Veterans’ Entitlements (Treatment Principles - Miscellaneous Amendments) Instrument 2013 (No. R6/2013)

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Australian Government
Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
 
Veterans’ Entitlements (Treatment Principles – Miscellaneous Amendments) Instrument 2013
 
Instrument 2013 No. R6
 
 
I, Warren Snowdon, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, pursuant to subsection 90(5) of the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986, approve this instrument made by the Repatriation Commission.
Dated this   14      day of                   June  2013
Warren Snowdon
……………………….............................................
WARREN SNOWDON
 
The Repatriation Commission, pursuant to subsection 90(4) of the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986, varies the Treatment Principles (Instrument No.R8 of 2004) in accordance with the Schedule.
Dated this   8th    day of                   May  2013
 
Ian Campbell                 Shane Carmody                     Major General Mark Kelly
………………………………………………………………………………………….
IAN CAMPBELL             SHANE CARMODY                   Major General Mark Kelly
         PSM                                                                                                  AO DSC
PRESIDENT                    DEPUTY PRESIDENT                        COMMISSIONER
 
 
 
 
[1]     Name of Instrument
This instrument is the Veterans’ Entitlements (Treatment Principles – Miscellaneous Amendments) Instrument 2013.
 
[2]     Commencement
 
(1) Subject to the following provisions, this instrument commences on the day after it is registered on the Federal Register of Legislative Instruments.
 
(2) Part 1 of the Schedule commences, or is taken to have commenced, on 1 July 2013.
 
(3) Part 4 of the Schedule is taken to have commenced on 14 January 2013.
 
(4) Part 5 of the Schedule commences, or is taken to have commenced, on the day after section [1] commences.
 
[3]     Application
 
(1) An optical product dispenser who, immediately before the commencement of Part 1 of the Schedule to this instrument, had a current contract with the Commonwealth (as represented by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs) or the Repatriation Commission for the supply of visual aids to a person is covered by the Treatment Principles in force immediately before the commencement of Part 1 of the Schedule to this instrument.
 
Note: this would mean, among other things, that if the optical dispenser in (1) proposed to supply a visual aid not covered by the contract, the optical dispenser would need to obtain the prior approval of the Repatriation Commission.
 
(2)   The variations to the Treatment Principles made by Part 1 of the Schedule to this instrument do not apply to an optical dispenser who has a current contract with the Commonwealth (as represented by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs) or the Repatriation Commission for the supply of visual aids to a person.
 
                                Schedule
 
Part 1 Optical Dispenser Amendments
 
1.         Paragraph 1.4.1
 
insert:
 
“ABN (Australian Business Number)” has the meaning given by the A New Tax System (Australian Business Number) Act 1999.
“optical dispenser”, in the case of an individual, means a person who:
 
(a) interprets optical prescriptions and fits and services optical appliances such as spectacle frames and lenses; and
 
(b) holds a qualification that, in the opinion of the Commission, is appropriate for the skills needed to practise optical dispensing; and
 
(c) is a member of a body established to supervise the occupation of optical dispenser; and
 
(d) holds a provider number as an optometrist, ophthalmologist, orthoptist or optical dispenser.
 
“optical dispenser”, in the case of a company, means a company that:
 
(a) holds an ABN (Australian Business Number);
 
(b) carries on a business of optical dispensing;
 
(c) employs or engages for the optical dispensing aspects of the business — an individual who is an optical dispenser.
 
“optical dispensing” means interpreting optical prescriptions and fitting and servicing optical appliances such as spectacle frames and lenses.
 
2.         Paragraph 3.2.1(s)
 
substitute:
 
(s)    provision of a visual aid to an entitled person by an optometrist or an optical dispenser that is either:
 
(i) not available to the entitled person under the DVA document entitled “Pricing Schedule for Visual Aids”, in force on the date in Schedule 1; or
 
(ii) available to the entitled person under the DVA document entitled “Pricing Schedule for Visual Aids”, in force on the date in Schedule 1, but with the stipulation that prior approval is required.
 
3.         Paragraph 3.3.2(g)
 
substitute:
 
(g)   optometrical treatment provided by an optometrist to an entitled person in accordance with these Principles and the dispensing of optical products by an optometrist (or an optical dispenser) provided that, if an optical product is dispensed, any requirement for prior approval in relation to that product imposed by 3.2.1(s) is satisfied.
 
4.        Paragraph 3.5.1(1)(k)
 
omit:
 
and the Notes for Allied Health Providers (Section 1 General Information and Section 2(h)(as section 2(h) affects optical dispensers))
 
substitute:
 
, the DVA document entitled “Pricing Schedule for Visual Aids”, in force on the date in Schedule 1, and the Notes for Allied Health Providers (Section 1 General Information and Section 2(h)(as section 2(h) affects optical dispensers));
 
5.         Paragraph 7.4.2 (c)
 
substitute:
 
(c) the DVA document entitled “Pricing Schedule for Visual Aids”, in force on the date in Schedule 1.
 
6.         Paragraph 11.4.1(c)
 
substitute:
 
(c) the DVA document entitled “Pricing Schedule for Visual Aids”, in force on the date in Schedule 1.
 
Part 2 Telemonitoring Amendments
 
 
7.         6B – TELEMONITORING TREATMENT INITIATIVE (the heading)
 
substitute:
 
PART 6B – TELEMONITORING TREATMENT INITIATIVE
 
Part 3 Miscellaneous Amendment
 
8.         Paragraph 1.4.1 (definition of “attendant care”)
 
omit.
 
Part 4 Rehabilitation and Appliance Program Amendments
 
9.      Schedule 1
 
substitute:
 
SCHEDULE 1 DATES FOR INCORPORATED DOCUMENTS
 
 
The date for :
 
          1.       Notes for Local Medical Officers (paragraph 1.4.1);
 
2.       Department of Veterans’ Affairs Fee Schedules for Medical Services (paragraph 3.5.1);
 
3.       Notes for Allied Health Providers (paragraphs 3.5.1 and 7.1A.1);
 
4.       Optometrist Fees for Consultation (paragraph 3.5.1);
 
5.       DVA Schedule of Fees Orthoptists (paragraph 3.5.1);
 
6.       Pricing Schedule for Visual Aids (paragraph 3.5.1);
 
7.       The fourth edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (commonly known as DSM-IV) (paragraph 2.4.2A);
         
8.       Fee Schedule of Dental Services for Dentists and Dental Specialists (paragraph 3.5.1);
 
9.       Fee Schedule of Dental Services for Dental Prosthetists (paragraph 3.5.1);
 
          10.     Chiropractors Schedule of Fees (paragraph 3.5.1);
 
11.     Diabetes Educators Schedule of Fees (paragraph 3.5.1);
 
12.     Dietitians Schedule of Fees (paragraph 3.5.1);
 
13.     Exercise Physiologists Schedule of Fees (paragraph 3.5.1);
 
14.     Occupational Therapists Schedule of Fees (paragraph 3.5.1);
 
15.     Osteopaths Schedule of Fees (paragraph 3.5.1);
 
16.     Physiotherapists Schedule of Fees (paragraph 3.5.1);
 
17.     Psychologists Schedule of Fees (paragraph 3.5.1);
 
18.     Podiatrists Schedule of Fees (paragraph 3.5.1);
 
19.     Social Workers Schedule of Fees (paragraph 3.5.1);
 
20.     Clinical Counsellors Schedule of Fees (paragraph 3.5.1);
 
21.     Speech Pathologists Schedule of Fees (paragraph 3.5.1);
 
22.     Australian Government Department of Veterans’ Affairs Classification System and Schedule of Item Numbers and Fees — Community Nursing Services (paragraph 6A.4.2(b));
 
23.     Notes for Coordinated Veterans' Care Program Providers (Part 6A);
 
24.     Rehabilitation Appliances Program (RAP) National Guidelines (paragraph 11.2A.1);
 
25.     RAP National Schedule of Equipment (paragraph 11.2A.1);
 
26.     Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Services (VVCS) Outreach Program Counsellors (OPC) Provider Notes (paragraph 1.4.1 and 7.1A.1);
 
27.     Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) Outreach Program Counsellors (OPC) Schedule of Fees (paragraph 3.5.1);
 
28.     General information about VVCS – Veterans and Veterans   Families Counselling Service (paragraph 1.4.1);
 
29.     Better Access to Psychiatrists, Psychologists & General Practitioners through the Medical Benefits Schedule Initiative
 
http://www.health.gov.au/internet/mentalhealth/publishing.nsf/Content/better-access-through-mbs-1;
 
is 14 January 2013.
 
Part 5 Coordinated Veterans’ Care Program Amendments
 
10.       Paragraph 6A.4A.1 (c)
 
omit (second occurring):
 
Program
 
11.    Schedule 1
 
substitute:
 
SCHEDULE 1 DATES FOR INCORPORATED DOCUMENTS
 
 
The date for :
 
          1.       Notes for Local Medical Officers (paragraph 1.4.1);
 
2.       Department of Veterans’ Affairs Fee Schedules for Medical Services (paragraph 3.5.1);
 
3.       Notes for Allied Health Providers (paragraphs 3.5.1 and 7.1A.1);
 
4.       Optometrist Fees for Consultation (paragraph 3.5.1);
 
5.       DVA Schedule of Fees Orthoptists (paragraph 3.5.1);
 
6.       Pricing Schedule for visual aids (paragraph 3.5.1);
 
7.       The fourth edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (commonly known as DSM-IV) (paragraph 2.4.2A);
         
8.       Fee Schedule of Dental Services for Dentists and Dental Specialists (paragraph 3.5.1);
 
9.       Fee Schedule of Dental Services for Dental Prosthetists (paragraph 3.5.1);
 
          10.     Chiropractors Schedule of Fees (paragraph 3.5.1);
 
11.     Diabetes Educators Schedule of Fees (paragraph 3.5.1);
 
12.     Dietitians Schedule of Fees (paragraph 3.5.1);
 
13.     Exercise Physiologists Schedule of Fees (paragraph 3.5.1);
 
14.     Occupational Therapists Schedule of Fees (paragraph 3.5.1);
 
15.     Osteopaths Schedule of Fees (paragraph 3.5.1);
 
16.     Physiotherapists Schedule of Fees (paragraph 3.5.1);
 
17.     Psychologists Schedule of Fees (paragraph 3.5.1);
 
18.     Podiatrists Schedule of Fees (paragraph 3.5.1);
 
19.     Social Workers Schedule of Fees (paragraph 3.5.1);
 
20.     Clinical Counsellors Schedule of Fees (paragraph 3.5.1);
 
21.     Speech Pathologists Schedule of Fees (paragraph 3.5.1);
 
22.     Australian Government Department of Veterans’ Affairs Classification System and Schedule of Item Numbers and Fees — Community Nursing Services (paragraph 6A.4.2(b));
 
23.     Notes for Coordinated Veterans' Care Program Providers (Part 6A);
 
24.     Rehabilitation Appliances Program (RAP) National Guidelines (paragraph 11.2A.1);
 
25.     RAP National Schedule of Equipment (paragraph 11.2A.1);
 
26.     Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Services (VVCS) Outreach Program Counsellors (OPC) Provider Notes (paragraph 1.4.1 and 7.1A.1);
 
27.     Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) Outreach Program Counsellors (OPC) Schedule of Fees (paragraph 3.5.1);
 
28.     General information about VVCS – Veterans and Veterans   Families Counselling Service (paragraph 1.4.1);
 
29.     Better Access to Psychiatrists, Psychologists & General Practitioners through the Medical Benefits Schedule Initiative
 
http://www.health.gov.au/internet/mentalhealth/publishing.nsf/Content/better-access-through-mbs-1;
 
is 1 June 2013.