Medicare Benefits Schedule

MBS COVID-19 Management Support Service

Commencing 8 November 2021, and available until 30 June 2022, a temporary Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) item has been made available to support medical practitioners providing clinically relevant treatment to COVID-19 positive patients.

As Australia moves into the next phase of living with the COVID-19 virus, a need for additional temporary support for medical practitioners has been introduced to support the provision of care to COVID-19 positive patients who can be managed in the community effectively and safely.

MBS item 93715 is intended to support medical practitioners who are required to undertake additional measures, including PPE, in order to provide safe face-to-face services to patients with a recent diagnosis of COVID-19, confirmed by either a laboratory PCR test, or a COVID-19 rapid antigen self-test.

PDF version MBS Online Factsheet-COVID-19 Management Support Service 5 November 2021 (PDF 256 KB)
Word version MBS Online Factsheet-COVID-19 Management Support Service 5 November 2021 (Word 94 KB)

 

MBS telehealth services

From 1 January 2022, patient access to telehealth services will be supported by ongoing MBS arrangements.

The ongoing arrangements build on the temporary telehealth items introduced as part of the Government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and will continue to enable all Medicare eligible Australians to access telehealth (video and phone) services for a range of (out of hospital) consultations that can also be provided in person.

MBS telehealth items will continue to be available to GPs, medical practitioners, specialists, consultant physicians, nurse practitioners, participating midwives, allied health providers and dental practitioners in the practice of oral and maxillofacial surgery.

View the available MBS Telehealth services fact sheets here 

A factsheet is also available with further information on the additional 10 MBS Mental Health Sessions page

For further information, refer to HealthPathways WA - COVID-19 MBS Items (for login details, email healthpathways@wapha.org.au).
 

 

MBS items for Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACFs)

From 10 December 2020 until 30 June 2022, temporary Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) items are available for care recipients in residential aged care facilities (RACFs) during the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
The new items apply to RACF residents referred for allied health services under the following treatment, management or care plans:
  • Multidisciplinary Care Plans; OR
  • GP Management Plans; OR
  • Shared Care Plans; OR
  • Team Care Plans; AND/OR
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Assessments.
 
These temporary MBS items are applicable for non-admitted patients that reside in a RACF and cannot be claimed as part of hospital treatment.
GP and OMP attendance items for use in RACFs:
Allied health providers - Last Updated 1 October 2021
GP and OMP's - Last Updated 1 October 2021
 
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