Placements on the PEP, whether standard or specialist streams, are in DPA locations. So, you would assume that the provider numbers GPs are granted would be the same as you would normally get for a DPA location – however this does not appear to be the case currently.
Medicare provider numbers granted under PEP are time limited, they are not unrestricted DPA exemptions. Think of them more like a ‘PEP exemption’ and the RACGP dictates the end date of that provider number.
With some of the first Specialist PEP placements coming to an end, we are seeing GPs and practice caught unawares. GPs are getting billings rejected and facing time off work whilst these situations are being sorted out.
So, what do you need to do?
- Take note of the end date of your provider number when it is issued. This is sent directly to the GP from the RACGP
- Ensure that you complete all your PEP requirements in that time period
- Once you get FRACGP, apply for your Specialist Registration with AHPRA immediately. Don’t leave it until the last minute.
- You and your practice will need to remember to re-apply for a provider number and DPA exemption once your have finished your PEP placement.
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