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This Determination revokes and remakes the 2010 Determination to include certain basic pathology services that participating nurse practitioners were intended to be able to provide which were not included in the 2010 Determination due to an oversight.
Administered by: Health
Made 25 Oct 2011
Registered 31 Oct 2011
Tabled HR 02 Nov 2011
Tabled Senate 02 Nov 2011
Date of repeal 01 Nov 2015
Repealed by Health Insurance (Midwife and Nurse Practitioner) Determination 2015

I, RICHARD BARTLETT, delegate of the Minister for Health and Ageing, make this Determination under section 3C of the Health Insurance Act 1973.

Dated 25 October 2011

 

RICHARD BARTLETT

First Assistant Secretary

Medical Benefits Division

Delegate of the Minister for Health and Ageing


Contents

Part 1                    Preliminary                                                                                    3

1                             Name of Determination                                                                       3

2                             Commencement                                                                                  3

2A                           Revocation                                                                                         3

3                             Definitions                                                                                          3

3A                           Additional definitions for telehealth items                                             4

Part 2                    Midwifery services                                                                      5

4                             Interpretation                                                                                      5

5                             Treatment of midwifery services                                                          5

6                             Collaborative arrangements                                                                 5

7                             General requirements                                                                          5

7A                           Other requirement for telehealth midwifery services                               6

8                             Labour and delivery                                                                            7

Part 3                    Nurse practitioner services                                                      8

9                             Treatment of nurse practitioner services - general                                 8

9A                           Treatment of nurse practitioner services - pathology                             8

10                           Collaborative arrangements and scope of practice                               8

11                            General requirements                                                                          9

12                           Requirements for pathology items                                                     10

13                           Other requirements for telehealth nurse practitioner services                10

Schedule 1              Midwifery services and fees                                                             11

Part 1                      Midwifery services and fees                                                              11

Part 2                      Telehealth midwifery services and fees                                               14

Schedule 2              Nurse practitioner services and fees                                                15

Part 1                      Nurse practitioner pathology services and fees                                   15

Part 2                      Nurse practitioner services and fees                                                   16

Part 3                      Telehealth nurse practitioner services and fees                                   17

 

 


Part 1                 Preliminary

  

1              Name of Determination

                This Determination is the Health Insurance (Midwife and Nurse Practitioner) Determination 2011.

2              Commencement

                Each provision of this Determination specified in column 1 of the table commences, or is taken to have commenced, on the day specified in column 2 of the table.

 

Commencement information

Column 1

Column 2

Provision(s)

Commencement

1. Section 1

1 November 2010

2. Section 2

1 November 2010

3. Section 3

1 November 2010

4. Section 9A

1 November 2010

5. Section 10

1 November 2010

6. Section 12

1 November 2010

7. Part 1 of Schedule 2

1 November 2010

8. Anything in this Determination not elsewhere covered by this table

1 November 2011

2A           Revocation

                This Determination revokes the Health Insurance (Midwife and Nurse Practitioner) Determination 2010.

3              Definitions

         (1)   In this Determination:

Act means the Health Insurance Act 1973.

relevant provisions means all provisions, relating to professional services or medical services, of:

                (a)    the Act and regulations made under the Act; and

               (b)    the National Health Act 1953 and regulations made under that Act.

Note   The following terms are defined in subsection 3 (1) of the Act:

·      general medical services table

·      participating midwife

·      participating nurse practitioner

·         pathology services table

 

(2)  Unless the contrary intention appears, a reference in this Determination to a provision of the Act or the National Health Act 1953 or regulations made under the Act or under the National Health Act 1953 as applied, adopted or incorporated in relation to specifying a matter is a reference to those provisions as in force from time to time and any other reference to provisions of an Act or regulations is a reference to those provisions as in force from time to time.

3A           Additional definitions for telehealth items

         (1)   In an item in Part 2 of Schedule 1 or Part 3 of Schedule 2:

care recipient means a person approved as a care recipient under Part 2.3 of the Aged Care Act 1997.

Inner metropolitan area means an area classified as an inner metropolitan area in the document titled ‘Telehealth Eligible Service Areas’, as in force on 30 June 2011 and approved by the Minister.

Note   A copy of ‘Telehealth Eligible Service Areas’ can be found at mbsonline.gov.au.

participating in a video consultation means participating in a consultation via video conference with a specialist or consultant physician practising in their specialty where:

(a)    there is an item that relates to the specialist or consultant physician’s service; and

(b)   the specialist or consultant physician’s service is rendered in Australia.

residential care service has the same meaning as in the Aged Care Act 1997.

Note   The following terms are defined in subsection 3 (1) of the Act:

·         consultant physician

·         specialist

            


Part 2                 Midwifery services

  

4              Interpretation

         (1)   In this Part:

collaborative arrangement, for a participating midwife’s patient, means a collaborative arrangement mentioned in regulation 2C of the Health Insurance Regulations 1975.

delivery includes episiotomy and repair of tears.

         (2)   For this Part, a participating midwife is a member of a practice that provides a patient’s antenatal care if the midwife:

                (a)    participates (whether as a partner, employee or otherwise) in the provision of professional services as part of the practice; or

               (b)    provides relief services to the practice; or

                (c)    provides professional services as part of the practice as a locum.

5              Treatment of midwifery services

                For subsection 3C (1) of the Act, a midwifery service provided in accordance with this Determination is to be treated, for the relevant provisions, as if:

                (a)    it were both a professional service and a medical service; and

               (b)    there were an item in the general medical services table that:

                          (i)    related to the service; and

                         (ii)    mentioned, for the service, a fee in relation to each State, being the fee mentioned in the item in Schedule 1 for the service.

Note   For this Determination, an internal Territory is deemed to form part of the State of New South Wales — see subsection 3C (7) of the Act.

6              Collaborative arrangements

                For a patient, an item in Schedule 1 applies only if the service mentioned in that item is provided to the patient in accordance with a collaborative arrangement applying to that patient.

7              General requirements

         (1)   An item in Schedule 1 applies to a service only if:

                (a)    the service is provided in the course of a personal attendance on a single patient on a single occasion by a single participating midwife; and

               (b)    the midwife:

                          (i)    is not employed by the proprietor of a hospital that is not a private hospital; or

                         (ii)    both:

                                   (A)     is employed by the proprietor of a hospital that is not a private hospital; and

                                   (B)     provides the service otherwise than in the course of employment by that proprietor.

         (2)   Subsection (1) applies whether or not another person provides essential assistance to the participating midwife in accordance with accepted clinical practice.

         (3)   An item in Schedule 1 does not apply to a service provided for a patient if the patient is not in attendance.

Examples — patient not in attendance

1   Completing patient records.

2   Issuing repeat prescriptions.

3   Telephone attendances. 

         (4)   In items 82100 to 82115 and 82130 to 82140 in Part 1 of Schedule 1:

professional attendance includes the provision, for a patient, of any of the following services:

                (a)    evaluating the patient’s condition or conditions including, if applicable, evaluation using a health screening service mentioned in subsection 19 (5) of the Act;

               (b)    formulating a plan for the management and, if applicable, for the treatment of the patient’s condition or conditions;

                (c)    giving advice to the patient about the patient’s condition or conditions and, if applicable, about treatment;

               (d)    if authorised by the patient — giving advice to another person, or other persons, about the patient’s condition or conditions and, if applicable, about treatment;

                (e)    providing appropriate preventive health care;

                (f)    recording the clinical details of the service or services provided to the patient.

         (5)   However, a professional attendance does not include the supply of a vaccine to a patient if:

                (a)    the vaccine is supplied to the patient in connection with a professional attendance mentioned in any of items 82100 to 82115 and 82130 to 82140 in Part 1 of Schedule 1; and

               (b)    the cost of the vaccine is not subsidised by the Commonwealth or a State.

7A           Other requirement for telehealth midwifery services

         (1)   An item in Part 2 of Schedule 1 only applies to a service where no other service described in an item in subsection (2) is provided to the patient on the same occasion.

         (2)   The items are:

                (a)    another item in Part 2 of Schedule 1 of this Determination;

                (b)    an item in Part 3 of Schedule 2 of this Determination;

                (c)    item 2100, 2122, 2125, 2126, 2137, 2138, 2143, 2147, 2179, 2195,             2199, 2220, 10983 or 10984 of the general medical services table.

8              Labour and delivery

         (1)   Items 82120 and 82125 in Part 1 of Schedule 1 apply only to a service provided by a participating midwife during a period of exclusive and continuous care of a patient in labour.

         (2)   Items 82120 and 82125 in Part 1 of Schedule 1 do not apply if, before labour, the patient’s care is transferred to an obstetrician or medical practitioner who provides obstetric services, for the obstetrician or practitioner to manage the labour and delivery.

         (3)   Item 82120 in Part 1 of Schedule 1 applies to a service provided by a participating midwife (the first midwife) who manages a patient’s confinement, but does not undertake the delivery, only if:

                (a)    the patient’s care was transferred from the first midwife to another midwife because labour had exceeded 12 hours; or

               (b)    there was a clinical need to transfer the patient’s care to an obstetrician or medical practitioner who provides obstetric services.

         (4)   Item 82125 in Part 1 of Schedule 1 applies to services provided by a participating midwife (the second midwife) who manages a patient’s confinement, but does not undertake the delivery, only if:

                (a)    the patient’s care was transferred from the second midwife to another midwife because labour had exceeded 24 hours; or

               (b)    there was a clinical need to transfer the patient’s care to an obstetrician or medical practitioner who provides obstetric services.


Part 3                 Nurse practitioner services

1010  

9              Treatment of nurse practitioner services - general

                Subject to section 9A, for subsection 3C (1) of the Act, a nurse practitioner service provided in accordance with Determination is to be treated, for the relevant provisions, as if:

                (a)    it were both a professional service and a medical service; and

               (b)    there were an item in the general medical services table that:

                          (i)    related to the service; and

                         (ii)    mentioned, for the service, a fee in relation to each State, being the fee mentioned in the item in Schedule 2 relating to the service.

Note   For this Determination, an internal Territory is deemed to form part of the State of New South Wales — see subsection 3C (7) of the Act.

9A           Treatment of nurse practitioner services - pathology

                For subsection 3C (1) of the Act, a nurse practitioner service described in Part 1 of Schedule 2 provided in accordance with this Determination is to be treated, for the relevant provisions, as if:

                (a)    it were both a professional service and a medical service; and

               (b)    there were an item in the pathology services table that:

                          (i)    related to the service; and

                         (ii)    mentioned, for the service, a fee in relation to each State, being the fee mentioned in the item in Part 1 of Schedule 2 relating to the service.

Note 1   For this Determination, an internal Territory is deemed to form part of the State of New South Wales — see subsection 3C (7) of the Act.

Note 2   A participating nurse practitioner performing a service described in items 73828 to 73837 must be the patient’s treating practitioner in order for medicare benefit to be payable – see subsection 16A(7A) of the Act.

10            Collaborative arrangements and scope of practice

         (1)   For a patient, an item in Schedule 2 applies only if the service mentioned in that item is:

                (a)    provided to the patient in accordance with a collaborative arrangement applying to that patient; and

               (b)                within the scope of practice of the participating nurse practitioner who provides the service.

         (2)   In this section:

collaborative arrangement, for a participating nurse practitioner’s patient, means a collaborative arrangement mentioned in regulation 2F of the Health Insurance Regulations 1975.

11            General requirements

         (1)   An item in Schedule 2, except an item in Part 1 of Schedule 2, applies to a service only if:

                (a)    the service is provided in the course of a personal attendance on a single patient on a single occasion by a single participating nurse practitioner; and

               (b)    the nurse practitioner:

                          (i)    is not employed by the proprietor of a hospital that is not a private hospital; or

                         (ii)    both:

                                   (A)     is employed by the proprietor of a hospital that is not a private hospital; and

                                   (B)     provides the service otherwise than in the course of employment by that proprietor.

         (2)   Subsection (1) applies whether or not another person provides essential assistance to the participating nurse practitioner in accordance with accepted clinical practice.

         (3)   An item in Schedule 2, except an item in Part 1 of Schedule 2, does not apply to a service provided for a patient if the patient is not in attendance.

Examples — patient not in attendance

1   Completing patient records.

2   Issuing repeat prescriptions.

3   Telephone attendances. 

         (4)   In Part 2 of Schedule 2:

professional attendance includes the provision, for a patient, of any of the following services:

                (a)    evaluating the patient’s condition or conditions including, if applicable, evaluation using a health screening service mentioned in subsection 19 (5) of the Act;

               (b)    formulating a plan for the management and, if applicable, for the treatment of the patient’s condition or conditions;

                (c)    giving advice to the patient about the patient’s condition or conditions and, if applicable, about treatment;

               (d)    if authorised by the patient — giving advice to another person, or other persons, about the patient’s condition or conditions and, if applicable, about treatment;

                (e)    providing appropriate preventive health care;

                (f)    recording the clinical details of the service or services provided to the patient.

         (5)   However, a professional attendance does not include the supply of a vaccine to a patient if:

                (a)    the vaccine is supplied to the patient in connection with a professional attendance mentioned in Part 2 of Schedule 2; and

               (b)    the cost of the vaccine is not subsidised by the Commonwealth or a State.

12            Requirements for pathology items

         (1)   An item in Part 1 of Schedule 2 applies to a service only if the participating nurse practitioner who renders the service:

                (a)    is not employed by the proprietor of a hospital that is not a private hospital; or

               (b)    both:

                          (i)    is employed by the proprietor of a hospital that is not a private hospital; and

                         (ii)    provides the service otherwise than in the course of employment by that proprietor.

13            Other requirements for telehealth nurse practitioner services

         (1)   An item in Part 3 of Schedule 2 only applies to a service where no other service described in an item in subsection (2) is provided to the patient on the same occasion.

         (2)   The items are:

                (a)    another item in Part 3 of Schedule 2 of this Determination;

                (b)    an item in Part 2 of Schedule 1 of this Determination;

                (c)    item 2100, 2122, 2125, 2126, 2137, 2138, 2143, 2147, 2179, 2195,             2199, 2220, 10983 or 10984 of the general medical services table.


Schedule 1        Midwifery services and fees

(section 5)

Part 1          Midwifery services and fees

Item

Service

Fee ($)

82100

Initial antenatal professional attendance by a participating midwife, lasting at least 40 minutes, including all of the following:

   (a)  taking a detailed patient history;

  (b)  performing a comprehensive examination;

   (c)  performing a risk assessment;

  (d)  based on the risk assessment — arranging referral or transfer of the patient’s care to an obstetrician;

   (e)  requesting pathology and diagnostic imaging services, when necessary;

   (f)  discussing with the patient the collaborative arrangements for her maternity care and recording the arrangements in the midwife’s written records in accordance with section 2E of the Health Insurance Regulations 1975

Payable only once for any pregnancy

52.40

82105

Short antenatal professional attendance by a participating midwife, lasting up to 40 minutes

31.70

82110

Long antenatal professional attendance by a participating midwife, lasting at least 40 minutes

52.40

82115

Professional attendance by a participating midwife, lasting at least 90 minutes, for assessment and preparation of a maternity care plan for a patient whose pregnancy has progressed beyond 20 weeks, if:

   (a)  the patient is not an admitted patient of a hospital; and

  (b)  the participating midwife undertakes a comprehensive assessment of the patient; and

   (c)  the participating midwife develops a written maternity care plan that contains:

         (i)   outcomes of the assessment; and

        (ii)   details of agreed expectations for care during pregnancy, labour and delivery; and

       (iii)   details of any health problems or care needs; and

       (iv)   details of collaborative arrangements that apply to the patient; and

313.05

 

        (v)   details of any medication taken by the patient during the pregnancy, and any additional medication that may be required by the patient; and

       (vi)   details of any referrals or requests for pathology services or diagnostic imaging services for the patient during the pregnancy, and any additional referrals or requests that may be required for the patient; and

  (d)  the maternity care plan is explained and agreed with the patient; and

   (e)  the fee does not include any amount for the management of labour and delivery

(Includes any antenatal attendance provided on the same occasion)

Payable only once for any pregnancy

 

82120

Management of confinement for up to 12 hours, including delivery (if undertaken), if:

   (a)  the patient is an admitted patient of a hospital; and

  (b)  the attendance is by a participating midwife who:

         (i)   provided the patient’s antenatal care; or

        (ii)   is a member of a practice that provided the patient’s antenatal care

(Includes all attendances related to the confinement by the participating midwife)

Payable once only for any pregnancy (H)

739.25

82125

Management of confinement, including delivery (if undertaken), when care is transferred from 1 participating midwife to another participating midwife (the second participating midwife), if:

   (a)  the patient is an admitted patient of a hospital; and

  (b)  the patient’s confinement is for longer than 12 hours; and

   (c)  the second participating midwife:

         (i)   has provided the patient’s antenatal care; or

        (ii)   is a member of a practice that provided the patient’s antenatal care

(Includes all attendances related to the confinement by the second participating midwife)

Payable only once for any pregnancy (H)

739.25                           

82130

Short postnatal professional attendance by a participating midwife, lasting up to 40 minutes, within 6 weeks after delivery

52.40

82135

Long postnatal professional attendance by a participating midwife, lasting at least 40 minutes, within 6 weeks after delivery

77.05

82140

Postnatal professional attendance by a participating midwife on  a patient, not less than 6 weeks but not more than 7 weeks after delivery of a baby, including:

   (a)  a comprehensive examination of the patient and baby to ensure normal postnatal recovery; and

  (b)  referral of the patient to a general practitioner for the ongoing care of the patient and baby

Payable only once for any pregnancy

52.40                               


Part 2          Telehealth midwifery services and fees

82150

A professional attendance lasting less than 20 minutes (whether or not continuous) by a participating midwife that requires the provision of clinical support to a patient who is:

a) located outside an inner metropolitan area, not being an admitted patient; or

b) at an Aboriginal Medical Service or Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service in relation to which a direction made under subsection 19(2) of the Act applies;

and who is participating in a video consultation with a specialist practising in his or her speciality of obstetrics or a specialist or consultant physician practising in his or her speciality of paediatrics.

 

27.75

82151

A professional attendance lasting at least 20 minutes (whether or not continuous) by a participating midwife that requires the provision of clinical support to a patient who is:

a) located outside an inner metropolitan area, not being an admitted patient; or

b) at an Aboriginal Medical Service or Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service in relation to which a direction made under subsection 19(2) of the Act applies;

and who is participating in a video consultation with a specialist practising in his or her speciality of obstetrics or a specialist or consultant physician practising in his or her speciality of paediatrics.

 

52.70

82152

A professional attendance lasting at least 40 minutes (whether or not continuous) by a participating midwife that requires the provision of clinical support to a patient who is:

a) located outside an inner metropolitan area, not being an admitted patient; or

b) at an Aboriginal Medical Service or Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service in relation to which a direction made under subsection 19(2) of the Act applies;

and who is participating in a video consultation with a specialist practising in his or her speciality of obstetrics or a specialist or consultant physician practising in his or her speciality of paediatrics.

 

77.50

 


Schedule 2        Nurse practitioner services and fees

(sections 9 and 9A)

Part 1          Nurse practitioner pathology services and fees

Item

Service

Fee ($)

73828

Semen examination for presence of spermatozoa by a participating nurse practitioner

6.95

73829

Leucocyte count, erythrocyte sedimentation rate, examination of blood film (including differential leucocyte count), haemoglobin, haematocrit or erythrocyte count by a participating nurse practitioner  - 1 test

4.60

73830

2 tests described in item 73829 by a participating nurse practitioner

6.40

73831

3 or more tests described in item 73829 by a participating nurse practitioner

8.20

73832

Microscopy of urine, whether stained or not, or catalase test by a participating nurse practitioner

4.60

73833

Pregnancy test by 1 or more immunochemical methods by a participating nurse practitioner

10.20

73834

Microscopy for wet film other than urine, including any relevant stain by a participating nurse practitioner

6.95

73835

Microscopy of Gram-stained film, including (if performed) a service described in item 73832 or 73834 by a participating nurse practitioner

8.70

73836

Chemical tests for occult blood in faeces by reagent stick, strip, tablet or similar method by a participating nurse practitioner

2.35

73837

Microscopy for fungi in skin, hair or nails by a participating nurse practitioner  – 1 or more sites

6.95


Part 2          Nurse practitioner services and fees

82200

Professional attendance by a participating nurse practitioner for an obvious problem characterised by the straightforward nature of the task that requires a short patient history and, if required, limited examination and management

9.40

82205

Professional attendance by a participating nurse practitioner lasting less than 20 minutes and including any of the following:

   (a)  taking a history;

  (b)  undertaking clinical examination;

   (c)  arranging any necessary investigation;

  (d)  implementing a management plan;

   (e)  providing appropriate preventive health care;

for 1 or more health related issues, with appropriate documentation

20.55      

82210

Professional attendance by a participating nurse practitioner lasting at least 20 minutes and including any of the following:

   (a)  taking a detailed history;

  (b)  undertaking clinical examination;

   (c)  arranging any necessary investigation;

  (d)  implementing a management plan;

   (e)  providing appropriate preventive health care;

for 1 or more health related issues, with appropriate documentation

39.00

82215

Professional attendance by a participating nurse practitioner lasting at least 40 minutes and including any of the following:

   (a)  taking an extensive history;

  (b)  undertaking clinical examination;

   (c)  arranging any necessary investigation;

  (d)  implementing a management plan;

   (e)  providing appropriate preventive health care;

for 1 or more health related issues, with appropriate documentation

57.45


Part 3          Telehealth nurse practitioner services and fees

82220

A professional attendance lasting less than 20 minutes (whether or not continuous) by a participating nurse practitioner that requires the provision of clinical support to a patient who is:

a) located outside an inner metropolitan area, not being an admitted patient; or

b) at an Aboriginal Medical Service or Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service in relation to which a direction made under subsection 19(2) of the Act applies;

and who is participating in a video consultation.

 

27.75

82221

A professional attendance lasting at least 20 minutes (whether or not continuous) by a participating nurse practitioner that requires the provision of clinical support to a patient who is:

a) located outside an inner metropolitan area, not being an admitted patient; or

b) at an Aboriginal Medical Service or Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service in relation to which a direction made under subsection 19(2) of the Act applies;

and who is participating in a video consultation.

 

52.70     

82222

A professional attendance lasting at least 40 minutes (whether or not continuous) by a participating nurse practitioner that requires the provision of clinical support to a patient who is:

a) located outside an inner metropolitan area, not being an admitted patient; or

b) at an Aboriginal Medical Service or Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service in relation to which a direction made under subsection 19(2) of the Act applies;

and who is participating in a video consultation.

 

77.50

82223

A professional attendance lasting less than 20 minutes (whether or not continuous) by a participating nurse practitioner that requires the provision of clinical support to a patient participating in a video consultation who is:

a) a care recipient receiving care in a residential care service; or

b) at consulting rooms situated within such a complex if the patient is a care recipient receiving care in a residential aged care service; and

the professional attendance is not provided at a self-contained unit.

 

27.75

82224

A professional attendance lasting at least 20 minutes (whether or not continuous) by a participating nurse practitioner that requires the provision of clinical support to a patient participating in a video consultation who is:

a) a care recipient receiving care in a residential care service; or

b) at consulting rooms situated within such a complex if the patient is an approved care recipient receiving care in a residential aged care service; and

the professional attendance is not provided at a self-contained unit.

 

52.70

82225

A professional attendance lasting at least 40 minutes (whether or not continuous) by a participating nurse practitioner that requires the provision of clinical support to a patient participating in a video consultation who is:

a) a care recipient receiving care in a residential care service; or

b) at consulting rooms situated within such a complex if the patient is an approved care recipient receiving care in a residential aged care service; and

the professional attendance is not provided at a self-contained unit.

 

77.50


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