Doctor 'nudge letters' saved Medicare $22 million, audit report claims
Twelve thousand 'nudge' letters sent to doctors by the Department of Health apparently saved $22 million in Medicare and PBS costs, an audit investigation says.
The figure has been published by the Auditor-General following his review of the department’s Medicare compliance program.
Drawn up in 2018/19, the letters were designed to reduce inappropriate prescribing and reduce inappropriate Medicare billing - usually by offering peer comparisons with the claims of other doctors.
After being encouraged