Since 2010, under the 5CPA (5th Community Pharmacy Agreement), pharmacists are reimbursed with a 15c payment for each Qualifying electronic prescription. This arrangement is part of the Electronic Prescription Fee program and is set to continue for at least the first year of the 6CPA.
In the 6CPA, which became effective 1 July 2015, the Commonwealth Government indicated that it would continue to support the incentive to use electronic transfer of prescriptions (ETP) for the first year.
This support is made under the eHealth Program [cl 7.1], which is designed “to support initiatives designed to improve outcomes through the sharing of information as part of a personally controlled electronic health record”. A total of $61.0 million is allocated to this program for the duration of the 6CPA.
In Year 1, the 6CPA provides $12.7million for the EPF program. This suggests the Commonwealth expects a 26% qualifying rate for the forecast PBS prescription volumes. The 6CPA identifies a further eHealth Program budget in Years 2-5 of $48.3 million. This second allocation of money is subject to a cost effectiveness study as outlined in cl 6.1.3.
In practical terms this means no change to the way that pharmacists use and pay for the use of electronic transfer of prescription (ETP) during FY2016.