|Title:||Administrative Procedures Ė Ambulatory Surgery Initiative|
|Document ID:||Operational Circular OP 1816/04|
|Date of issue:||Friday, 23 July 2004|
|Description:||This Operational Circular supports the Government's Privately Referred Non In-Patient 'Initiative', and provides advice to the public hospitals participating in the 'Inititative' on their legislative and reporting requirements.|
|Applicable to:||Phase 1: Osborne Park and Armadale-Kelmscott Hospitals|
|Framework:||Clinical Services Planning and Programs Policy Framework|
|Period of effect:||from 26 July 2004 to 30 June 2016|
|Authorised by:||Dr Andrew Robertson, Acting Deputy Director General, Health Care, 22-Jul-2004|
|Print version:||View print version|
|To be read in conjunction with:||
Administrative Procedures Ė Ambulatory Surgery Initiative
This Circular details the administrative procedures required to support privately referred non-inpatients ambulatory surgical services in public hospitals. These procedures ensure that the service is consistent with Australian Health Care Agreement 2003-2008 and the Commonwealth Health Insurance Act 1973.
The financial election must be completed before the patient arrives for the procedure. When a patient is contacted by the Central Waitlist Bureau (CWLB), with an offer to have the procedure done at a secondary hospital, the patient must be offered the option of using their Medicare card for the procedure, and having the operation conducted at the secondary hospital, or remaining on the waitlist as a public patient.
Patient information, in the form of signs and pamphlets, are to be available in the reception area where the patient makes their financial election. An example of notice that could be provided at the reception may be:
"Some of the patients attending this unit for a procedure will be given the option of using their Medicare card. If you are unclear about this process, please ask the clerical staff for further information."
Further information must be provided, preferably in a leaflet form, explaining how the process occurs and confirming that the patient will not receive a bill for services.
Separation of services provided to privately referred patients is not essential but should be encouraged where physical and administrative processes support the distinction. The privately referred service can be reflected through name change to the service, signage and letterhead etc.
The Department of Health requires:
Prior to the elective procedure:
On arrival for the procedure:
TOPAS reporting requirements
Dr Andrew Robertson
This circular last updated: Wednesday, 29 April 2015 at 4:12pm