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Dental Benefits Rules 2013

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Rules/Other as made
These rules establish the operational framework and service items for the Child Dental Benefits Schedule - Grow Up Smiling.
Administered by: Health
Made 24 May 2013
Registered 26 May 2013
Tabled HR 27 May 2013
Tabled Senate 17 Jun 2013
Date of repeal 01 Jan 2015
Repealed by Dental Benefits Rules 2014
Table of contents.

 

Dental Benefits Rules 2013

Dental Benefits Act 2008

I, TANYA PLIBERSEK, Minister for Health, make these Rules under section 60(1) of the Dental Benefits Act 2008.

Dated             2010

Dated 24th May 2013

TANYA PLIBERSEK


Contents

1    Name of Rules                                                                                    3

2    Commencement                                                                                  3

3    Revocation                                                                                         3

4    Definitions                                                                                          3

5    Dental Benefits Schedule                                                                    4

6    Dental providers (Act, s 6)                                                                   4

7    Persons eligible to render services on behalf of dental providers (Act, s 7 (a))           5

8    Particulars to be recorded (Act, s 17 (2))                                              5

8A Dental Benefits not payable unless conditions specified  (Act, s 18 (2) (e))    6

9    Classes of persons who satisfy the means test (Act, s 24 (1) (d))          6

10  Issuing more than 1 voucher for a person for a calendar year (Act, s 27 (5))   6

11  When vouchers are not required to be issued (Act, s 29)                       7

12  Period of effect of voucher (Act, s 31)                                                 7

13  Persons to whom the vouchers are to be issued (Act, s 32 (c))              7

14  Monetary limit on dental benefits (Act s. 62 (2) (c))                               8

15  Informed Financial Consent  (Act s. 62(2))                                            9

16  Clinical records                                                                                 10

17  Limitation on number of certain services                                             10

18  Limitation on provision of certain services                                          10

19  Limitation on Diagnostic Services                                                      11

20  Limitation on Preventative Services                                                    11

21  Limitation on Periodontic Services                                                     11

22 Limitation on Oral Surgery                                                                  11

23 Endodontic Services                                                                         12

24 Restorative Services                                                                          13

25 Prosthodontics                                                                                 13

26 Application of item 88455                                                                  13

27 Limitation on items 88521 and 88531                                                  13

28 Application of Item 88572                                                                  14

29 Application of item 88911                                                                  14

Schedule 1                  Dental Benefits Schedule                                                                 15

Schedule 2                  Eligibility for Dental Services                                                           23

Schedule 3                  Benefit limits                                                                                   23

 

 


    

1              Name of Rules

                These Rules are the Dental Benefits Rules 2013.

2              Commencement

                These Rules commence on 1 January 2014.

3              Revocation

                The Dental Benefits Rules 2009 are revoked.

4              Definitions

                In these Rules:

Act means the Dental Benefits Act 2008.

carer payment has the meaning given by Part 2.5 of the Social Security Act 1991.

dental hygienist means a person who has general registration in the Division of dental hygienists under a law of a State or Territory.

dental prosthetist means a person who has general registration in the Division of dental prosthetists under a law of a State or Territory.

dental provider has the meaning given in rule 6.

dental therapist means a person who has general registration in the Division of dental therapists under a law of a State or Territory.

disability support pension has the meaning given by Part 2.3 of the Social Security Act 1991.

double orphan pension has the meaning given by Part 2.20 of the Social Security Act 1991.

FTB(A) person has the same meaning as in section 24 of the Act.

FTB recipient has the same meaning as in section 24 of the Act.

medicare number has the same meaning as in section 84 of the National Health Act 1953.

MRCAETS means the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act Education and Training Scheme.

Note Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act Education and Training Scheme is a legislative instrument.

oral health therapist means a person who has general registration in the Division of  oral health therapists under a law of a State or Territory.

parenting payment has the meaning given by the definition of parenting payment in section 18 of the Social Security Act 1991.

partner has the same meaning as in the Social Security Act 1991.

provider number has the same meaning as in the Health Insurance Regulations 1975.

public sector dental provider means:

                (a)    a dental provider employed by, contracted to, or providing dental services under an arrangement with:

                          (i)    the Commonwealth; or

                         (ii)    a State; or

                        (iii)    an internal Territory; or

                        (iv)    a local governing body; or

                         (v)    an authority established by a law of the Commonwealth, a law of a State or a law of an internal Territory; or

               (b)    a dental provider on whose behalf another dental provider provides dental services under an arrangement with a body mentioned in subparagraph (a) (i), (ii), (iii), (iv) or (v).

receive, for disability support pension, parenting payment, special benefit, carer payment and double orphan pension, has the meaning given by section 23 of the Social Security Act 1991.

special benefit has the meaning given by Part 2.15 of the Social Security Act 1991.

VCES means the Veterans’ Children Education Scheme.

Note 1   Veterans’ Children Education Scheme is a legislative instrument.

Note 2   For the definitions of other expressions used in these Rules, see Part 1 of the Act.

5              Dental Benefits Schedule

              For subsection 61 (1) of the Act, the Dental Benefits Schedule is set out in Schedule 1.

6              Dental providers (Act, s 6)

     (1)     The following classes of persons are dental providers for the purposes of s. 6 (1) (b) of the Act:

                (a)    dental practitioners who have general registration in the Division of Dentists under a law of a State or Territory; and

               (b)    dental practitioners who have specialist registration in the Division of Dentists under a law of a State or Territory .

     (2)       The following classes of persons are not dental providers for the purposes of s. 6 (2) (a) of the Act:

                (a)    persons not listed in a class of persons in subrule 6 (1); or

               (b)    dental practitioners who have not been allocated a provider number by the Chief Executive Medicare; or        


7              Persons eligible to render services on behalf of dental providers (Act, s 7 (a))

              For the Dental Benefits Schedule:

                (a)    a dental service may be rendered on behalf of a dental provider by the following classes of persons:

                          (i)    dental hygienists;

                         (ii)    dental therapists;

                        (iii)    dental prosthetists; and

                        (iv)    oral health therapists;

 

               (b)    a dental service may be rendered on behalf of a public sector dental provider by another public sector dental provider.

8              Particulars to be recorded (Act, s 17 (2))

Patient billed services

     (1)     For the payment of dental benefits  listed in  the Dental Benefits Schedule, the following particulars must be recorded on the account or receipt:

               (a)     the patient’s name;

               (b)    the date of the service;

                (c)    the item number in the Dental Benefits Schedule that corresponds to the service;

               (d)    either:

                          (i)    the dental provider’s name and provider number; or

                         (ii)    the dental provider’s name and address;

                (e)    the amount charged for the service, total amount paid, and any amount outstanding for the service.

Bulk billed services

     (2)     If there is an assignment of dental benefits for an item  under  the Dental Benefits Schedule, the following particulars must be recorded on the assignment of benefit form:

                (a)    the patient’s name;

               (b)    the date of the service;

                (c)    the item number in the Dental Benefits Schedule that corresponds to the service;

               (d)    either:

                          (i)    the dental provider’s name and provider number; or

                         (ii)    the dental provider’s name and address;

                (e)    the amount of the dental benefit being assigned to the dental provider.

 

 

8A           Dental Benefits not payable unless conditions specified  (Act, s 18 (2) (e))

     (1)     A dental service rendered by or on behalf of or under an arrangement with a State or Internal Territory is not eligible for dental benefits unless:

                (a)    the State or Internal Territory in which the service was performed is mentioned in  column 1 of Schedule 2; and

               (b)    the service is provided on or before the date in column 2 of schedule 2 pertaining to that State or Internal Territory. 

     (2)     Despite subrule (1) the minister may direct that a dental service rendered by or on behalf of or under an arrangement with a State or Internal Territory is eligible for dental benefits.

9              Classes of persons who satisfy the means test (Act, s 24 (1) (d))

              For paragraph 24 (1) (d) of the Act, a person satisfies the means test at particular time, if at that time:

                (a)    the person is receiving any of the following payments:

(i)     disability support pension;

(ii)    parenting payment;

(iii)   special benefit;

(iv)   carer payment;

(v)    payments made under VCES or MRCAETS if the person is a person mentioned in paragraph (c), in column 3, of item 2 of the table in subsection 22A (1) of A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999; or

               (b)    the person’s parent, carer or guardian is receiving parenting payment or double orphan pension for the person; or

                (c)    the person’s partner is receiving parenting payment; or

               (d)                another person is receiving payments under VCES or MRCAETS on behalf of the person where that other person is a person referred to in paragraph (c), in column 3, of item 2 of the table in subsection 22A (1) of A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999.

10            Issuing more than 1 voucher for a person for a calendar year (Act, s 27 (5))

     (1)     For the Dental Benefits Schedule, more than 1 voucher may be issued for a person for a calendar year if:

                (a)    the person is an FTB(A) person for whom there is more than 1 FTB recipient; or

               (b)    the person’s voucher has been lost or destroyed, or the person has not received it.

     (2)     For paragraph (1) (a), the Chief Executive Medicare may issue a voucher to 2 FTB recipients for the FTB(A) person.

     (3)     For paragraph (1) (b), the Chief Executive Medicare may issue a replacement voucher if the person asks the Department of Human Services for a replacement voucher, stating whether the voucher was lost, destroyed or not received.

11            When vouchers are not required to be issued (Act, s 29)

              The Chief Executive Medicare is not required to issue a voucher for an eligible person if:

                (a)    the person has not been assigned a medicare number; or

               (b)    both:

                         (i)     written consent has not been provided by a person mentioned in sub-subparagraph (ii) (A) or (B) for the Department of Veterans’ Affairs to provide his or her personal information to the Department of Human Services for use in the administration of this Act; and

                        (ii)     either:

(A)   the person is eligible for payments under VCES or MRCAETS; or

(B)   another person is receiving payments under VCES or MRCAETS on behalf of the person.

12            Period of effect of voucher (Act, s 31)

              For  the Dental Benefits Schedule:

(a)        a voucher for the calendar year commencing on 1 January 2014 takes effect on and from that date and remains in effect until the end of 31 December 2014; and

(b)       a voucher for a calendar year commencing on 1 January of a subsequent year takes effect at the beginning of 1 January of that year and remains in effect until the end of 31 December of that year.

13            Persons to whom the vouchers are to be issued (Act, s 32 (c))

              For the Dental Benefits Schedule, a voucher is to be issued:

                (a)    if an eligible dental patient is receiving Youth Allowance — to the eligible dental patient; or

               (b)    if an eligible dental patient is receiving an ABSTUDY payment — to the eligible dental patient; or

                (c)    if a person is receiving an ABSTUDY payment for an eligible dental patient — to the person receiving the payment; or

               (d)    if an eligible dental patient is an FTB(A) person:

                          (i)    if there is 1 FTB recipient for the person — to the FTB recipient for the person; or

                         (ii)    if there is more than 1 FTB recipient for the person — to the FTB recipient with the highest percentage of care arrangements for the person; or

                        (iii)    if there is more than 1 FTB recipient for the person and the FTB recipients have equal care arrangements for the person — to a maximum of 2 FTB recipients with the most current records of entitlement; or

                (e)    if an eligible dental patient is receiving a payment mentioned in subparagraph 9 (a)  — to the eligible dental patient; or

                (f)    if an eligible dental patient is a person mentioned in paragraph 9 (b) — to the parent, carer or guardian receiving the payment; or

               (g)    if an eligible dental patient is a person mentioned in paragraph 9 (c) — to the partner receiving the payment; or

               (h)    if an eligible dental patient is a person mentioned in paragraph 9 (d) — to the person receiving the payment on behalf of the eligible dental patient.

14            Monetary limit on dental benefits (Act s. 62 (2) (c))

     (1)     The total of dental benefit payable in respect of dental services provided to an eligible dental patient must not exceed the specified monetary limit for the relevant two year period.

     (2)     In this rule:

              Specified monetary limit is the cap.

     (3)     An eligible dental patient shall be subject to a cap as listed in Schedule 3 of these Rules.

     (4)     The cap is the maximum amount of dental benefits paid for services listed in Schedule 1 of these Rules provided to the eligible dental patient within a relevant two year period referred to in column 1 of Schedule 3.

     (5)     In this rule:

              relevant 2 year period, for an eligible dental patient, has the meaning given by subsections (6), (7), (8) and (9).

     (6)     If:

                (a)    an eligible dental patient received a dental service on or after 1 January 2014; and

               (b)    the dental service is the first dental service that the eligible dental patient has received on or after 1 January 2014;

               the calendar year in which the eligible dental patient received that first dental service and the following calendar year is a relevant two year period for the eligible dental patient.

     (7)     Once the limit set by the cap for a relevant two year period has been reached the eligible dental patient will not receive any more benefits in that relevant two year period.

     (8)     Once a relevant two year period has ended, the first time thereafter that a dental service listed in Schedule 1 is rendered to an eligible dental patient it will trigger the commencement of a subsequent relevant two year period.

     (9)     If there is no cap listed in Schedule 3 for the relevant two year period in which a service is provided, the cap for the most recent two year period listed in that Schedule shall apply.

Example 1

A person who first receives a dental service on 25 January 2014 will be eligible for not more than $1000 in dental benefits for all dental services provided to the person in 2014 and 2015.

A further relevant 2 year period commences for that person in the calendar year when the person first receives a dental service on or after 1 January 2016.

15            Informed Financial Consent (Act, s 62 (2))

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

                (a)    obtains consent to treatment from the eligible dental patient or a person able to consent on his/her behalf and informed financial consent to treatment costs from the person who incurs the dental expenses for that dental service before providing any item in Schedule 1; and then:

               (b)    records the consent to treatment and costs; and

                (c)    obtains the appropriate signature or signatures on a patient consent form.

     (2)     In respect of a service where there has been an agreement under section 12 of the Act between the eligible dental patient and the dental provider to assign dental benefits, subrule 15(1) is met if a “Bulk Billing Patient Consent Form” was executed on the same day as the service was provided, or on an earlier day in the same calendar year.

     (3)     In respect of any service, subrule 15(1) is met if a “Non-Bulk Billing patient consent form” was executed on the same day as the service was provided. For the avoidance of doubt, this subrule does not apply to a service if subrule 15(1) is met under subrule 15(2) in respect of that service.

     (4)     The patient consent form executed under subrule 15(2) must be made in the form published by the Department and described as the ‘Bulk Billing Patient Consent Form’, as existing on 1 January 2014.

 

Note  The form is available on the internet – see http://www.health.gov.au/dental

 

Note: 25C of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901 provides that where an Act prescribes a form, then strict compliance with the form is not required and substantial compliance is sufficient.

 

     (5)     The patient consent form executed under subrule 15(3) must be made in the form published by the Department and described as the ‘Non-Bulk Billing Patient Consent Form’, as existing on 1 January 2014.

 

Note  The form is available on the internet – see http://www.health.gov.au/dental


 

Note: 25C of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901 provides that where an Act prescribes a form, then strict compliance with the form is not required and substantial compliance is sufficient.

 

     (6)     Subrules 15(1)(b) and 15(1)(c) do not apply in respect of a service if an ‘extenuating circumstance’ applies in respect of that service.

     (7)     In this rule, extenuating circumstances are as determined in writing by the Minister.

16            Clinical records

     (1)     Eligible dental providers must keep clinical records, including relevant patient consent forms for the provision of all services listed in Schedule 1 for a period of four years; and

     (2)     Where a service in Schedule 1 pertains to a particular tooth or teeth, the tooth or teeth must be recorded.

17            Limitation on number of certain services

              For any particular eligible dental patient, an item mentioned in column 2 of the following table is applicable to a service not more than the number of times mentioned in column 3 of the table in the period mentioned in column 4 of the table.

 

Item

Item of service

Number of times

Period

1

88311, 88314, 88322, 88323, 88324

1

1 day

2

88111, 88114, 88121

1

6 months

3

88942

1

12 months

4

88221, 88721, 88722

1

24 months

5

88115, 88213

2

12 months

6

88013, 88572

3

3 months

7

88458

3

12 months

8

88022, 88161, 88575

4

1 day

18            Limitation on provision of certain services

              For any particular eligible dental patient, an item mentioned in column 2 of the following table is applicable to a service provided by a particular eligible dental provider, not more than once in the period mentioned in column 3 of the table.

 

Item

Item of service

Period

1

88012

6 months

2

88011

24 months

19            Limitation on Diagnostic Services

                (a)    A service described in any of the items listed in Subgroup 1 of Group 1 of Schedule 1 to these Rules may only be provided once per day and not in combination with a service described in any of the other items in the Subgroup on that day

               (b)    The service described in item 88012 may not be provided within 6 months of a service described in item 88011, where both services are provided by the same eligible dental provider.

20            Limitation on Preventative Services

                (a)    A service described in any of the items listed in Subgroup 1 of Group 2 of Schedule 1 to these Rules may not be provided in combination with a service described in any of the other items in the Subgroup on that day.

               (b)    A service described in any of the items listed in Subgroup 3 of Group 2 of Schedule 1 to these Rules may not be provided on the same tooth on the same day as a service described in any of the items 88511 to 88535.

21            Limitation on Periodontic Services

              The service described in item 88213 may not be provided on the same tooth on the same day as the service described in item 88415.

22            Limitation on Oral Surgery

                (a)    The service described in item 88311 may not be provided on the same days as the service described in item 88314.

               (b)    The service described in item 88322 may not be provided on the same day as the service described in either item 88323 or 88324.

                (c)    The service described in item 88323 may not be provided on the same day as the service described in item 88324

               (d)    The service described in item 88324 applies to multi-rooted teeth only.

                (e)    For any tooth, only one of items 88311-88326 may be claimed.

                (f)    The services described in item 88384 to 88392 may not be provided on the same tooth on any date after any service described in items 88311 to 88326 has been provided.

               (g)    The service described in item 88351 may only be provided on the same day as a service described in any of items 88384, 88386 or 88387 are provided.

23            Endodontic Services

                (a)    A service described in item 88415 may only be provided once on a tooth on a day.

               (b)    A service described in item 88416 may be provided on a tooth up to a maximum of twice on a day.

                (c)    A service described in item 88417 may only be provided once on a tooth on a day.

               (d)    A service described in item 88418 may be provided on a tooth up to a maximum of twice on a day.

                (e)    A service described in item 88414 may not be provided to a tooth on the same day as a service described in item 88421 is provided to that tooth.

                (f)    A service described in item 88418 may not be provided to a tooth on the same day as a service described in item 88419 is provided to that tooth.

               (g)    A service described in item 88419 may not be provided to a tooth on the same day as any of the services described in items 88311 to 88326, 88411 to 88417, 88421, 88455, 88458 or 88511 to 88535 is provided to that tooth.

               (h)    A service described in item 88421 may only be provided once per primary tooth and not the same tooth on the same day as a service described in item 88414.

                (i)    A service described in item 88458 may be provided on the same day as a service described in either item 88415 or 88416 but no other service described in an item in Group 5 of Schedule 1, other than in 88455, may be provided until at least three months has elapsed.

24            Restorative Services

                (a)    Only one of any service described in items 88511 to 88535 may be provided in respect of a tooth on a day

               (b)    A service described in item 88575 only applies to a tooth if one of the services described in any of the items 88511 to 88535 has been provided to that tooth on the day. A service described in item 88575 may be provided on a tooth up to a maximum of twice on a day.

                (c)    A service described in item 88597 only applies to a tooth if one of the items 88511 to 88535 has been provided to that tooth on the day. A service described in item 88597 may be provided on a tooth up to a maximum of twice on a day.

25            Prosthodontics

              For any particular eligible dental patient

                (a)    A service described in item 88731 applies to the addition of no more than 4 retainers to a denture base provided to the patient under item 88721 or 88722.

               (b)    A service described in item 88733 applies to the addition of no more than 4 teeth to a denture base provided to the patient under item 88721 or 88722.  Item 88733 only applies to anterior teeth.

                (c)    A service described in item 88736 applies to the addition of no more than 4 teeth to a denture base provided to the patient under item 88721 or 88722.

               (d)    A service described in item 88741 may not be provided by the dental provider who provided a service described in either item 88721 or 88722 within a period of 12 months of the provision of the service in either item 88721 or 88722.

                (e)    A service described in item 88768 applies to the addition of no more than 4 teeth to a denture base provided to the patient under item 88721 or 88722.

26            Application of item 88455

                (a)    For any particular eligible dental patient, item 88455 does not apply to a service provided to the patient on a day if a service described in item 88414, 88415, 88416, 88417, 88418 or 88421 is provided to the patient on the day.

               (b)    A service described in item 88455 may only be claimed within three months of a service described in either item 88415 or 88416 being provided to an eligible dental patient.

 

27            Limitation on items 88521 and 88531

                (a)    For any particular eligible patient, any combination of items 88521 and 88531 is applicable to not more than 5 services provided to the patient on a day.

               (b)    For the maximum of 5 services where it is possible to claim for item 88531 that item should be claimed.

28            Application of item 88572

              For any particular eligible dental patient, item 88572 does not apply to a service provided to the patient on a day if a service described in any of items 88411 to 88418 or items 88421 to 88458 is provided to the patient on the day.

29            Application of item 88911

              For any particular eligible dental patient, a service described in item 88911 provided by a particular dental provider may not be provided where another service described in Schedule 1 is provided to the patient by the dental provider on the day.

 


Schedule 1     Dental Benefits Schedule

(rule 5)

  

Item

Service

Benefit ($)

Group 1 – Diagnostic Services

Subgroup 1 – Examinations

88011

Comprehensive oral examination

Evaluation of all teeth, their supporting tissues and the oral tissues in order to record the condition of these structures. This evaluation includes recording an appropriate medical history and any other relevant information.

52.65

88012

Periodic oral examination

An evaluation performed on a patient of record to determine any changes in the patient’s dental and medical health status since a previous comprehensive or periodic examination.

43.75

88013

Oral examination – limited

A limited oral problem-focussed evaluation carried out immediately prior to required treatment. This evaluation includes recording an appropriate medical history and any other relevant information.

27.50

Subgroup 2 – Radiological examination and interpretation

88022

Intraoral periapical or bitewing radiograph – per exposure

Taking and interpreting a radiograph made with the film inside the mouth.

30.45

88025

Intraoral radiograph – occlusal, maxillary, mandibular – per exposure

Taking and interpreting an occlusal, maxillary or mandibular intraoral radiograph. This radiograph shows a more extensive view of teeth and maxillary or mandibular bone.

61.55

Group 2 – Preventive Services

Subgroup 1 – Dental Prophylaxis

88111

Removal of plaque and/or stain

Removal of dental plaque and/or stain from the surfaces of all teeth.

53.80

88114

Removal of calculus – first visit

Removal of calculus from the surfaces of teeth.

89.70

88115

Removal of calculus – subsequent visit

This item describes procedures in item 114 when, because of the extent or degree of calculus, an additional visit(s) is required to remove deposits from the teeth.

58.35

Subgroup 2 – Remineralising Agents

88121

Topical application of remineralisation and/or cariostatic agents, one treatment

Application of remineralisation and/or cariostatic agents to the surfaces of the teeth. This may include activation of the agent. Not to be used as an intrinsic part of the restoration.

34.55

Subgroup 3 – Other Preventive Services

88161

Fissure and/or tooth surface sealing – per tooth (first four services)

Sealing of non-carious pits, fissures, smooth surfaces or cracks in a tooth with an adhesive material. Any preparation prior to application of the sealant is included in this item number.

46.05

88162

Fissure and/or tooth surface sealing – per tooth (subsequent services)

Sealing of non-carious pits, fissures, smooth surfaces or cracks in a tooth with an adhesive material. Any preparation prior to application of the sealant is included in this item number.

23.05

Group 3 – Periodontics

88213

Treatment of acute periodontal infection – per visit

This item describes the treatment of acute periodontal infection(s). It may include establishing drainage and the removal of calculus from the affected tooth (teeth). Inclusive of the insertion of sutures, normal post-operative care and suture removal.

69.70

88221

Clinical periodontal analysis and recording

This is a special examination performed as part of the diagnosis and management of periodontal disease. The procedure consists of assessing and recording a patient's periodontal condition. All teeth and six sites per tooth must be recorded. Written documentation of these measurements must be retained.

52.95

Group 4 – Oral Surgery

Subgroup 1 – Extractions

88311

Removal of a tooth or part(s) thereof – first tooth extracted on a day

A procedure consisting of the removal of a tooth or part(s) thereof. Inclusive of the insertion of sutures, normal post-operative care and suture removal.

131.30

88314

Sectional removal of a tooth or part(s) thereof – first tooth extracted on a day

The removal of a tooth or part(s) thereof in sections. Bone removal may be necessary. Inclusive of the insertion of sutures, normal post-operative care and suture removal.

167.80

88316

Additional extraction requiring removal of a tooth or part(s) thereof, or sectional removal of a tooth.

Additional extraction provided on the same day as a service described in item 88311 or 88314 is provided to the patient.

82.75

Subgroup 2 – Surgical Extractions

88322

Surgical removal of a tooth or tooth fragment not requiring removal of bone or tooth division – first tooth extracted on a day

Removal of a tooth or tooth fragment where an incision and the raising of a mucoperiosteal flap is required, but where removal of bone or sectioning of the tooth is not necessary to remove the tooth. Inclusive of the insertion of sutures, normal post-operative care and suture removal.

213.10

88323

Surgical removal of a tooth or tooth fragment requiring removal of bone – first tooth extracted on a day

Removal of a tooth or tooth fragment where removal of bone is required after an incision and a mucoperiosteal flap raised. Inclusive of the insertion of sutures, normal post-operative care and suture removal.

243.35

88324

Surgical removal of a tooth or tooth fragment requiring both removal of bone and tooth division – first tooth extracted on a day

Removal of a tooth or tooth fragment where both removal of bone and sectioning of the tooth are required after an incision and a mucoperiosteal flap raised. The tooth will be removed in portions. Inclusive of the insertion of sutures, normal post-operative care and suture removal.

327.35

88326

Additional extraction requiring surgical removal of a tooth or tooth fragment

Additional surgical extraction provided on the same day as a service described in item 88322, 88323 or 88324 is provided to the patient.

174.35

Subgroup 3 – Treatment of Maxillo-facial injuries

88351

Repair of skin and subcutaneous tissue or mucous membrane

The surgical cleaning and repair of a facial skin wound in the region of the mouth or jaws, or the repair of oral mucous membrane, where the wounds involve the subcutaneous tissues. Inclusive of the insertion of sutures, normal post-operative care and suture removal.

159.95

Subgroup 4 – Other Surgical Procedures

88384

Repositioning of displaced tooth/teeth – per tooth

A procedure following trauma where the position of the displaced tooth/teeth is corrected by manipulation. Stabilising procedures are itemised separately. Inclusive of the insertion of sutures, normal post-operative care and suture removal.

190.85

88386

Splinting of displaced tooth/teeth – per tooth

A procedure following trauma where the position of the displaced tooth/teeth may be stabilized by splinting. Inclusive of the insertion of sutures, normal post-operative care and suture removal.

196.90

88387

Replantation and splinting of a tooth

Replantation of a tooth which has been avulsed or intentionally removed. It may be held in the correct position by splinting. Inclusive of the insertion of sutures, normal post-operative care and suture removal.

385.55

88392

Drainage of abscess

Drainage and/or irrigation of an abscess other than through a root canal or at the time of extraction. The drainage may be through an incision or inserted tube. Inclusive of the insertion of sutures, normal post-operative care and suture removal.

96.85

Group 5 – Endodontics

Subgroup 1 – Pulp and Root Canal Treatments

88411

Direct pulp capping

A procedure where an exposed pulp is directly covered with a protective dressing or cement.

34.85

88414

Pulpotomy

Amputation within the pulp chamber of part of the vital pulp of a tooth. The pulp remaining in the canal(s) is then covered with a protective dressing or cement.

76.05

88415

Complete chemo-mechanical preparation of root canal – one canal

Complete chemo-mechanical preparation including removal of pulp or necrotic debris from a canal.

214.15

88416

Complete chemo-mechanical preparation of root canal – each additional canal

Complete chemo-mechanical preparation including removal of pulp or necrotic debris from each additional canal of a tooth with multiple canals.

102.00

88417

Root canal obturation – one canal

The filling of a root canal, following chemo-mechanical preparation.

208.60

88418

Root canal obturation – each additional canal

The filling, following chemo-mechanical preparation, of each additional canal in a tooth with multiple canals.

97.55

88419

Extirpation of pulp or debridement of root canal(s) – emergency or palliative

The partial or thorough removal of pulp and/or debris from the root canal system of a tooth. This is an emergency or palliative procedure distinct from visits for scheduled endodontic treatment.

137.90

88421

Resorbable root canal filling – primary tooth

The placement of resorbable root canal filling material in a primary tooth.

119.40

Subgroup 2 – Other Endodontic Services

88455

Additional visit for irrigation and/or dressing of the root canal system – per tooth

Additional debridement irrigation and short-term dressing required where evidence of infection or inflammation persists following prior opening of the root canal and removal of its contents.

105.70

88458

Interim therapeutic root filling – per tooth

A procedure consisting of the insertion of a long-term provisional (temporary) root canal filling with therapeutic properties which facilitates healing/development of the root and periradicular tissues over an extended time.

140.95

Group 6 – Restorative Services

Subgroup 1 – Metallic Restorations – Direct

88511

Metallic restoration – one surface – direct

Direct metallic restoration involving one surface of a tooth. Inclusive of the preparation of the tooth, placement of a lining, contouring of the adjacent and opposing teeth, placement of the restoration and normal post-operative care.

104.25

88512

Metallic restoration – two surfaces – direct

Direct metallic restoration involving two surfaces of a tooth. Inclusive of the preparation of the tooth, placement of a lining, contouring of the adjacent and opposing teeth, placement of the restoration and normal post-operative care.

127.80

88513

Metallic restoration – three surfaces – direct

Direct metallic restoration involving three surfaces of a tooth. Inclusive of the preparation of the tooth, placement of a lining, contouring of the adjacent and opposing teeth, placement of the restoration and normal post-operative care.

152.50

88514

Metallic restoration – four surfaces – direct

Direct metallic restoration involving four surfaces of a tooth. Inclusive of the preparation of the tooth, placement of a lining, contouring of the adjacent and opposing teeth, placement of the restoration and normal post-operative care.

173.85

88515

Metallic restoration – five surfaces – direct

Direct metallic restoration involving five surfaces of a tooth. Inclusive of the preparation of the tooth, placement of a lining, contouring of the adjacent and opposing teeth, placement of the restoration and normal post-operative care.

198.45

Subgroup 2 – Adhesive Restorations – Anterior Teeth – direct

88521

Adhesive restoration – one surface – anterior tooth – direct

Direct restoration, using an adhesive technique and a tooth-coloured material, involving one surface of an anterior tooth. Inclusive of the preparation of the tooth, placement of a lining, contouring of the adjacent and opposing teeth, placement of the restoration and normal post-operative care.

115.45

88522

Adhesive restoration – two surfaces – anterior tooth – direct

Direct restoration, using an adhesive technique and a tooth-coloured material, involving two surfaces of an anterior tooth. Inclusive of the preparation of the tooth, placement of a lining, contouring of the adjacent and opposing teeth, placement of the restoration and normal post-operative care.

140.15

88523

Adhesive restoration – three surfaces – anterior tooth – direct

Direct restoration, using an adhesive technique and a tooth-coloured material, involving three surfaces of an anterior tooth. Inclusive of the preparation of the tooth, placement of a lining, contouring of the adjacent and opposing teeth, placement of the restoration and normal post-operative care.

166.00

88524

Adhesive restoration – four surfaces – anterior tooth – direct

Direct restoration, using an adhesive technique and a tooth-coloured material, involving four surfaces of an anterior tooth. Inclusive of the preparation of the tooth, placement of a lining, contouring of the adjacent and opposing teeth, placement of the restoration and normal post-operative care.

191.85

88525

Adhesive restoration – five surfaces – anterior tooth – direct

Direct restoration, using an adhesive technique and a tooth-coloured material, involving five surfaces of an anterior tooth. Inclusive of the preparation of the tooth, placement of a lining, contouring of the adjacent and opposing teeth, placement of the restoration and normal post-operative care.

225.45

Subgroup 3 – Adhesive Restorations – Posterior Teeth – direct

88531

Adhesive restoration – one surface – posterior tooth – direct

Direct restoration, using an adhesive technique and a tooth-coloured material, involving one surface of an posterior tooth. Inclusive of the preparation of the tooth, placement of a lining, contouring of the adjacent and opposing teeth, placement of the restoration and normal post-operative care.

123.30

88532

Adhesive restoration – two surfaces – posterior tooth – direct

Direct restoration, using an adhesive technique and a tooth-coloured material, involving two surfaces of an posterior tooth. Inclusive of the preparation of the tooth, placement of a lining, contouring of the adjacent and opposing teeth, placement of the restoration and normal post-operative care.

154.80

88533

Adhesive restoration – three surfaces – posterior tooth – direct

Direct restoration, using an adhesive technique and a tooth-coloured material, involving three surfaces of an posterior tooth. Inclusive of the preparation of the tooth, placement of a lining, contouring of the adjacent and opposing teeth, placement of the restoration and normal post-operative care.

186.10

88534

Adhesive restoration – four surfaces – posterior tooth – direct

Direct restoration, using an adhesive technique and a tooth-coloured material, involving four surfaces of an posterior tooth. Inclusive of the preparation of the tooth, placement of a lining, contouring of the adjacent and opposing teeth, placement of the restoration and normal post-operative care.

209.70

88535

Adhesive restoration – five surfaces – posterior tooth – direct

Direct restoration, using an adhesive technique and a tooth-coloured material, involving five surfaces of an posterior tooth. Inclusive of the preparation of the tooth, placement of a lining, contouring of the adjacent and opposing teeth, placement of the restoration and normal post-operative care.

242.20

Subgroup 4 – Other Restorative Services

88572

Provisional (intermediate/temporary) restoration – per tooth

The provisional (intermediate) restoration of a tooth designed to last until the definitive restoration can be constructed or the tooth is removed. This item should only be used where the provisional (intermediate) restoration is not an intrinsic part of treatment. It does not include provisional (temporary) sealing of the access cavity during endodontic treatment or during construction of indirect restorations.

48.75

88574

Metal band

The cementation of a metal band for diagnostic, protective purposes or for the placement of a provisional (intermediate) restoration.

41.05

88575

Pin retention – per pin

Use of a pin to aid the retention and support of direct or indirect restorations in a tooth.

28.05

88576

Metallic crown – preformed

Placing a preformed metallic crown as a coronal restoration for a tooth.

257.05

88579

Bonding of tooth fragment

The direct bonding of a tooth fragment as an alternative to placing a restoration.

96.85

88597

Post – direct

Insertion of a post into a prepared root canal to provide an anchor for an artificial crown or other restoration.

88.15

Group 7 – Prosthodontics

Subgroup 1 – Dentures and Denture Components

88721

Partial maxillary denture – resin, base only

Provision of a resin base for a removable dental prosthesis for the maxilla where some natural teeth remain.

322.95

88722

Partial mandibular denture – resin, base only

Provision of a resin base for a removable dental prosthesis for the mandible where some natural teeth remain.

322.95

88731

Retainer – per tooth

A retainer or attachment fitted to a tooth to aid retention of a partial denture. The number of retainers should be indicated.

44.05

88733

Tooth/teeth (partial denture)

An item to describe each tooth added to the base of a new partial denture. The number of teeth should be indicated.

67.00

88736

Immediate tooth replacement – per tooth

Provision within a denture to allow immediate replacement of an extracted tooth. The number of teeth so replaced should be indicated.

9.10

Subgroup 2 – Denture Maintenance

88741

Adjustment of a denture

Adjustment of a denture to improve comfort, function or aesthetics. This item does not apply to routine adjustments following the insertion of a new denture or the maintenance or repair of an existing denture.

52.50

Subgroup 3 – Denture Repairs

88761

Reattaching pre-existing clasp to denture

Repair, insertion and adjustment of a denture involving re-attachment of a pre-existing clasp.

144.20

88762

Replacing/adding clasp to denture - per clasp

Repair, insertion and adjustment of a denture involving replacement or addition of a new clasp or clasps.

150.65

88764

Repairing broken base of a partial denture

Repair, insertion and adjustment of a broken resin partial denture base.

144.20

88765

Replacing/adding new tooth on denture – per tooth

Repair, insertion and adjustment of a denture involving replacement with or addition of a new tooth or teeth to a previously existing denture.

150.65

88766

Reattaching existing tooth on denture – per tooth

Repair, insertion and adjustment of a denture involving reattachment of a pre-existing denture tooth or teeth.

144.20

88768

Adding tooth to partial denture to replace an extracted or decoronated tooth - per tooth

Modification, insertion and adjustment of a partial denture involving an addition to accommodate the loss of a natural tooth or its coronal section

152.50

Subgroup 4 – Other Prosthodontic Services

88776

Impression - dental appliance repair/modification

An item to describe taking an impression where required for the repair or modification of a dental appliance.

46.05

Group 8 – General Services

Subgroup 1– Emergencies

88911

Palliative care

An item to describe interim care to relieve pain, infection, bleeding or other problems not associated with other treatment.

68.35

Subgroup 2– Sedation

88942

Sedation - intravenous

Sedative drug(s) administered intravenously, usually in increments. The incremental administration may continue while dental treatment is being provided.

134.00

88943

Sedation - inhalation

Nitrous oxide gas mixed with oxygen is inhaled by the patient while dental treatment is being provided.

67.00

 


 

Schedule 2        Eligibility for Dental Services

(rule 8A)

 

State/ Internal Territory

Date after which service provided will no longer be an eligible service

ACT

31 December 2014

NSW

31 December 2014

NT

31 December 2014

QLD

31 December 2014

SA

31 December 2014

TAS

31 December 2014

VIC

31 December 2014

WA

31 December 2014

Schedule 3     Benefit limits

(rule 14)

 

Relevant two year Period

Benefit limit

2014-2015

$1,000