI certificate also known as a site certificate. As per the new requirements, practice management software vendors will be replacing this Medicare PKI certificate method with a Provider Digital Access (PRODA) account, which will lead to the replacement of the current Medicare Client Adaptor technology.

What does this mean for your Practice?

Practices may have already started receiving information about this change from Services Australia stating that from the 13th of March 2022, the current methods for accessing Medicare/DVA Claiming, Eclipse and the Australian Immunisation Register will no longer be available. To ensure your Practice is not impacted by this change it is extremely important you upgrade to a version of your software that supports Medicare Web services. We expect these updates to be available for our Bp Premier and Bp VIP.net Practices in calendar year Q4 2021 in order to provide our customers with enough time to complete the upgrade prior to the March 2022 deadline.

From a software workflow perspective, we expect minimal change and the transition to using Medicare Web services for Practice staff will be seamless. However, there will be some configuration needed for some products, as part of the upgrade process, to ensure that you have linked your PRODA account as per the new requirements.

Our Training team is busily preparing education sessions, resources and Knowledge Base updates to assist our Practices in preparing and implementing these important changes!

As our Bp Allied product currently uses a third-party solution to deliver Services Australia functionality, these changes will occur in the background. From a software workflow perspective we expect minimal change, and the transition to using Medicare Web services for Practice staff should be seamless. However, there may be some configuration changes in Bp Allied as part of the upgrade process. There is no need for Bp Allied practices to complete any preparation activities at this stage. 

What can you do now to prepare? (For Bp Premier and Bp VIP.net Practices only)

If your Practice does not currently have a PRODA account, we suggest creating one ahead of time to ensure you are familiar with its interface and the appropriate authorisation levels are set up for your organisation. This will become important when linking your practice management software (Bp Premier, Bp VIP.net) to your organisation’s PRODA account.  If you already have a PRODA account, you can jump right into linking Medicare Online as a service provider to your organisation. Easy to follow steps are provided on the Services Australia website under  “Learn how to add and link Medicare Online (including ECLIPSE, DVA and AIR) to your organisation in PRODA.”

We also highly recommend signing up to our training events, downloading our resources and thoroughly reviewing our Knowledge Base once notified that these are available. We expect to have more information regarding these resources at the end of May.

Any questions? Our team can also be contacted via email at MedicareWebservices@bpsoftware.net.

What is Best Practice Software doing?

We are currently enhancing our Bp Premier and Bp VIP.net products to support the transition to PRODA and Medicare Web services. This functionality will be made available via our Program Updates from Q4 2021, providing our Practices with plenty of time to upgrade their software and become familiar with web services before the software vendors cut-off date in March 2022.

As mentioned above, our Bp Allied product product currently uses a third-party solution to deliver Services Australia functionality and these changes will occur in the background. From a software workflow perspective, we expect minimal change and the transition to using Medicare Web services for Practice staff will be seamless. However, there may be some configuration changes in Bp Allied as part of the upgrade process.

Are you interested in becoming an early adopter of Medicare Web services or do you have further questions?

Contact our team on MedicareWebservices@bpsoftware.net. We will register your interest and provide further information as we progress our development.

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Jessica White
Manager of Commercial & Customer Enablement at Best Practice Software