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Following the release of the


of the Knee Clinical Care Standard

, the APA

is calling for an overhaul of Medicare and

private health insurance funding schemes

to encourage optimal patient-centred

treatment for individuals with osteoarthritis

(OA) of the knee. To empower health

professionals and patients with greater

non-surgical treatment options, financial

incentive to avoid knee replacement

procedures (which should be considered

only as a last resort) and improve health

outcomes, the APA favours a shift towards

funding models which focus less on

acute care and more on early diagnosis,

prevention and ongoing conservative


According to APA President Phil Calvert,

APAM, ‘Consumers are paying more out

of their own pockets when they take up an

early intervention management program for

their OA by proactively seeking appropriate

physio care. Yet at the other end of the scale,

if consumers wait until it is too late to manage

their condition conservatively, or choose

surgery as a first option, their joint replacement

surgery and post-operative recovery is fully

funded via their hospital cover.’

According to the Australian Orthopaedic

Association, between 2003 and 2014, the

number of knee replacements undertaken

in Australia per year increased by 88 per

cent, with 98 per cent of procedures the

result of pain or mobility problems caused

by osteoarthritis.

Published in May 2017, the clinical care

standard was put together by experts

working across 14 leading medical,

health and consumer organisations who

made recommendations for best-practice

clinical care grouped under seven quality

statements: comprehensive assessment;

diagnosis; education and self-management;

weight loss and exercise; medicines used

to manage symptoms; patient review; and


To view the clinical care standard, visit



’s feature on the treatment of OA of

the knee starts on page 32.

Guidelines for knee OA highlight funding flaws

DVAWebclaim reminder

The Australian Government’s Department

of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA)’s free online

service for providers to submit treatment

claims for payment is available on the

Department of Human Services (DHS)

Health Professional Online Services

(HPOS) portal.

Since 2014–15, DVA Webclaim has been

targeted at allied and medical providers

who provide services to the veteran

community and enables claim lodgement

through an online Smartform, meaning no

more delays associated with preparing

and lodging paper-based claims.

Providers can receive an instant response

to submitted claims; receive payment

within two business days (compared with

20 business days when paper claims

are submitted); access electronic DVA

statements; download DVA claiming

history for the previous two years;

cancel paid claims submitted on the

same day; use the HPOS secure email

facility to ask DHS questions about

claims; submit paperless claims without

patient signatures; and change banking


For more information and to access the

HPOS portal, visit





The buzz around the upcoming Momentum 2017 APA conference is building,

and now there is a great way to share it. New social media tags have been

created to harness all the new and exciting information about the event such

as early bird registrations. You can now follow Momentum 2017 on Twitter



and use the hashtag


to engage

in all things conference related.

Momentum 2017 will be held at the new International Convention Centre

Sydney venue at Darling Harbour from 19–21 October. For more details

about the event, visi

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