TAC changes for Occupational Therapists
The TAC has recently entered into a partnership with the State-Wide Equipment Program (SWEP) that may impact Occupational Therapists (OTs) who treat TAC clients.
They have also announced changes to the way OTs can bill for travel when treating TAC clients.
State-Wide Equipment Program
From 1 November 2019, the TAC will use SWEP to manage Occupational Therapist credentialing.
TAC item code changes
There will be no change to the current TAC Occupational Therapy fee amounts for general or Framework OTs.
From 1 November 2019, the TAC will pay non TAC Framework Occupational Therapists based on their SWEP credentials. The new item codes will be available on the TAC website at tac.vic.gov.au/SWEP
The TAC note that SWEP credentialing is primarily suited to levels of complexity in equipment / assistive technology. The TAC are working with SWEP and Occupational Therapy Australia (OTA) to develop a credentialing framework that will incorporate specialist non-assistive technology expertise. OTA advises that its membership will be consulted as part of this process.
More information about SWEP
If you’re not familiar with SWEP, you can register for free. More information is available at swep.bhs.org.au/for-prescribers.php
The TAC recommends that all SWEP registered OTs keep their details up to date. This will ensure you are properly credentialed and can bill at the appropriate rate when seeing a TAC client.
From 1 November, the TAC will change the way Occupational Therapists can bill for travel. There will be no change to the overall OT travel rate. However, you will be required to bill travel in 15 minute increments.
Please use the new item codes for travel, available on the TAC website Occupational Therapy Fee Schedule.
If you have any questions about these changes, please contact the TAC Disability Stakeholder Engagement Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.