Thursday 2nd Oct 2014 - Kate Hodkinson
Interesting news coming from NHS Employers who have reached agreement with the GP Committee of the BMA on changes to the GMS Contract for next year.
There are a mix of things which give an uncertain picture of the implications for practices – particularly on the financial side.
Two aspects of service delivery which have previously been paid for as Enhanced Services move into contractual obligations which are paid for by the Global Sum:
On the positive side, funding will remain for the Extended Hours and Learning Disabilities enhanced services. The Avoiding Unplanned Admissions enhanced service will also remain for the year although the payment structure will change as will the reporting requirements.
The issue of online access for patients will also be developed to include patients having online access to their medical records and enhanced availability of online appointments.
Changes to QOF for 2015/16 have also been announced. The value of a point will be adjusted however; there are no details at present of exactly how. We do know that the planned changes to the indicator thresholds will be deferred for the year but the discussions on clinical changes will continue and more information will be available as decisions are made.
At long last the Carr Hill Formula will be reviewed – let’s hope it works better next time!
Details of what has been announced so far can be found on the NHS Employers website.