Medicare

Medicare Provider Number Applications - Changes to the Process

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Did You Know…?

There’s a new form for provider number applications. Medicare has recently updated their manual application form and will no longer be accepting the older versions.

What’s Different?

The layout has changed, and there are several more questions about the location than there was before. This means that more information is needed up front, and the risk of the application being rejected is higher. The good news is that the document is fillable online; however, printing is still required as a handwritten signature is mandatory.

The Answer? PRODA!

In view of the changes, and with all the headaches caused by ensuring provider numbers are ready in time, you should register with PRODA now, more than ever before.

The online system is linked with the Health Professional Online Services (HPOS) and allows you to apply and retrieve provider numbers instantly! And what a relief it is when the number is issued in plenty of time before a locum or permanent placement.

What Is PRODA?

Provider Digital Access (PRODA) is an online authentication system providers use to securely access government online services. Using a two-step verification process, you only need a username and password and access to a personal mobile phone or email account.

To access services using PRODA, you need to register as an individual to get your own account.

What Do You Need To Do?

Follow this step by step guide to obtain additional location provider numbers instantly:

1. First, you will need to register with PRODA

  • To register, click on this link here.

  • A web page will open with a detailed process of your next steps:

  • Create your login details and personal details

  • Verify your identity. You will need three pieces of identification (Passport, Driver’s Licence and Medicare card are easiest to verify, but other ID is accepted)

  • Match your existing services to your profile

2. Secondly, apply instantly for additional location provider numbers

  • Once you have registered, you will then be able to apply online for instant provider numbers.

  • You will be given the required location address and banking details in advance.

Need help applying? I am happy to talk through the process over the phone. Give me a call, or you can call the HPOS team directly on 132 150.


Stef McLaughlin - Prescript's Credentialing, Quality & Giving Manager

Stef adheres to the highest JAS-ANZ-accredited standards of quality and credentialingShe manages paperwork and travel logistics - and makes sure doctors start on time.

stef@prescript.com.au // 0416 544 577

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At Prescript we’re known for helping solve the regional doctor shortage in Australia.

Every day we’re focused on two clear outcomes - Helping hospitals find doctors that create departments and clinics that run better, have more capacity and less stress. And placing Doctors in jobs that leave them feeling highly valued, rewarded and, most importantly, enjoying what they do.

We believe that when we get these two crucial things right, it has a huge impact on the regional doctor shortage and the healthcare of communities across Australia.

There are three ways to contact us:

  1. Call 1300 755 498

  2. Email contact@prescript.com.au

  3. Click 'Connect with Prescript' to ask a question online (with option to upload your CV)

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Medicare and how to make your life easier

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Whether you are stepping into a locum role or gearing up for a permanent position, there’s always one crucial step that needs to be taken; applying to Medicare for provider numbers.

We know, they’re rarely ready in time and often cause headaches and frustration before a last-minute locum. We have a solution for you and it will undoubtedly make your life easier in the long run.

If you are a Consultant with no restrictions (19ab or 19aa) then you can apply and retrieve provider numbers instantly!

How?

There is an online Medicare system called PRODA (Provider Digital Access). This is the new HPOS system.

What do you need to do?

Follow this step by step guide to obtain additional location provider numbers instantly:

1.      First you will need to register with PRODA

  • To register, click on this link here
  • A web page will open with a detailed process of your next steps:
    • Create your login details and personal details
    • Verify your identity. You will need 3 pieces of identification (Passport, Driver’s Licence and Medicare card are easiest to verify, but other ID is accepted)
    • Match your existing services to your profile

2.      Apply instantly for additional location provider numbers

  • Once you have registered, you will then be able to apply online for instant provider numbers
  • You will need to provide the required location address and banking details

Need help applying? I am happy to talk through the process over the phone on 0416 544 577 or email me stef@prescript.com.au


About Stef McLaughlin

My name is Stef McLaughlin and I am the Credentialing Manager here at Prescript Recruitment. I assist with the paperwork and logistics for both locum and permanent positions. I work with regional hospitals and practices across Australia to ensure doctors start on time and my aim is to ensure the highest standards with credentialing, customer service and recruitment processes are adhered to.

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About Prescript Recruitment

For more information, a great place to start is www.prescript.com.au

You'll find information about our locum and permanent recruitment services for doctors, hospitals and practices.  You'll also find links to our blogs, location reports and other resources.

1300 755 498 // contact@prescript.com.au

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