VWA New Fee Schedule for Victorian Psychiatrists for Independent Impairment Assessments (not to be confused with the IMEs Fee Schedule)

VWA New Fee Schedule for Victorian Psychiatrists for Independent Impairment Assessments (not to be confused with the IMEs Fee Schedule)

September 26, 2014

The VWA have produced a new fee shedule backdated to 1 July 2014 “due to an administrative oversight”. When in doubt between conspiracy and stuffup, stuffup generally wins. I became confused about the fee schedule as there appeared to be items missing. I sought clarification that arrived promptly. In fact there are two fee schedules. There is a fee schedule for IMEs and a fee schedule for IIA, that is independent impairment assessments.  I have been dealing with the system for a long time and it just goes to show how confusing all this is when I was unaware of these two different schedules.

Independent Medical Examinations 1 July 2014


PCT100       First Examination and Report–    Inclusive of conducting the examination, report writing, reading lime and any incidentals (such as postage, photography and faxing services)

–    Diagnostic tests (such as x-rays) carried out as a necessary part of the examination are not included in the first examination and report item code and will be reimbursed in accordance with WorkSafe policies, the

relevant Medicare Benefit Schedule item code and the WorkSafe’s Reimbursement Rates for Medical Practitioners.

$833.77 $83.38 $917.15
PCT150       Subsequent Examination and ReportApplies where a WorkSafe Agent requests a report within 12 months of the first examination and report for the same claim $500.26 $50.03 $550.29
Loadings additional to examination and report fee are subject to Work Safe Agent prior written approval only
PCT200       Report reading $45.88 $4.59 $50.47
Flat rate for reading of all reports that accumulatively are greater than 20 pages
This fee is payable once only per claim per WorkSafe Agent report request
PCT250       Urgent Examination and ReportUrgent request by a WorkSafe Agent to complete initial or subsequent exam and provide the report to the Agent within two business days $94.33 $9.44 $103.77
PCT300       Worksite visit $817.55 $81.76 $899.31
Request by a WorkSafe Agent to complete a worksite visit and provide a report to the Agent
Inclusive of worksite visit, report writing, reading time and any incidentals
PCT350       Travel to and from assessment (at Agent’s request) per hour $423.98 $42.40 $466.38
Calculated in 15 minutes blocks
Travel only paid when travelling to a location other than IMEs nominated practice location/s
Travel for multiple assessments in the one location should be charged on a pro-rata basis for each claim
PCT400       Audiovisual Viewing $212.01 $21.20 $233.21
Flat rate for the viewing of all audiovisual material
This fee is payable once only per claim per WorkSafe Agent report request
PCT450       Supplementary report–   Applies where a WorkSafe Agent provides information additional to that initially provided or to answer additional questions not initially asked and the IME has previously examined an injured worker in the past 12 months

–   An IME is not required to conduct a re-examination (or re-contact) the injured worker in order to provide the additional information.

$271.42 $27.14 $298.56
PCT500       Interim report $56.64 $5.67 $62.31
Request by a WorkSafe Agent to provide information prior to receiving the IME final written report
The advice from the IME may be provided verbally (i.e. by telephone) or in writing (i.e. fax).
PCT550       Nonattendance on day of appointmentNonattendance fee is applicable where an IME appointment is cancelled by the WorkSafe Agent on the day of the appointment or where the injured worker does not attend $282.74 $28.27 $311.01
IEO400        Assessment of Impairment as requested by Agent using AMA2Guide** $155.21 $15.52 $170.73
Fee Schedule 1 July 2014 regarding Independent Impairment Assessments

Item              Service description                                                                                                                           Feenumber GST Total (incl GST)
IIA400         Examination, Impairment Assessment and Report                                                                                                                                                                                       $906.29 $90.63 $996.92
IIA401         Supplementary Report – seeking information additional to that initially requested                                                                                                                 $258.01 $25.80 $283.81
IIA402         Non-Attendance on day of appointment                                                                                                                                                                                                       $216.67 $21.67 $238.34
IIA403         Cancellation within 2 days of appointment                                                                                                                                                                                                    $108.19 $10.82 $119.01
Loading additional to IIA400 (Only Applies Subject to Agent Request at Referral)
IIA404         Dual purpose referral loading – Psychiatrist                                                                                                                                                                                                  $341.13 $34.11 $375.24

 Note 1

A Dual Purpose Referral refers to those requests for an assessor’s opinion regarding BOTH liability AND impairment within the one referral, examination, assessment and report request. Dual Purpose Referrals will only be requested of those assessors who are both an Independent Impairment Assessor and WorkSafe approved Independent Medical Examiner. This loading only applies subject to Agent request at referral.


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