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COVID-19 MBS items


The Federal Government has released temporary Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) item numbers for the provision of telehealth (videoconferencing and phone) consultations.

These item numbers will help protect vulnerable GPs and other health care providers who are currently authorised to use telehealth item numbers, to use telehealth for all consultations with all their patients. It will also allow people to access services in their home while they undergo self-isolation or quarantine, reducing the risk of exposure to the wider community.

GPs are not required to bulk bill the new telehealth item numbers, unless the service provided is for Commonwealth concession card holders, children under 16 years and patients who are more vulnerable to COVID-19.  
 
 Description  Existing   items  COVID-19 telehealth   (videoconferencing)   COVID-19 phone services – when videoconferencing is not   available
GP without mental health training, prepare a mental health plan, 20 to 40 minutes  2700  92112  92124
GP without mental health training, prepare a mental health plan, more than 40 minutes  2701  92113  92125
GP to review a mental health plan  2712  92114  92126
GP mental health consult, more than 20 minutes  2713  92115  92127
GP with mental health training, prepare a mental health plan, 20 to 40 minutes  2715  92116  92128
GP with mental health training, prepare a mental health plan, more than 40 minutes  2717  92117  92129
FPS treatment of 30 to 40 minutes  2721 and 2729  91818  91842
FPS treatment of more than 40 minutes  2725 and 2731   91819  91843
 
 
 Description  Existing   items  COVID-19 telehealth   (videoconferencing)   COVID-19 phone services – when videoconferencing is not   available
Other Medical Practitioner (OMP) without mental health training, prepare a mental health plan, 20 to 40 minutes  272  92118  92130
OMP without mental health training, prepare a mental health plan, more than 40 minutes  276  92119  92131
OMP to review a mental health plan  277  92120  92132
OMP mental health consult, more than 20 minutes  279  92121  92133
OMP with mental health training, prepare a mental health plan, 20 to 40 minutes  281  92122  92134
OMP with mental health training, prepare a mental health plan, more than 40 minutes  282  92123  92135
FPS treatment of 30 to 40 minutes  283 and 371  91820  91844
FPS treatment of more than 40 minutes  286 and 372  91821  91845



Visit the RACGP website for more information on the COVID-19 item numbers. Further telehealth information can also be found on the ACRRM website


Additional COVID-19 mental health support

 

On 7 August 2020, 36 temporary mental health treatment MBS items were introduced. These items provide 10 additional Medicare-subsidised psychological therapy sessions for people affected by COVID-19.

The new items are available under the Better Access to Psychiatrists, Psychologists and General Practitioners through the MBS initiative (Better Access) from 7 August 2020 to 31 March 2021. The additional sessions will allow eligible patients to continue to receive mental health care from their GP, psychologist or other eligible allied health worker.

The 10 additional sessions are available to:

In order to access these sessions, patients will be required to:

There is no requirement for GPs and other medical practitioners in general practice to bulk bill these items for Commonwealth concession card holders, children under 16 years of age, and patients who are more vulnerable to COVID-19. It is at the discretion of the doctor to determine the appropriate billing arrangement.

A fact sheet outlining the changes is available on MBS Online.


Additional FPS item numbers

Descriptors and rebates for the six new item numbers for the provision of FPS services are listed below. There are both face-to-face and telehealth (video and phone) items available.
 

 Description   MBS Item   number   Rebate   Description   MBS item   number  Rebate 
FPS 30 to 40 mins; face-to-face consult 93300 $95.65 FPS > 40 mins; face-to-face consult 93303 $136.85
Telehealth (video) FPS 30 to 40 mins. 93301 $95.65 Telehealth (video) FPS > 40 mins. 93304 $136.85
Telehealth (phone) FPS 30 to 40 mins. 93302 $95.65 Telehealth (phone) FPS > 40 mins. 93305 $136.85


 


Downloads

Changes-to-telehealth-FAQ.pdf Continuing-MBS-Telehealth-Services-December-2021.pdf Factsheet-Practitioners-Mental-Health-Services-COVID-19.pdf