Medical Advisory Panel - notice of upcoming tender
WorkCover conducted an open tender to establish the current Medical Advisory Panel (MAP) on 31 October 2016. The panel was established for an initial term of 3 years (commencing 27 February 2017 to 26 February 2020), with a one-year option to renew.
The decision has been made not to take the final one year option to allow WorkCover the opportunity to align the expectations for the MAP with our corporate strategies and values, and include a broader range of services. The expansion of services now included on the panel has resulted in a name change from the Medical Advisory Panel (MAP), to the Medical and Allied Health panel (MAHP).
A tender process is a fair and transparent way of allowing all existing, and any new Suppliers, an opportunity to apply for a position on WorkCover’s MAHP. In past tenders, not all applicants have been appointed as the number of offers have exceeded our requirements.
Current MAP specialists on WorkCover’s existing MAP must reapply as part of this tender to ensure they are considered for the new MAHP. No positions will be carried over.
Key changes to the MAHP include splitting the Psychiatry specialty area into PTSD and non-PTSD, separating all sub-specialties for the Orthopaedic area, and inviting new offers for Pain Physicians, Rehabilitation Physicians, ENT, Oral and Maxillofacial specialists, and Physiotherapists (potentially a Tier 3 or other qualification to be confirmed in the tender documents) to join the panel.
The MAHP is a team of providers who work alongside WorkCover Queensland to provide valuable assistance with our rehabilitation and return to work goals through advice in the following areas:
- Reviewing treatment requests to ensure they are evidence based, appropriate and required due to the work related condition or injury;
- Reviewing surgery requests (including item codes) to ensure they are evidence based, appropriate and required due to the work related condition or injury;
- Complex claim reviews and advice to WorkCover staff to help develop rehabilitation and return to work strategies;
- Advice to WorkCover staff about communicating with treating practitioners about treatment;
- Medical report reviews/evaluation (including GEPI report reviews);
- Provide peer to peer feedback to other practitioners as required, including discussing feedback about report findings and assessments with reporting practitioners;
- Attend or present forums/educational sessions to our people or other stakeholders; and
- Helping us develop our injury management and return to work programs and strategies.
To ensure panel decisions are based on a strong understanding of market factors, four external advisors (EA) have been appointed to assist WorkCover with the evaluation process. The EAs have been selected from various medical and allied health areas (Psychiatry, Physiotherapy, Orthopaedic and Occupational Physician).
More information, including timeframes and the selection criteria, will be available in the tender documents. The tender will be published on the Queensland Government QTenders website (estimate) 16 September 2019, and will close (estimate) 11 October 2019.