AMA warning on e-health records

THE Federal Government has been handed a fresh warning against any move to tie doctors’ participation in the personally controlled e-health record (PCEHR) system to MBS rebates.

A proposal to restrict MBS rebates to only those services carried out by doctors signed up to the Government’s PCEHR system had been recommended by the National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission (NHHRC).

But in its submission to ongoing consultation on the PCEHR blueprint – set to close this week – the AMA warned against any such move.

“The AMA is strongly opposed to any measure that would directly or indirectly, through the withholding of payments, compel medical practitioners to participate in the PCEHR,” the AMA submission stated.

But former NHHRC chair Dr Christine Bennett was unapologetic for asking “providers seeking public funding [to] be part of the PCEHR process”, and said the commission recommendation