Immunisation Claims

 

What is ACIR?

The Australian Childhood Immunisation Register (ACIR) is a national register administered by Medicare Australia that records details of vaccinations given to children under seven years of age who live in Australia. It was established in 1996 in response to a decline in childhood immunisation in Australia and an increase in preventable childhood diseases.

Children who are under seven years of age and enrolled in Medicare are automatically included on the ACIR. Children who are not eligible to enrol in Medicare can be added to the ACIR when details of a vaccination are received from a doctor or immunisation provider.

Health professionals use the ACIR to monitor immunisation coverage levels and service delivery, and to identify regions at risk during disease outbreaks. ACIR data also:

o       Enables immunisation providers and parents/guardians to check on the immunisation status of an individual child, regardless of where the child was immunised

o       Forms the basis of an optional Immunisation History Statement which informs parents and guardians of their child's recorded immunisation history

o       Provides information about a child's immunisation status to help determine eligibility for the Australian Government's Child Care Benefit and Maternity Immunisation Allowance payments

o       Provides a measure of coverage at a national, State/Territory and local level

o       Provides information for the delivery of incentive payments and feedback reports to eligible immunisation providers.

 

Source: http://www.medicareaustralia.gov.au/provider/patients/acir/

 

 


About Immunisation Claims

If you use a clinical package in conjunction with MedicalDirector PracSoft, it is possible for the Practitioner to send immunisations data from it to MedicalDirector PracSoft. This data can then be forwarded to Medicare Australia via the same mechanism MedicalDirector PracSoft uses for Online Claiming. This requires that you have enabled MedicalDirector PracSoft for online claiming, and you have an active Internet connection.

Immunisation claiming is only available to patients up to 8 years of age. The exception to this is for Queensland patients; if you have enabled the setting Send 'Whole of Life' Immunisation Data in MedicalDirector Clinical options (as explained following), all Queensland patients are eligible for immunisation claiming.

 

 


Before You Begin

There are settings you must configure in both your clinical package and MedicalDirector PracSoft in order to process immunisation claims:

o       For sites using MedicalDirector Clinical in conjunction with MedicalDirector PracSoft, see Immunisation Claims with MedicalDirector Clinical

o       For sites using a third-party clinical package, see Immunisation Claims with Other Clinical Packages

 

 


Processing Immunisation Claims

o       For sites using MedicalDirector Clinical in conjunction with MedicalDirector PracSoft, see Immunisation Claims with MedicalDirector Clinical

o       For sites using a third-party clinical package, see Immunisation Claims with Other Clinical Packages

 

 


Viewing Claims History

1.     Within MedicalDirector PracSoft select Processing > Online/Easyclaim Claiming. The Medicare Australia Online Claiming window appears.

 

2.     Select View > Immunisation Claims. The Claim History window appears. Locate and right-click the claim you wish to view history for. From the menu that appears select View Claim.

 

3.     The View Items in Immunisation Claim window appears.