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This instrument amends the Health Insurance (Section 3C General Medical Services – GP and Allied Health COVID-19 Services) Determination 2020 to include new Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) items to allow nurse practitioners and mental health allied health workers to provide these services via the phone when video conferencing is unavailable to patients who have been diagnosed with the COVID-19 virus, or who are vulnerable of contracting the COVID-19 virus.
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Health Insurance (Section 3C General Medical Services – GP and Allied Health COVID-19 Services) Amendment Determination No.1 2020

I, DAVID WEISS, delegate of the Minister for Health, make the following determination.

Dated 13 March 2020

 

 

 

 

David Weiss

First Assistant Secretary

Medical Benefits Division

Health Financing Group

Department of Health

 

 

 

 

 


 

Contents

1.      Name. 3

2.      Commencement 3

3.      Authority. 3

4.      Definitions. 3

Schedule 1 – Amendments to Health Insurance (Section 3C General Medical Services – GP and Allied Health COVID-19 Services) Determination 2020. 5

 

 


 


1.      Name

            This instrument is the Health Insurance (Section 3C General Medical Services – GP and Allied Health COVID-19 Services) Amendment Determination No.1 2020.

2.      Commencement

(1)       Each provision of this instrument specified in column 1 of the table commences, or is taken to have commenced, in accordance with column 2 of the table. Any other statement in column 2 has effect according to its terms.

 

Commencement information

Column 1

Column 2

Column 3

Provisions

Commencement

Date/Details

1.  The whole of this instrument

Immediately after the registration of the Health Insurance (Section 3C General Medical Services – GP and Allied Health COVID-19 Services) Determination 2020.

 

                Note:        This table relates only to the provisions of this instrument as originally made. It will not be amended to deal with any later amendments of this instrument.

(2)       Any information in column 3 of the table is not part of this instrument. Information may be inserted in this column, or information in it may be edited, in any published version of this instrument.

3.      Authority

This instrument is made under subsection 3C(1) of the Health Insurance Act 1973.

4.      Definitions

(1)       In this instrument:

Act means the Health Insurance Act 1973.

Schedule means a Schedule to this instrument.

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

·          clinically relevant service;

·          general medical services table;

·          item;

(2)          Unless the contrary intention appears, a reference in this instrument 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.


 

Schedule 1 – Amendments to Health Insurance (Section 3C General Medical Services – GP and Allied Health COVID-19 Services) Determination 2020

1.    Within the definition of Patient at risk of COVID-19 of section 5 Definitions

Insert after (c)(v):

or

(d)   the person meets the current national triage protocol criteria for suspected COVID-19 infection

 

2.     Omit paragraph 1.1.1 and substitute:

1.1.1 – Application of COVID-19 medical practitioner telehealth services

(1)   For items in 91806, 91807 and 91808, “eligible area” has the meaning given by section 4 of the Health Insurance (Section 3C General Medical Services – Other Medical Practitioner) Determination 2018.

(2)   For items in Division 1.1, “medical practitioner” has the meaning given by section 4 of the Health Insurance (Section 3C General Medical Services – Other Medical Practitioner) Determination 2018.

(3)   Clause 2.22.7 of the general medical services table shall have effect as if items 91818 and 91819 were also specified in that clause.

(4)   Clause 1.9.4 of the Health Insurance (Section 3C General Medical Services – Other Medical Practitioner) Determination 2018 shall have effect as if items 91820 and 91821 were also specified in that clause.

(5)   For items in Subgroups 1 and 2, the rendering practitioner must not perform a service in subgroup 2 if the practitioner and the patient have the capacity to undertake an attendance by telehealth.

(6)   For items in Subgroup 1 and 2, the rendering practitioner must have had at least one face to face attendance with the patient in the preceding 12 months if the patient is considered to be more susceptible to the COVID-19.

 

3.     Schedule 1 - Relevant Services

Division 1.2 – Services and Fees – COVID-19 allied health telehealth services

Repeal the table at Subgroup 5 – COVID-19 nurse practitioner telehealth services, substitute:

 

Subgroup 5 – COVID-19 nurse practitioner telehealth services

91178

Telehealth attendance by a participating nurse practitioner lasting less than 20 minutes if:

(i)       The person is at risk of COVID-19 virus; or

(ii)      The participating nurse practitioner is a health professional at risk of COVID-19 virus; and

(a)     The attendance includes any of the following that are clinically relevant:

(i)       taking a history;

(ii)      undertaking clinical examination;

(iii)    arranging any necessary investigation;

(iv)    implementing a management plan;

(v)     providing appropriate preventive health care;

where the service is bulk-billed.

21.30

 

91179

Telehealth attendance by a participating nurse practitioner lasting at least 20 minutes if:

(a)     The attendance is where:

(i)       The person is at risk of COVID-19 virus; or

(ii)      The participating nurse practitioner is a health professional at risk of COVID-19 virus; and

(b)     The attendance includes any of the following that are clinically relevant:

(i)       taking a history;

(ii)      undertaking clinical examination;

(iii)    arranging any necessary investigation;

(iv)    implementing a management plan;

(v)     providing appropriate preventive health care;

where the service is bulk-billed.

40.40

 

91180

Telehealth attendance by a participating nurse practitioner lasting at least 40 minutes if:

(a)     The attendance is where:

(i)       The person is at risk of COVID-19 virus; or

(ii)      The participating nurse practitioner is a health professional at risk of COVID-19 virus; and

(b)     The attendance includes any of the following that are clinically relevant:

(i)       taking a history;

(ii)      undertaking clinical examination;

(iii)    arranging any necessary investigation;

(iv)    implementing a management plan;

(v)     providing appropriate preventive health care;

where the service is bulk-billed.

59.50

 

 

 

 

4.    After Division 1.2 of Schedule 1

Insert:

Division 1.3 - Services and fees – COVID-19 medical practitioner attendances

1.3.1 Application of COVID-19 medical practitioner phone services

Insert:

(1) For items in the subgroup below, the rendering practitioner must not perform a service in subgroup 10 if the practitioner and the patient have the capacity to undertake an attendance by telehealth.

 

Group A40 – COVID-19 medical practitioner phone services

 

Item

Description

Fee ($)

Subgroup  10 – COVID-19 Focussed Psychological Strategies phone services

91842

Phone attendance for a patient at risk for COVID-19 virus by a general practitioner, for the purpose of providing focussed psychological strategies for assessed mental disorders if:

(a)     the practitioner is registered with the Chief Executive Medicare as meeting the credentialing requirements for provision of this service; and

(b)     the service lasts at least 30 minutes, but less than 40 minutes;

where the service is bulk-billed

110.85

91843

Phone attendance for a patient at risk for COVID-19 virus by a general practitioner, for the purpose of providing focussed psychological strategies for assessed mental disorders if:

(a)     the practitioner is registered with the Chief Executive Medicare as meeting the credentialing requirements for provision of this service; and

(b)     the service lasts at least 40 minutes;

where the service is bulk-billed

158.60

91844

Phone attendance for a patient at risk for COVID-19 virus by a medical practitioner, for the purpose of providing focussed psychological strategies for assessed mental disorders if:

(a)       the practitioner is registered with the Chief Executive Medicare as meeting the credentialing requirements for provision of this service; and

(b)       the service lasts at least 30 minutes, but less than 40 minutes;

where the service is bulk-billed

88.70

91845

Phone attendance for a patient at risk for COVID-19 virus by a medical practitioner, for the purpose of providing focussed psychological strategies for assessed mental disorders if:

(a)     the practitioner is registered with the Chief Executive Medicare as meeting the credentialing requirements for provision of this service; and

(b)     the service lasts at least 40 minutes;

where the service is bulk-billed

126.90

5.    After Division 1.3 of Schedule 1

Insert:

Division 1.4 - Services and fees – Services and fees – COVID-19 allied health phone services

1.4.1 – Application of COVID-19 allied health attendances

(1)   For items in Division 1.4, “eligible clinical psychologist”, “eligible psychologist”, “eligible occupational therapist” and “eligible social worker” have the meanings given by section 4 of the Health Insurance (Allied Health Services) Determination 2014.

(2)   For items 91181 and 91189, sections 7 and 9 of the Health Insurance (Allied Health Services) Determination 2014 shall have effect as if the items were also specified in those clauses.

(3)   For items in subgroups below the rendering practitioner must not perform a service in these subgroups 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 if the practitioner and the patient have the capacity to undertake an attendance by telehealth.

 

Group M18 – COVID-19 allied health telehealth services

 

Item

Description

Fee ($)

Subgroup 6 – COVID-19 psychological therapies phone services

91181

 

Psychological therapy health service provided by phone attendance by an eligible clinical psychologist if:

(a) the attendance is where:

(i)     the person is a patient at risk of COVID-19 virus; or

(ii)    the eligible clinical psychologist is a health professional at risk of COVID-19 virus; and

(b) the person is referred by:

(i)     a medical practitioner, either as part of a GP Mental Health Treatment Plan, or as part of a shared care plan or as part of a psychiatrist assessment and management plan; or

(ii)    a specialist or consultant physician specialising in the practice of his or her field of psychiatry; or

(iii)   a specialist or consultant physician specialising in the practice of his or her field of paediatrics; and

(c) the service is provided to the person individually; and

(d) at the completion of a course of treatment, the referring medical practitioner reviews the need for a further course of treatment; and

(e) on the completion of the course of treatment, the eligible clinical psychologist gives a written report to the referring medical practitioner on assessments carried out, treatment provided and recommendations on future management of the person’s condition; and

(f) the service is at least 30 minutes but less than 50 minutes duration;

where the service is bulk-billed

101.35

91182

Psychological therapy health service provided by phone attendance by an eligible clinical psychologist if:

(a) the attendance is where:

(i)     the person is a patient at risk of COVID-19 virus; or

(ii)    the eligible clinical psychologist is a health professional at risk of COVID-19 virus; and

(b) the person is referred by:

(i)  a medical practitioner, either as part of a GP Mental Health Treatment Plan, or as part of a shared care plan or as part of a psychiatrist assessment and management plan; or

(ii)   a specialist or consultant physician specialising in the practice of his or her field of psychiatry; or

(iii)  a specialist or consultant physician specialising in the practice of his or her field of paediatrics; and

(c) the service is provided to the person individually; and

(d) at the completion of a course of treatment, the referring medical practitioner reviews the need for a further course of treatment; and

(e) on the completion of the course of treatment, the eligible clinical psychologist gives a written report to the referring medical practitioner on assessments carried out, treatment provided and recommendations on future management of the person’s condition; and

(f) the service is at least 50 minutes duration;

where the service is bulk-billed

148.80

Subgroup 7 – COVID-19 psychologist focussed psychological strategies phone services

91183

Focussed psychological strategies health service provided by phone attendance by an eligible psychologist if:

(a) the attendance is where:

(i)     the person is a patient at risk of COVID-19 virus; or

(ii)    the eligible psychologist is a health professional at risk of COVID-19 virus; and

(b)  the person is referred by:

(i)  a medical practitioner, either as part of a GP Mental Health Treatment Plan, or as part of a shared care plan or as part of a psychiatrist assessment and management plan; or

(ii) a specialist or consultant physician specialising in the practice of his or her field of psychiatry; or

(iii) a specialist or consultant physician specialising in the practice of his or her field of paediatrics; and

(c)  the service is provided to the person individually; and

(d)  at the completion of a course of treatment, the referring medical practitioner reviews the need for a further course of treatment; and

(e)  on the completion of the course of treatment, the eligible psychologist gives a written report to the referring medical practitioner on assessments carried out, treatment provided and recommendations on future management of the person’s condition; and

(g)  the service is at least 20 minutes but less than 50 minutes duration;

where the service is bulk-billed

71.80

91184

Focussed psychological strategies health service provided by phone attendance by an eligible psychologist if:

(a) the attendance is where:

(i)     the person is a patient at risk of COVID-19 virus; or

(ii)    the eligible psychologist is a health professional at risk of COVID-19 virus; and

(b)  the person is referred by:

(i)  a medical practitioner, either as part of a GP Mental Health Treatment Plan, or as part of a shared care plan or as part of a psychiatrist assessment and management plan; or

(ii) a specialist or consultant physician specialising in the practice of his or her field of psychiatry; or

(iii) a specialist or consultant physician specialising in the practice of his or her field of paediatrics; and

(c)  the service is provided to the person individually; and

(d)  at the completion of a course of treatment, the referring medical practitioner reviews the need for a further course of treatment; and

(e)  on the completion of the course of treatment, the eligible psychologist gives a written report to the referring medical practitioner on assessments carried out, treatment provided and recommendations on future management of the person’s condition; and

(f)  the service is at least 50 minutes duration;

where the service is bulk-billed

101.35

Subgroup 8 – COVID-19 occupational therapist focussed psychological strategies phone services

91185

Focussed psychological strategies health service provided by phone attendance by an eligible occupational therapist if:

(a) the attendance is where:

(i)     the person is a patient at risk of COVID-19 virus; or

(ii)    the eligible occupational therapist is a health professional at risk of COVID-19 virus; and

(a) the person is referred by:

(i)  a medical practitioner, either as part of a GP Mental Health Treatment Plan, or as part of a shared care plan or as part of a psychiatrist assessment and management plan; or

(ii) a specialist or consultant physician specialising in the practice of his or her field of psychiatry; or

(iii) a specialist or consultant physician specialising in the practice of his or her field of paediatrics; and

(b)  the service is provided to the person individually; and

(c)  at the completion of a course of treatment, the referring medical practitioner reviews the need for a further course of treatment; and

(d)  on the completion of the course of treatment, the eligible occupational therapist gives a written report to the referring medical practitioner on assessments carried out, treatment provided and recommendations on future management of the person’s condition; and

(e)  the service is at least 20 minutes but less than 50 minutes duration

where the service is bulk-billed

63.25

91186

Focussed psychological strategies health service provided by phone attendance by an eligible occupational therapist if:

(a) the attendance is where:

(i)   the person is a patient at risk of COVID-19 virus; or

(ii)  the eligible occupational therapist is a health professional at risk of COVID-19 virus; and

(b) the person is referred by:

(i)  a medical practitioner, either as part of a GP Mental Health Treatment Plan, or as part of a shared care plan or as part of a psychiatrist assessment and management plan; or

(ii) a specialist or consultant physician specialising in the practice of his or her field of psychiatry; or

(iii) a specialist or consultant physician specialising in the practice of his or her field of paediatrics; and

(c)  the service is provided to the person individually; and

(d)  at the completion of a course of treatment, the referring medical practitioner reviews the need for a further course of treatment; and

(e)  on the completion of the course of treatment, the eligible occupational therapist gives a written report to the referring medical practitioner on assessments carried out, treatment provided and recommendations on future management of the person’s condition; and

(f)  the service is at least 50 minutes in duration

where the service is bulk-billed

89.35

Subgroup 9 – COVID-19 social worker focussed psychological strategies phone services

91187

Focussed psychological strategies health service provided by phone attendance by an eligible social worker if:

(a) the attendance is where:

(i)   the person is a patient at risk of COVID-19 virus; or

(ii)  the eligible social worker is a health professional at risk of COVID-19 virus; and

(b)  the person is referred by:

(i)  a medical practitioner, either as part of a GP Mental Health Treatment Plan, or as part of a shared care plan or as part of a psychiatrist assessment and management plan; or

(ii)   a specialist or consultant physician specialising in the practice of his or her field of psychiatry; or

(iii)   a specialist or consultant physician specialising in the practice of his or her field of paediatrics; and

(b)  the service is provided to the person individually; and

(c)  at the completion of a course of treatment, the referring medical practitioner reviews the need for a further course of treatment; and

(d)  on the completion of the course of treatment, the eligible social worker gives a written report to the referring medical practitioner on assessments carried out, treatment provided and recommendations on future management of the person’s condition; and

(e)  the service is at least 20 minutes but less than 50 minutes duration

where the service is bulk-billed

63.25

91188

Focussed psychological strategies health service provided by phone attendance by an eligible social worker if:

(a) the attendance is where:

(i)   the person is a patient at risk of COVID-19 virus; or

(ii)  the eligible social worker is a health professional at risk of COVID-19 virus; and

(b)  the person is referred by:

(i)  a medical practitioner, either as part of a GP Mental Health Treatment Plan, or as part of a shared care plan or as part of a psychiatrist assessment and management plan; or

(ii)   a specialist or consultant physician specialising in the practice of his or her field of psychiatry; or

(iii)   a specialist or consultant physician specialising in the practice of his or her field of paediatrics; and

(c)  the service is provided to the person individually; and

(d)  at the completion of a course of treatment, the referring medical practitioner reviews the need for a further course of treatment; and

(e)  on the completion of the course of treatment, the eligible social worker gives a written report to the referring medical practitioner on assessments carried out, treatment provided and recommendations on future management of the person’s condition; and

(f)  the service is at least 50 minutes duration

where the service is bulk-billed

89.35

Subgroup 10 – COVID-19 nurse practitioner phone services

91189

Phone attendance by a participating nurse practitioner lasting less than 20 minutes if:

(a)     The attendance is where:

(i)       The person is at risk of COVID-19 virus; or

(ii)      The participating nurse practitioner is a health professional at risk of COVID-19 virus; and

(b)     The attendance includes any of the following that are clinically relevant:

(i)       taking a history;

(ii)      undertaking clinical examination;

(iii)    arranging any necessary investigation;

(iv)    implementing a management plan;

(v)     providing appropriate preventive health care;

where the service is bulk-billed.

21.30

 

91190

Phone attendance by a participating nurse practitioner lasting at least 20 minutes if:

(a)     The attendance is where:

(i)       The person is at risk of COVID-19 virus; or

(ii)      The participating nurse practitioner is a health professional at risk of COVID-19 virus; and

(b)     The attendance includes any of the following that are clinically relevant:

(i)       taking a history;

(ii)      undertaking clinical examination;

(iii)    arranging any necessary investigation;

(iv)    implementing a management plan;

(v)     providing appropriate preventive health care;

where the service is bulk-billed.

40.40

 

91191

Phone attendance by a participating nurse practitioner lasting at least 40 minutes if:

(a)     The attendance is where:

(i)       The person is at risk of COVID-19 virus; or

(ii)      The participating nurse practitioner is a health professional at risk of COVID-19 virus; and

(b)     The attendance includes any of the following that are clinically relevant:

(i)       taking a history;

(ii)      undertaking clinical examination;

(iii)    arranging any necessary investigation;

(iv)    implementing a management plan;

(v)     providing appropriate preventive health care;

where the service is bulk-billed.

59.50