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HPCSA Media Statement - Axes Thousands from its register

Tuesday, 06 November 2012 09:42

Media Statement

HPCSA AXES THOUSANDS FROM ITS REGISTER

06 November 2012

For immediate release

Pretoria - Almost 10 000 healthcare practitioners were suspended from the Health Professions Council of South Africa’s (HPCSA) register this past weekend for failure to pay their annual fees.

This announcement by the Council comes after the deadline for payment of annual fees was disregarded despite the Council having exhausted all avenues in contacting these practitioners, including letters, telephone calls, sms and notification via professional associations.

According to the Health Professions Act, it is a criminal offence to practice any of the health professions under the ambit of the Council when suspended or erased from the Register.

Practitioners are required to pay their annual fees on or before 1 April of every year. The money is used by the Council to act on its mandate of protecting the public and guiding the professions.

Among the 10 000, some 1 500 Medical and Dental Practitioners will not be allowed to practice their professions, while over 6 500 emergency care practitioners were suspended on the weekend for failing to comply with the regulations governing the professions. Almost 600 Psychologists were also struck from the Register.

The HPCSA is calling on employers to ensure all practitioners have paid their annual fees and are legally practising their professions.

Practitioners can contact the HPCSA Call Centre on 012 338 9301 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for further information.

Please click link below to view Media Statement

HPCSA Media Release (81.5 kB)

Issued by:

Bertha Peters-Scheepers

Senior Manager: Public Relations and Service Delivery

Health Professions Council of South Africa

Tel: 012 338 9481/ 079 510 4186

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Hosmed - Letter to Providers

Monday, 29 October 2012 08:52

Dear Service Provider,

You will by now be aware that Thebe Ya Bophelo took over the administration of the Hosmed medical aid on 20th October 2011. We are pleased to say that this process (undertaken at very short notice) has been successfully bedded now.

There do however, remain a few areas where with your support, further improvements can be made:

Banking Details

As the new administrator,we experienced problems accessing your most up-to-date information from the previous administrator. The consequence of this is that we may not habe your correct bank details to facilitate any refund payment that may be due to you.

Please click link below for further information

Hosmed Letter to Providers (448.29 kB)

 

World Radiography Day 8th Nov 2012

Monday, 22 October 2012 15:32

World Radiography Day

8 November 2012

World Radiography Day is an annual international initiative that is aimed at raising awareness of and stimulating an interest in radiography as a profession. This collective contribution serves to highlight the importance of radiography, the indispensable function it plays, and the frontline role of radiographers in the health care environment.

Hospitals and health care centres locally and abroad host open days and share information about radiography as a challenging career in the medical and healthcare sector. There are four radiographic categories, namely, diagnostic, nuclear medicine, radiotherapy and ultrasound.

World Radiography Day also highlights career opportunities for young graduates, promotes opportunities for radiographers to start their own practices, and puts the focus on stemming the flow of the flight skills. Scarce skills are bound to affect the quality of healthcare for patients across South Africa.

The Society of Radiographers of South Africa (SORSA) together with the International Society of Radiographers and Radiological Technologists (ISRRT) have been celebrating World Radiography Day, 8th November each year, as a homage radiographers worldwide pay to Professor Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen, whose ground-breaking discovery of X-rays in 1895 earned him the first Nobel Prize in Physics in 1901

On the home front, many employment doors are open to radiographers to work in government medical and healthcare facilities, and in the private medical sector. Radiographers may also follow the entrepreneurial route by opening their own practices and forming partnerships and joint ventures with colleagues. They could also pursue an academic profile by working at higher education institutions or get involved in research units attached to some of the universities.

Radiography ‘guides the clinical pathway’ and radiographers play an invaluable role as frontline professionals and health workers, particularly during the upcoming holiday season when road fatalities and pedestrian injuries escalate at crisis proportions through speeding, reckless driving practices, especially drink-driving and drug abuse behind the wheel.

Following the ISRRT World Congress that was held in Durban in 2008, the public profiling of radiography and radiology has risen substantially, particularly within the country and in sub-Saharan Africa, resulting in greater interest by graduates to pursue challenging careers as diagnostic radiographers, nuclear medicine radiographers, radiotherapy radiographers and ultrasound radiographers.

Issued by:

The Society of Radiographers of South Africa

PO Box 505 Howard Place 7450

Unit B44, Pinelands Business Park, New Mill Road, Pinelands, 7405

Tel: 021 531 1231 Fax: 021 531 1233

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World Radiography Day Flyer (287.69 kB)

 

International Day of Radiology 8th November 2012

Wednesday, 17 October 2012 11:36

This year, on November 8, the RSSA, the European Society of Radiology (ESR), the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) together with other international radiological societies will celebrate the first International Day of Radiology (IDoR 2012).

The IDoR initiative was established with the aim of building greater awareness of the value that radiology contributes to safe patient care, and improving understanding of the vital role radiologists play in the healthcare continuum.

You are invited and encouraged to promote the IDoR within your community.

You can download the beautifully compiled booklet ‘The Story of Radiology (Volume I) which has been published by the ESR in cooperation with ISHRAD - The International Society for the History of Radiology - Deutsches Röntgen Museum.

All the key information about the International Day of Radiology, including the booklets about oncologic imaging and the history of radiology, can be found on the day’s official website at http://internationaldayofradiology.com.

You can also keep right up to date with the latest news by liking the International Day of Radiology Facebook page, and show your support by joining the official Facebook event page.

We are looking forward to a successful and strongly supported First International Day of Radiology.

Click below for more information / IDoR 2012 material.

 

Breast Awareness Campaign 2012

Tuesday, 11 September 2012 11:39

Breast Awareness Campaign 2012

Please find attached the list of those practices participating in the 2012 breast awareness campaign.

Your participation is greatly appreciated.

The Breast Awareness Participation 2012 v1_5 (57.07 kB)

 

Almagamation between NIMAS and Resolution Health Medical Scheme - Tariffs

Tuesday, 21 August 2012 09:46

Due to the almagamation between NIMAS and Resolution Health Medical Scheme as of 01 August 2012, kindly note that all NIMAS tarrifs will be paid according to the 2012 Resolution Health Medical Scheme tariff fee rate. Kindly note the following additions to the Resolution Health Medical Scheme offering:

  • Hospital (PMB conditions only - no out-of-hospital benefit)
  • Foundation
  • Progressive Flex
  • Progressive Saver
  • Prestige
  • Classic
  • Millennium
  • Supreme

Agility has notified the switching houses. However, should you encounter any problems submitting your claims, please contact your Software Vendor.

Should you require additional information, kindly contact the Provider Resolutions Department on:

  • Tel: 011 801 2037
  • Fax: 086 605 9440
  • Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Kind regards,

Agility Global Health Solution

 

CMS Circular No 32: Proposed amalgamation between Bonitas and Pro Sano on 1 October 2012

Thursday, 16 August 2012 10:03

The Registrar would like give notice that the exposition and supporting documents for the proposed amalgamation between Bonitas Medical Fund and Pro Sano Medical Scheme on 1 October 2012 has been approved for viewing and comment in terms of section 63 of the Medical Schemes Act no 131 of 1998. Please click below for further information.

circular32of2012 (74.47 kB)

Contact Details:

General Enquiries: Mon-Fri (08h00 – 17h00)

Telephone: 0861 123 267 / (0861 123 CMS)

Fax: (012) 430 7644

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RSSA Policy - CT Examinations

Wednesday, 15 August 2012 09:11

RSSA Policy – CT Examinations

1. A radiologist must approve all cross-sectional imaging (both CT and MRI)

examinations and determine the appropriate scanning protocols, with regard to

clinical indication, appropriateness and patient safety.

2. A radiologist must be available, either in person or by remote digital connection,

to view and approve the images at the completion of the examination.

3. The decision to administer contrast media either intravenously or by any other

route is the sole responsibility of the radiologist.

4. A prescription for the contrast medium must be completed and either stored in its

original form, or scanned in to the Radiology Information System (RIS) or

entered directly into the patient’s record in the RIS.

5. A medical practitioner, trained in resuscitation, must be present or immediately

available in the radiology department, when intravenous contrast media is

administered.

6. An appropriately qualified Radiologist must report on all cross-sectional imaging

studies, done for diagnostic purposes. All reports must be signed either

Please click link to view full document

RSSA Policy CT Examination (317.51 kB)

 

RSSA Policy - Mammography

Wednesday, 15 August 2012 08:57

The Radiological Society of South Africa

Policy Document

Mammography

Version 1.0 – August 2012

Scope of Policy Document

a) Supervision of mammography units.

b) Radiologists’ obligations and duties.

c) Reporting requirements.

d) Current indications for mammography

What this document does not cover

a. The equipment required to produce mammograms or the technology required to view

diagnostic images.

b. Radiologist training or accreditation.

All clinical aspects of mammography standards will be determined solely by the Radiological

Society of South Africa, in line with international standards. Any updates and / or changes to the policy document will be communicated accordingly.

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RSSA Policy Mammography (332.37 kB)

 

The First RSSA Advanced MSK and Post Operative Joint Imaging Course

Tuesday, 14 August 2012 00:00

Please note that due to logistical reasons The First RSSA Advanced MSK and Post Operative Joint Imaging Course has been re-scheduled from March 2013 to take place from Friday 14 to Sunday 16 February, 2014 at the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa.

The international speakers are:

1. Professor Garry Gold, Stanford University, USA

2. Professor Lynne Steinbach, University of San Francisco, USA

3. Professor Christine Chung, University of San Diego, USA

4. Dr Russell Fritz, National Orthopedic Imaging Associates, San Francisco, USA

5. Dr Joshua Faber, Qmetrics Technologies/Partner, Radiology Associates of N KY Cincinnati, USA

More details to follow about this exciting course!

We regret any inconvenience.

Sincerely,

Professor Leon Janse van Rensburg

RSSA Congress Chairman

 
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