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Funder News

Billing Practice Alert – Dr Comfort shoes

Please be aware of a concerning trend to bill Dr Comfort shoes/boots as Custom-made surgical shoes/boots.  This billing practice has been raised by the funders and you will be investigated. Even if you add custom foot orthotics, this remains stock footwear and needs to be billed under the correct NAPPI code (manufacturer and style specific) with 10103/10106 if custom foot orthotics are included.  The “creative” billing of stock footwear under 10139/10142 amounts to fraud! Please use the correct professional codes to ensure ethical practice and the future of our profession.
Discovery PMB approvals 

Discovery have added an additional 20 consultants to assist with PMB applications which appears to be running more efficiently, however the problem remains with the Rule Exception department when payment is required. We have requested a dedicated person for SAOPA members to submit their PMB payment queries to whilst Discovery attends to the overall issue. We are awaiting allocation thereof and will keep you informed of our progress.

Member Enquiries

MPI cover with SAOPA membership

Please note that Medical Practice Insurance is no longer covered through your SAOPA membership, however a 10% discount on your MPI cover has been negotiated with PPS and CFP if you are a SAOPA member. For those wanting cover from Shackleton, this is an offering through ProfNet membership (via their portal). Please contact the brokers directly to make an informed decision:

PPS – Jaco van der Sandt,  jvandersandt@pps.co.za, 083 443 0280  / 011 644 4255

CFP – Kristy Carr, kristy@cfpbrokers.co.za,  082 330 5829 (whatsapp)  /  011 794 6848

How to obtain across border travel permission during Covid 19 

Medical travel permissions during Covid 19 are granted to patients requiring emergency medical treatment, however under adjusted alert level 3, you may apply to the Cabinet member responsible for Home Affairs at covid19exceptions@dha.gov.za to request permission and state why you as the medical professional needs to travel to the patient. Each enquiry will be dealt with on a case by case basis.

Upcoming Events

18-19 Ferbaury 2021
22 February 2021
26 February 2021
1 April 2021
HPCSA strategic planning meeting
SAOPA Webinar – presentation of three PMAs namely EzMed, Elixir & Panacea
Inter Professional Rehab Indaba meeting
GEMS engagement

Practice Management Application Webinar  Date: Monday, 22 February 2021
Time: 10:00 – 11:30

SAOPA Members – free of charge
Non Members – R250 (incl VAT)