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GPs urged to sign off QOF achievements

The GPC has urged practices to sign off their QOF achievements through QMAS if they have not already done so.

The warning comes amid delays in NHS managers verifying the results from the quality and productivity indicators in last year's QOF.

This should be completed by the end of June, but the GPC has advised practices that because of the additional time needed for PCTs to make these calculations, practices should not delay signing off their achievements through QMAS.

Dr Richard Vautrey, deputy chair of the GPC, told Pulse:  ‘There are a number of practices who haven't done so, and this could delay payments. '

The GPC says that in order to ensure that QOF payments are made by the end of June, PCTs may need to generate advance payments that include an estimate of achievements on QP 3-5.

They will then calculate practices' actual prescribing achievement using ePACT data, and if there has been an overpayment they may need to recover this amount.

Advice on the process can be found in NHS Connecting for Health's QMAS bulletin www.connectingforhealth.nhs.uk/systemsandservices/gpsupport/qmas/bulletins/mar12.pdf

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