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Myotherapy Association Australia announces new insurance broker for member coverage
We are pleased to announce that BMS Risk Solutions Pty Ltd (BMS Group) is Myotherapy Association Australia’s new and exclusive insurance broker. BMS has brought a new member centric perspective to the design and delivery of our insurance program that will result in significant immediate and long term benefits.
Myotherapy Association Australia members will benefit from increased value and improved services, along with exclusive access to additional business-related products that can be purchased through BMS.
Myotherapy Association Australia members have access to the following services and programs:
- Increased Practice Risk Resources - BMS will provide evidence-based information, tools and educational seminars and webinars on practice risk, thereby aligning with Myotherapy Association Australia’s long-term strategy to use its insurance program to educate and inform the profession on risk management.
- Specialised Legal Services - including a pro bono legal hotline managed by one of Australia’s leading independent law firms.
- Future program structures that are built for members by members.
Policy Features [download BMS schedule here]
- $20M Professional Indemnity per Member
- $20M Public & Products Liability per Member
- Run-Off Cover
- Retroactive Cover
- Court Attendance Costs
- Loss of Documents
- Libel, Slander and Defamation Cover
If you have any questions, please contact BMS on 1800 931 070 or via [email protected]
Who is BMS?
BMS is the official and exclusive broker for the Myotherapy Association Australia member insurance program.
BMS is a Lloyd’s broker and has several global teams, including in Melbourne and Ottawa, dedicated to providing coverage, and value-added services to associations and its members.
The Australian and Canadian operations provide coverage to more than 500,000 healthcare and regulated professionals through 70+ associations across Australia and Canada. This experience gives BMS a unique insight and ability to create and deliver significantly enhanced and continuously evolving member centric insurance programs. This includes ensuring broad, market-leading coverage, evidence-based risk management and exceptional member service. You can find out more about BMS at www.bmsgroup.com/global-affinity
Resources to assist with Notifiable Data Breach Scheme
On February 22nd 2018, the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner released a guide titled Data breach preparation and response — A guide to managing data breaches in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (Privacy Act). The guide consolidates information provided in the Data breach notification — A guide to handling personal information security breaches released in 2014, the Guide to developing a data breach response plan released in 2016, and the resources published to assist entities in complying with the Notifiable Data Breaches (NDB) scheme last year. In addition to outlining the key requirements relating to data breaches in the Privacy Act, including personal information security requirements and the obligations of the Notifiable Data Breaches scheme, the guide covers other key considerations in developing a robust data breach response strategy. This includes key steps to take when a breach occurs, the capabilities of staff, and governance processes.
MA Professional Standards
MA Myotherapists have a duty of care to clients and compliance with the MA Code of Practice, Code of Ethics and Rules of the Association ensure membership currency, accreditation and professionalism. MA Members are expected to have read and abide by the MA Code of Practice
Health Funds, Provider Numbers, Record Keeping and Receipt Guidelines
If you are a new member or you have changed your practice or practice location please refer to the Obtaining Provider Number page for step-by-step guidelines and you will find a list of all health funds that cover Myotherapy on the Health Fund page.
A reminder to members when registering with HiCaps
Below is the process when registering with HICAPS as a Myotherapist (as with upgrading from Remedial Massage to Myotherapy qualifications):
- HICAPS Registration and approval is conditional on provision of Medibank Private Provider letter (with Provider number) and evidence of qualifications.
- HiCaps are requirement to upload a copy of this letter and qualifications on their system.
- In the situation where a Massage Therapist has upgraded qualification to a Myotherapist – HiCaps require a copy of the upgrade letter from Medibank [MA will provide you this letter upon receipt from Medibank] The provider letter that issues a Provider number to this new qualification is required for HiCaps to upload you with your correct qualifications on their system.
Note: When HiCaps update their system (with new provider numbers) a file is generated and sent to all health funds with these new additional provider numbers.
This allows for recognition on the system for the processing of patient private health claims for the participating health funds.
If you are unsure about your status with HiCaps, you can contact them on 1300 650 852
To maintain your accreditation and membership, full members must:
- - accrue 20 Professional Development Points (Informal and Formal PD) every 1 year cycle
- - record your PD Activities
- - submit your PD activities to MA
You may be audited and will need to provide evidence of your PD activities up to five years after the event. The PD Guidelines outline your PD responsibilities as a Member of MA. Refer to the Professional Development page for all forms and guidelines.
Industry Partners - MA Member benefits
The Myotherapy Association Australia (MA) continuously work towards providing their members with valuable resources and benefits. Please click HERE to view the available discounts offered to our members.