COVID-19 Vaccine Update
26 February 2021
We have been working towards making the required changes to Communicare to comply with the new mandatory recording in the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) associated with the COVID-19 vaccination program.
Compliance testing with Services Australia has commenced and an updated version of Communicare 19.2 will be available from 10 March 2021.
If your health service commences the administration of vaccinations prior to finalising the required upgrade, you will need to make alternative arrangements to capture the required information and meet your COVID-19 vaccination reporting requirements.
If you intend to participate in the COVID-19 vaccination program and intend to record vaccinations using Communicare, we have updated our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document for your reference. Log in to read more
To schedule your upgrade, please visit the Service Desk and lodge an upgrade request.
MIMS Drug Data February 2021
11 February 2021
The February 2021 MIMS data is now available.
MBS March 2021
11 February 2021
For March 2021 there have been a number of changes to the MBS. These changes include minor policy changes which were recommended by the clinician-led MBS Review Taskforce for the Medicare Benefits Schedule Committee and also incorporates eight legislative instruments which are made under subsection 3C(1) of the Health Insurance Act 1973. Details of the changes are available at http://www.mbsonline.gov.au/internet/mbsonline/publishing.nsf/Content/News-210301
To download the update, in the Upgrade and Release Details pane, click Download MBS.
Services Australia IHI Web Service Issue
8 December 2020
Services Australia has identified an issue in their Healthcare Identifiers IHI Inquiry web services, affecting the date of birth field. In some instances, this is causing IHI validation failures. A resolution is being worked on by Services Australia as a high priority.
We will provide an update when we know more.
Web Services for Medicare Online, DVA, AIR and ECLIPSE update
15 October 2020
As you may be aware, the Department of Human Services is upgrading their digital health and aged care channels from the current adaptor technology to web services for Medicare Online, DVA, AIR and ECLIPSE by 13 March 2022. These channels will also be moved from PKI security to a new authentication system called Provider Digital Access (PRODA).
Communicare technical teams are looking into the required changes. We plan to have the required changes to online claiming available and working with the Medicare changes before the due date and will keep you updated on the Communicare release dates for changes to help you schedule your testing process.
In the interim, to prepare for the change, follow the task list laid out by Services Australia. For more information, see humanservices.gov.au/hpwebservices.
COVID-19 related information
15 October 2020
This article compiles all COVID-19 information relevant to Communicare.
My Health Record – ADHA virtual classroom sessions
9 October 2020
The Australian Digital Health Agency is offering virtual classroom sessions. These free, one hour sessions are aimed at GPs, Specialists, Practice Managers and Practice Nurses interested in learning more about My Health Record and how to use it most effectively in routine practice.
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