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Podiatrist

As podiatrists, you play an important role in helping our clients recover from feet and ankle injuries after their transport accident.

We can pay the reasonable costs of your patient’s podiatry services, without prior approval, immediately after a transport accident when they are required as a result of a transport accident injury.

Patient consultations, biomechanical examinations, orthomechanical services and procedures and x-rays are covered. Equipment up to a value of $1,000 is also covered.

We will review our client’s treatment to ensure it’s reasonable, clinically justified, outcome focused and in line with the Clinical Framework. We'll ask you and our client for information during these reviews and may temporarily stop funding treatment if we don’t receive it. When requested, you must complete the Allied health treatment and recovery plan and return it to us.

Reviews help us understand our client’s injuries, treatment needs and goals and how to best support them to get their life back on track. After a review we’ll let you and our client know the decision regarding further treatment.

As part of your patient’s treatment, you can complete certificates of capacity to assess and certify your patient’s capacity for work.For patients with a severe injury, the discussion, referral and approval of services may form part of the independence planning process.

If your patient's accident was prior to 14th February 2018 they may need to meet the medical excess before you can invoice the TAC for treatment.

Here’s how to work with our clients, manage billing and payments and find out what we can and cannot pay for.

Register as a provider

You can provide podiatry services if you are a podiatrist registered under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (e.g. AHPRA) to practice in the osteopathy profession (other than as a student).

If you would like to provide podiatry services to our clients, please register using our online registration form.

Before the appointment

Does your patient have a TAC claim?

  • Yes – you can treat the patient immediately. You will need their claim number.
  • Not sure – call us on 1300 654 329 to check.

If you use LanternPay, you can also check your patient’s claim status online.

Does the medical excess apply?

If your patient's accident occurred prior to 14th February 2018 they may need to meet the medical excess before you can invoice us for their treatment. Call us on 1300 654 329 to check your patient’s medical excess status.

Has there been a gap in treatment?

If our client has not received treatment or services from you within the last 6 months for their transport accident injuries they will need to seek approval from us before we will pay for further treatment. Ask our client for a copy of their approval (letter, email or myTAC message) before providing treatment.

Treating our clients

We can pay the reasonable costs of your patient’s podiatry services, without prior approval, immediately after a transport accident when they are required as a result of a transport accident injury. Patient consultations, biomechanical examinations, orthomechanical services and procedures and x-rays are covered. Equipment up to a value of $1,000 is also covered.

We will review our client’s treatment to ensure it’s reasonable, clinically justified, outcome focused and in line with the Clinical Framework. We'll ask you and our client for information during these reviews and may temporarily stop funding treatment if we don’t receive it.

Reviews help us understand our client’s injuries, treatment needs, their goals and how to best support them get their lives back on track. After a review we’ll let you and our client know the decision regarding further treatment.

See: Guidelines – Podiatry for a complete list of what we can and cannot pay for.

Equipment

We can pay for the provision of basic equipment under $1,000, such as orthopaedic footwear, modifications to a patient’s pre-injury footwear or off the shelf footwear, an orthosis and any required footwear, repair or replacement of a pre-existing orthosis and prosthetic devices and splints.

Our approval is required for equipment above $1,000 or for specialised equipment. Use the Equipment Prescription Form to submit written requests.

Guidelines

Reporting, forms and templates

You do not need to send reports to us unless we ask you to, but you should ensure you are recording your patient’s baseline outcome measures.

We may request the following plan be completed:

Billing and payments

Fee schedules

We can pay for services in line with our fee schedules:

How to invoice us

Invoices can be submitted online via LanternPay, or mailed to us at:

Transport Accident Commission (TAC)
GPO Box 2751
Melbourne Vic 3001

For full details on invoicing and payments, see: How to invoice us.

Does the medical excess apply?

Accidents that occurred before 14 February 2018 may be subject to the medical excess. Call us on 1300 654 329 to check your patient’s medical excess status. If the excess is applicable, and hasn’t yet been reached, you will need to request payment from your patient. You may be able to bill your patient’s private health insurance for the treatment.

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FAQs

Can I treat your client and bill you afterwards – or do I first have to be a registered TAC provider?

As a registered allied health provider, you don’t need to register with us before treating our clients. However we prefer that you complete our simple online registration form before you invoice us. Make sure you record the TAC claim number or confirm that they have an accepted TAC claim - you can call us on 1300 654 329 to check.

How long will it take to get paid?

If you submit your invoice using LanternPay, you will be paid the next business day. If you submit your invoice by post, payments are made weekly.

My fees are higher than those listed in your fee schedule. What does this mean for my patient?

As we can only pay according to our fee schedules, you will need to invoice your patient for any difference. Your patient may have private health insurance they can utilise. Alternatively, you can elect to treat your patient at the cost of our fee schedules.

Talk to us

To ask questions, get help or provide feedback, call us on 1300 654 329 or use our online contact form.