What is the Shared Debt Recovery Scheme and how does it effect me as a Provider or Practice owner?

Summary The Medicare Shared Debt Recovery Scheme (Scheme) commenced on 1 July 2019.  Under the Scheme both the practitioner who provides a service using their Medicare provider number (Provider) and another party, which is usually their employer/practice owner (Practice), can be responsible for repaying debts resulting from incorrect claiming of Medicare benefits. This is called a ‘Shared Debt Determination’. Default percentages for the Provider (65%) and Practice (35%) apply unless the circumstances support a different share of the debt (eg. The Practice may have to pay a higher portion of the debt if it has significant control over the billing process). How does it work? The Provider has primary responsibility for correct benefit claims as only they can confirm that the service has been delivered according to the Medicare Benefits Schedule.…
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