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Payments to Opticians in Essex are calculated and recorded on the Open Exeter
Ophthalmic Payments System.
send in claims for NHS sight tests (GOS1), Vouchers (GOS3),
Repairs/Replacements (GOS4) and Domiciliary visits (GOS6).
are input into the system by the ophthalmic payments team at Essex Contractor
received by the end of a calendar month are paid on the 14th (or previous
working day if this falls on a weekend) of the following month.
Once all the
claims received by the cut off date have been input onto the system a system
process is run which calculates the payment due to each Optician.
are then made to the Opticians via the ISFE Payments System.
statements are currently posted to Optical practices, but we are very keen for ALL
opticians to receive their statements by email and will shortly be writing out
in this connection.
paid by the Open Exeter ophthalmic payments system, can receive their payment
statements using the electronic statement facility. The practice does NOT have
to be submitting their GOS claims electronically to the Ophthalmic payments
system to receive electronic statements.
Some of the statement reports within the Ophthalmic payments system can
be sent electronically. Payment statements can be emailed directly to the
practice. Because these reports contain Person Identifiable Data (PID), the Ophthalmic
payments system encrypts the file using the same encryption protocol as that
for processing electronically submitted GOS claims. Therefore a practice receiving
their statement reports electronically will require a decryption process if
they do NOT have a secure nhs.net email address.
If you would like to receive your payment statements electronically but
do not have a secure nhs.net email address you will need to download the
Ophthalmic Statement Decryption Software user guide and the NHS Ophthalmic Encryption Utility by
clicking the following links:-
Decryption user guide
Ophthalmic encryption utility
the Ophthalmic Statement Decryption Software user guide, which provides
guidance on how to install and use the utility.
If you have any queries with regards to using this software, or if you would like to change the existing email address we have set up for you, please email firstname.lastname@example.org