The PIP Quality Improvement (QI) Incentive commenced on 1 August 2019.
The seven other PIP incentives include:
- eHealth (Digital Health) Incentive
- After Hours Incentive
- Rural Loading Incentive
- Teaching Payment
- Indigenous Health Incentive
- Procedural General Practitioner Payment
- General Practitioner Aged Care Access Incentive
What is PIP QI?
The PIP QI incentive supports general practices, rewarding them with a payment for participation in a South Western Sydney PHN (SWSPHN) quality improvement activity.
To qualify for a PIP QI Incentive payment, a general practice needs to meet two requirements:
- Participate in Continuous Quality Improvement in partnership with SWSPHN
- Electronically submit the PIP Eligible Data Set to SWSPHN
Eligible practices can receive a maximum payment of $12,500 per quarter, based on $5 per Standardised Whole Patient Equivalent. To receive a payment, general practices must have submitted their quarterly data at least once during the data submission period for that quarter.
Is my practice eligible for PIP QI?
To be eligible to receive a PIP QI payment general practices must:
- Be eligible for the PIP (if you want to apply for the PIP, visit Services Australia)
- Register for the PIP QI Incentive
- Electronically submit the PIP Eligible Data Set to SWSPHN quarterly
- Undertake continuous quality improvement activities in partnership with SWSPHN
Visit the Department of Health FAQs for more information about eligibility for the PIP QI:
To be eligible to receive a PIP QI payment Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS) and other Indigenous Australians' Health Programs (IAHP) must:
- Be eligible for the PIP
- Register for the PIP QI Incentive
- Report on the KPIs to the Department of Health
- Undertake quality improvement activities within their existing arrangement with the Department of Health
What are the next steps?
Step 1: Ensure you have read and understood the following Department of Health documents:
- PIP QI Fact Sheet
- Overarching PIP Guidelines
- PIP QI Incentive Guidelines
- PIP Eligible Data Set Data Governance Framework
Step 2: Apply for PIP QI
Eligible practices can apply for the overarching PIP and PIP QI Incentive through HPOS using your PRODA account.
Step 3: Inform SWSPHN you want to participate
- Contact your Practice Support Officer or call 02 4632 3000 to inform SWSPHN you have enrolled in the program
- SWSPHN will help your practice organise an appropriate software license and data sharing agreement, and assist to set up the automated de-identified data transfer to SWSPHN
Step 4: Work with the SWSPHN team to facilitate QI in your practice
How does SWSPHN support practices?
SWSPHN offers two forms of support that enables practices to meet requirement 1 of PIP QI:
Quality Improvement in Primary Care program (QIPC)
- Quarterly PIP QI report with the 10 improvement measures
- A range of additional data quality and clinical QI reports created from your practice data
- Quarterly visits by the SWSPHN team to facilitate QI in your practice
- Email/phone/remote desktop support to facilitate quality improvement in your practice
- Receive quarterly PIP QI report with the 10 improvement measures
- Utilise helpful SWSPHN resources to identify and track your QI goals and progress
- Visit QIPC resources page for more information
Step 5: Save your QI work somewhere safe
SWSPHN recommends saving your QI reports, resources and Model for Improvement (Plan-Do-Study-Acts – PDSAs) with your general practice accreditation documentation. The practice is responsible for retaining evidence it is participating in continuous quality improvement in partnership with SWSPHN as per the PIP QI Incentive Guidelines.
Contact your Practice Support Officer, call SWSPHN on 02 4632 3000 or download this factsheet for more information about PIP QI.