Our purpose is to represent all primary healthcare practitioners in independent private practice to be part of a multi-disciplinary group and/or referral network of practitioners.
The Alliance of South Africa Independent Practitioners Association (ASAIPA) is a National Network and Representative Organisation, representing the interest of 15 IPA’s, throughout South Africa. This means that it serves the interests of and represents +/- 1120 Practitioners.
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Forum / Foundation: The IPA Forum was established in 2007 by ASAIPA in conjunction with the other major IPA Networks and Medscheme. The Forum still exists today, but only cooperates with Medscheme. However, due to a request from Bankmed in 2009, the 3 major IPA Networks (ASAIPA, SPNet, and SAMCC) founded a NPC, namely the IPA Foundation, who as a single body represents these 3 networks. GPMG has also since joined the Foundation.
Committees: ASAIPA sits on a number of Committees and also on the GP Private Practice Committee of SAMA.
Liaison: ASAIPA constantly liaises with other groups on matters of mutual concern, in order to once again establish the pre-eminent position of the Primary Care Practitioner in South Africa. Other organizations that are communicated with include: HPCSA, Council for Medical Schemes, BHF and various funders.
Assistance to its IPA’s: One of the main roles of ASAIPA is to assist and coordinate the activities of the IPA’s where needed. ASAIPA is truly run from the bottom up, as it is governed and controlled by its Council of Chairpersons of its 15 IPA’s, and the Chairpersons’ are again responsible to the members of their IPA’s.
Website: ASAIPA’s website has been completely redone by building on its past functionality and also adding all the latest technology to benefit ASAIPA’s management, members and the public even more. The look and feel has been thoroughly planned for optimum ease of use.
Dispensing: ASAIPA is an active member of the National Coalition on Dispensing (NCD). Dispensing licenses for example do now not need to be renewed annually as a result of the NCD’s continued actions.
NHI: ASAIPA is very active in this area, and is a member of a number of discussion groups that debate the issues and deliver inputs.
Connected Care: Dr. Anton Prinsloo, created a robust IT platform in the form of the National Sign On Initiative and Medinotes. It serves to accommodate many if not most of the ICT needs of a practice, and thereby effectively streamlines much of the practice’s administrative functions. Connected Care has been endorsed by ASAIPA as well as the IPA Foundation.
Peer Review: ASAIPA is a member of the Central Peer Review Committee of the IPA Foundation, and has already brought about changes in the way profiling is performed. This Committee is the only one of its kind in South Africa, and has vast knowledge and experience in practice profiling, peer management and review. The acceptance of the Committee by both funders and doctors underlines its independence and integrity.
Member Representation: ASAIPA has represented members at their enquiries with the HPCSA, and a variety of funders and other organizations. It has for the most part been successful, or has at least brought finality to the relevant issues. This is a direct consequence of the large membership of ASAIPA, that enables ASAIPA and its IPA’s to speak with authority.
Database: The Network Division of ASAIPA manages a most sophisticated database, on which all necessary details of its members are captured and stored. The database has the necessary flexibility to handle any enquiries and contains all the information of the contracts held, including all the contracts, signed by members, dispensing licenses, etc.
Assistance to members: Members have been assisted in a variety of ways, unrelated to representation or contracts. Members have also been assisted with interpretation of claim codes, balance billing, ICD-10 coding, locum licenses, administration of medicines by non-dispensing doctors and interpretations of various laws etc.
CPD: This is a function of each IPA, but ASAIPA actively assists the IPA’s with the infrastructure, administration and also boasts an online CPD portal. Especially in Gauteng the GGPF (Gauteng General Practitioners Forum) conference if hosted bi-annually every year at Gallagher Estates.
Doctors Desk Reference Book:
Under the able editorship of Dr. Mike Nicholas, and with the extremely generous support of Arctic Healthcare, ASAIPA was able to produce an elegant book for its members, containing important and very useful information that our members can use in their practices.