Practice Code Numbering System
that promote Unity
16th Annual BHF Southern African Conference
Issued: 27 November 2015
The Board of Healthcare Funders of Southern Africa (BHF) announces the date for the 17th Annual BHF Southern African Conference:
Issued: 12 November 2015
EOH HEALTH AND MEDSHIELD JOIN BHF
We are proud to announce the arrival of two new medical schemes into the BHF Family.
We are delighted to welcome Medshield Medical Scheme and EOH Health as members of the Board of Healthcare Funders of Southern Africa (BHF).
EOH Health has positioned itself as a leader in the African healthcare market. EOH Health touches the lives of over 2 million beneficiaries throughout Africa, Europe and the US and serves clients in the fields of Advisory and Consulting; Hospital, Dental and Primary Care Risk Management; Workplace Health and Wellness solutions; and Wellness Events Management.
Medshield one of the most trusted medical aid schemes in the country, proving its stability, support and professionalism over the years. Founded in the 1968, Medshield’s current membership profile covers more than 157 000 people. With an impeccable reputation of prompt payments to hospitals, doctors, pharmacies and other medical caregivers guarantees approval from service providers, Medshield is counted amongst the country’s largest and most reliable medical aid schemes.
As the long-standing and acknowledged industry body representing open and restricted medical schemes, administrators and qualifying managed care organisations, BHF arguably has an important role to play to address industry needs, to add value to its members.
We are excited to have EOH Health and Medshield come on board during this challenging period in the private healthcare funding environment, this will help advance BHF’s call for a unified healthcare sector.
Issued: 29 October 2015
Overdue PCNS accounts to be de-registered
The Board of Healthcare Funders (BHF) administers the Practice Code Numbering System (PCNS).
We send out renewal reminders and invoices annually to update provider practice details and to facilitate payment. This is to ensure that the information shared with all the schemes is true and correct and the payment is for the ongoing running and maintenance of the system.
As a result, healthcare providers who have not paid their annual subscription fees will have their practice numbers de-registered from the PCN System. Accounts that are in arrears are being cut-off over a staggered period commencing on the 26th October 2015 to the 04th November 2015. Please note healthcare providers are required to make payment and update their details for full re-instatement.
Affected healthcare service providers and users may contact the PCNS Contact Centre on 0861 30 2010 or 011 537 0200 to request their statement of accounts and to re-instate their practice numbers.
Healthcare providers can pay their accounts at the till point of any outlet that accepts Easypay payments.
BHF through the PCN System is committed to meeting the needs of the healthcare industry by maintaining the system to provide efficient services.
Issued: 22 October 2015
On the 16th October 2015, the Commission published, in the government gazette, the amended the Terms of Reference (ToR) for the completion of the market inquiry into private healthcare. The Commission has also published a revised administrative timetable in line with the amended ToR.
The full press release is available to download below:
Issued: 21 October 2015
BHF Member Summit presentations.
Member schemes, Managed Care and Administrators gathered at The Venue, Melrose Arch for the BHF Member Summit on the 20th October 2015.
Issued: 24 November 2015
Applications for Ambulance Service will close on the 30th November 2015, as SAPEASA will be closed over the December period. SAPEASA will accept new inspection and re-inspection requests up until Thursday, 3 December 2015 from BHF. Please note any inspection requests received after 3 December 2015 will be held over until January 2016.The SAPEASA will re-open on Monday, 11 January 2016.
Issued: 23 November 2015
RE-OPENING OF REGISTRATION FOR PARTICIPANTS TO MAKE ORAL SUBMISSIONS AT THE PUBLIC HEARING OF THE HEALTH MARKET INQUIRY
THE Competition Commission is reopening registration for participants to make oral submissions at public hearings into the Health Market Inquiry (HMI).
The public hearings will commence on 1 February 2016 and conclude by 31 May 2016. To ensure that the public hearings proceed expeditiously and in an orderly manner, the HMI has decided on a staggered approach. The first set of hearings will take place over a five day period, between 1 to 12 February 2016 and are aimed at hearing the voices of consumers on the issues raised in Terms of Reference of the HMI.
In order to make oral submissions at the hearings, the public must submit a HI2 form, (which is attached) by no later than 11 December 2015.
Stakeholders who registered previously are encouraged, but are not obliged, to register again.
Issued: 04 November 2015
The number of queries have been growing exponentially since we announced the deactivation of all outstanding accounts from the PCN System. As a result, our Client Services phone lines are congested due to high call volumes.
We value all your queries. To receive your account statement or practice information, or have a general PCNS query, email: or email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. or follow us on twitter: @bhfglobal or on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bhfglobal/
Accounts that are in arrears are being cut-off over a staggered period commencing on the 26th October 2015 to the 04th November 2015.
Please note healthcare providers are required to make payment for re-instatement. It takes 24 to 48 hours to fully re-instate an account.
Healthcare providers can pay their accounts via the following payment channels.
At the till point of any outlet that accepts Easypay payments:
– SA Post office
– Pick n Pay
You can do your payment via EFT:
Branch code 197705
Cheque account number: 1958 518 530
Please use your practice number as reference: last seven digits
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