The Health Insurance Commission (HIC) has signed an agreement with IBA for its Electronic Lodgement of Patient Claims (ELPC) system, according to the vendor.
The system lets general practitioner and specialist healthcare practices lodge claims direct to the insurer for privately billed services, enabling processing of private patient claims to be in line with the latest Medicare Plus initiatives.
IBA has been trialling the ELPC system with 120 GP practices for the past 18 months, officials said, and this new agreement extends the arrangement to a potential 720 sites.
The company will receive revenue from the HIC for each device that doctors use to carry out ELPC, and further revenue is expected from the increase in bulk billing.
The system will enable privately charged patients to receive rebates directly by Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) or cheque, without having to complete and mail a Medicare claim, or queue at a Medicare office.