Helping practices meet quality improvement milestones

Under the PIP QI Incentive, general practices work with their local Primary Health Network (PHN) to undertake continuous quality improvement activities through the collection and review of practice data on specified improvement measures.

The Primary Care Liaison team at Brisbane North PHN has supported practices for many years in the collection of data to inform quality improvement. In the north Brisbane region, 72 per cent of practices are currently sharing data with the PHN through our Health Data Project and approximately 60 per cent of those practices have already signed on to the PIP QI.

With the PIP QI Incentive payment now in place, the PHN will continue to act as a regional data custodian and store de-identified practice data in accordance with the data governance guidelines.

Once practices have registered for the PIP QI through Health Professional Online Services (HPOS) using their PRODA account they will need to notify the PHN as soon as possible, by contacting their Primary Care Liaison Officer.

The PHN’s Enhanced Quality in Practice (EQiP) program is a new and structured approach to supporting practices as they work towards continuous quality improvement. The program offers a bespoke approach to quality improvement for practices based on their needs.

EQiP resources will soon be available to support practices in meeting the quality improvement requirements of the PIP QI.

To receive the PIP QI Incentive payment, an annual declaration to the Department of Human services will be necessary, confirming practices have undertaken continuous quality improvement activities. To help with this, the PHN recommends that practices maintain a register of QI activities undertaken for auditing purposes. For assistance please speak with your Primary Care Liaison Officer.

Brisbane North PHN has developed a PIP QI fact sheet which can be accessed here

For more information on how we can support your practice in quality improvement please contact your Primary Care Liaison Officer.