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Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme Hospital Medication Chart - National evaluation 2019

The Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme Hospital Medication Chart (PBS HMC) enables the prescribing, administering, supply and claiming of eligible PBS and non-PBS medicines without the need to issue a separate prescription.


Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme Hospital Medication Chart - National evaluation 2019

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The PBS HMC was approved for use nationally in July 2016 following a comprehensive development process.

Eighteen months post the national rollout, the current evaluation has sought to establish implementation of the PBS HMC to date in the public and private sectors, including obstacles to uptake. It has also sought to establish barriers and enablers to implementation at a hospital level and confirm the safety and quality characteristics of the chart and its use.

The methodology has included:

  • Workshops and semi-structured interviews to gain feedback from clinicians about the use of the PBS HMC
  • Targeted questions to regulators to understand the legal status of the PBS HMC in each state and territory
  • A survey of personnel overseeing chart implementation in public and private hospitals
  • A review of PBS data from July 2017 to March 2018 supplied by the Australian Government Department of Health (the department)
  • A safety snapshot of hospitals measured using the National Standard Medication Chart (NSMC) audit module.
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