PPI 120 Day Rule 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the new PPI rule?

To be eligible to receive annual incentive payments for Staged Supply, Primary Health Care, Community Services Support and /or Working with Others, Eligible Community Pharmacies must complete their QCPP accreditation or anniversary year requirements, no later than 120 days after the pharmacy’s accreditation or anniversary date each year.
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What does this mean?

In summary the PPI rule amendment requires pharmacies to successfully complete the requirements of accreditation, within 120 days (approximately 4 months) of the pharmacy’s accreditation date or anniversary date. 

Therefore to be eligible for payment, the pharmacy must ensure that in the accreditation year that they have fulfilled the following two criteria:
  • QCPP accreditation assessment completed with all remedial actions successfully closed by the assessor, within 3 months of the pharmacies assessment date; and
  • Payment of the QCPP assessment invoice is made in full.
Therefore to be eligible for payment the pharmacy must ensure that in the anniversary year (non-assessment year) that they have fulfilled the following two criteria:
  • Maintain QCPP accreditation requirements; and
  • Payment of the QCPP anniversary invoice is made in full.
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Does this affect my QCPP accreditation?

This rule is a PPI eligibility for payment rule and does not affect your QCPP accreditation status.
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Does this change the QCPP Rules?

This rule is a PPI eligibility requirement. The existing QCPP Rules, documented in the QCPP Requirements Manual and available on the QCPP website at www.qcpp.com/accreditation/rules, will continue to be upheld for QCPP accreditation. 
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When does the new rule come into effect?

At the release of the PPI Program Specific Guidelines on 1 November 2013.
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Can I still request either an accreditation assessment extension or remedial action extension?

Yes, pharmacies can still request consideration for an extension for QCPP assessment or remedial action, although the QCPP team will make sure the pharmacy is aware the decision to proceed with an extension request may impact on the pharmacies PPI payment eligibility. Extensions will only be considered after the pharmacy has confirmed they are aware of the potential impact on their PPI annual payments.

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What is the difference between my accreditation date, anniversary date and assessment date?

Accreditation Date: This is the date your QCPP accreditation is due for renewal via a re-accreditation assessment.
Anniversary Date: The date is 12 months from your accreditation date and the date your annual QCPP invoice is due.
Assessment: The pharmacy, in consultation with a QCPP assessor, confirms the most suitable date to complete their QCPP accreditation assessment. Ideally your QCPP assessment should be completed prior to your accreditation date.

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What is required to obtain accreditation and be eligible for PPI payments?

If your pharmacy is currently undergoing QCPP accreditation, you will need to complete the following two requirements within 120 days of your accreditation date:

  • QCPP accreditation assessment completed with all remedial actions successfully closed by the assessor; and
  • Payment of the QCPP assessment invoice is made in full.

To remain eligible in the QCPP anniversary year (non-assessment year), the pharmacy must complete the following two requirements:

  • Maintain QCPP accreditation requirements; and
  • Payment of the QCPP anniversary invoice is made in full.
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What do I need to do?

To ensure pharmacies do not impact their PPI payment eligibility we would encourage pharmacies to ensure:

  1. The pharmacy’s quality management system is maintained and QCPP ready;
  2. The pharmacy is ready for QCPP assessment and evidence is available for QCPP assessment;
  3. QCPP assessment is scheduled and completed prior to the accreditation date;
  4. Complete any remedial actions within three months of QCPP assessment; 
  5. All QCPP invoices are paid.
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How do I find out my QCPP accreditation or anniversary date?

There are three ways you can check your QCCP accreditation or anniversary date:

  • Your accreditation date is written on your Certificate of Accreditation;
  • You could contact your local QCPP State Manager; or
  • Contact the QCPP Member Services team on 1300 363 340.
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Will I still be prompted by QCPP when I am due to complete requirements?

Yes, all regular communication from QCPP including letters and invoices will be continued. 
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Case Studies

Case Study 1 - In this example the pharmacy potentially may request some additional time to complete remedial actions without impacting on PPI payment eligibility. 



The pharmacy's accreditation date is 1 October 2013. A QCPP assessment has been scheduled and is completed before the accreditation date on 20 September 2013. Within QCPP rules the pharmacy is allocated 3 months to successfully complete remedial actions – due 20 December 2013. To be eligible for PPI payments, the pharmacy must close all remedial actions, pay QCPP invoice and lodge PPI declaration by 28 January 2014.

Case Study 2 - In this example as the pharmacy has delayed the QCPP assessment. Remedial actions, QCPP accreditation requirements and lodgment of PPI declaration must be completed within 18 days of the QCPP assessment.



The pharmacy's accreditation date is 1 October 2013. A QCPP assessment is delayed at the request of the pharmacy for 3 months via an extension request, and assessment undertaken on 10 January 2014. To remain eligible for PPI payments, the pharmacy must close all remedial actions, pay QCPP invoice and lodge PPI declaration by 28 January 2014. Therefore the pharmacy must successfully complete all remedial actions prior to the 3 months provided by QCPP. Within QCPP rules the pharmacy is allocated 3 months to successfully complete remedial actions – due 10 April 2014. 

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