5 Reasons why GPs and their Teams need Training on the PCRS & State Schemes?


As a GP practicing in Ireland, having a thorough understanding of the Primary Care Reimbursement Service (PCRS) is crucial for the proper management of your practice.

Here are 5 reasons why GPs & and their Practice team need to know about the PCRS:


1. The PCRS is responsible for reimbursing GPs and other healthcare providers for the services they deliver to medical cardholders and other eligible patients covered under various schemes (such as the General Medical Services and several state schemes.  

It can be challenging to know how to check and reconcile claims and payments!


2. Having a thorough understanding of the PCRS processes, fee schedules, and guidelines ensures that you correctly submit reimbursement claims to receive payment for the healthcare services you provide.

As we know the goalposts keep changing and the latest IMO negotiations have brought out a raft of changes that you need to be aware of.


3.  Efficient Practice Management: Understanding the PCRS processes, including claims, payment timelines, and reconciliation, helps streamline your practice management.

It’s so important to have systems in place to ensure you are maximising on your income.


4. By having a clear grasp of the reimbursement system, you can efficiently handle patient registrations, track financials, submit claims in a timely manner, and reconcile payments.


5. This knowledge is crucial for effective financial management and optimizing the revenue cycle in your practice.

General Practice is unique in that it’s a patient-centred business, however, it incurs the same costs as any business. As such, it’s hugely important to be aware of everything thing that you are entitled to.


Every day is a school day in General Practice and the latest PCRS Training Programme which is available through the Best Practice Academy aims to keep updating the training courses to ensure that you are kept up to date.

You can access all content at a time and place that’s convenient for you. All training is available through a secure online portal.