One of the biggest mistakes many doctors make when designing their website is to focus solely on making it look great. Many website designers do not understand the medical industry and will sacrifice usability in order to make the design look more appealing.
Changes to Privacy Laws March 2014
The Privacy Act now includes a set of 13 new harmonised privacy principles that regulate the handling of personal information by Australian and Norfolk Island Government Health Providers. The principles are called the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs). They replace both the Information Privacy Principles (IPPs) that applied to Australian Government agencies and the National Privacy Principles (NPPs) that applied to some private sector organisations.
A number of the APPs are significantly different from the existing principles, including APP 7 on the use and disclosure of personal information for the purpose of direct marketing, and APP 8 on cross-border disclosure of personal information.
A waiting room audit template for your use
Waiting Room Audit Template:
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Part One – Improving Your Waiting Room
It is vital for practice success that your waiting room conveys the right message about you. A well thought out space may contribute to the overall satisfaction of patients and staff. The waiting room patient is a captive audience, often for an extended period of time – believe me, they are taking in everything and forming impressions about you – favourable or not!
Medicare Rebates: As you are probably aware, the government in handing down its 2013 budget, delayed making changes to the medicare rebates until July 2014, a delay of 8 months. Normally these changes would occur on 1st November of each year. This delay also impacts on worker cover rebates, TAC and DVA.