Shop 1, 41-43 Knox Street, Belmore 2192.   Phone: 02 8065 1197.  Email: info@speechinfocus.com.au

Funding

Speech in Focus - Funding

Referrals

You can refer yourself or your child. However, a doctor's referral is required for Chronic Disease Management Medicare rebates and a paediatrician's referral is required for Helping Children with Autism Medicare rebates.  If you are participant with the NDIS, you are welcome to contact us directly.

Call us on 8065 1197 for more information or email info@speechinfocus.com.au.

Medicare

Temporary Telehealth (Online therapy and Telephone services) Items for COVID-19

As part of the Australian Government’s response to COVID-19, new temporary Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) telehealth items have been introduced to help patients access health services by telehealth (online therapy) or telephone.

These new COVID-19 telehealth item numbers will replace the item numbers used for face to face consultations.  These are available between 13 March and 30 September 2020. As of April 20, the COVID-19 telehealth item numbers bulk billing service is no longer required by law.      

Do I need a new referral?
No. If you have already received a referral before the COVID-19 changes, your referral can be used.  You don't need to get a specific referral for the new temporary MBS telehealth items.

What do I need to do?
You need to speak with us when you book your appointment, and tell us that you have a Medicare referral from your GP or Paediatrician.   You will need to provide us with a copy of your referral. You can do this by faxing, or emailing your copy.

Which Medicare Items can I use for Speech Pathology?
1. Chronic Disease Management (CDM) Referrals 
Allied Health CDM (also known as EPC)  for telepractice or telephone consultations). 

2.  Helping Children with Autism Referrals (HCWA) 
Your paediatrician must refer your child to qualify for a Speech Pathology appointment to support your child's diagnosis. 

For more information go to: http://www.mbsonline.gov.au/internet/mbsonline/publishing.nsf/Content/Factsheet-TempBB

Do I need to pay?
YesYou will pay the full fee for your session and we will provide you with a receipt for you to claim through Medicare. You will receive a rebate of $53.80 for Chronic Disease Management Plans or $75.95 for Helping Children with Autism items.

Medicare Easyclaim

Medicare Easyclaim is available when making payment in person. 

What is Medicare Easyclaim?
Medicare Easyclaim is a Medicare Australia initiative that allows you to lodge your Allied Health CDM (also known as EPC) and Helping Children with Autism (HCWA) claims and receive your rebates through the HICAPS terminal at our practice.

How does it work?
You will need to bring your Medicare Card and EFTPOS card. You pay your account using cash, EFTPOS, or credit card. Next, we process your claim to Medicare.  Once approved, we use your EFTPOS card to receive your refund into your nominated bank account. 

Do I pay for the Medicare Easyclaim service?
It is part of our service to you, so it costs nothing for you to process your Medicare claim with us.

Please click here for more information.

NDIS COVID-19 Changes

Speech in Focus, Speech Pathology Services is a NDIS provider.  The National Disability Insurance Agency sets the fees for therapeutic supports.  

When do these changes start?The NDIA Commission made changes that came into effect on 25th March.  These changes will continue during the Australian Government’s response to COVID-19 Pandemic.  

 What are the changes?
The NDIA has increased fees by 10% during this time. The cancellation period is 10 days, instead of 2 days’ notice. All participants' plans will roll over for 24 months.

How will I continue to receive my supports? 
Our team currently working closely with you to continue to provide the support you need.

  1. We are all working remotely, so we can stay healthy and stop the spread of the virus.

  2. We will speak with you by phone about the online therapy (Telepractice – Video teleconferencing).

  3. Each session will be billed for 1 hour.  This will allow for online therapy (45 minutes), program development, and follow up communication and technical support.

  4. All NDIS agency and plan managed fees are in keeping with NDIS' hourly rate of $213.39.

  5. We will continue to invoice directly to the NDIS MyPlace Portal, or your plan managers for payment.

These changes will continue until we receive more information from NDIA Commission and the Australian Government.

Private Health Insurance

Whilst we are providing telepractice and online therapy, we are unable to process your Private Health Insurance claims .  We will gladly email your receipts for claiming directly to you. Please check with your private health insurance for your eligibility to claim Telehealth services. 

Contactless Payment

We respectfully ask that payment for services are made on the day of the appointment. We are pleased to offer a new contactless payment system at Speech in Focus, Speech Pathology Services. We are using Pay Advantage for your convenience. We will issue your receipt by email, once your payment has been processed.

What is Pay Advantage?

The Pay Advantage service is provided to you via a secure cloud-based client portal.  This portal allows you to pay for your speech pathology services  easily and safely.
Click here to read about the Pay Advantage Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard.