Senate flags new powers for PSR

FORMER Professional Services Review (PSR) director Dr Tony Webber has welcomed a recommendation that the review be given the powers to “effectively pursue” corporate abuse of the MBS or PBS system so contracted GPs are not left “carrying the can”.

The recommendation was one of seven contained in a Senate Community Affairs References Committee inquiry report into the PSR released today.

The report comes as the government continues its efforts to challenge a Federal Court decision earlier this year that found a number of PSR rulings to be invalid.

The government has begun an appeal in the High Court to overturn the decision, which relied on the fact that the government had not followed the proper procedure for appointing committee members.

Today’s report contained seven recommendations, including that Medicare Australia publish its current auditing methodology and that the government consider adding a