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POAC Funded ECG for chest pain

December 10, 2019
An internal review of chest pain cases has demonstrated that many claims for ECGs performed to investigate a possible  diagnosis  of  Acute Coronary Syndrome do not align with the Acute Chest Pain HealthPathway A normal ECG alone cannot rule out Acute Coronary...
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POAC funding of X-ray

November 12, 2019
An internal review of radiology cases claimed under POAC has highlighted many X-ray requests that do not align with the plain X-Ray HealthPathway  POAC funded X-ray should be reserved for same day imaging where results will inform immediate management and/or determine r...
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Background

Historically it has not been part of POAC’s remit to fund unavoidable admission i.e. admissions where, from the initial community assessment, it is clear that hospital evaluation is required.   In the current environment, delays in ambulance services continue to ...
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This pathway assists GPs with navigating through the causes of pelvic pain in young women to decide a provisional diagnosis and thereby refer to the correct service, or appropriately investigate and follow-up in the community. Please note there are limited indications f...
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In January 2019 new pathways were published for Skin and Soft Tissue Abscess in Adults, Mastitis and Breast Abscess and Bartholin’s Cyst or Abscess. Communications were sent via Medinz and the POAC blog – click here to sign up Following review by the regional Antimi...
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Hepatitis C Treatment - Update to pathway and claiming process

The Chronic Hepatitis C pathway has been updated for the newly funded direct acting antiviral (DAA) medication, Maviret™. Maviret™ is the recommended treatment in primary care for a majority of patients with Hepatitis C who do not have cirrhosis: Cure rate of 99%...
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Primary Care communications for new abscess management pathways

Auckland Regional HealthPathways has developed three new pathways for abscess management: Skin and soft tissue abscess in adultsBartholin's cyst or abscess Mastitis and breast abscess These best practice regionally agreed pathways have been developed with both primary a...
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The process for hospital referrals under POAC:

When a patient attends Urgent Care with a hospital discharge summary stating for further POAC funded treatment, this includes the following principles: The Urgent Care clinic generates the POAC referral/case number when the patient attendsThe initial consult and all treatmen...
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POAC OVER THE HOLIDAY PERIOD

Thank you for your support over the year, we look forward to an exciting 2019.   From our team to yours, Merry Christmas and a safe and happy holiday season! POAC HOURS OVER THE HOLIDAY: The POAC coordinators are taking a well deserved break over the Christmas and ...
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Pelvic Ultrasound Funding

November 7, 2018

POAC funds pelvic ultrasound scans for the following conditions:

Suspected retained products of conception beyond Section 88 funded scan time period. Persistent, heavy PV bleeding lasting more than 2 weeks following miscarriage or termination of pregnancy, or more than 6 weeks post-delivery, to rule out retained products of conception. Fo...
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