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I have heard that there is Quality Assurance Accreditation legislation being introduced that will require every Australian business to be accredited. HICAPS were advised of this at a recent meeting with the health funds who stated that, when the legislation comes into force, they won't be able to settle claims to any provider and/or practice that does not hold accreditation. I understand that providers will have to be accredited personally as well as their practice.
That's pretty much all I know. I don't know who will do the accrediting or what the accreditation criteria will be. I heard just this morning (amazing coincidence!) that there's a rumour doing the rounds that introduction of the accreditation scheme may be deferred for 12 months