Practices providing out-of-hours care will only pay once, says CQC

GP practices which provide out-of-hours care will only have to pay for Care Quality Commission (CQC) registration once, the regulator said in a consultation on fees.

In a consultation on the cost of registration for different providers, the CQC laid out is plans for out-of-hours.

Out-of-hours providers which also provide additional services, such as GP practices, should not be required to pay for registration twice, the regulator said.

Instead GP practices that provide out-of-hours will only have to pay for their registration once, in 2012.

‘The DoH has confirmed that these additional services will be registered at the same time as the out-of-hours service, in April 2012,' the CQC said.

The cost for an out-of-hours provider to register one location will be £800, which is just over 50% of the total predicted cost of registration.

A provider wishing to register two or three locations will be charged £1,600 and a provider registering between four and 10 locations will have to pay £4,000.

Out-of-hours providers will be required to register for the CQC from April 2012.

The registration of GP practices has been delayed until April 2013, and the current consultation does not discuss fees for GP practices.

However, the CQC said that is was planning ‘to engage with key stakeholders in the sector over the next few months' to discuss the registration fee for GP practices.

‘This will enable us to consider what fees model will be most appropriate for charging providers of primary medical services once they are registered,’ the CQC said.

The CQC will consult on its proposals for GP registration fees ‘at the relevant time’.

Health and social care providers are encouraged to respond to the consultation by 28 December 2011.

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