What does the workers’ compensation amendment Bill mean for my practice?

Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2019 Queensland’s Workers' Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003 (WCR Act) establishes a workers' compensation scheme for Queensland, providing benefits following workplace injuries or fatalities, and requiring employers to be covered against related liability either under a WorkCover insurance policy or under a licence as a self-insurer. An independent review has recently been undertaken to assess the effectiveness of the scheme and its current rehabilitation and return to work programs. This review proposed a number of changes to the WCR Act, which are currently being considered by the Queensland Parliament. In this article our health business lawyers summarise the changes most relevant to health practice owners and what they mean for you. (a) WorkCover funded prevention initiatives The Bill proposes that WorkCover be given…
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How much can I charge Pathology and Imaging providers to lease within my practice?

Why do I need to read this? If your health practice leases an area to pathology and radiology providers, you need to be aware of the Australian Government regulations that apply to these arrangements. These regulations are designed to prevent conflicts of interest, which might cause practitioners to refer excessively. Significant penalties apply for any breaches of the regulations and we want you to be protected. These leasing arrangements usually involve GPs, however the regulations apply to anyone who can request or provide Medicare-eligible investigations (eg. specialists, dentists, podiatrists, physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors, nurse practitioners). If you need any advice from our specialist health lawyers on this topic, please get in contact here. What does this mean for me? The legislation that affects the contractual arrangements between you and the pathology/radiology…
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