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These regulations repeal the Health Insurance (General Medical Services Table) Regulations 2019 and prescribe a new table of medical services from 1 May 2020 to ensure that Medicare benefits continue to be payable for medical services performed by general practitioners, specialists and consultant physicians.
Administered by: Health
Registered 21 Apr 2020
Tabling HistoryDate
Tabled HR12-May-2020
Tabled Senate12-May-2020
Date of repeal 01 Jul 2020
Repealed by Health Insurance (General Medical Services Table) Regulations (No. 2) 2020
Table of contents.

Commonwealth Coat of Arms of Australia

 

Health Insurance (General Medical Services Table) Regulations (No. 1) 2020

I, General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd), Governor‑General of the Commonwealth of Australia, acting with the advice of the Federal Executive Council, make the following regulations.

Dated 16 April 2020

David Hurley

Governor‑General

By His Excellency’s Command

Greg Hunt

Minister for Health

 

 

 

 

  

  

  


Contents

1............................ Name............................................................................................................. 1

2............................ Commencement............................................................................................. 1

3............................ Authority....................................................................................................... 1

4............................ General medical services table....................................................................... 1

5............................ Schedule 2..................................................................................................... 1

Schedule 1—General medical services table                                                                 2

Part 1—Preliminary                                                                                                                                        2

Division 1.1—Interpretation                                                                                                               2

1.1.1...................... Dictionary..................................................................................................... 2

1.1.2...................... Meaning of eligible non‑vocationally recognised medical practitioner......... 2

1.1.3...................... General practitioners..................................................................................... 3

1.1.4...................... Meaning of multidisciplinary case conference.............................................. 3

1.1.5...................... Meaning of multidisciplinary case conference team..................................... 4

1.1.6...................... Meaning of single course of treatment.......................................................... 5

1.1.7...................... Meaning of symbol (H)................................................................................ 5

1.1.8...................... References in this Schedule to items include items determined under section 3C of the Act    5

Division 1.2—General application provisions                                                                           6

1.2.1...................... Application.................................................................................................... 6

1.2.2...................... Restrictions on certain items—attendances by specialists and consultant physicians without referrals    6

1.2.3...................... Restrictions on certain items—attendances by specialist radiologists in conjunction with certain diagnostic imaging services............................................................................................ 6

1.2.4...................... Restrictions on certain items—attendances by specialists and consultant physicians on same day as they perform certain surgical operations............................................................... 6

1.2.5...................... Professional attendance services—matters included...................................... 7

1.2.6...................... Personal attendance by medical practitioners generally—application and matters included      7

1.2.7...................... Personal attendance by medical practitioners—application and matters included     8

1.2.8...................... Restriction on items—services provided with non‑medicare services........... 8

1.2.9...................... Restrictions on items—services rendered in certain circumstances or for certain purposes      9

1.2.10.................... Restriction on items—services provided with harvesting, storage, in vitro processing or injection of non‑haematopoietic stem cells....................................................................... 9

1.2.11.................... Services that may be provided by persons other than medical practitioners.. 9

1.2.12.................... Restriction on items—services involving video conferences between patients and medical practitioners separated by at least 15 km.......................................................................... 10

Part 2—Attendances                                                                                                                                     11

Division 2.1—Preliminary                                                                                                                  11

2.1.1...................... Meaning of amount under clause 2.1.1...................................................... 11

Division 2.2—Group A1: General practitioner attendances to which no other item applies     12

2.2.1...................... Items in Group A1...................................................................................... 12

Division 2.3—Group A2: Other non‑referred attendances to which no other item applies       14

2.3.1...................... Items in Group A2...................................................................................... 14

Division 2.4—Group A3: Specialist attendances to which no other item applies 16

2.4.1...................... Items in Group A3...................................................................................... 16

Division 2.5—Group A4: Consultant physician (other than psychiatry) attendances to which no other item applies                                                                                                                       18

2.5.1...................... Items in Group A4...................................................................................... 18

Division 2.6—Group A29: Early intervention services for children with autism, pervasive developmental disorder or disability                                                                                                   21

2.6.1...................... Meaning of eligible disability...................................................................... 21

2.6.2...................... Meaning of risk assessment........................................................................ 22

2.6.3...................... Items in Group A29.................................................................................... 22

Division 2.7—Group A28: Geriatric medicine                                                                        24

2.7.1...................... Items in Group A28.................................................................................... 24

Division 2.8—Group A5: Prolonged attendances to which no other item applies 27

2.8.1...................... Restrictions on items in Group A5.............................................................. 27

2.8.2...................... Items in Group A5...................................................................................... 27

Division 2.9—Group A6: Group therapy                                                                                  28

2.9.1...................... Items in Group A6...................................................................................... 28

Division 2.10—Group A7: Acupuncture and non‑specialist practitioner items    29

2.10.1.................... Meaning of qualified medical acupuncturist............................................... 29

2.10.2.................... Items in Group A7...................................................................................... 29

Division 2.11—Group A8: Consultant psychiatrist attendances to which no other item applies             31

2.11.1.................... Restriction on timing of services in items 291, 293 and 359....................... 31

2.11.2.................... Restriction on items 342, 344 and 346........................................................ 31

2.11.3.................... Restriction on items 353 to 361—location of patient................................... 31

2.11.4.................... Meaning of risk assessment........................................................................ 31

2.11.5.................... Items in Group A8...................................................................................... 31

Division 2.12—Group A12: Consultant occupational physician attendances to which no other item applies                                                                                                                                 41

2.12.1.................... Restrictions on items in Group A12—attendances by consultant occupational physicians      41

2.12.2.................... Items in Group A12.................................................................................... 42

Division 2.13—Group A13: Public health physician attendances to which no other item applies           43

2.13.1.................... Restrictions on items in Group A13—attendances by public health physicians       43

2.13.2.................... Items in Group A13.................................................................................... 43

Division 2.14—Group A11: Urgent attendances after—hours                                      45

2.14.1.................... Meaning of patient’s medical condition requires urgent assessment......... 45

2.14.2.................... Restrictions on items in Group A11............................................................ 46

2.14.3.................... Meaning of after‑hours rural area............................................................. 46

2.14.4.................... Restrictions on items in Group A11—practitioners.................................... 46

2.14.5.................... Items in Group A11.................................................................................... 47

Division 2.15—Group A14: Health assessments                                                                    48

2.15.1.................... Restrictions on items in Group A14............................................................ 48

2.15.2.................... Types of health assessments....................................................................... 48

2.15.3.................... Application of item 715............................................................................... 49

2.15.4.................... Type 2 Diabetes Risk Evaluation................................................................ 50

2.15.5.................... 45 year old Health Assessment................................................................... 50

2.15.6.................... Older Person’s Health Assessment............................................................. 51

2.15.7.................... Comprehensive Medical Assessment for care recipient in a residential aged care facility        52

2.15.8.................... Health assessment for a person with an intellectual disability..................... 52

2.15.9.................... Health assessment for a refugee or other humanitarian entrant.................... 54

2.15.10.................. Australian Defence Force Post‑discharge GP Health Assessment.............. 54

2.15.11.................. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child health assessment.................... 56

2.15.12.................. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adult health assessment.................... 57

2.15.13.................. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Older Person’s Health Assessment.. 58

2.15.14.................. Restrictions on health assessments for Group A14..................................... 59

2.15.15.................. Items in Group A14.................................................................................... 59

Division 2.16—Group A15: GP management plans, team care arrangements and multidisciplinary care plans and case conferences                                                                                      61

Subdivision A—General                                                                                                                   61

2.16.1.................... Restrictions on items 729 to 866—services by certain medical practitioners 61

Subdivision B—Subgroup 1 of Group A15                                                                                  61

2.16.2.................... Meaning of associated general practitioner............................................... 61

2.16.3.................... Meaning of contribute to a multidisciplinary care plan.............................. 61

2.16.4.................... Meaning of coordinating the development of team care arrangements...... 62

2.16.5.................... Meaning of coordinating a review of team care arrangements.................. 62

2.16.6.................... Meaning of multidisciplinary care plan...................................................... 63

2.16.7.................... Meaning of preparing a GP management plan.......................................... 64

2.16.8.................... Meaning of reviewing a GP management plan........................................... 64

2.16.9.................... Restrictions on items 721, 723, 729, 731 and 732—services for certain patients     65

2.16.10.................. Restrictions on items 721, 723 and 732...................................................... 66

2.16.11.................. Restrictions on other items—services provided on same day as services in items 721, 723 and 732       66

2.16.12.................. Conditions relating to timing of services in items 721, 723, 729, 731 and 732 if exceptional circumstances do not exist....................................................................................................... 66

2.16.13.................. Items in Subgroup 1 of Group A15............................................................ 67

Subdivision C—Subgroup 2 of Group A15                                                                                  68

2.16.14.................. Meaning of multidisciplinary discharge case conference........................... 68

2.16.15.................. Meaning of organise and coordinate.......................................................... 68

2.16.16.................. Meaning of participate................................................................................ 69

2.16.17.................. Meaning of coordinating............................................................................ 69

2.16.18.................. Meaning of case conference team............................................................... 70

2.16.19.................. Restrictions on item 880—certain patients.................................................. 70

2.16.20.................. Items in Subgroup 2 of Group A15............................................................ 70

Division 2.17—Group A17: Domiciliary and residential medication management reviews       75

2.17.1.................... Meaning of living in a community setting................................................... 75

2.17.2.................... Meaning of residential medication management review............................. 75

2.17.3.................... Restrictions on items 900 and 903.............................................................. 76

2.17.4.................... Items in Group A17.................................................................................... 76

Division 2.18—Group A30: Medical practitioner video conferencing consultation       77

2.18.1.................... Restrictions on items in Subgroups 1 and 2 of Group A30—services provided in association with certain other services.............................................................................................. 77

2.18.2.................... Location of attendance in items 2125, 2138, 2179 and 2220....................... 77

2.18.3.................... Meaning of amount under clause 2.18.3.................................................... 77

2.18.4.................... Restrictions on items in Subgroups 5 and 6 of Group A30 (video conferencing consultation attendances for patients in rural and remote areas)............................................................... 78

2.18.5.................... Items in Group A30.................................................................................... 78

Division 2.19—Groups A18 and A19 (Attendances associated with Practice Incentive Program payments)                                                                                                                          83

2.19.1.................... Restrictions on items in Subgroup 2 of Groups A18 and A19—timing..... 83

2.19.2.................... Restrictions on items in Subgroup 3 of Groups A18 and A19—timing..... 84

2.19.3.................... Items in Group A18.................................................................................... 85

2.19.4.................... Items in Group A19.................................................................................... 90

Division 2.20—Group A20: Mental health care                                                                     93

2.20.1.................... Definitions.................................................................................................. 93

2.20.2.................... Meaning of amount under clause 2.20.2.................................................... 93

2.20.3.................... Meaning of preparation of a GP mental health treatment plan.................. 94

2.20.4.................... Meaning of review of a GP mental health treatment plan........................... 95

2.20.5.................... Meaning of associated general practitioner............................................... 96

2.20.6.................... Restrictions on items in Subgroup 1 of Group A20 (GP mental health treatment plans)         96

2.20.7.................... Restrictions on items in Subgroup 2 of Group A20 (focussed psychological strategies)         97

2.20.8.................... Items in Group A20.................................................................................... 98

Division 2.21—Group A24: Palliative and pain medicine                                                 99

2.21.1.................... Meaning of organise and coordinate.......................................................... 99

2.21.2.................... Meaning of participate................................................................................ 99

2.21.3.................... Restrictions on items in Subgroups 2 and 4 of Group A24—timing........ 100

2.21.4.................... Items in Group A24.................................................................................. 100

Division 2.22—Group A27: Pregnancy support counselling                                         106

2.22.1.................... Restrictions on item 4001.......................................................................... 106

2.22.2.................... Items in Group A27.................................................................................. 107

Division 2.23—Group A21: Professional attendances at recognised emergency departments of private hospitals                                                                                                                           107

2.23.1.................... Items in Group A21.................................................................................. 107

Division 2.24—Group A22: General practitioner after‑hours attendances to which no other item applies                                                                                                                                              111

2.24.1.................... Restrictions on items in Group A22—timing............................................ 111

2.24.2.................... Items in Group A22.................................................................................. 111

Division 2.25—Group A23: Other non‑referred after‑hours attendances to which no other item applies                                                                                                                                              114

2.25.1.................... Restrictions on items in Group A23—timing............................................ 114

2.25.2.................... Items in Group A23.................................................................................. 114

Division 2.26—Group A26: Neurosurgery attendances to which no other item applies              116

2.26.1.................... Items in Group A26.................................................................................. 116

Division 2.27—Group A31: Addiction medicine                                                                  118

2.27.1.................... Meaning of organise and coordinate........................................................ 118

2.27.2.................... Meaning of participate.............................................................................. 118

2.27.3.................... Restrictions on item 6028.......................................................................... 118

2.27.4.................... Items in Group A31.................................................................................. 119

Division 2.28—Group A32: Sexual health medicine                                                          122

2.28.1.................... Meaning of organise and coordinate........................................................ 122

2.28.2.................... Meaning of participate.............................................................................. 123

2.28.3.................... Items in Group A32.................................................................................. 123

Division 2.29—Group A9: Contact lenses                                                                               127

2.29.1.................... Restrictions on item 10809........................................................................ 127

2.29.2.................... Items in Group A9.................................................................................... 127

Division 2.30—Group A35: Non‑referred attendance at a residential aged care facility           129

2.30.1.................... Fee in relation to the first patient during each attendance at a residential aged care facility       129

2.30.2.................... Items in Group A35.................................................................................. 129

Part 3—Miscellaneous services                                                                                                             132

Division 3.1—Group M12: Services provided by a practice nurse, an Aboriginal health worker or an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioner on behalf of a medical practitioner                                                                                                                                              132

3.1.1...................... Definitions for item 10997........................................................................ 132

3.1.2...................... Restrictions on item 10988........................................................................ 132

3.1.3...................... Restrictions on item 10989........................................................................ 132

3.1.4...................... Items in Group M12................................................................................. 133

Division 3.2—Group M1: Management of bulk‑billed services                                   134

3.2.1...................... Definitions................................................................................................ 134

3.2.2...................... Restrictions on items 10990, 10991 and 10992........................................ 135

3.2.3...................... Items in Group M1................................................................................... 136

Part 4—Diagnostic procedures and investigations                                                                   138

Division 4.1—Group D1: Miscellaneous diagnostic procedures and investigations       138

4.1.1...................... Meaning of report..................................................................................... 138

4.1.2...................... Meaning of qualified adult sleep medicine practitioner, qualified paediatric sleep medicine practitioner and qualified sleep medicine practitioner.......................................................... 138

4.1.3...................... Restriction on item 11801—service provided in association with other services     139

4.1.4...................... Restrictions on items 12306 to 12322....................................................... 139

4.1.5...................... Items in Group D1.................................................................................... 140

Division 4.2—Group D2: Nuclear medicine (non‑imaging)                                            171

4.2.1...................... Restriction on items in Group D2—services connected with services in item 12250               171

4.2.2...................... Items in Group D2.................................................................................... 171

Part 5—Therapeutic procedures                                                                                                        173

Division 5.1—Preliminary                                                                                                                173

5.1.1...................... Restriction on items in this Part—services connected with provision of pain pump for post‑surgical pain management.............................................................................................. 173

Division 5.2—Group T1: Miscellaneous therapeutic procedures                               173

5.2.1...................... Meaning of comprehensive hyperbaric medicine facility.......................... 173

5.2.2...................... Meaning of embryology laboratory services............................................ 173

5.2.3...................... Meaning of treatment cycle....................................................................... 174

5.2.4...................... Items provided as part of treatment cycle relating to assisted reproductive services not to apply             174

5.2.5...................... Restriction on item 13104—timing........................................................... 174

5.2.6...................... Restriction on items relating to assisted reproductive services—certain pregnancy‑related circumstances.................................................................................................................. 174

5.2.7...................... Restrictions on items 14227 to 14242—patients....................................... 175

5.2.8...................... Restrictions on item 14245—practitioner and timing................................ 175

5.2.9...................... Restriction on item 13899—other services performed on the same day.... 175

5.2.10.................... Items in Group T1..................................................................................... 175

Division 5.3—Group T2: Radiation oncology                                                                       188

5.3.1...................... Meaning of amount under clause 5.3.1.................................................... 188

5.3.2...................... Restrictions on items 15215 to 15272—services provided to implement intensity‑modulated radiation therapy dosimetry plans......................................................................................... 188

5.3.3...................... Restrictions on items 15556, 15559 and 15562........................................ 188

5.3.4...................... Items in Group T2..................................................................................... 189

Division 5.4—Group T3: Therapeutic nuclear medicine                                                 199

5.4.1...................... Items in Group T3..................................................................................... 199

Division 5.5—Group T4: Obstetrics                                                                                           200

5.5.1...................... Definitions for item 16400........................................................................ 200

5.5.2...................... Meaning of practice midwife in items 16400 and 16408........................... 200

5.5.3...................... Restrictions on item 16400—provider and timing..................................... 200

5.5.4...................... Items in Group T4..................................................................................... 201

Division 5.6—Group T6: Examination by anaesthetist                                                    207

5.6.1...................... Items in Group T6..................................................................................... 207

Division 5.7—Group T7: Regional or field nerve blocks                                                209

5.7.1...................... Meaning of amount under clause 5.7.1.................................................... 209

5.7.2...................... Items in Group T7..................................................................................... 210

Division 5.8—Group T11: Botulinum toxin                                                                            212

5.8.1...................... Group T11 services do not include supply of botulinum toxin................. 212

5.8.2...................... Restrictions on items in Group T11.......................................................... 212

5.8.3...................... Items in Group T11................................................................................... 212

Division 5.9—Group T10: Anaesthesia performed in connection with certain services (Relative Value Guide)                                                                                                                                215

5.9.1...................... Meaning of amount under clause 5.9.1.................................................... 215

5.9.2...................... Meaning of amount under clause 5.9.2.................................................... 216

5.9.3...................... Meaning of service time............................................................................ 216

5.9.4...................... Restrictions on items in Group T10.......................................................... 217

5.9.5...................... Application of Subgroup 21 of Group T10............................................... 217

5.9.6...................... Meaning of anaesthesia, assistance and perfusion in Subgroups 21 to 25 of Group T10       217

5.9.7...................... Application of Subgroups 22 and 23 of Group T10................................. 218

5.9.8...................... Application of Subgroups 24 and 25 of Group T10................................. 218

5.9.9...................... Items in Group T10................................................................................... 218

Division 5.10—Group T8: Surgical operations                                                                    244

Subdivision A—Subgroup 1 of Group T8                                                                                  244

5.10.1.................... Meaning of amount under clause 5.10.1.................................................. 244

5.10.2.................... Meaning of amount under clause 5.10.2.................................................. 244

5.10.3.................... Histopathological proof of malignancy in certain cases for purposes of certain items relating to surgical procedures................................................................................................. 244

5.10.4.................... Restrictions on items 30299 and 30300—patients.................................... 245

5.10.5.................... Items 30440, 30451, 30492 and 30495 do not include imaging................ 245

5.10.6.................... Restrictions on items 30688, 30690, 30692 and 30694—patient notes..... 245

5.10.7.................... Application of item 35412......................................................................... 245

5.10.8.................... Restrictions on items 31569, 31572, 31575, 31578, 31581, 31587 and 31590—services provided on same occasion.................................................................................................... 245

5.10.9.................... Items in Subgroup 1 of Group T8............................................................. 245

Subdivision B—Subgroups 2 and 3 of Group T8                                                                     279

5.10.10.................. Meaning of foreign body in items 35360 to 35363................................... 279

5.10.11.................. Application of items 32084 and 32087..................................................... 279

5.10.12.................. Restrictions on items 32500 to 32517 and 35321—methods of providing services 279

5.10.13.................. Restrictions on items 35404, 35406 and 35408........................................ 279

5.10.14.................. When artificial bowel sphincter is contraindicated for items 32220 and 32221        280

5.10.15.................. Meaning of eligible stroke centre.............................................................. 280

5.10.16.................. Items in Subgroups 2 and 3 of Group T8................................................. 280

Subdivision C—Subgroups 4, 5 and 6 of Group T8                                                                 302

5.10.17.................. Restriction on items in Subgroup 6 of Group T8—surgical techniques.... 302

5.10.18.................. Items in Subgroups 4, 5 and 6 of Group T8............................................. 303

Subdivision D—Subgroups 7 to 11 of Group T8                                                                      340

5.10.19.................. Items in Subgroups 7 to 11 of Group T8.................................................. 340

Subdivision E—Subgroups 12 and 13 of Group T8                                                                 367

5.10.20.................. Meaning of amount under clause 5.10.20................................................ 367

5.10.21.................. Meaning of NOSE Scale........................................................................... 367

5.10.22.................. Meaning of maxilla................................................................................... 367

5.10.23.................. Items in Subgroups 12 and 13 of Group T8............................................. 367

Subdivision F—Subgroup 14 of Group T8                                                                                390

5.10.24.................. Restriction on items 46300 to 46534—hand operations............................ 390

5.10.25.................. Items in Subgroup 14 of Group T8........................................................... 390

Subdivision G—Subgroups 15, 16 and 17 of Group T8                                                          394

5.10.26.................. Restriction on item 50303—timing........................................................... 394

5.10.27.................. Restrictions on items 51011 to 51112 and 51115 to 51171—services provided in conjunction with other services in Group T8................................................................................. 394

5.10.28.................. Restrictions on items 51061 to 51066—services provided in conjunction with certain other services     395

5.10.29.................. Meaning of motion segment...................................................................... 395

5.10.30.................. Items in Subgroups 15, 16 and 17 of Group T8....................................... 395

Division 5.11—Group T9: Assistance at operations                                                          430

5.11.1.................... Meaning of amount under clause 5.11.1.................................................. 430

5.11.2.................... Meaning of amount under clause 5.11.2.................................................. 430

5.11.3.................... Meaning of amount under clause 5.11.3.................................................. 430

5.11.4.................... Restrictions on items in Group T9—medical practitioner providing assistance at operations   430

5.11.5.................... Items in Group T9..................................................................................... 430

Part 6—Oral and maxillofacial services                                                                                          432

Division 6.1—Preliminary                                                                                                                432

6.1.1...................... Restriction on items Groups O1 to O11—providers of services............... 432

Division 6.2—Group O1: Consultations                                                                                   432

6.2.1...................... Items in Group O1.................................................................................... 432

Division 6.3—Group O2: Assistance at operation                                                              432

6.3.1...................... Meaning of amount under clause 6.3.1.................................................... 432

6.3.2...................... Restrictions on items in Group O2—approved dental practitioner providing assistance at operations     432

6.3.3...................... Items in Group O2.................................................................................... 433

Division 6.4—Group O3: General surgery                                                                             433

6.4.1...................... Items in Group O3.................................................................................... 433

Division 6.5—Group O4: Plastic and reconstructive                                                        438

6.5.1...................... Meaning of maxilla................................................................................... 438

6.5.2...................... Items in Group O4.................................................................................... 438

Division 6.6—Group O5: Preprosthetic                                                                                   441

6.6.1...................... Items in Group O5.................................................................................... 441

Division 6.7—Group O6: Neurosurgical                                                                                  442

6.7.1...................... Items in Group O6.................................................................................... 442

Division 6.8—Group O7: Ear, nose and throat                                                                    443

6.8.1...................... Items in Group O7.................................................................................... 443

Division 6.9—Group O8: Temporomandibular joint                                                        444

6.9.1...................... Items in Group O8.................................................................................... 444

Division 6.10—Group O9: Treatment of fractures                                                            445

6.10.1.................... Items in Group O9.................................................................................... 445

Division 6.11—Group O11: Regional or field nerve blocks                                          447

6.11.1.................... Items in Group O11.................................................................................. 447

Part 7—Dictionary                                                                                                                                       448

7.1.1...................... Dictionary................................................................................................. 448

Schedule 2—Repeals                                                                                                                                   460

Health Insurance (General Medical Services Table) Regulations 2019                                 460

 


1  Name

                   This instrument is the Health Insurance (General Medical Services Table) Regulations (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

1 May 2020.

1 May 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 the Health Insurance Act 1973.

4  General medical services table

                   For the purposes of subsection 4(1) of the Health Insurance Act 1973, Schedule 1 is prescribed as a table of medical services.

5  Schedule 2

                   Each instrument that is specified in Schedule 2 to this instrument is amended or repealed as set out in the applicable items in that Schedule, and any other item in that Schedule has effect according to its terms.


Schedule 1General medical services table

Note:       See section 4.

Part 1Preliminary

Division 1.1Interpretation

1.1.1  Dictionary

                   The Dictionary in Part 7 defines certain words and expressions that are used in this Schedule, and includes references to certain words and expressions that are defined elsewhere in this Schedule.

1.1.2  Meaning of eligible non‑vocationally recognised medical practitioner

             (1)  In this Schedule:

eligible non‑vocationally recognised medical practitioner means:

                     (a)  a medical practitioner (including an overseas trained practitioner or a temporary resident medical practitioner) who:

                              (i)  is registered as a medical practitioner under the Rural Other Medical Practitioners’ Program; and

                             (ii)  is providing general medical services in accordance with that Program; or

                     (b)  a medical practitioner who:

                              (i)  is registered as a medical practitioner under the Outer Metropolitan (Other Medical Practitioners) Relocation Incentive Program; and

                             (ii)  is providing general medical services in accordance with that Program; and

                            (iii)  is not vocationally registered under section 3F of the Act, but is required under that Program to undertake additional training or other activities:

                                        (A)  that could enable vocational registration within 4 years or, on written application, 5 years, after commencing the training or other activities; and

                                        (B)  of which the Chief Executive Medicare has written notice; or

                     (c)  a medical practitioner who:

                              (i)  is registered as a medical practitioner under the MedicarePlus for Other Medical Practitioners Program; and

                             (ii)  is providing general medical services in accordance with that Program; and

                            (iii)  is not vocationally registered under section 3F of the Act; or

                     (d)  a medical practitioner who:

                              (i)  is registered as a medical practitioner under the After Hours Other Medical Practitioners Program; and

                             (ii)  is providing general medical services in accordance with that Program; and

                            (iii)  is not vocationally registered under section 3F of the Act.

             (2)  In subclause (1):

After Hours Other Medical Practitioners Program means a program administered by the Chief Executive Medicare that, for medical services provided in accordance with the Program, provides a particular level of medicare benefits.

MedicarePlus for Other Medical Practitioners Program means a program administered by the Chief Executive Medicare that, for medical services provided in accordance with the Program, provides a particular level of medicare benefits.

Outer Metropolitan (Other Medical Practitioners) Relocation Incentive Program means a program administered by the Department that, for medical services provided in accordance with the Program, provides a particular level of medicare benefits.

Rural Other Medical Practitioners’ Program means a program administered by the Chief Executive Medicare that, for medical services provided in accordance with the Program, provides a particular level of medicare benefits.

1.1.3  General practitioners

                   For the purposes of paragraph (c) of the definition of general practitioner in subsection 3(1) of the Act, the following medical practitioners are specified:

                     (a)  a medical practitioner who is undertaking a placement in general practice that is approved by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (the RACGP):

                              (i)  as part of a training program for general practice leading to the award of Fellowship of the RACGP; or

                             (ii)  as part of another training program recognised by the RACGP as being of an equivalent standard;

                     (b)  an eligible non‑vocationally recognised medical practitioner;

                     (c)  a medical practitioner who is undertaking a placement in general practice as part of the Remote Vocational Training Scheme administered by Remote Vocational Training Scheme Limited;

                     (d)  a medical practitioner who is undertaking a placement in general practice that is approved by the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (the ACRRM):

                              (i)  as part of a training program for general practice leading to the award of Fellowship of the ACRRM; or

                             (ii)  as part of another training program recognised by the ACRRM as being of an equivalent standard.

Note:          For other medical practitioners who are general practitioners, see the definition of general practitioner in subsection 3(1) of the Act and section 22 of the Health Insurance Regulations 2018.

1.1.4  Meaning of multidisciplinary case conference

                   In this Schedule:

multidisciplinary case conference means a process by which a multidisciplinary case conference team carries out all of the following activities:

                     (a)  discussing a patient’s history;

                     (b)  identifying the patient’s multidisciplinary care needs;

                     (c)  identifying outcomes to be achieved by members of the multidisciplinary case conference team giving care and service to the patient;

                     (d)  identifying tasks that need to be undertaken to achieve these outcomes, and allocating those tasks to members of the multidisciplinary case conference team;

                     (e)  assessing whether previously identified outcomes (if any) have been achieved.

1.1.5  Meaning of multidisciplinary case conference team

             (1)  In this Schedule, a multidisciplinary case conference team for a patient:

                     (a)  includes a medical practitioner; and

                     (b)  either:

                              (i)  for items 735 to 758, 825 to 828, 855 to 858, 6029 to 6042 and 6064 to 6075—includes at least 2 other members; or

                             (ii)  for an item mentioned in subclause (3)—includes at least 3 other members; and

                     (c)  may also include a family member of the patient.

             (2)  For the members mentioned in paragraph (b):

                     (a)  each member must provide a different kind of care or service to the patient; and

                     (b)  each member must not be an unpaid carer of the patient; and

                     (c)  one member may be another medical practitioner.

Example:    Other members may be allied health professionals, home and community service providers and care organisers, including the following:

(a)    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioners;

(b)    asthma educators;

(c)    audiologists;

(d)    dental therapists;

(e)    dentists;

(f)    diabetes educators;

(g)    dieticians;

(h)    mental health workers;

(i)     occupational therapists;

(j)     optometrists;

(k)    orthoptists;

(l)     orthotists or prosthetists;

(m)   pharmacists;

(n)    physiotherapists;

(o)    podiatrists;

(p)    psychologists;

(q)    registered nurses;

(r)    social workers;

(s)    speech pathologists;

(t)     education providers;

(u)    “meals on wheels” providers;

(v)    personal care workers;

(w)   probation officers.

             (3)  For the purposes of subparagraph (1)(b)(ii), the items are items 820, 822, 823, 830, 832, 834, 2946, 2949, 2954, 2978, 2984, 2988, 3032, 3040, 3044, 3069 and 3074.

1.1.6  Meaning of single course of treatment

             (1)  Use this clause for items 104 to 131, 133, 384 to 388, 2799, 2801 to 2840, 3003, 3005 to 3028, 6004, 6007 to 6015, 6018, 6019, 6024, 6025, 6026, 6051, 6052, 6058, 6059, 6060, 6062, 6063, 16401, 16404, 16406, 51700 and 51703.

             (2)  A single course of treatment for a patient:

                     (a)  includes:

                              (i)  the initial attendance on the patient by a specialist or consultant physician; and

                             (ii)  the continuing management or treatment up to and including the stage when the patient is referred back to the care of the referring practitioner; and

                            (iii)  any subsequent review of the patient’s condition by the specialist or consultant physician that may be necessary, whether the review is initiated by the referring practitioner or by the specialist or consultant physician; but

                     (b)  does not include:

                              (i)  referral of the patient to the specialist or consultant physician; or

                             (ii)  an attendance (the later attendance) on the patient by the specialist or consultant physician, after the end of the period of validity of the last referral to have application under section 102 of the Health Insurance Regulations 2018 if:

                                        (A)  the referring practitioner considers the later attendance necessary for the patient’s condition to be reviewed; and

                                        (B)  the patient was most recently attended by the specialist or consultant physician more than 9 months before the later attendance.

Note:          Division 4 of Part 11 of the Health Insurance Regulations 2018 prescribes the manner in which patients are to be referred when an item in this Schedule specifies a service that is to be rendered by a specialist or consultant physician to a patient who has been referred.

1.1.7  Meaning of symbol (H)

                   An item in this Schedule including the symbol (H) applies only to a service performed or provided in a hospital.

1.1.8  References in this Schedule to items include items determined under section 3C of the Act

                   A reference in this Schedule to an item includes a reference to an item relating to a health service that, under a determination in force under subsection 3C(1) of the Act, is treated as if there were an item in the table that relates to the service.

Division 1.2General application provisions

1.2.1  Application

                   An item in this Schedule does not apply to a service provided in contravention of a law of the Commonwealth, a State or Territory.

1.2.2  Restrictions on certain items—attendances by specialists and consultant physicians without referrals

             (1)  Use this clause for items 99 to 137, 141 to 149, 288 to 389, 2799, 2801 to 2840, 3003, 3005 to 3028, 6004, 6007 to 6016, 6018 to 6028, 6051 to 6063, 13210, 16399, 16401, 16404, 16407, 16408, 16508, 16509, 16533, 16534, 17609 and 17640 to 17655.

             (2)  The item does not apply to an attendance on a patient by a specialist or consultant physician if:

                     (a)  the attendance forms part of a single course of treatment for the patient; and

                     (b)  the attendance is after the end of the period of validity (under section 102 of the Health Insurance Regulations 2018) of the referral that was valid for the initial attendance on the patient by the specialist or consultant physician in the single course of treatment; and

                     (c)  the attendance is not within the period of validity (under section 102 of the Health Insurance Regulations 2018) of a later referral.

Note:          Division 4 of Part 11 of the Health Insurance Regulations 2018 prescribes the manner in which patients are to be referred when an item in this Schedule specifies a service that is to be rendered by a specialist or consultant physician to a patient who has been referred.

1.2.3  Restrictions on certain items—attendances by specialist radiologists in conjunction with certain diagnostic imaging services

             (1)  Use this clause for items 52, 53, 54, 57, 104 and 105.

             (2)  The item does not apply to an attendance on a patient by a specialist in the specialty of diagnostic radiology if the attendance is in association with a service to which any of the following items of the diagnostic imaging services table applies:

                     (a)  an item in Subgroup 6 of Group I1;

                     (b)  an item in any of Subgroups 1 to 7 of Group I3;

                     (c)  items 58900 and 58903 in Subgroup 8 of Group I3;

                     (d)  item 59103 in Subgroup 9 of Group I3.

1.2.4  Restrictions on certain items—attendances by specialists and consultant physicians on same day as they perform certain surgical operations

             (1)  Use this clause for items 105, 116, 119, 386, 2806, 2814, 3010, 3014, 6019, 6052 and 16404.

             (2)  The item does not apply to a service if:

                     (a)  the service is an attendance on a patient by a specialist or a consultant physician on the same day as the day on which an operation is performed on the patient by the specialist or consultant physician; and

                     (b)  the operation is a service to which an item in Group T8 applies; and

                     (c)  the amount specified in the item in Group T8 as the fee for a service to which that item applies is $304.80 or more.

1.2.5  Professional attendance services—matters included

             (1)  Use this clause for items 3 to 338, 348 to 389, 410 to 417, 585 to 600, 900, 903, 2497 to 2840, 3003, 3005 to 3028, 5000 to 5267, 6004, 6007 to 6016, 6018 to 6026, 6051 to 6063, 13210, 13899, 16399, 16401, 16404, 16406, 16407, 16508, 16509, 16533, 16534, 17609 to 17690 and 90020 to 90096.

             (2)  A 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.

             (3)  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 3 to 65, 5000 to 5267 and 90020 to 90096; and

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

1.2.6  Personal attendance by medical practitioners generally—application and matters included

             (1)  Use this clause for items 3 to 149, 173 to 338, 348 to 417, 585 to 600, 2100 to 2478, 2497 to 2840, 3003, 3005 to 3028, 4001 to 6016, 6018 to 6024, 6051 to 6058, 6062, 6063, 10801 to 10816, 11012 to 11021, 11304, 11600, 11627, 11701, 11724, 11921 to 12004, 12201, 13030 to 13104, 13106 to 13110, 13209, 13210, 13290 to 13700, 13815 to 13899, 14100 to 14124, 14203 to 14212, 14224, 14255 to 14288, 15600, 16003 to 16512, 16515 to 51318 and 90020 to 90096.

             (2)  The item applies to a service provided in the course of a personal attendance by a single medical practitioner on a single patient on a single occasion.

             (3)  A personal attendance by the medical practitioner on the patient includes any of the following:

                     (a)  a telepsychiatry consultation to which any of items 353 to 361 applies;

                     (b)  the planning, management and supervision of the patient on home dialysis to which item 13104 applies;

                     (c)  participating in a video conferencing consultation referred to in items 99, 112 to 114, 149, 288, 384, 389, 2100, 2122, 2125, 2126, 2137, 2138, 2143, 2147, 2179, 2195, 2199, 2220, 2461, 2463, 2464, 2465, 2471, 2472, 2475, 2478, 2799, 2820, 3003, 3015, 6004, 6016, 6025, 6026, 6059, 6060, 13210, 16399 and 17609.

1.2.7  Personal attendance by medical practitioners—application and matters included

             (1)  Use this clause for items 3 to 723, 732, 900 to 6016, 6018 to 6024, 6028, 6051 to 6058, 6062, 6063, 10801 to 10816, 11012 to 11021, 11304, 11600, 11627, 11701, 11722, 11724, 11728, 11820, 11823, 11921, 12000, 12003, 12004, 12201, 13030 to 13104, 13106 to 13110, 13209, 13210, 13290 to 13700, 13815 to 13899, 14100 to 14124, 14203 to 14212, 14224, 14255 to 14288, 15600, 16003 to 16512, 16515 to 51318 and 90020 to 90096.

             (2)  The item applies to a service provided during a personal attendance by:

                     (a)  a medical practitioner (other than a medical practitioner employed by the proprietor of a hospital that is not a private hospital); or

                     (b)  a medical practitioner who:

                              (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.

             (3)  Subclause (2) applies whether or not another person provides essential assistance to the medical practitioner in accordance with accepted medical practice.

             (4)  A personal attendance by the medical practitioner on the patient includes any of the following:

                     (a)  a telepsychiatry consultation to which any of items 353 to 361 applies;

                     (b)  the planning, management and supervision of the patient on home dialysis to which item 13104 applies;

                     (c)  participating in a video conferencing consultation referred to in items 99, 112 to 114, 149, 288, 384, 389, 2100, 2122, 2125, 2126, 2137, 2138, 2143, 2147, 2179, 2195, 2199, 2220, 2461, 2463, 2464, 2465, 2471, 2472, 2475, 2478, 2799, 2820, 3003, 3015, 6004, 6016, 6025, 6026, 6059, 6060, 13210, 16399 and 17609.

1.2.8  Restriction on items—services provided with non‑medicare services

                   Items 3 to 10816 and 90020 to 90096 do not apply to a service described in the item if the service is provided at the same time as, or in connection with, a non‑medicare service.

1.2.9  Restrictions on items—services rendered in certain circumstances or for certain purposes

                   An item in this Schedule does not apply to a service described in the item if the service is rendered in any of the following circumstances:

                     (a)  the service is rendered in relation to the provision of chelation therapy, in the form of the intravenous administration of ethylenediamine tetra‑acetic acid or any of its salts, otherwise than for the treatment of heavy‑metal poisoning;

                     (b)  the service is rendered in association with the injection of human chorionic gonadotrophin in the management of obesity;

                     (c)  the service is rendered in relation to the use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy in the treatment of multiple sclerosis;

                     (d)  the service is rendered for the purpose of, or in relation to, the removal of tattoos;

                     (e)  the service is rendered for the purposes of, or in relation to, the removal from a cadaver of kidneys for transplantation;

                      (f)  the service is rendered to a patient of a hospital for the purposes of, or in relation to:

                              (i)  the transplantation of a thoracic or abdominal organ, other than a kidney, or of part of an organ of that kind; or

                             (ii)  the transplantation of a kidney in conjunction with the transplantation of a thoracic or other abdominal organ, or of a part of an organ of that kind;

                     (g)  the service is rendered for the purpose of administering microwave (UHF radiowave) cancer therapy, including the intravenous injection of drugs used immediately before or during the therapy;

                     (h)  the service is rendered to a patient at the same time as, or in connection with, an injection of blood or a blood product that is autologous.

1.2.10  Restriction on items—services provided with harvesting, storage, in vitro processing or injection of non‑haematopoietic stem cells

                   An item in this Schedule does not apply to a service described in the item if the service is provided to a patient at the same time as, or in connection with, the harvesting, storage, in vitro processing or injection of non‑haematopoietic stem cells.

1.2.11  Services that may be provided by persons other than medical practitioners

             (1)  Use this clause for items 10983 to 10989, 10997, 11000, 11003, 11004, 11005, 11006, 11009, 11024, 11027, 11200, 11203, 11204, 11205, 11210, 11211, 11215, 11218, 11221, 11224, 11235, 11237, 11240, 11241, 11242, 11243, 11244, 11300, 11303, 11306, 11309, 11312, 11315, 11318, 11324, 11327, 11330, 11332, 11333, 11336, 11339, 11503, 11505, 11506, 11507, 11508, 11512, 11602, 11604, 11605, 11610, 11611, 11612, 11614, 11615, 11700, 11702, 11708, 11709, 11710, 11711, 11712, 11713, 11715, 11718, 11721, 11725, 11726, 11727, 11800, 11810, 11830, 11833, 11900, 11903, 11906, 11909, 11912, 11915, 11919, 12012, 12017, 12021, 12022, 12024, 12200, 12203, 12204, 12205, 12207, 12208, 12210, 12213, 12215, 12217, 12250 to 12272, 12500 to 12527, 13015, 13020, 13025, 13200 to 13203, 13206, 13212, 13215, 13218, 13221, 13703, 13706, 13709, 13750, 13755, 13757, 13760, 13915 to 13948, 14050, 14218, 14221, 15000 to 15336, 15339 to 15357, 15500 to 15539 and 16514.

             (2)  The item applies whether the medical service is given by:

                     (a)  a medical practitioner; or

                     (b)  a person, other than a medical practitioner, who:

                              (i)  is employed by a medical practitioner; or

                             (ii)  in accordance with accepted medical practice, acts under the supervision of a medical practitioner.

1.2.12  Restriction on items—services involving video conferences between patients and medical practitioners separated by at least 15 km

                   If it is a condition of a service, in an item, involving a video conference between a patient and a medical practitioner that the patient and practitioner be at least 15 km by road from one another, the item does not apply if the patient or the practitioner travels to ensure that the condition is met.

Note:          This clause has effect whether the condition is set out in the item or not.

Part 2Attendances

Division 2.1Preliminary

2.1.1  Meaning of amount under clause 2.1.1

                   In an item of this Schedule mentioned in column 1 of table 2.1.1:

amount under clause 2.1.1 means the sum of:

                     (a)  the fee mentioned in column 2 for the item; and

                     (b)  either:

                              (i)  if a practitioner attends not more than 6 patients in a single attendance—the amount mentioned in column 3 for the item, divided by the number of patients attended; or

                             (ii)  if a practitioner attends more than 6 patients in a single attendance—the amount mentioned in column 4 for the item.

 

Table 2.1.1—Amount under clause 2.1.1

Item

Column 1

Items of this Schedule

Column 2

Fee

Column 3

Amount if not more than 6 patients (to be divided by the number of patients) ($)

Column 4

Amount if more than 6 patients ($)

1

4

The fee for item 3

26.75

2.10

2

24

The fee for item 23

26.75

2.10

3

37

The fee for item 36

26.75

2.10

4

47

The fee for item 44

26.75

2.10

5

58

$8.50

15.50

0.70

6

59, 2610, 2631, 2673

$16.00

17.50

0.70

7

60, 2613, 2633, 2675

$35.50

15.50

0.70

8

65, 2616, 2635, 2677

$57.50

15.50

0.70

9

195

The fee for item 193

26.35

2.05

10

414

The fee for item 410

26.25

2.05

11

415

The fee for item 411

26.25

2.05

12

416

The fee for item 412

26.25

2.05

13

417

The fee for item 413

26.25

2.05

14

2503

The fee for item 2501

26.35

2.05

15

2506

The fee for item 2504

26.35

2.05

16

2509

The fee for item 2507

26.35

2.05

17

2518

The fee for item 2517

26.35

2.05

18

2522

The fee for item 2521

26.35

2.05

19

2526

The fee for item 2525

26.35

2.05

20

2547

The fee for item 2546

26.35

2.05

21

2553

The fee for item 2552

26.35

2.05

22

2559

The fee for item 2558

26.35

2.05

23

5003

The fee for item 5000

26.35

2.05

24

5010

The fee for item 5000

47.45

3.35

25

5023

The fee for item 5020

26.35

2.05

26

5028

The fee for item 5020

47.45

3.35

27

5043

The fee for item 5040

26.35

2.05

28

5049

The fee for item 5040

47.45

3.35

29

5063

The fee for item 5060

26.35

2.05

30

5067

The fee for item 5060

47.45

3.35

31

5220

$18.50

15.50

0.70

32

5223

$26.00

17.50

0.70

33

5227

$45.50

15.50

0.70

34

5228

$67.50

15.50

0.70

35

5260

$18.50

27.95

1.25

36

5263

$26.00

31.55

1.25

37

5265

$45.50

27.95

1.25

38

5267

$67.50

27.95

1.25

 

Division 2.2Group A1: General practitioner attendances to which no other item applies

2.2.1  Items in Group A1

                   This clause sets out items in Group A1.

 

Group A1—General practitioner attendances to which no other item applies

Column 1

Item

Column 2

Description

Column 3

Fee ($)

3

Professional attendance at consulting rooms (other than a service to which another item applies) by a general 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

17.50

4

Professional attendance by a general practitioner (other than attendance at consulting rooms or a residential aged care facility or a service to which another item in this Schedule applies) that requires a short patient history and, if necessary, limited examination and management—an attendance on one or more patients at one place on one occasion—each patient

Amount under clause 2.1.1

23

Professional attendance by a general practitioner at consulting rooms (other than a service to which another item in this Schedule applies), lasting less than 20 minutes and including any of the following that are clinically relevant:

(a) taking a patient history;

(b) performing a clinical examination;

(c) arranging any necessary investigation;

(d) implementing a management plan;

(e) providing appropriate preventive health care;

for one or more health‑related issues, with appropriate documentation

38.20

24

Professional attendance by a general practitioner (other than attendance at consulting rooms or a residential aged care facility or a service to which another item in this Schedule applies), lasting less than 20 minutes and including any of the following that are clinically relevant:

(a) taking a patient history;

(b) performing a clinical examination;

(c) arranging any necessary investigation;

(d) implementing a management plan;

(e) providing appropriate preventive health care;

for one or more health‑related issues, with appropriate documentation—an attendance on one or more patients at one place on one occasion—each patient

Amount under clause 2.1.1

36

Professional attendance by a general practitioner at consulting rooms (other than a service to which another item in this Schedule applies), lasting at least 20 minutes and including any of the following that are clinically relevant:

(a) taking a detailed patient history;

(b) performing a clinical examination;

(c) arranging any necessary investigation;

(d) implementing a management plan;

(e) providing appropriate preventive health care;

for one or more health‑related issues, with appropriate documentation

73.95

37

Professional attendance by a general practitioner (other than attendance at consulting rooms or a residential aged care facility or a service to which another item in this Schedule applies), lasting at least 20 minutes and including any of the following that are clinically relevant:

(a) taking a detailed patient history;

(b) performing a clinical examination;

(c) arranging any necessary investigation;

(d) implementing a management plan;

(e) providing appropriate preventive health care;

for one or more health‑related issues, with appropriate documentation—an attendance on one or more patients at one place on one occasion—each patient

Amount under clause 2.1.1

44

Professional attendance by a general practitioner at consulting rooms (other than a service to which another item in this Schedule applies), lasting at least 40 minutes and including any of the following that are clinically relevant:

(a) taking an extensive patient history;

(b) performing a clinical examination;

(c) arranging any necessary investigation;

(d) implementing a management plan;

(e) providing appropriate preventive health care;

for one or more health‑related issues, with appropriate documentation

108.85

47

Professional attendance by a general practitioner (other than attendance at consulting rooms or a residential aged care facility or a service to which another item in this Schedule applies), lasting at least 40 minutes and including any of the following that are clinically relevant:

(a) taking an extensive patient history;

(b) performing a clinical examination;

(c) arranging any necessary investigation;

(d) implementing a management plan;

(e) providing appropriate preventive health care;

for one or more health‑related issues, with appropriate documentation—an attendance on one or more patients at one place on one occasion—each patient

Amount under clause 2.1.1

 

Division 2.3Group A2: Other non‑referred attendances to which no other item applies

2.3.1  Items in Group A2

                   This clause sets out items in Group A2.

 

Group A2—Other non‑referred attendances to which no other item applies

Column 1

Item

Column 2

Description

Column 3

Fee ($)

52

Professional attendance at consulting rooms lasting not more than 5 minutes (other than a service to which any other item applies) by:

(a) a medical practitioner who is not a general practitioner; or

(b) a Group A1 disqualified general practitioner

11.00

53

Professional attendance at consulting rooms lasting more than 5 minutes, but not more than 25 minutes (other than a service to which any other item applies) by:

(a) a medical practitioner who is not a general practitioner; or

(b) a Group A1 disqualified general practitioner

21.00

54

Professional attendance at consulting rooms lasting more than 25 minutes, but not more than 45 minutes (other than a service to which any other item applies) by:

(a) a medical practitioner who is not a general practitioner; or

(b) a Group A1 disqualified general practitioner

38.00

57

Professional attendance at consulting rooms lasting more than 45 minutes (other than a service to which any other item applies) by:

(a) a medical practitioner who is not a general practitioner; or

(b) a Group A1 disqualified general practitioner

61.00

58

Professional attendance (other than an attendance at consulting rooms or a residential aged care facility or a service to which any other item in this Schedule applies), lasting not more than 5 minutes—an attendance on one or more patients at one place on one occasion—each patient, by:

(a) a medical practitioner who is not a general practitioner; or

(b) a Group A1 disqualified general practitioner

Amount under clause 2.1.1

59

Professional attendance (other than an attendance at consulting rooms or a residential aged care facility or a service to which any other item in this Schedule applies) lasting more than 5 minutes, but not more than 25 minutes—an attendance on one or more patients at one place on one occasion—each patient, by:

(a) a medical practitioner who is not a general practitioner; or

(b) a Group A1 disqualified general practitioner

Amount under clause 2.1.1

60

Professional attendance (other than an attendance at consulting rooms or a residential aged care facility or a service to which any other item in this Schedule applies) lasting more than 25 minutes, but not more than 45 minutes—an attendance on one or more patients at one place on one occasion—each patient, by:

(a) a medical practitioner who is not a general practitioner; or

(b) a Group A1 disqualified general practitioner

Amount under clause 2.1.1

65

Professional attendance (other than an attendance at consulting rooms or a residential aged care facility or a service to which any other item in this Schedule applies) lasting more than 45 minutes—an attendance on one or more patients at one place on one occasion—each patient, by:

(a) a medical practitioner who is not a general practitioner; or

(b) a Group A1 disqualified general practitioner

Amount under clause 2.1.1

 

Division 2.4Group A3: Specialist attendances to which no other item applies

2.4.1  Items in Group A3

                   This clause sets out items in Group A3.

 

Group A3—Specialist attendances to which no other item applies

Column 1

Item

Column 2

Description

Column 3

Fee ($)

99

Professional attendance on a patient by a specialist practising in the specialist’s specialty if:

(a) the attendance is by video conference; and

(b) the attendance is for a service:

(i) provided with item 104 lasting more than 10 minutes; or

(ii) provided with item 105; and

(c) the patient is not an admitted patient; and

(d) the patient:

(i) is located both:

(A) within a telehealth eligible area; and

(B) at the time of the attendance—at least 15 km by road from the specialist; or

(ii) is a care recipient in a residential aged care facility; or

(iii) is a patient of:

(A) an Aboriginal Medical Service; or

(B) an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service;

      for which a direction made under subsection 19(2) of the Act applies

50% of the fee for item 104 or 105

104

Professional attendance at consulting rooms or hospital by a specialist in the practice of the specialist’s specialty after referral of the patient to the specialist—initial attendance in a single course of treatment, other than a service to which item 106, 109 or 16401 applies

88.25

105

Professional attendance by a specialist in the practice of the specialist’s specialty following referral of the patient to the specialist—an attendance after the initial attendance in a single course of treatment, if that attendance is at consulting rooms or hospital, other than a service to which item 16404 applies

44.35

106

Professional attendance by a specialist in the practice of the specialist’s specialty of ophthalmology and following referral of the patient to the specialist—an initial attendance at which the only service provided is refraction testing for the issue of a prescription for spectacles or contact lenses, if that attendance is at consulting rooms or hospital (other than a service to which any of items 104, 109 and 10801 to 10816 applies)

73.20

107

Professional attendance by a specialist in the practice of the specialist’s specialty following referral of the patient to the specialist—an initial attendance, if that attendance is at a place other than consulting rooms or hospital

129.45

108

Professional attendance by a specialist in the practice of the specialist’s specialty following referral of the patient to the specialist—an attendance after the initial attendance in a single course of treatment, if that attendance is at a place other than consulting rooms or hospital

81.95

109

Professional attendance by a specialist in the practice of the specialist’s specialty of ophthalmology following referral of the patient to the specialist—an initial attendance at which a comprehensive eye examination, including pupil dilation, is performed on:

(a) a patient aged 9 years or younger; or

(b) a patient aged 14 years or younger with developmental delay;

(other than a service to which any of items 104, 106 and 10801 to 10816 applies)

198.85

111

Professional attendance at consulting rooms or in hospital by a specialist in the practice of the specialist’s specialty following referral of the patient to the specialist by a referring practitioner—an attendance after the initial attendance in a single course of treatment, if:

(a) during the attendance, the specialist determines the need to perform an operation on the patient that had not otherwise been scheduled; and

(b) the specialist subsequently performs the operation on the patient, on the same day; and

(c) the operation is a service to which an item in Group T8 applies; and

(d) the amount specified in the item in Group T8 as the fee for a service to which that item applies is $304.80 or more

For any particular patient, once only on the same day

44.35

113

Initial professional attendance lasting 10 minutes or less on a patient by a specialist in the practice of the specialist’s speciality if:

(a) the attendance is by video conference; and

(b) the patient is not an admitted patient; and

(c) the patient:

(i) is located both:

(A) within a telehealth eligible area; and

(B) at the time of the attendance—at least 15 km by road from the specialist; or

(ii) is a care recipient in a residential aged care facility; or

(iii) is a patient of:

(A) an Aboriginal Medical Service; or

(B) an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service;

      for which a direction made under subsection 19(2) of the Act applies; and

(d) no other initial consultation has taken place for a single course of treatment

66.20

115

Professional attendance at consulting rooms or in hospital on a day by a medical practitioner (the attending practitioner) who is a specialist or consultant physician in the practice of the attending practitioner’s specialty after referral of the patient to the attending practitioner by a referring practitioner—an attendance after the initial attendance in a single course of treatment, if:

(a) the attending practitioner performs a scheduled operation on the patient on the same day; and

(b) the operation is a service to which an item in Group T8 applies; and

(c) the amount specified in the item in Group T8 as the fee for a service to which that item applies is $304.80 or more; and

(d) the attendance is unrelated to the scheduled operation; and

(e) it is considered a clinical risk to defer the attendance to a later day

For any particular patient, once only on the same day

44.35

Division 2.5Group A4: Consultant physician (other than psychiatry) attendances to which no other item applies

2.5.1  Items in Group A4

                   This clause sets out items in Group A4.

 

Group A4—Consultant physician (other than psychiatry) attendances to which no other item applies

Column 1

Item

Column 2

Description

Column 3

Fee ($)

110

Professional attendance at consulting rooms or hospital, by a consultant physician in the practice of the consultant physician’s specialty (other than psychiatry) following referral of the patient to the consultant physician by a referring practitioner—initial attendance in a single course of treatment

155.60

112

Professional attendance on a patient by a consultant physician practising in the consultant physician’s specialty if:

(a) the attendance is by video conference; and

(b) the attendance is for a service:

(i) provided with item 110 lasting more than 10 minutes; or

(ii) provided with item 116, 119, 132 or 133; and

(c) the patient is not an admitted patient; and

(d) the patient:

(i) is located both:

(A) within a telehealth eligible area; and

(B) at the time of the attendance—at least 15 km by road from the physician; or

(ii) is a care recipient in a residential aged care facility; or

(iii) is a patient of:

(A) an Aboriginal Medical Service; or

(B) an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service;

      for which a direction made under subsection 19(2) of the Act applies

50% of the fee for item 110, 116, 119, 132 or 133

114

Initial professional attendance lasting 10 minutes or less on a patient by a consultant physician practising in the consultant physician’s specialty if:

(a) the attendance is by video conference; and

(b) the patient is not an admitted patient; and

(c) the patient:

(i) is located both:

(A) within a telehealth eligible area; and

(B) at the time of the attendance—at least 15 km by road from the physician; or

(ii) is a care recipient in a residential aged care facility; or

(iii) is a patient of:

(A) an Aboriginal Medical Service; or

(B) an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service;

      for which a direction made under subsection 19(2) of the Act applies; and

(d) no other initial consultation has taken place for a single course of treatment

116.75

116

Professional attendance at consulting rooms or hospital, by a consultant physician in the practice of the consultant physician’s specialty (other than psychiatry) following referral of the patient to the consultant physician by a referring practitioner—an attendance (other than a service to which item 119 applies) after the initial attendance in a single course of treatment

77.90

117

Professional attendance at consulting rooms or in hospital, by a consultant physician in the practice of the consultant physician’s specialty (other than psychiatry) following referral of the patient to the consultant physician by a referring practitioner—an attendance after the initial attendance in a single course of treatment, if:

(a) the attendance is not a minor attendance; and

(b) during the attendance, the consultant physician determines the need to perform an operation on the patient that had not otherwise been scheduled; and

(c) the consultant physician subsequently performs the operation on the patient, on the same day; and

(d) the operation is a service to which an item in Group T8 applies; and

(e) the amount specified in the item in Group T8 as the fee for a service to which that item applies is $304.80 or more

For any particular patient, once only on the same day

77.90

119

Professional attendance at consulting rooms or hospital, by a consultant physician in the practice of the consultant physician’s specialty (other than psychiatry) following referral of the patient to the consultant physician by a referring practitioner—minor attendance

44.35

120

Professional attendance at consulting rooms or in hospital by a consultant physician in the practice of the consultant physician’s specialty (other than psychiatry) following referral of the patient to the consultant physician by a referring practitioner—minor attendance, if:

(a) during the attendance, the consultant physician determines the need to perform an operation on the patient that had not otherwise been scheduled; and

(b) the consultant physician subsequently performs the operation on the patient, on the same day; and

(c) the operation is a service to which an item in Group T8 applies; and

(d) the amount specified in the item in Group T8 as the fee for a service to which that item applies is $304.80 or more

For any particular patient, once only on the same day

44.35

122

Professional attendance at a place other than consulting rooms or hospital, by a consultant physician in the practice of the consultant physician’s specialty (other than psychiatry) following referral of the patient to the consultant physician by a referring practitioner—initial attendance in a single course of treatment

188.80

128

Professional attendance at a place other than consulting rooms or hospital, by a consultant physician in the practice of the consultant physician’s specialty (other than psychiatry) following referral of the patient to the consultant physician by a referring practitioner—an attendance (other than a service to which item 131 applies) after the initial attendance in a single course of treatment

114.20

131

Professional attendance at a place other than consulting rooms or hospital, by a consultant physician in the practice of the consultant physician’s specialty (other than psychiatry) following referral of the patient to the consultant physician by a referring practitioner—minor attendance

82.25

132

Professional attendance by a consultant physician in the practice of the consultant physician’s specialty (other than psychiatry) lasting at least 45 minutes for an initial assessment of a patient with at least 2 morbidities (which may include complex congenital, developmental and behavioural disorders) following referral of the patient to the consultant physician by a referring practitioner, if:

(a) an assessment is undertaken that covers:

(i) a comprehensive history, including psychosocial history and medication review; and

(ii) comprehensive multi or detailed single organ system assessment; and

(iii) the formulation of differential diagnoses; and

(b) a consultant physician treatment and management plan of significant complexity is prepared and provided to the referring practitioner, which involves:

(i) an opinion on diagnosis and risk assessment; and

(ii) treatment options and decisions; and

(iii) medication recommendations; and

(c) an attendance on the patient to which item 110, 116 or 119 applies did not take place on the same day by the same consultant physician; and

(d) this item has not applied to an attendance on the patient in the preceding 12 months by the same consultant physician

272.15

133

Professional attendance by a consultant physician in the practice of the consultant physician’s specialty (other than psychiatry) lasting at least 20 minutes after the initial attendance in a single course of treatment for a review of a patient with at least 2 morbidities (which may include complex congenital, developmental and behavioural disorders) if:

(a) a review is undertaken that covers:

(i) review of initial presenting problems and results of diagnostic investigations; and

(ii) review of responses to treatment and medication plans initiated at time of initial consultation; and

(iii) comprehensive multi or detailed single organ system assessment; and

(iv) review of original and differential diagnoses; and

(b) the modified consultant physician treatment and management plan is provided to the referring practitioner, which involves, if appropriate:

(i) a revised opinion on the diagnosis and risk assessment; and

(ii) treatment options and decisions; and

(iii) revised medication recommendations; and

(c) an attendance on the patient to which item 110, 116 or 119 applies did not take place on the same day by the same consultant physician; and

(d) item 132 applied to an attendance claimed in the preceding 12 months; and

(e) the attendance under this item is claimed by the same consultant physician who claimed item 132 or a locum tenens; and

(f) this item has not applied more than twice in any 12 month period

136.25

 

Division 2.6Group A29: Early intervention services for children with autism, pervasive developmental disorder or disability

2.6.1  Meaning of eligible disability

                   In this Schedule:

eligible disability means any of the following:

                     (a)  sight impairment that results in vision of less than or equal to 6/18 vision or equivalent field loss in the better eye, with correction;

                     (b)  hearing impairment that results in:

                              (i)  a hearing loss of 40 decibels or greater in the better ear, across 4 frequencies; or

                             (ii)  permanent conductive hearing loss and auditory neuropathy;

                     (c)  deafblindness;

                     (d)  cerebral palsy;

                     (e)  Down syndrome;

                      (f)  Fragile X syndrome;

                     (g)  Prader‑Willi syndrome;

                     (h)  Williams syndrome;

                      (i)  Angelman syndrome;

                      (j)  Kabuki syndrome;

                     (k)  Smith‑Magenis syndrome;

                      (l)  CHARGE syndrome;

                    (m)  Cri du Chat syndrome;

                     (n)  Cornelia de Lange syndrome;

                     (o)  microcephaly, if a child has:

                              (i)  a head circumference less than the third percentile for age and sex; and

                             (ii)  a functional level at or below 2 standard deviations below the mean for age on a standard development test or an IQ score of less than 70 on a standardised test of intelligence;

                     (p)  Rett’s disorder.

2.6.2  Meaning of risk assessment

                   In items 135, 137 and 139:

risk assessment means an assessment of:

                     (a)  the risk to the patient of a contributing co‑morbidity; and

                     (b)  environmental, physical, social and emotional risk factors that may apply to the patient or to another individual.

2.6.3  Items in Group A29

                   This clause sets out items in Group A29.

 

Group A29—Early intervention services for children with autism, pervasive developmental disorder or disability

Column 1

Item

Column 2

Description

Column 3

Fee ($)

135

Professional attendance lasting at least 45 minutes at consulting rooms or hospital, by a consultant physician in the practice of the consultant physician’s specialty of paediatrics, following referral of the patient to the consultant by a referring practitioner, for assessment, diagnosis and preparation of a treatment and management plan for a patient aged under 13 years with autism or another pervasive developmental disorder, if the consultant paediatrician does all of the following:

(a) undertakes a comprehensive assessment and makes a diagnosis (if appropriate, using information provided by an eligible allied health provider);

(b) develops a treatment and management plan, which must include the following:

(i) an assessment and diagnosis of the patient’s condition;

(ii) a risk assessment;

(iii) treatment options and decisions;

(iv) if necessary—medical recommendations;

(c) provides a copy of the treatment and management plan to:

(i) the referring practitioner; and

(ii) one or more allied health providers, if appropriate, for the treatment of the patient;

(other than attendance on a patient for whom payment has previously been made under this item or item 137, 139 or 289)

272.15

137

Professional attendance lasting at least 45 minutes at consulting rooms or hospital, by a specialist or consultant physician (not including a general practitioner) following referral of the patient to the specialist or consultant physician by a referring practitioner, for assessment, diagnosis and preparation of a treatment and management plan for a patient under 13 years with an eligible disability if the specialist or consultant physician does all of the following:

(a) undertakes a comprehensive assessment and makes a diagnosis (if appropriate, using information provided by an eligible allied health provider);

(b) develops a treatment and management plan, which must include the following:

(i) an assessment and diagnosis of the patient’s condition;

(ii) a risk assessment;

(iii) treatment options and decisions;

(iv) if necessary—medication recommendations;

(c) provides a copy of the treatment and management plan to one or more allied health providers, if appropriate, for the treatment of the patient;

(other than attendance on a patient for whom payment has previously been made under this item or item 135, 139 or 289)

272.15

139

Professional attendance lasting at least 45 minutes at consulting rooms only, by a general practitioner (not including a specialist or consultant physician) for assessment, diagnosis and preparation of a treatment and management plan for a patient under 13 years with an eligible disability if the general practitioner does all of the following:

(a) undertakes a comprehensive assessment and makes a diagnosis (if appropriate, using information provided by an eligible allied health provider);

(b) develops a treatment and management plan, which must include the following:

(i) an assessment and diagnosis of the patient’s condition;

(ii) a risk assessment;

(iii) treatment options and decisions;

(iv) if necessary—medication recommendations;

(c) provides a copy of the treatment and management plan to one or more allied health providers, if appropriate, for the treatment of the patient;

(other than attendance on a patient for whom payment has previously been made under this item or item 135, 137 or 289)

136.65

 

Division 2.7Group A28: Geriatric medicine

2.7.1  Items in Group A28

                   This clause sets out items in Group A28.

 

Group A28—Geriatric medicine

Column 1

Item

Column 2

Description

Column 3

Fee ($)

141

Professional attendance lasting more than 60 minutes at consulting rooms or hospital by a consultant physician or specialist in the practice of the consultant physician’s or specialist’s specialty of geriatric medicine, if:

(a) the patient is at least 65 years old and referred by a medical practitioner practising in general practice (including a general practitioner, but not including a specialist or consultant physician) or a participating nurse practitioner; and

(b) the attendance is initiated by the referring practitioner for the provision of a comprehensive assessment and management plan; and

(c) during the attendance:

(i) the medical, physical, psychological and social aspects of the patient’s health are evaluated in detail using appropriately validated assessment tools if indicated (the assessment); and

(ii) the patient’s various health problems and care needs are identified and prioritised (the formulation); and

(iii) a detailed management plan is prepared (the management plan) setting out:

(A) the prioritised list of health problems and care needs; and

(B) short and longer term management goals; and

(C) recommended actions or intervention strategies to be undertaken by the patient’s general practitioner or another relevant health care provider that are likely to improve or maintain health status and are readily available and acceptable to the patient and the patient’s family and carers; and

(iv) the management plan is explained and discussed with the patient and, if appropriate, the patient’s family and any carers; and

(v) the management plan is communicated in writing to the referring practitioner; and

(d) an attendance to which item 104, 105, 107, 108, 110, 116 or 119 applies has not been provided to the patient on the same day by the same practitioner; and

(e) an attendance to which this item or item 145 applies has not been provided to the patient by the same practitioner in the preceding 12 months

466.80

143

Professional attendance lasting more than 30 minutes at consulting rooms or hospital by a consultant physician or specialist in the practice of the consultant physician’s or specialist’s specialty of geriatric medicine to review a management plan previously prepared by that consultant physician or specialist under item 141 or 145, if:

(a) the review is initiated by the referring medical practitioner practising in general practice or a participating nurse practitioner; and

(b) during the attendance:

(i) the patient’s health status is reassessed; and

(ii) a management plan prepared under item 141 or 145 is reviewed and revised; and

(iii) the revised management plan is explained to the patient and (if appropriate) the patient’s family and any carers and communicated in writing to the referring practitioner; and

(c) an attendance to which item 104, 105, 107, 108, 110, 116 or 119 applies was not provided to the patient on the same day by the same practitioner; and

(d) an attendance to which item 141 or 145 applies has been provided to the patient by the same practitioner in the preceding 12 months; and

(e) an attendance to which this item or item 147 applies has not been provided to the patient in the preceding 12 months, unless there has been a significant change in the patient’s clinical condition or care circumstances that requires a further review

291.80

145

Professional attendance lasting more than 60 minutes at a place other than consulting rooms or hospital by a consultant physician or specialist in the practice of the consultant physician’s or specialist’s specialty of geriatric medicine, if:

(a) the patient is at least 65 years old and referred by a medical practitioner practising in general practice (including a general practitioner, but not including a specialist or consultant physician) or a participating nurse practitioner; and

(b) the attendance is initiated by the referring practitioner for the provision of a comprehensive assessment and management plan; and

(c) during the attendance:

(i) the medical, physical, psychological and social aspects of the patient’s health are evaluated in detail utilising appropriately validated assessment tools if indicated (the assessment); and

(ii) the patient’s various health problems and care needs are identified and prioritised (the formulation); and

(iii) a detailed management plan is prepared (the management plan) setting out:

(A) the prioritised list of health problems and care needs; and

(B) short and longer term management goals; and

(C) recommended actions or intervention strategies, to be undertaken by the patient’s general practitioner or another relevant health care provider that are likely to improve or maintain health status and are readily available and acceptable to the patient, the patient’s family and any carers; and

(iv) the management plan is explained and discussed with the patient and, if appropriate, the patient’s family and any carers; and

(v) the management plan is communicated in writing to the referring practitioner; and

(d) an attendance to which item 104, 105, 107, 108, 110, 116 or 119 applies has not been provided to the patient on the same day by the same practitioner; and

(e) an attendance to which this item or item 141 applies has not been provided to the patient by the same practitioner in the preceding 12 months

566.00

147

Professional attendance lasting more than 30 minutes at a place other than consulting rooms or hospital by a consultant physician or specialist in the practice of the consultant physician’s or specialist’s specialty of geriatric medicine to review a management plan previously prepared by that consultant physician or specialist under items 141 or 145, if:

(a) the review is initiated by the referring medical practitioner practising in general practice or a participating nurse practitioner; and

(b) during the attendance:

(i) the patient’s health status is reassessed; and

(ii) a management plan that was prepared under item 141 or 145 is reviewed and revised; and

(iii) the revised management plan is explained to the patient and (if appropriate) the patient’s family and any carers and communicated in writing to the referring practitioner; and

(c) an attendance to which item 104, 105, 107, 108, 110, 116 or 119 applies has not been provided to the patient on the same day by the same practitioner; and

(d) an attendance to which item 141 or 145 applies has been provided to the patient by the same practitioner in the preceding 12 months; and

(e) an attendance to which this item or 143 applies has not been provided by the same practitioner in the preceding 12 months, unless there has been a significant change in the patient’s clinical condition or care circumstances that requires a further review

353.80

149

Professional attendance on a patient by a consultant physician or specialist practising in the consultant physician’s or specialist’s specialty of geriatric medicine if:

(a) the attendance is by video conference; and

(b) item 141 or 143 applies to the attendance; and

(c) the patient is not an admitted patient; and

(d) the patient:

(i) is located both:

(A) within a telehealth eligible area; and

(B) at the time of the attendance—at least 15 km by road from the physician or specialist; or

(ii) is a care recipient in a residential aged care facility; or

(iii) is a patient of:

(A) an Aboriginal Medical Service; or

(B) an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service:

      for which a direction made under subsection 19(2) of the Act applies

50% of the fee for item 141 or 143

 

Division 2.8Group A5: Prolonged attendances to which no other item applies

2.8.1  Restrictions on items in Group A5

             (1)  Items 160 to 164 apply only to a service provided in the course of a personal attendance by one or more general practitioners, specialists or consultant physicians on a single patient on a single occasion.

             (2)  If the personal attendance is provided by one or more general practitioners, specialists or consultant physicians concurrently, each general practitioner, specialist or consultant physician may claim an attendance fee.

             (3)  However, if the personal attendance is not continuous, the occasion on which the service is provided is taken to be the total time of the attendance.

2.8.2  Items in Group A5

                   This clause sets out items in Group A5.

 

Group A5—Prolonged attendances to which no other item applies

Column 1

Item

Column 2

Description

Column 3

Fee ($)

160

Professional attendance for a period of not less than 1 hour but less than 2 hours (other than a service to which another item applies) on a patient in imminent danger of death

225.05

161

Professional attendance for a period of not less than 2 hours but less than 3 hours (other than a service to which another item applies) on a patient in imminent danger of death

375.05

162

Professional attendance for a period of not less than 3 hours but less than 4 hours (other than a service to which another item applies) on a patient in imminent danger of death

524.90

163

Professional attendance for a period of not less than 4 hours but less than 5 hours (other than a service to which another item applies) on a patient in imminent danger of death

675.20

164

Professional attendance for a period of 5 hours or more (other than a service to which another item applies) on a patient in imminent danger of death

750.20

 

Division 2.9Group A6: Group therapy

2.9.1  Items in Group A6

                   This clause sets out items in Group A6.

 

Group A6—Group therapy

Column 1

Item

Column 2

Description

Column 3

Fee ($)

170

Professional attendance for the purpose of group therapy lasting at least 1 hour given under the direct continuous supervision of a general practitioner, specialist or consultant physician (other than a consultant physician in the practice of the consultant physician’s specialty of psychiatry) involving members of a family and persons with close personal relationships with that family—each group of 2 patients

119.45

171

Professional attendance for the purpose of group therapy lasting at least 1 hour given under the direct continuous supervision of a general practitioner, specialist or consultant physician (other than a consultant physician in the practice of the consultant physician’s specialty of psychiatry) involving members of a family and persons with close personal relationships with that family—each group of 3 patients

125.85

172

Professional attendance for the purpose of group therapy lasting at least 1 hour given under the direct continuous supervision of a general practitioner, specialist or consultant physician (other than a consultant physician in the practice of the consultant physician’s specialty of psychiatry) involving members of a family and persons with close personal relationships with that family—each group of 4 or more patients

153.10

 

Division 2.10Group A7: Acupuncture and non‑specialist practitioner items

2.10.1  Meaning of qualified medical acupuncturist

                   A general practitioner is a qualified medical acupuncturist, for an item, if the Chief Executive Medicare has received a written notice from the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners stating that the general practitioner meets the skills requirements for providing the service described in the item.

2.10.2  Items in Group A7

                   This clause sets out items in Group A7.

 

Group A7—Acupuncture and non‑specialist practitioner items

Column 1

Item

Column 2

Description

Column 3

Fee ($)

Subgroup 1—Acupuncture

173

Professional attendance at which acupuncture is performed by a medical practitioner by application of stimuli on or through the surface of the skin by any means, including any consultation on the same occasion and another attendance on the same day related to the condition for which the acupuncture was performed

21.65

193

Professional attendance by a general practitioner who is a qualified medical acupuncturist, at a place other than a hospital, lasting less than 20 minutes and including any of the following that are clinically relevant:

(a) taking a patient history;

(b) performing a clinical examination;

(c) arranging any necessary investigation;

(d) implementing a management plan;

(e) providing appropriate preventive health care;

for one or more health‑related issues, with appropriate documentation, at which acupuncture is performed by the qualified medical acupuncturist by the application of stimuli on or through the skin by any means, including any consultation on the same occasion and another attendance on the same day related to the condition for which the acupuncture is performed

37.65

195

Professional attendance by a general practitioner who is a qualified medical acupuncturist, on one or more patients at a hospital, lasting less than 20 minutes and including any of the following that are clinically relevant:

(a) taking a patient history;

(b) performing a clinical examination;

(c) arranging any necessary investigation;

(d) implementing a management plan;

(e) providing appropriate preventive health care;

for one or more health‑related issues, with appropriate documentation, at which acupuncture is performed by the qualified medical acupuncturist by the application of stimuli on or through the skin by any means, including any consultation on the same occasion and another attendance on the same day related to the condition for which the acupuncture is performed

Amount under clause 2.1.1

197

Professional attendance by a general practitioner who is a qualified medical acupuncturist, at a place other than a hospital, lasting at least 20 minutes and including any of the following that are clinically relevant:

(a) taking a detailed patient history;

(b) performing a clinical examination;

(c) arranging any necessary investigation;

(d) implementing a management plan;

(e) providing appropriate preventive health care;

for one or more health‑related issues, with appropriate documentation, at which acupuncture is performed by the qualified medical acupuncturist by the application of stimuli on or through the skin by any means, including any consultation on the same occasion and another attendance on the same day related to the condition for which the acupuncture is performed

72.85

199

Professional attendance by a general practitioner who is a qualified medical acupuncturist, at a place other than a hospital, lasting at least 40 minutes and including any of the following that are clinically relevant:

(a) taking an extensive patient history;

(b) performing a clinical examination;

(c) arranging any necessary investigation;

(d) implementing a management plan;

(e) providing appropriate preventive health care;

for one or more health‑related issues, with appropriate documentation, at which acupuncture is performed by the qualified medical acupuncturist by the application of stimuli on or through the skin by any means, including any consultation on the same occasion and another attendance on the same day related to the condition for which the acupuncture is performed

107.25

 

Division 2.11Group A8: Consultant psychiatrist attendances to which no other item applies

2.11.1  Restriction on timing of services in items 291, 293 and 359

                   Items 291, 293 and 359 may only apply once in a 12 month period.

2.11.2  Restriction on items 342, 344 and 346

                   Items 342, 344 and 346 apply only to a service provided in the course of a personal attendance by a single medical practitioner.

2.11.3  Restriction on items 353 to 361—location of patient

                   Items 353 to 361 apply only to a consultation that is provided to a patient in a regional, rural or remote area.

2.11.4  Meaning of risk assessment

                   In item 289:

risk assessment means an assessment of:

                     (a)  the risk to the patient of a contributing co‑morbidity; and

                     (b)  environmental, physical, social and emotional risk factors that may apply to the patient or to another individual.

2.11.5  Items in Group A8

                   This clause sets out items in Group A8.

 

Group A8—Consultant psychiatrist attendances to which no other item applies

Column 1

Item

Column 2

Description

Column 3

Fee ($)

288

Professional attendance on a patient by a consultant physician practising in the consultant physician’s specialty of psychiatry if:

(a) the attendance is by video conference; and

(b) item 291, 293, 296, 300, 302, 304, 306, 308, 310, 312, 314, 316, 318, 319, 348, 350 or 352 applies to the attendance; and

(c) the patient is not an admitted patient; and

(d) the patient:

(i) is located both:

(A) within a telehealth eligible area; and

(B) at the time of the attendance—at least 15 km by road from the physician; or

(ii) is a care recipient in a residential aged care facility; or

(iii) is a patient of:

(A) an Aboriginal Medical Service; or

(B) an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service;

      for which a direction made under subsection 19(2) of the Act applies

50% of the fee for item 291, 293, 296, 300, 302, 304, 306, 308, 310, 312, 314, 316, 318, 319, 348, 350 or 352

289

Professional attendance lasting at least 45 minutes at consulting rooms or hospital, by a consultant physician in the practice of the consultant physician’s specialty of psychiatry, following referral of the patient to the consultant physician by a referring practitioner, for assessment, diagnosis and preparation of a treatment and management plan for a patient under 13 years with autism or another pervasive developmental disorder, if the consultant physician does all of the following:

(a) undertakes a comprehensive assessment and makes a diagnosis (if appropriate, using information provided by an eligible allied health provider);

(b) develops a treatment and management plan which must include the following:

(i) an assessment and diagnosis of the patient’s condition;

(ii) a risk assessment;

(iii) treatment options and decisions;

(iv) if necessary—medication recommendations;

(c) provides a copy of the treatment and management plan to the referring practitioner;

(d) provides a copy of the treatment and management plan to one or more allied health providers, if appropriate, for the treatment of the patient;

(other than attendance on a patient for whom payment has previously been made under this item or item 135, 137 or 139)

272.15

291

Professional attendance lasting more than 45 minutes at consulting rooms by a consultant physician in the practice of the consultant physician’s specialty of psychiatry, if:

(a) the attendance follows referral of the patient to the consultant for an assessment or management by a medical practitioner in general practice (including a general practitioner, but not a specialist or consultant physician) or a participating nurse practitioner; and

(b) during the attendance, the consultant:

(i) uses an outcome tool (if clinically appropriate); and

(ii) carries out a mental state examination; and

(iii) makes a psychiatric diagnosis; and

(c) the consultant decides that it is clinically appropriate for the patient to be managed by the referring practitioner without ongoing treatment by the consultant; and

(d) within 2 weeks after the attendance, the consultant:

(i) prepares a written diagnosis of the patient; and

(ii) prepares a written management plan for the patient that:

(A) covers the next 12 months; and

(B) is appropriate to the patient’s diagnosis; and

(C) comprehensively evaluates the patient’s biological, psychological and social issues; and

(D) addresses the patient’s diagnostic psychiatric issues; and

(E) makes management recommendations addressing the patient’s biological, psychological and social issues; and

(iii) gives the referring practitioner a copy of the diagnosis and the management plan; and

(iv) if clinically appropriate, explains the diagnosis and management plan, and a gives a copy, to:

(A) the patient; and

(B) the patient’s carer (if any), if the patient agrees

466.80

293

Professional attendance lasting more than 30 minutes, but not more than 45 minutes, at consulting rooms by a consultant physician in the practice of the consultant physician’s specialty of psychiatry, if:

(a) the patient is being managed by a medical practitioner or a participating nurse practitioner in accordance with a management plan prepared by the consultant in accordance with item 291; and

(b) the attendance follows referral of the patient to the consultant for review of the management plan by the medical practitioner or a participating nurse practitioner managing the patient; and

(c) during the attendance, the consultant:

(i) uses an outcome tool (if clinically appropriate); and

(ii) carries out a mental state examination; and

(iii) makes a psychiatric diagnosis; and

(iv) reviews the management plan; and

(d) within 2 weeks after the attendance, the consultant:

(i) prepares a written diagnosis of the patient; and

(ii) revises the management plan; and

(iii) gives the referring practitioner a copy of the diagnosis and the revised management plan; and

(iv) if clinically appropriate, explains the diagnosis and the revised management plan, and gives a copy, to:

(A) the patient; and

(B) the patient’s carer (if any), if the patient agrees; and

(e) in the preceding 12 months, a service to which item 291 applies has been provided; and

(f) in the preceding 12 months, a service to which this item or item 293 applies has not been provided

291.80

296

Professional attendance lasting more than 45 minutes by a consultant physician in the practice of the consultant physician’s speciality of psychiatry following referral of the patient to the consultant physician by a referring practitioner—an attendance at consulting rooms if the patient:

(a) is a new patient for this consultant physician; or

(b) has not received a professional attendance from this consultant physician in the preceding 24 months;

other than attendance on a patient in relation to whom this item, item 297 or 299, or any of items 300 to 346, 353 to 358 and 361 to 370, has applied in the preceding 24 months

268.45

297

Professional attendance lasting more than 45 minutes by a consultant physician in the practice of the consultant physician’s speciality of psychiatry following referral of the patient to the consultant physician by a referring practitioner—an attendance at hospital if the patient:

(a) is a new patient for this consultant physician; or

(b) has not received a professional attendance from this consultant physician in the preceding 24 months;

other than attendance on a patient in relation to whom this item, item 296 or 299, or any of items 300 to 346, 353 to 358 and 361 to 370, has applied in the preceding 24 months (H)

268.45

299

Professional attendance lasting more than 45 minutes by a consultant physician in the practice of the consultant physician’s speciality of psychiatry following referral of the patient to the consultant physician by a referring practitioner—an attendance at a place other than consulting rooms or a hospital if the patient:

(a) is a new patient for this consultant physician; or

(b) has not received a professional attendance from this consultant physician in the preceding 24 months;

other than attendance on a patient in relation to whom this item, item 296 or 297, or any of items 300 to 346, 353 to 358 and 361 to 370, has applied in the preceding 24 months

321.00

300

Professional attendance by a consultant physician in the practice of the consultant physician’s specialty of psychiatry following referral of the patient to the consultant physician by a referring practitioner—an attendance lasting not more than 15 minutes at consulting rooms, if that attendance and another attendance to which any of items 296, 300 to 308, 353 to 358 and 361 to 370 applies have not exceeded 50 attendances in a calendar year for the patient

44.70

302

Professional attendance by a consultant physician in the practice of the consultant physician’s specialty of psychiatry following referral of the patient to the consultant physician by a referring practitioner—an attendance lasting more than 15 minutes, but not more than 30 minutes, at consulting rooms, if that attendance and another attendance to which any of items 296, 300 to 308, 353 to 358 and 361 to 370 applies have not exceeded 50 attendances in a calendar year for the patient

89.15

304

Professional attendance by a consultant physician in the practice of the consultant physician’s specialty of psychiatry following referral of the patient to the consultant physician by a referring practitioner—an attendance lasting more than 30 minutes, but not more than 45 minutes, at consulting rooms, if that attendance and another attendance to which any of items 296, 300 to 308, 353 to 358 and 361 to 370 applies have not exceeded 50 attendances in a calendar year for the patient

137.25

306

Professional attendance by a consultant physician in the practice of the consultant physician’s specialty of psychiatry following referral of the patient to the consultant physician by a referring practitioner—an attendance lasting more than 45 minutes, but not more than 75 minutes, at consulting rooms, if that attendance and another attendance to which any of items 296, 300 to 308, 353 to 358 and 361 to 370 applies have not exceeded 50 attendances in a calendar year for the patient

189.40

308

Professional attendance by a consultant physician in the practice of the consultant physician’s specialty of psychiatry following referral of the patient to the consultant physician by a referring practitioner—an attendance lasting more than 75 minutes at consulting rooms, if that attendance and another attendance to which any of items 296, 300 to 308, 353 to 358 and 361 to 370 applies have not exceeded 50 attendances in a calendar year for the patient

219.80

310

Professional attendance by a consultant physician in the practice of the consultant physician’s specialty of psychiatry following referral of the patient to the consultant physician by a referring practitioner—an attendance lasting not more than 15 minutes at consulting rooms, if that attendance and another attendance to which any of items 296, 300 to 308, 353 to 358 and 361 to 370 applies exceed 50 attendances in a calendar year for the patient

22.25

312

Professional attendance by a consultant physician in the practice of the consultant physician’s specialty of psychiatry following referral of the patient to the consultant physician by a referring practitioner—an attendance lasting more than 15 minutes, but not more than 30 minutes, at consulting rooms, if that attendance and another attendance to which any of items 296, 300 to 308, 353 to 358 and 361 to 370 applies exceed 50 attendances in a calendar year for the patient

44.70

314

Professional attendance by a consultant physician in the practice of the consultant physician’s specialty of psychiatry following referral of the patient to the consultant physician by a referring practitioner—an attendance lasting more than 30 minutes, but not more than 45 minutes, at consulting rooms, if that attendance and another attendance to which any of items 296, 300 to 308, 353 to 358 and 361 to 370 applies exceed 50 attendances in a calendar year for the patient

68.75

316

Professional attendance by a consultant physician in the practice of the consultant physician’s specialty of psychiatry following referral of the patient to the consultant physician by a referring practitioner—an attendance lasting more than 45 minutes, but not more than 75 minutes, at consulting rooms, if that attendance and another attendance to which any of items 296, 300 to 308, 353 to 358 and 361 to 370 applies exceed 50 attendances in a calendar year for the patient

94.85

318

Professional attendance by a consultant physician in the practice of the consultant physician’s specialty of psychiatry following referral of the patient to the consultant physician by a referring practitioner—an attendance lasting more than 75 minutes at consulting rooms, if that attendance and another attendance to which any of items 296, 300 to 308, 353 to 358 and 361 to 370 applies exceed 50 attendances in a calendar year for the patient

109.95

319

Professional attendance by a consultant physician in the practice of the consultant physician’s specialty of psychiatry following referral of the patient to the consultant physician by a referring practitioner—an attendance lasting more than 45 minutes at consulting rooms, if the patient has:

(a) been diagnosed as suffering severe personality disorder, anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, dysthymic disorder, substance‑related disorder, somatoform disorder or a pervasive development disorder; and

(b) for persons 18 years and over—been rated with a level of functional impairment within the range 1 to 50 according to the Global Assessment of Functioning Scale;

if that attendance and another attendance to which any of items 296, 300 to 319, 353 to 358 and 361 to 370 applies have not exceeded 160 attendances in a calendar year for the patient

189.40

320

Professional attendance by a consultant physician in the practice of the consultant physician’s specialty of psychiatry following referral of the patient to the consultant physician by a referring practitioner—an attendance lasting not more than 15 minutes at hospital

44.70

322

Professional attendance by a consultant physician in the practice of the consultant physician’s specialty of psychiatry following referral of the patient to the consultant physician by a referring practitioner—an attendance lasting more than 15 minutes, but not more than 30 minutes, at hospital

89.15

324

Professional attendance by a consultant physician in the practice of the consultant physician’s specialty of psychiatry following referral of the patient to the consultant physician by a referring practitioner—an attendance lasting more than 30 minutes, but not more than 45 minutes, at hospital

137.25

326

Professional attendance by a consultant physician in the practice of the consultant physician’s specialty of psychiatry following referral of the patient to the consultant physician by a referring practitioner—an attendance lasting more than 45 minutes, but not more than 75 minutes, at hospital

189.40

328

Professional attendance by a consultant physician in the practice of the consultant physician’s specialty of psychiatry following referral of the patient to the consultant physician by a referring practitioner—an attendance lasting more than 75 minutes at hospital

219.80

330

Professional attendance by a consultant physician in the practice of the consultant physician’s specialty of psychiatry following referral of the patient to the consultant physician by a referring practitioner—an attendance lasting not more than 15 minutes if that attendance is at a place other than consulting rooms or hospital

82.05

332

Professional attendance by a consultant physician in the practice of the consultant physician’s specialty of psychiatry following referral of the patient to the consultant physician by a referring practitioner—an attendance lasting more than 15 minutes, but not more than 30 minutes, if that attendance is at a place other than consulting rooms or hospital

128.50

334

Professional attendance by a consultant physician in the practice of the consultant physician’s specialty of psychiatry following referral of the patient to the consultant physician by a referring practitioner—an attendance lasting more than 30 minutes, but not more than 45 minutes, if that attendance is at a place other than consulting rooms or hospital

187.30

336

Professional attendance by a consultant physician in the practice of the consultant physician’s specialty of psychiatry following referral of the patient to the consultant physician by a referring practitioner—an attendance lasting more than 45 minutes, but not more than 75 minutes, if that attendance is at a place other than consulting rooms or hospital

226.60

338

Professional attendance by a consultant physician in the practice of the consultant physician’s specialty of psychiatry following referral of the patient to the consultant physician by a referring practitioner—an attendance lasting more than 75 minutes if that attendance is at a place other than consulting rooms or hospital

257.35

342

Group psychotherapy (including any associated consultations with a patient taking place on the same occasion and relating to the condition for which group therapy is conducted) lasting at least 1 hour given under the continuous direct supervision of a consultant physician in the practice of the consultant physician’s specialty of psychiatry, involving a group of 2 to 9 unrelated patients or a family group of more than 3 patients, each of whom is referred to the consultant physician by a referring practitioner—each patient

50.85

344

Group psychotherapy (including any associated consultations with a patient taking place on the same occasion and relating to the condition for which group therapy is conducted) lasting at least 1 hour given under the continuous direct supervision of a consultant physician in the practice of the consultant physician’s specialty of psychiatry, involving a family group of 3 patients, each of whom is referred to the consultant physician by a referring practitioner—each patient

67.50

346

Group psychotherapy (including any associated consultations with a patient taking place on the same occasion and relating to the condition for which group therapy is conducted) lasting at least 1 hour given under the continuous direct supervision of a consultant physician in the practice of the consultant physician’s specialty of psychiatry, involving a family group of 2 patients, each of whom is referred to the consultant physician by a referring practitioner—each patient

99.80

348

Professional attendance by a consultant physician in the practice of the consultant physician’s specialty of psychiatry, following referral of the patient to the consultant physician by a referring practitioner, involving an interview of a person other than the patient lasting at least 20 minutes, but less than 45 minutes, in the course of initial diagnostic evaluation of a patient

130.70

350

Professional attendance by a consultant physician in the practice of the consultant physician’s specialty of psychiatry, following referral of the patient to the consultant physician by a referring practitioner, involving an interview of a person other than the patient lasting not less than 45 minutes, in the course of initial diagnostic evaluation of a patient

180.45

352

Professional attendance by a consultant physician in the practice of the consultant physician’s specialty of psychiatry, following referral of the patient to the consultant physician by a referring practitioner, involving an interview of a person other than the patient lasting at least 20 minutes, in the course of continuing management of a patient—if that attendance and another attendance to which this item applies have not exceeded 4 in a calendar year for the patient

130.70

353

Professional attendance by a consultant physician in the practice of the consultant physician’s specialty of psychiatry following referral of the patient to the consultant physician by a referring practitioner—a telepsychiatry consultation lasting not more than 15 minutes, if:

(a) that attendance and another attendance to which any of items 353 to 358 and 361 applies have not exceeded 12 attendances in a calendar year for the patient; and

(b) that attendance and another attendance to which any of items 296 to 308, 353 to 358 and 361 to 370 applies have not exceeded 50 attendances in a calendar year for the patient

59.00

355

Professional attendance by a consultant physician in the practice of the consultant physician’s specialty of psychiatry following referral of the patient to the consultant physician by a referring practitioner—a telepsychiatry consultation lasting more than 15 minutes, but not more than 30 minutes, if:

(a) that attendance and another attendance to which any of items 353 to 358 and 361 applies have not exceeded 12 attendances in a calendar year for the patient; and

(b) that attendance and another attendance to which any of items 296 to 308, 353 to 358 and 361 to 370 applies have not exceeded 50 attendances in a calendar year for the patient

118.00

356

Professional attendance by a consultant physician in the practice of the consultant physician’s specialty of psychiatry following referral of the patient to the consultant physician by a referring practitioner—a telepsychiatry consultation lasting more than 30 minutes, but not more than 45 minutes, if:

(a) that attendance and another attendance to which any of items 353 to 358 and 361 applies have not exceeded 12 attendances in a calendar year for the patient; and

(b) that attendance and another attendance to which any of items 296 to 308, 353 to 358 and 361 to 370 applies have not exceeded 50 attendances in a calendar year for the patient

173.00

357

Professional attendance by a consultant physician in the practice of the consultant physician’s specialty of psychiatry following referral of the patient to the consultant physician by a referring practitioner—a telepsychiatry consultation lasting more than 45 minutes, but not more than 75 minutes, if:

(a) that attendance and another attendance to which any of items 353 to 358 and 361 applies have not exceeded 12 attendances in a calendar year for the patient; and

(b) that attendance and another attendance to which any of items 296 to 308, 353 to 358 and 361 to 370 applies have not exceeded 50 attendances in a calendar year for the patient

238.65

358

Professional attendance by a consultant physician in the practice of the consultant physician’s specialty of psychiatry following referral of the patient to the consultant physician by a referring practitioner—a telepsychiatry consultation lasting more than 75 minutes, if:

(a) that attendance and another attendance to which any of items 353 to 358 and 361 applies have not exceeded 12 attendances in a calendar year for the patient; and

(b) that attendance and another attendance to which any of items 296 to 308, 353 to 358 and 361 to 370 applies have not exceeded 50 attendances in a calendar year for the patient

290.85

359

Professional attendance by a consultant physician in the practice of the consultant physician’s specialty of psychiatry—a telepsychiatry consultation lasting more than 30 minutes, but not more than 45 minutes, if:

(a) the patient is being managed by a medical practitioner or a participating nurse practitioner in accordance with a management plan prepared by the consultant physician in accordance with item 291; and

(b) the attendance follows referral of the patient to the consultant physician for review of the management plan by the referring practitioner managing the patient; and

(c) during the attendance, the consultant physician:

(i) uses an outcome tool (if clinically appropriate); and

(ii) carries out a mental state examination; and

(iii) makes a psychiatric diagnosis; and

(iv) reviews the management plan; and

(d) within 2 weeks after the attendance, the consultant physician:

(i) prepares a written diagnosis of the patient; and

(ii) revises the management plan; and

(iii) gives the referring practitioner a copy of the diagnosis and the revised management plan; and

(iv) if clinically appropriate, explains the diagnosis and the revised management plan, and gives a copy, to:

(A) the patient; and

(B) the patient’s carer (if any), if the patient agrees; and

(e) the patient is located in a regional, rural or remote area; and

(f) in the preceding 12 months, a service to which item 291 applies has been performed; and

(g) in the preceding 12 months, a service to which this item or item 293 applies has not been performed

335.55

361

Professional attendance by a consultant physician in the practice of the consultant physician’s specialty of psychiatry following referral of the patient to the consultant physician by a referring practitioner—a telepsychiatry consultation lasting more than 45 minutes, if the patient:

(a) either:

(i) is a new patient for this consultant physician; or

(ii) has not received a professional attendance from this consultant physician in the preceding 24 months; and

(b) is located in a regional, rural or remote area;

other than attendance on a patient in relation to whom this item, item 296, 297 or 299, or any of items 300 to 346 and 353 to 370, has applied in the preceding 24 month period

308.65

364

Professional attendance by a consultant physician in the practice of the consultant physician’s specialty of psychiatry following referral of the patient to the consultant physician by a referring practitioner—a face‑to‑face consultation lasting not more than 15 minutes, if:

(a) the patient has had a telepsychiatry consultation to which any of items 353 to 358 and 361 applies before that attendance; and

(b) that attendance and another attendance to which any of items 296 to 308, 353 to 358 and 361 to 370 applies have not exceeded 50 attendances in a calendar year for the patient

44.70

366

Professional attendance by a consultant physician in the practice of the consultant physician’s specialty of psychiatry following referral of the patient to the consultant physician by a referring practitioner—a face‑to‑face consultation lasting more than 15 minutes, but not more than 30 minutes, if:

(a) the patient has had a telepsychiatry consultation to which any of items 353 to 358 and 361 applies before that attendance; and

(b) that attendance and another attendance to which any of items 296 to 308, 353 to 358 and 361 to 370 applies have not exceeded 50 attendances in a calendar year for the patient

89.15

367

Professional attendance by a consultant physician in the practice of the consultant physician’s specialty of psychiatry following referral of the patient to the consultant physician by a referring practitioner—a face‑to‑face consultation lasting more than 30 minutes, but not more than 45 minutes, if:

(a) the patient has had a telepsychiatry consultation to which any of items 353 to 358 and 361 applies before that attendance; and

(b) that attendance and another attendance to which any of items 296 to 308, 353 to 358 and 361 to 370 applies have not exceeded 50 attendances in a calendar year for the patient

137.25

369

Professional attendance by a consultant physician in the practice of the consultant physician’s specialty of psychiatry following referral of the patient to the consultant physician by a referring practitioner—a face‑to‑face consultation lasting more than 45 minutes, but not more than 75 minutes, if:

(a) the patient has had a telepsychiatry consultation to which any of items 353 to 358 and 361 applies before that attendance; and

(b) that attendance and another attendance to which any of items 296 to 308, 353 to 358 and 361 to 370 applies have not exceeded 50 attendances in a calendar year for the patient

189.55

370

Professional attendance by a consultant physician in the practice of the consultant physician’s specialty of psychiatry following referral of the patient to the consultant physician by a referring practitioner—a face‑to‑face consultation lasting more than 75 minutes, if:

(a) the patient has had a telepsychiatry consultation to which any of items 353 to 358 and 361 applies before that attendance; and

(b) that attendance and another attendance to which any of items 296 to 308, 353 to 358 and 361 to 370 applies have not exceeded 50 attendances in a calendar year for the patient

219.80

 

Division 2.12Group A12: Consultant occupational physician attendances to which no other item applies

2.12.1  Restrictions on items in Group A12—attendances by consultant occupational physicians

                   Items 384 to 389 apply to an attendance by a consultant occupational physician only if the attendance relates to one or more of the following matters:

                     (a)  evaluating and assessing a patient’s rehabilitation requirements when, in the consultant’s opinion, the patient has an accepted medical condition that:

                              (i)  may be affected by the patient’s working environment; or

                             (ii)  affects the patient’s capacity to be employed;

                     (b)  managing an accepted medical condition that, in the consultant’s opinion, may affect a patient’s capacity for continued employment, or return to employment, following a non‑compensable accident, injury or ill‑health;

                     (c)  evaluating and forming an opinion about, including management as the case requires, a patient’s medical condition when causation may be related to acute or chronic exposure to scientifically acknowledged environmental hazards or toxins.

2.12.2  Items in Group A12

                   This clause sets out items in Group A12.

 

Group A12—Consultant occupational physician attendances to which no other item applies

Column 1

Item

Column 2

Description

Column 3

Fee ($)

384

Initial professional attendance lasting 10 minutes or less on a patient by a consultant occupational physician practising in the consultant occupational physician’s specialty of occupational medicine if:

(a) the attendance is by video conference; and

(b) the patient is not an admitted patient; and

(c) the patient:

(i) is located both:

(A) within a telehealth eligible area; and

(B) at the time of the attendance—at least 15 km by road from the physician; or

(ii) is a care recipient in a residential aged care facility; or

(iii) is a patient of:

(A) an Aboriginal Medical Service; or

(B) an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service;

      for which a direction made under subsection 19(2) of the Act applies; and

(d) no other initial consultation has taken place for a single course of treatment

66.20

385

Professional attendance at consulting rooms or hospital by a consultant occupational physician in the practice of the consultant occupational physician’s specialty of occupational medicine following referral of the patient to the consultant occupational physician by a referring practitioner—initial attendance in a single course of treatment

88.25

386

Professional attendance at consulting rooms or hospital by a consultant occupational physician in the practice of the consultant occupational physician’s specialty of occupational medicine following referral of the patient to the consultant occupational physician by a referring practitioner—an attendance after the initial attendance in a single course of treatment

44.35

387

Professional attendance at a place other than consulting rooms or hospital by a consultant occupational physician in the practice of the consultant occupational physician’s specialty of occupational medicine following referral of the patient to the consultant occupational physician by a referring practitioner—initial attendance in a single course of treatment

129.45

388

Professional attendance at a place other than consulting rooms or hospital by a consultant occupational physician in the practice of the consultant occupational physician’s specialty of occupational medicine following referral of the patient to the consultant occupational physician by a referring practitioner—an attendance after the initial attendance in a single course of treatment

81.95

389

Professional attendance on a patient by a consultant occupational physician practising in the consultant occupational physician’s specialty of occupational medicine if:

(a) the attendance is by video conference; and

(b) the attendance is for a service:

(i) provided with item 385 lasting more than 10 minutes; or

(ii) provided with item 386; and

(c) the patient is not an admitted patient; and

(d) the patient:

(i) is located both:

(A) within a telehealth eligible area; and

(B) at the time of the attendance—at least 15 km by road from the physician; or

50% of the fee for item 385 or 386

 

(ii) is a care recipient in a residential aged care facility; or

(iii) is a patient of:

(A) an Aboriginal Medical Service; or

(B) an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service;

      for which a direction made under subsection 19(2) of the Act applies

 

Division 2.13Group A13: Public health physician attendances to which no other item applies

2.13.1  Restrictions on items in Group A13—attendances by public health physicians

                   Items 410 to 417 apply to an attendance on a patient by a public health physician only if the attendance relates to one or more of the following matters:

                     (a)  management of a patient’s vaccination requirements for immunisation programs;

                     (b)  prevention or management of sexually transmitted disease;

                     (c)  prevention or management of disease caused by scientifically accepted environmental hazards or toxins;

                     (d)  prevention or management of infection arising from an outbreak of an infectious disease;

                     (e)  prevention or management of an exotic disease.

2.13.2  Items in Group A13

                   This clause sets out items in Group A13.

 

Group A13—Public health physician attendances to which no other item applies

Column 1

Item

Column 2

Description

Column 3

Fee ($)

410

Professional attendance at consulting rooms by a public health physician in the practice of the public health physician’s specialty of public health medicine—attendance 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

20.15

411

Professional attendance by a public health physician in the practice of the public health physician’s specialty of public health medicine at consulting rooms, lasting less than 20 minutes and including any of the following that are clinically relevant:

(a) taking a patient history;

(b) performing a clinical examination;

(c) arranging any necessary investigation;

(d) implementing a management plan;

(e) providing appropriate preventive health care;

for one or more health‑related issues, with appropriate documentation

44.10

412

Professional attendance by a public health physician in the practice of the public health physician’s specialty of public health medicine at consulting rooms, lasting at least 20 minutes and including any of the following that are clinically relevant:

(a) taking a detailed patient history;

(b) performing a clinical examination;

(c) arranging any necessary investigation;

(d) implementing a management plan;

(e) providing appropriate preventive health care;

for one or more health‑related issues, with appropriate documentation

85.25

413

Professional attendance by a public health physician in the practice of the public health physician’s specialty of public health medicine at consulting rooms, lasting at least 40 minutes and including any of the following that are clinically relevant:

(a) taking an extensive patient history;

(b) performing a clinical examination;

(c) arranging any necessary investigation;

(d) implementing a management plan;

(e) providing appropriate preventive health care;

for one or more health‑related issues, with appropriate documentation

125.55

414

Professional attendance at other than consulting rooms by a public health physician in the practice of the public health physician’s specialty of public health medicine—attendance 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

Amount under clause 2.1.1

415

Professional attendance by a public health physician in the practice of the public health physician’s specialty of public health medicine at other than consulting rooms, lasting less than 20 minutes and including any of the following that are clinically relevant:

(a) taking a patient history;

(b) performing a clinical examination;

(c) arranging any necessary investigation;

(d) implementing a management plan;

(e) providing appropriate preventive health care;

for one or more health‑related issues, with appropriate documentation

Amount under clause 2.1.1

416

Professional attendance by a public health physician in the practice of the public health physician’s specialty of public health medicine at other than consulting rooms, lasting at least 20 minutes and including any of the following that are clinically relevant:

(a) taking a detailed patient history;

(b) performing a clinical examination;

(c) arranging any necessary investigation;

(d) implementing a management plan;

(e) providing appropriate preventive health care;

for one or more health‑related issues, with appropriate documentation

Amount under clause 2.1.1

417

Professional attendance by a public health physician in the practice of the public health physician’s specialty of public health medicine at other than consulting rooms, lasting at least 40 minutes and including any of the following that are clinically relevant:

(a) taking an extensive patient history;

(b) performing a clinical examination;

(c) arranging any necessary investigation;

(d) implementing a management plan;

(e) providing appropriate preventive health care;

for one or more health‑related issues, with appropriate documentation

Amount under clause 2.1.1

 

Division 2.14Group A11: Urgent attendances after—hours

2.14.1  Meaning of patient’s medical condition requires urgent assessment

             (1)  A patient’s medical condition requires urgent assessment if:

                     (a)  medical opinion is to the effect that the patient’s medical condition requires assessment within the unbroken after‑hours period in which the attendance mentioned in the item was requested; and

                     (b)  assessment could not be delayed until the start of the next in‑hours period.

             (2)  For the purposes of subclause (1), medical opinion is to a particular effect if:

                     (a)  the attending practitioner is of that opinion; and

                     (b)  in the circumstances that existed and on the information available when the opinion was formed, that opinion would be acceptable to the general body of medical practitioners.

2.14.2  Restrictions on items in Group A11

             (1)  Items 585 to 600 do not apply to a service provided by a medical practitioner if:

                     (a)  the service is provided at consulting rooms; and

                     (b)  the practitioner:

                              (i)  routinely provides services to patients in after‑hours periods at consulting rooms; or

                             (ii)  provides the service (as a contractor, employee, member or otherwise) for a general practice or clinic that routinely provides services to patients in after‑hours periods at consulting rooms.

             (2)  Items 585 to 600 do not apply to a professional attendance requested by:

                     (a)  the attending medical practitioner; or

                     (b)  an employee of the attending medical practitioner; or

                     (c)  a person contracted by, or an employee or member of, the general practice of which the attending medical practitioner is a contractor, employee or member; or

                     (d)  a call centre; or

                     (e)  a reception service.

             (3)  Also, item 585, 588, 591, 599 or 600 applies to a service only if the practitioner keeps a record of the assessment of the patient.

2.14.3  Meaning of after‑hours rural area

                   In this Schedule:

after‑hours rural area means an area that is a Modified Monash 3 area, Modified Monash 4 area, Modified Monash 5 area, Modified Monash 6 area or Modified Monash 7 area.

2.14.4  Restrictions on items in Group A11—practitioners

             (1)  Item 585 does not apply to a service described in the item that is provided by an eligible non‑vocationally recognised medical practitioner registered under the After Hours Other Medical Practitioners Program (within the meaning of subclause 1.1.2(2)) who provides the service through a medical deputising service.

             (2)  Each of items 588 and 591 apply to a service described in the item only if the service is rendered by:

                     (a)  a medical practitioner other than a general practitioner; or

                     (b)  an eligible non‑vocationally recognised medical practitioner registered under the After Hours Other Medical Practitioners Program (within the meaning of subclause 1.1.2(2)) who provides the service through a medical deputising service.

2.14.5  Items in Group A11

                   This clause sets out items in Group A11.

 

Group A11—Urgent attendances after hours

Column 1

Item

Column 2

Description

Column 3

Fee ($)

585

Professional attendance by a general practitioner on one patient on one occasion in an after‑hours period outside unsociable hours if:

(a) the attendance is requested by or on behalf of the patient in the same unbroken after‑hours period; and

(b) the patient’s medical condition requires urgent assessment; and

(c) if the attendance is at consulting rooms—it is necessary for the practitioner to return to, and specially open, the consulting rooms for the attendance

131.90

588

Professional attendance by a medical practitioner on one patient on one occasion in an after‑hours period outside unsociable hours if:

(a) the attendance is requested by or on behalf of the patient in the same unbroken after‑hours period; and

(b) the patient’s medical condition requires urgent assessment; and

(c) the attendance is in an after‑hours rural area; and

(d) if the attendance is at consulting rooms—it is necessary for the practitioner to return to, and specially open, the consulting rooms for the attendance

131.90

591

Professional attendance by a medical practitioner on one patient on one occasion in an after‑hours period outside unsociable hours if:

(a) the attendance is requested by or on behalf of the patient in the same unbroken after‑hours period; and

(b) the patient’s medical condition requires urgent assessment; and

(c) the attendance is not in an after‑hours rural area; and

(d) if the attendance is at consulting rooms—it is necessary for the practitioner to return to, and specially open, the consulting rooms for the attendance

91.45

594

Professional attendance by a medical practitioner—each additional patient at an attendance that qualifies for item 585, 588 or 591 in relation to the first patient

42.60

599

Professional attendance by a general practitioner on one patient on one occasion in unsociable hours if:

(a) the attendance is requested by or on behalf of the patient in the same unbroken after‑hours period; and

(b) the patient’s medical condition requires urgent assessment; and

(c) if the attendance is at consulting rooms—it is necessary for the practitioner to return to, and specially open, the consulting rooms for the attendance

155.45

600

Professional attendance by a medical practitioner (other than a general practitioner) on one patient on one occasion in unsociable hours if:

(a) the attendance is requested by or on behalf of the patient in the same unbroken after‑hours period; and

(b) the patient’s medical condition requires urgent assessment; and

(c) if the attendance is at consulting rooms—it is necessary for the practitioner to return to, and specially open, the consulting rooms for the attendance

124.25

 

Division 2.15Group A14: Health assessments

2.15.1  Restrictions on items in Group A14

                   Items 701 to 715 apply only to a service provided in the course of a personal attendance by a single general practitioner on a single patient.

2.15.2  Types of health assessments

             (1)  The following health assessments may be performed under item 701, 703, 705 or 707:

                     (a)  a Type 2 Diabetes Risk Evaluation, in accordance with clause 2.15.4, for a patient who:

                              (i)  is at least 40 years old and under 50 years old; and

                             (ii)  has a high risk of developing type 2 diabetes as determined by the Australian Type 2 Diabetes Risk Assessment Tool; and

                            (iii)  is not an in‑patient of a hospital;

                     (b)  a 45 year old Health Assessment, in accordance with clause 2.15.5, for a patient who is:

                              (i)  at least 45 years old and under 50 years old; and

                             (ii)  at risk of developing a chronic disease; and

                            (iii)  not an in‑patient of a hospital or a care recipient in a residential aged care facility;

                     (c)  an Older Person’s Health Assessment, in accordance with clause 2.15.6, for a patient who is:

                              (i)  at least 75 years old; and

                             (ii)  not an in‑patient of a hospital or a care recipient in a residential aged care facility;

                     (d)  a Comprehensive Medical Assessment, in accordance with clause 2.15.7, for a patient who is a care recipient in a residential aged care facility;

                     (e)  a health assessment, in accordance with clause 2.15.8, for a person with an intellectual disability, if the patient is not an in‑patient of a hospital or a care recipient in a residential aged care facility;

                      (f)  a health assessment, in accordance with clause 2.15.9, for a patient who:

                              (i)  is a refugee or humanitarian entrant, with eligibility for Medicare; and

                             (ii)  either:

                                        (A)  holds a relevant visa that the person has held for less than 12 months at the time of the assessment; or

                                        (B)  first entered Australia less than 12 months before the assessment is performed; and

                            (iii)  is not an in‑patient of a hospital or a care recipient in a residential aged care facility;

                     (g)  an Australian Defence Force Post‑discharge GP Health Assessment, in accordance with clause 2.15.10, for a patient who:

                              (i)  is a former member of the Permanent Forces (within the meaning of the Defence Act 1903) or a former member of the Reserves (within the meaning of that Act); and

                             (ii)  has not already received such an assessment.

             (2)  In this clause:

relevant visa means any of the following visas granted under the Migration Act 1958:

                     (a)  Subclass 070 Bridging (Removal Pending) visa;

                     (b)  Subclass 200 (Refugee) visa;

                     (c)  Subclass 201 (In‑country Special Humanitarian) visa;

                     (d)  Subclass 202 (Global Special Humanitarian) visa;

                     (e)  Subclass 203 (Emergency Rescue) visa;

                      (f)  Subclass 204 (Woman at Risk) visa;

                     (g)  Subclass 695 (Return Pending) visa;

                     (h)  Subclass 786 (Temporary (Humanitarian Concern)) visa;

                      (i)  Subclass 866 (Protection) visa.

2.15.3  Application of item 715

             (1)  Item 715 applies to the following health assessments:

                     (a)  an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child health assessment, in accordance with clause 2.15.11, for a patient if the patient is:

                              (i)  under 15 years old; and

                             (ii)  not an in‑patient of a hospital or a care recipient in a residential aged care facility;

                     (b)  an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adult health assessment, in accordance with clause 2.15.12, for a patient if the patient is:

                              (i)  at least 15 years old and under 55 years old; and

                             (ii)  not an in‑patient of a hospital or a care recipient in a residential aged care facility;

                     (c)  an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Older Person’s Health Assessment, in accordance with clause 2.15.13, for a patient if the patient is:

                              (i)  at least 55 years old; and

                             (ii)  not an in‑patient of a hospital or a care recipient in a residential aged care facility.

             (2)  For the purpose of item 715, a person is of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent if the person identifies as being of that descent.

2.15.4  Type 2 Diabetes Risk Evaluation

             (1)  A Type 2 Diabetes Risk Evaluation must include:

                     (a)  a review of the risk factors underlying a patient’s high risk score as identified by the Australian Type 2 Diabetes Risk Assessment Tool; and

                     (b)  initiating interventions, if appropriate, to address risk factors or to exclude diabetes.

             (2)  The Type 2 Diabetes Risk Evaluation for a patient must also include:

                     (a)  assessing the patient’s high risk score as determined by the Australian Type 2 Diabetes Risk Assessment Tool (to be completed by the patient within 3 months before performing the Type 2 Diabetes Risk Evaluation); and

                     (b)  updating the patient’s history and performing physical examinations and clinical investigations; and

                     (c)  making an overall assessment of the patient’s risk factors and the results of examinations and investigations; and

                     (d)  initiating interventions, if appropriate, including referrals and follow‑up services relating to the management of any risk factors identified; and

                     (e)  giving the patient advice and information, including strategies to achieve lifestyle and behaviour changes if appropriate.

             (3)  A Type 2 Diabetes Risk Evaluation must not be provided more than once every 3 years to an eligible person.

             (4)  For this clause, risk factors includes:

                     (a)  lifestyle risk factors (for example smoking, physical inactivity or poor nutrition); and

                     (b)  biomedical risk factors (for example high blood pressure, impaired glucose metabolism or excess weight); and

                     (c)  a family history of a chronic disease.

2.15.5  45 year old Health Assessment

             (1)  A 45 year old Health Assessment is an assessment for a patient if the patient, in the clinical judgement of the attending general practitioner based on the identification of a specific risk factor, is at risk of developing a chronic disease.

             (2)  The 45 year old Health Assessment must include:

                     (a)  information collection, including taking a patient’s history and performing examinations and investigations, as required; and

                     (b)  making an overall assessment of the patient; and

                     (c)  initiating interventions or referrals, as appropriate; and

                     (d)  giving health advice and information to the patient.

             (3)  The general practitioner providing the assessment is responsible for the overall health assessment of the patient.

             (4)  A 45 year old Health Assessment must not be given more than once to an eligible person.

             (5)  In this clause:

chronic disease means a disease that has been, or is likely to be, present for at least 6 months, including asthma, cancer, cardiovascular illness, diabetes mellitus, a mental health condition, arthritis or a musculoskeletal condition.

specific risk factors includes:

                     (a)  lifestyle risk factors (for example smoking, physical inactivity, poor nutrition or alcohol misuse); and

                     (b)  biomedical risk factors (for example high cholesterol, high blood pressure, impaired glucose metabolism or excess weight); and

                     (c)  a family history of a chronic disease.

2.15.6  Older Person’s Health Assessment

             (1)  An Older Person’s Health Assessment is the assessment of:

                     (a)  a patient’s health and physical, psychological and social function; and

                     (b)  whether preventive health care and education should be offered to the patient, to improve the patient’s health and physical, psychological and social function.

             (2)  An Older Person’s Health Assessment must include:

                     (a)  personal attendance by a general practitioner; and

                     (b)  measurement of the patient’s blood pressure, pulse rate and rhythm; and

                     (c)  assessment of the patient’s medication; and

                     (d)  assessment of the patient’s continence; and

                     (e)  assessment of the patient’s immunisation status for influenza, tetanus and pneumococcus; and

                      (f)  assessment of the patient’s physical functions, including the patient’s activities of daily living and whether or not the patient has had a fall in the last 3 months; and

                     (g)  assessment of the patient’s psychological function, including the patient’s cognition and mood; and

                     (h)  assessment of the patient’s social function, including:

                              (i)  the availability and adequacy of paid, and unpaid, help; and

                             (ii)  whether the patient is responsible for caring for another person.

             (3)  An Older Person’s Health Assessment must also include:

                     (a)  keeping a record of the health assessment; and

                     (b)  offering the patient a written report on the health assessment, with recommendations about matters covered by the health assessment; and

                     (c)  offering the patient’s carer (if any, and if the practitioner considers it appropriate and the patient agrees) a copy of the report or extracts of the report relevant to the carer.

             (4)  An Older Person’s Health Assessment must not be provided more than once every 12 months to an eligible person.

2.15.7  Comprehensive Medical Assessment for care recipient in a residential aged care facility

             (1)  A Comprehensive Medical Assessment of a care recipient in a residential aged care facility includes an assessment of the resident’s health and physical and psychological function.

             (2)  A Comprehensive Medical Assessment must include:

                     (a)  a personal attendance by a general practitioner; and

                     (b)  taking a detailed patient history of the resident; and

                     (c)  conducting a comprehensive medical examination of the resident; and

                     (d)  developing a list of diagnoses and medical problems based on the medical history and examination; and

                     (e)  giving a written copy of a summary of the outcomes of the assessment to the residential aged care facility for the resident’s medical records.

             (3)  A Comprehensive Medical Assessment must also include:

                     (a)  making a written summary of the Comprehensive Medical Assessment; and

                     (b)  giving a copy of the summary to the residential aged care facility; and

                     (c)  offering the resident a copy of the summary.

             (4)  A Comprehensive Medical Assessment may be provided:

                     (a)  on admission to a residential aged care facility, if a Comprehensive Medical Assessment has not already been provided in another residential aged care facility in the last 12 months; and

                     (b)  at 12 month intervals after that assessment.

             (5)  A Comprehensive Medical Assessment may be performed in conjunction with a consultation for another purpose, but must be claimed separately.

2.15.8  Health assessment for a person with an intellectual disability

             (1)  A health assessment for a person with an intellectual disability is an assessment of:

                     (a)  the patient’s physical, psychological and social function; and

                     (b)  whether any medical intervention and preventive health care is required.

             (2)  The health assessment for a person with an intellectual disability must include the following matters to the extent that they are relevant to the patient:

                     (a)  checking dental health (including dentition);

                     (b)  conducting an aural examination (including arranging a formal audiometry if an audiometry has not been conducted within the last 5 years);

                     (c)  assessing ocular health (arrange review by an ophthalmologist or optometrist if a comprehensive eye examination has not been conducted within the last 5 years);

                     (d)  assessing nutritional status (including weight and height measurements) and a review of growth and development;

                     (e)  assessing bowel and bladder function (particularly for incontinence or chronic constipation);

                      (f)  assessing medications including:

                              (i)  non‑prescription medicines taken by the patient, prescriptions from other doctors, medications prescribed but not taken, interactions, side effects and review of indications; and

                             (ii)  advice to carers on the common side‑effects and interactions; and

                            (iii)  consideration of the need for a formal medication review;

                     (g)  checking immunisation status (including influenza, tetanus, hepatitis A and B, measles, mumps, rubella and pneumococcal vaccinations);

                     (h)  checking exercise opportunities (with the aim of moderate exercise for at least 30 minutes each day);

                      (i)  checking whether the support provided for activities of daily living adequately and appropriately meets the patient’s needs, and considering formal review if required;

                      (j)  considering the need for breast examination, mammography, papanicolaou smears, testicular examination, lipid measurement and prostate assessment as for the general population;

                     (k)  checking for dysphagia and gastro‑oesophageal disease (especially for patients with cerebral palsy) and arranging for investigation or treatment as required;

                      (l)  assessing risk factors for osteoporosis (including diet, exercise, Vitamin D deficiency, hormonal status, family history, medication and fracture history) and arranging for investigation or treatment as required;

                    (m)  for a patient diagnosed with epilepsy—reviewing seizure control (including anticonvulsant drugs) and considering referral to a neurologist at appropriate intervals;

                     (n)  screening for thyroid disease at least every 2 years (or yearly for patients with Down syndrome);

                     (o)  for a patient without a definitive aetiological diagnosis—considering referral to a genetic clinic every 5 years;

                     (p)  assessing or reviewing treatment for co‑morbid mental health issues;

                     (q)  considering timing of puberty and management of sexual development, sexual activity and reproductive health;

                      (r)  considering whether there are any signs of physical, psychological or sexual abuse.

             (3)  A health assessment for a person with an intellectual disability must also include:

                     (a)  keeping a record of the health assessment; and

                     (b)  offering the patient a written report on the health assessment; and

                     (c)  offering the patient’s carer (if any, and if the general practitioner considers it appropriate and the patient agrees) a copy of the report or extracts of the report; and

                     (d)  offering relevant disability professionals (if the general practitioner considers it appropriate and the patient or, if appropriate, the patient’s carer, agrees) a copy of the report or extracts of the report.

             (4)  A health assessment for a person with an intellectual disability must not be provided more than once every 12 months to an eligible person.

2.15.9  Health assessment for a refugee or other humanitarian entrant

             (1)  A health assessment for a refugee or other humanitarian entrant is the assessment of:

                     (a)  the patient’s health and physical, psychological and social function; and

                     (b)  whether preventive health care and education should be offered to the patient to improve their health and physical, psychological or social function.

             (2)  A health assessment for a refugee or other humanitarian entrant must include:

                     (a)  a personal attendance by a general practitioner; and

                     (b)  taking the patient’s history; and

                     (c)  examining the patient; and

                     (d)  performing or arranging any required investigations; and

                     (e)  assessing the patient, using the information gained in paragraphs (b), (c) and (d); and

                      (f)  developing a management plan addressing the patient’s health care needs, health problems and relevant conditions; and

                     (g)  making or arranging any necessary interventions and referrals.

             (3)  A health assessment for a refugee or other humanitarian entrant must also include:

                     (a)  keeping a record of the health assessment; and

                     (b)  offering to provide the patient with a written report of the health assessment.

             (4)  A health assessment for a refugee or other humanitarian entrant must not be provided to a patient more than once.

2.15.10  Australian Defence Force Post‑discharge GP Health Assessment

             (1)  An Australian Defence Force Post‑discharge GP Health Assessment is an assessment of:

                     (a)  a patient’s physical and psychological health and social function; and

                     (b)  whether health care, education or other assistance should be offered to the patient to improve the patient’s physical or psychological health or social function.

             (2)  The assessment must be performed by the patient’s usual doctor.

             (3)  The assessment must not be performed in conjunction with a separate consultation in relation to the patient unless the consultation is clinically necessary.

             (4)  The assessment may be performed using the ADF Post‑discharge GP Health Assessment Tool, as existing on 1 May 2020.

Note 1:       The ADF Post‑discharge GP Health Assessment Tool could in 2020 be viewed on the Department of Veterans’ Affairs’ At Ease website (http://at‑ease.dva.gov.au).

Note 2:       Other assessment tools mentioned in the Department of Veterans’ Affairs’ Mental Health Advice Book may be relevant. The Mental Health Advice Book could in 2020 be viewed on the Department of Veterans’ Affairs’ At Ease website (http://at‑ease.dva.gov.au).

             (5)  The assessment must include taking a history of the patient that includes the following:

                     (a)  the patient’s service with the Australian Defence Force, including service type, years of service, field of work, number of deployments and reason for discharge;

                     (b)  the patient’s social history, including relationship status, number of children (if any) and current occupation;

                     (c)  the patient’s current medical conditions;

                     (d)  whether the patient suffers from hearing loss or tinnitus;

                     (e)  the patient’s use of medication, including medication prescribed by another doctor and medication obtained without a prescription;

                      (f)  the patient’s smoking, if applicable;

                     (g)  the patient’s alcohol use, if applicable;

                     (h)  the patient’s substance use, if applicable;

                      (i)  the patient’s level of physical activity;

                      (j)  whether the patient has bodily pain;

                     (k)  whether the patient has difficulty getting to sleep or staying asleep;

                      (l)  whether the patient has psychological distress;

                    (m)  whether the patient has posttraumatic stress disorder;

                     (n)  whether the patient is at risk of harm to self or others;

                     (o)  whether the patient has anger problems;

                     (p)  the patient’s sexual health;

                     (q)  any other health concerns the patient has.

             (6)  The assessment must also include the following:

                     (a)  measuring the patient’s height;

                     (b)  weighing the patient and ascertaining, or asking the patient, whether the patient’s weight has changed in the last 12 months;

                     (c)  measuring the patient’s waist circumference;

                     (d)  taking the patient’s blood pressure;

                     (e)  using information gained in the course of taking the patient’s history to assess whether any further assessment of the patient’s health is necessary;

                      (f)  either:

                              (i)  making the further assessment mentioned in paragraph (e); or

                             (ii)  referring the patient to another medical practitioner who can make the further assessment;

                     (g)  documenting a strategy for improving the patient’s health;

                     (h)  offering to give the patient a written report of the assessment that makes recommendations for treating the patient including preventive health measures.

             (7)  The doctor must keep a record of the assessment.

             (8)  In this clause:

usual doctor, in relation to a patient, means a general practitioner employed by a medical practice:

                     (a)  that has provided at least 50% of the primary health care required by the patient in the last 12 months; or

                     (b)  that the patient anticipates will provide at least 50% of the patient’s primary health care requirements in the next 12 months.

2.15.11  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child health assessment

             (1)  An Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child health assessment is the assessment of:

                     (a)  a patient’s health and physical, psychological and social function; and

                     (b)  whether preventive health care, education and other assistance should be offered to the patient, or the patient’s parent or carer, to improve the patient’s health and physical, psychological or social function.

             (2)  An Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child health assessment must include:

                     (a)  a personal attendance by a general practitioner; and

                     (b)  taking the patient’s history, including the following:

                              (i)  mother’s pregnancy history;

                             (ii)  birth and neo‑natal history;

                            (iii)  breastfeeding history;

                            (iv)  weaning, food access and dietary history;

                             (v)  physical activity engaged in;

                            (vi)  previous presentations, hospital admissions and medication use;

                           (vii)  relevant family medical history;

                          (viii)  immunisation status;

                            (ix)  vision and hearing (including neo‑natal hearing screening);

                             (x)  development (including achievement of age‑appropriate milestones);

                            (xi)  family relationships, social circumstances and whether the person is cared for by another person;

                           (xii)  exposure to environmental factors (including tobacco smoke);

                          (xiii)  environmental and living conditions;

                          (xiv)  educational progress;

                           (xv)  stressful life events experienced;

                          (xvi)  mood (including incidence of depression and risk of self‑harm);

                         (xvii)  substance use;

                        (xviii)  sexual and reproductive health;

                          (xix)  dental hygiene (including access to dental services); and

                     (c)  examination of the patient, including the following:

                              (i)  measurement of the patient’s height and weight to calculate the patient’s body mass index and position on the growth curve;

                             (ii)  newborn baby check (if not previously completed);

                            (iii)  vision (including red reflex in a newborn);

                            (iv)  ear examination (including otoscopy);

                             (v)  oral examination (including gums and dentition);

                            (vi)  trachoma check, if indicated;

                           (vii)  skin examination, if indicated;

                          (viii)  respiratory examination, if indicated;

                            (ix)  cardiac auscultation, if indicated;

                             (x)  development assessment, to determine whether age‑appropriate milestones have been achieved, if indicated;

                            (xi)  assessment of parent and child interaction, if indicated;

                           (xii)  other examinations as indicated by a previous child health assessment; and

                     (d)  performing or arranging any required investigation, in particular considering the need for the following tests:

                              (i)  haemoglobin testing for those at a high risk of anaemia;

                             (ii)  audiometry, especially for school age children; and

                     (e)  assessing the patient using the information gained in the child health assessment; and

                      (f)  making or arranging any necessary interventions and referrals, and documenting a strategy for the good health of the patient; and

                     (g)  both:

                              (i)  keeping a record of the health assessment; and

                             (ii)  offering the patient, or the patient’s parent or carer, a written report on the health assessment, with recommendations on matters covered by the health assessment (including a strategy for the good health of the patient).

2.15.12  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adult health assessment

             (1)  An Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adult health assessment is the assessment of:

                     (a)  a patient’s health and physical, psychological and social function; and

                     (b)  whether preventive health care, education and other assistance should be offered to the patient to improve their health and physical, psychological or social function.

             (2)  An Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adult health assessment must include:

                     (a)  personal attendance by a general practitioner; and

                     (b)  taking the patient’s history, including the following:

                              (i)  current health problems and risk factors;

                             (ii)  relevant family medical history;

                            (iii)  medication use (including medication obtained without prescription or from other doctors);

                            (iv)  immunisation status, by reference to the appropriate current age and sex immunisation schedule;

                             (v)  sexual and reproductive health;

                            (vi)  physical activity, nutrition and alcohol, tobacco or other substance use;

                           (vii)  hearing loss;

                          (viii)  mood (including incidence of depression and risk of self‑harm);

                            (ix)  family relationships and whether the patient is a carer, or is cared for by another person;

                             (x)  vision; and

                     (c)  examination of the patient, including the following:

                              (i)  measurement of the patient’s blood pressure, pulse rate and rhythm;

                             (ii)  measurement of height and weight to calculate the patient’s body mass index and, if indicated, measurement of waist circumference for central obesity;

                            (iii)  oral examination (including gums and dentition);

                            (iv)  ear and hearing examination (including otoscopy and, if indicated, a whisper test);

                             (v)  urinalysis (by dipstick) for proteinuria;

                            (vi)  eye examination; and

                     (d)  performing or arranging any required investigation, in particular considering the need for the following tests:

                              (i)  fasting blood sugar and lipids (by laboratory‑based test on venous sample) or, if necessary, random blood glucose levels;

                             (ii)  papanicolaou smear;

                            (iii)  examination for sexually transmitted infection (by urine or endocervical swab for chlamydia and gonorrhoea, especially for those 15 to 35 years old);

                            (iv)  mammography, if eligible (by scheduling appointments with visiting services or facilitating direct referral); and

                     (e)  assessing the patient using the information gained in the health assessment; and

                      (f)  making or arranging any necessary interventions and referrals, and documenting a simple strategy for the good health of the patient.

             (3)  An Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adult health assessment must also include:

                     (a)  keeping a record of the health assessment; and

                     (b)  offering the patient a written report on the health assessment, with recommendations on matters covered by the health assessment (including a simple strategy for the good health of the patient).

2.15.13  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Older Person’s Health Assessment

             (1)  An Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Older Person’s Health Assessment is the assessment of:

                     (a)  a patient’s health and physical, psychological and social function; and

                     (b)  whether preventive health care and education should be offered to the patient, to improve the patient’s health and physical, psychological or social function.

             (2)  An Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Older Person’s Health Assessment must include:

                     (a)  personal attendance by a general practitioner; and

                     (b)  measurement of the patient’s blood pressure, pulse rate and rhythm; and

                     (c)  assessment of the patient’s medication; and

                     (d)  assessment of the patient’s continence; and

                     (e)  assessment of the patient’s immunisation status for influenza, tetanus and pneumococcus; and

                      (f)  assessment of the patient’s physical functions, including the patient’s activities of daily living and whether or not the patient has had a fall in the last 3 months; and

                     (g)  assessment of the patient’s psychological function, including the patient’s cognition and mood; and

                     (h)  assessment of the patient’s social function, including:

                              (i)  the availability and adequacy of paid, and unpaid, help; and

                             (ii)  whether the patient is responsible for caring for another person; and

                      (i)  an examination of the patient’s eyes.

             (3)  An Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Older Person’s Health Assessment must also include:

                     (a)  keeping a record of the health assessment; and

                     (b)  offering the patient a written report on the health assessment, with recommendations on matters covered by the health assessment; and

                     (c)  offering the patient’s carer (if any, and if the practitioner considers it appropriate and the patient agrees) a copy of the report or extracts of the report relevant to the carer.

2.15.14  Restrictions on health assessments for Group A14

             (1)  A health assessment mentioned in an item in Group A14 must not include a health screening service.

             (2)  A separate consultation must not be performed in conjunction with a health assessment, unless clinically necessary.

             (3)  A health assessment must be performed by the patient’s usual general practitioner, if reasonably practicable.

             (4)  Practice nurses, Aboriginal health workers and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioners may assist general practitioners in performing a health assessment, in accordance with accepted medical practice, and under the supervision of the general practitioner.

             (5)  For the purposes of subclause (4), assistance may include activities associated with:

                     (a)  information collection; and

                     (b)  at the direction of the general practitioner—provision to patients of information on recommended interventions.

             (6)  In this clause:

health screening service has the same meaning as in subsection 19(5) of the Act.

2.15.15  Items in Group A14

                   This clause sets out items in Group A14.

 

Group A14—Health assessments

Column 1

Item

Column 2

Description

Column 3

Fee ($)

701

Professional attendance by a general practitioner (other than a specialist or consultant physician) to perform a brief health assessment, lasting not more than 30 minutes and including:

(a) collection of relevant information, including taking a patient history; and

(b) a basic physical examination; and

(c) initiating interventions and referrals as indicated; and

(d) providing the patient with preventive health care advice and information

60.30

703

Professional attendance by a general practitioner (other than a specialist or consultant physician) to perform a standard health assessment, lasting more than 30 minutes but less than 45 minutes, including:

(a) detailed information collection, including taking a patient history; and

(b) an extensive physical examination; and

(c) initiating interventions and referrals as indicated; and

(d) providing a preventive health care strategy for the patient

140.10

705

Professional attendance by a general practitioner (other than a specialist or consultant physician) to perform a long health assessment, lasting at least 45 minutes but less than 60 minutes, including:

(a) comprehensive information collection, including taking a patient history; and

(b) an extensive examination of the patient’s medical condition and physical function; and

(c) initiating interventions and referrals as indicated; and

(d) providing a basic preventive health care management plan for the patient

193.35

707

Professional attendance by a general practitioner (other than a specialist or consultant physician) to perform a prolonged health assessment, lasting at least 60 minutes, including:

(a) comprehensive information collection, including taking a patient history; and

(b) an extensive examination of the patient’s medical condition, and physical, psychological and social function; and

(c) initiating interventions or referrals as indicated; and

(d) providing a comprehensive preventive health care management plan for the patient

273.10

715

Professional attendance by a general practitioner (other than a specialist or consultant physician) at consulting rooms or in another place other than a hospital or residential aged care facility, for a health assessment of a patient who is of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent—not more than once in a 9 month period

215.65

 

Division 2.16Group A15: GP management plans, team care arrangements and multidisciplinary care plans and case conferences

Subdivision AGeneral

2.16.1  Restrictions on items 729 to 866—services by certain medical practitioners

             (1)  Items 729 to 866 apply only to a service provided by:

                     (a)  a medical practitioner (other than a medical practitioner employed by the proprietor of a hospital that is not a private hospital); or

                     (b)  a medical practitioner who:

                              (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.

             (2)  Paragraph (1)(b) applies whether or not another person provides essential assistance to the medical practitioner in accordance with accepted medical practice.

Subdivision BSubgroup 1 of Group A15

2.16.2  Meaning of associated general practitioner

                   In item 732:

associated general practitioner means a general practitioner who, if not engaged in the same general practice as the general practitioner mentioned in the item, performs the service described in the item at the request of the patient (or the patient’s guardian).

2.16.3  Meaning of contribute to a multidisciplinary care plan

                   In items 729 and 731:

contribute to a multidisciplinary care plan, for a patient, includes the following:

                     (a)  preparing part of a multidisciplinary care plan and adding a copy of that part of the plan to the patient’s medical records;

                     (b)  preparing amendments to part of a multidisciplinary care plan and adding a copy of the amendments to the patient’s medical records;

                     (c)  giving advice to a person who prepares part of a multidisciplinary care plan and recording in writing, on the patient’s medical records, any advice provided to the person;

                     (d)  giving advice to a person who reviews part of a multidisciplinary care plan and recording in writing, on the patient’s medical records, any advice provided to the person.

2.16.4  Meaning of coordinating the development of team care arrangements

             (1)  In item 723:

coordinating the development of team care arrangements means a process by which a general practitioner:

                     (a)  in consultation with at least 2 collaborating providers, each of whom provides a different kind of treatment or service, and one of whom may be another medical practitioner, makes arrangements for the multidisciplinary care of the patient; and

                     (b)  prepares a document that describes the following:

                              (i)  treatment and service goals for the patient;

                             (ii)  treatment and services that collaborating providers will provide to the patient;

                            (iii)  actions to be taken by the patient;

                            (iv)  arrangements to review the matters mentioned in subparagraphs (i), (ii) and (iii) by a day mentioned in the document; and

                     (c)  undertakes all of the following activities:

                              (i)  explains the steps involved in the development of the arrangements to the patient and the patient’s carer (if any, and if the practitioner considers it appropriate and the patient agrees);

                             (ii)  discusses with the patient the collaborating providers who will contribute to the development of team care arrangements, and provide treatment and services to the patient under those arrangements;

                            (iii)  records the patient’s agreement to the development of team care arrangements;

                            (iv)  gives the collaborating provider a copy of those parts of the document that relate to the collaborating provider’s treatment of the patient’s condition;

                             (v)  offers a copy of the document to the patient and the patient’s carer (if any, and if the practitioner considers it appropriate and the patient agrees);

                            (vi)  adds a copy of the document to the patient’s medical records.

             (2)  For this clause, a collaborating provider is a person who:

                     (a)  provides treatment or a service to a patient; and

                     (b)  is not an unpaid carer of the patient.

2.16.5  Meaning of coordinating a review of team care arrangements

             (1)  In item 732:

coordinating a review of team care arrangements means a process by which a general practitioner:

                     (a)  in consultation with at least 2 collaborating providers, each of whom provides a different kind of treatment or service, and one of whom may be another medical practitioner, reviews the matters mentioned in:

                              (i)  paragraph (b) of the definition of coordinating the development of team care arrangements in subclause 2.16.4(1); and

                             (ii)  paragraph (a) of the definition of preparing a GP management plan in clause 2.16.7;

                            as applicable; and

                     (b)  if different arrangements need to be made—makes amendments to the plan, or to the document mentioned in paragraph (b) of the definition of coordinating the development of team care arrangements in subclause 2.16.4(1), that:

                              (i)  state the new arrangements; and

                             (ii)  provide for the review of the amended plan or document by a date stated in the plan or document; and

                     (c)  explains the steps involved in the review to the patient and the patient’s carer (if any, and if the practitioner considers it appropriate and the patient agrees); and

                     (d)  records the patient’s agreement to the review of team care arrangements or the plan; and

                     (e)  gives the collaborating provider a copy of those parts of the amended document, or the amended plan, that relate to the collaborating provider’s treatment of the patient’s condition; and

                      (f)  offers a copy of the amended document, or plan, to the patient and the patient’s carer (if any, and if the practitioner considers it appropriate and the patient agrees); and

                     (g)  adds a copy of the amended document or plan to the patient’s medical records.

             (2)  For this clause, a collaborating provider is a person who:

                     (a)  provides treatment or a service to a patient; and

                     (b)  is not an unpaid carer of the patient.

2.16.6  Meaning of multidisciplinary care plan

             (1)  In items 729 and 731:

multidisciplinary care plan, for a patient, means a written plan that:

                     (a)  is prepared for the patient by:

                              (i)  a general practitioner, in consultation with 2 other collaborating providers, each of whom provides a different kind of treatment or service to the patient, and one of whom may be another medical practitioner; or

                             (ii)  a collaborating provider (other than a general practitioner), in consultation with at least 2 other collaborating providers, each of whom provides a different kind of treatment or service to the patient; and

                     (b)  describes, at least, treatment and services to be provided to the patient by the collaborating providers.

             (2)  For this clause, a collaborating provider is a person, including a medical practitioner, who:

                     (a)  provides treatment or a service to a patient; and

                     (b)  is not an unpaid carer of the patient.

2.16.7  Meaning of preparing a GP management plan

                   In item 721:

preparing a GP management plan, for a patient, means a process by which a general practitioner:

                     (a)  prepares a written plan for the patient that describes:

                              (i)  the patient’s condition and associated health care needs; and

                             (ii)  management goals with which the patient agrees; and

                            (iii)  actions to be taken by the patient; and

                            (iv)  treatment and services the patient is likely to need; and

                             (v)  arrangements for providing the treatment and services mentioned in subparagraph (a)(iv); and

                            (vi)  arrangements to review the plan by a day mentioned in the plan; and

                     (b)  explains to the patient and the patient’s carer (if any, and if the practitioner considers it appropriate and the patient agrees) the steps involved in preparing the plan; and

                     (c)  records the plan; and

                     (d)  records the patient’s agreement to the preparation of the plan; and

                     (e)  offers a copy of the plan to the patient and the patient’s carer (if any, and if the practitioner considers it appropriate and the patient agrees); and

                      (f)  adds a copy of the plan to the patient’s medical records.

2.16.8  Meaning of reviewing a GP management plan

                   In item 732:

reviewing a GP management plan means a process by which a general practitioner:

                     (a)  reviews the matters mentioned in paragraph (a) of the definition of preparing a GP management plan in clause 2.16.7; and

                     (b)  if different arrangements need to be made—makes amendments to the plan that:

                              (i)  state the new arrangements; and

                             (ii)  provide for a further review of the amended plan by a date stated in the plan; and

                     (c)  explains to the patient and the patient’s carer (if any, and if the practitioner considers it appropriate and the patient agrees) the steps involved in the review; and

                     (d)  records the patient’s agreement to the review of the plan; and

                     (e)  if amendments are made to the plan:

                              (i)  offers a copy of the amended plan to the patient and the patient’s carer (if any, and if the practitioner considers it appropriate and the patient agrees); and

                             (ii)  adds a copy of the amended plan to the patient’s medical records.

2.16.9  Restrictions on items 721, 723, 729, 731 and 732—services for certain patients

             (1)  An item of this Schedule mentioned in column 1 of table 2.16.9 applies only to a service for a patient who:

                     (a)  suffers from at least one medical condition that:

                              (i)  has been (or is likely to be) present for at least 6 months; or

                             (ii)  is terminal; and

                     (b)  is described in column 2 of table 2.16.9.

 

Table 2.16.9—Application of items 721, 723, 729, 731 and 732

Item

Column 1

Items of this Schedule

Column 2

Description of patient

1

721 and 732
(if the service is for preparing a GP management plan or reviewing a GP management plan)

The patient:

(a) is a private in‑patient of a hospital; or

(b) is not a public in‑patient of a hospital or a care recipient in a residential aged care facility

2

723 and 732
(if the service is for the creation or review of team care arrangements)

The patient:

(a) requires ongoing care from at least 3 collaborating providers, each of whom provides a different kind of treatment or service to the patient, and at least one of whom is a medical practitioner; and

(b) either:

(i) is a private in‑patient of a hospital; or

(ii) is not a public in‑patient of a hospital or a care recipient in a residential aged care facility

3

729

The patient:

(a) requires ongoing care from at least 3 collaborating providers, each of whom provides a different kind of treatment or service to the patient, and at least one of whom is a medical practitioner; and

(b) is not a care recipient in a residential aged care facility

4

731

The patient:

(a) requires ongoing care from at least 3 collaborating providers, each of whom provides a different kind of treatment or service to the patient, and at least one of whom is a medical practitioner; and

(b) is a care recipient in a residential aged care facility

 

             (2)  For this clause, a collaborating provider is a person who:

                     (a)  provides treatment or a service to a patient; and

                     (b)  is not an unpaid carer of the patient.

2.16.10  Restrictions on items 721, 723 and 732

                   Items 721, 723 and 732 apply only to a service provided in the course of personal attendance by a single general practitioner on a single patient.

2.16.11  Restrictions on other items—services provided on same day as services in items 721, 723 and 732

                   The following items do not apply to a service described in the item that is provided by a general practitioner, if the service is provided on the same day for the same patient for whom the practitioner provides a service described in item 721, 723 or 732:

                     (a)  items 3, 4, 23, 24, 36, 37, 44, 47, 52, 53, 54, 57, 58, 59, 60 and 65;

                     (b)  items 585, 588, 591, 594, 599 and 600;

                     (c)  items 5000, 5003, 5020, 5023, 5040, 5043, 5060 and 5063;

                     (d)  items 5200, 5203, 5207, 5208, 5220, 5223, 5227 and 5228.

2.16.12  Conditions relating to timing of services in items 721, 723, 729, 731 and 732 if exceptional circumstances do not exist

             (1)  This clause applies to the performances of services for a patient for whom exceptional circumstances do not exist.

             (2)  Items 721, 723, 729, 731 and 732 apply in the circumstances mentioned in table 2.16.12.

 

Table 2.16.12—Conditions relating to timing of services in items 721, 723, 729, 731 and 732

Item

Column 1

Item of

this Schedule

Column 2

Circumstances

1

721

(a) In the 3 months before performance of the service, being a service to which item 729, 731 or 732 (for reviewing a GP management plan) applies but had not been performed for the patient; and

(b) the service is not performed more than once in a 12 month period; and

(c) the service is not performed by a general practitioner:

(i) who is a recognised specialist in palliative medicine; and

(ii) who is treating a palliative patient that has been referred to the general practitioner; and

(iii) to which an item in Subgroup 3 or 4 of Group A24 applies because of the treatment of the palliative patient by the general practitioner

2

723

(a) In the 3 months before performance of the service, being a service to which item 732 (for coordinating a review of team care arrangements, a multi‑disciplinary community care plan or a multi‑disciplinary discharge care plan) applies but had not been performed for the patient; and

(b) the service is performed not more than once in a 12 month period; and

(c) the service is not performed by a general practitioner:

(i) who is a recognised specialist in palliative medicine; and

(ii) who is treating a palliative patient that has been referred to the general practitioner; and

(iii) to which an item in Subgroup 3 or 4 of Group A24 applies because of the treatment of the palliative patient by the general practitioner

3

729

(a) either:

(i) in the 3 months before performance of the service, being a service to which item 731 or 732 applies but had not been performed for the patient; or

(ii) in the 12 months before performance of the service, being a service that has not been performed for the patient:

(A) by the general practitioner who performs the service to which item 729 would, but for this item, apply; and

(B) for which a payment has been made under item 721 or 723; and

(b) the service is performed not more than once in a 3 month period

4

731

(a) In the 3 months before performance of the service, being a service to which item 721, 723, 729 or 732 applies but had not been performed for the patient; and

(b) the service is performed not more than once in a 3 month period

5

732

Each service may be performed:

(a) once in a 3 month period; and

(b) on the same day; but

(c) may not be performed by a general practitioner:

(i) who is a recognised specialist in palliative medicine; and

(ii) who is treating a palliative patient that has been referred to the general practitioner; and

(iii) to which an item in Subgroup 3 or 4 of Group A24 applies because of the treatment of the palliative patient by the general practitioner

 

             (3)  In this clause:

exceptional circumstances, for a patient, means there has been a significant change in the patient’s clinical condition or care circumstances that necessitates the performance of the service for the patient.

2.16.13  Items in Subgroup 1 of Group A15

                   This clause sets out items in Subgroup 1 of Group A15.

 

Group A15—GP management plans, team care arrangements and multidisciplinary care plans and case conferences

Column 1

Item

Column 2

Description

Column 3

Fee ($)

Subgroup 1—GP management plans, team care arrangements and multidisciplinary care plans

721

Attendance by a general practitioner (not including a specialist or consultant physician), for preparation of a GP management plan for a patient (other than a service associated with a service to which any of items 735 to 758 apply)

146.55

723

Attendance by a general practitioner (not including a specialist or consultant physician), to coordinate the development of team care arrangements for a patient (other than a service associated with a service to which any of items 735 to 758 apply)

116.15

729

Contribution by a general practitioner (not including a specialist or consultant physician), to a multidisciplinary care plan prepared by another provider or a review of a multidisciplinary care plan prepared by another provider (other than a service associated with a service to which any of items 735 to 758 apply)

71.55

731

Contribution by a general practitioner (not including a specialist or consultant physician), to:

(a) a multidisciplinary care plan for a patient in a residential aged care facility, prepared by that facility, or to a review of such a plan prepared by such a facility; or

(b) a multidisciplinary care plan prepared for a patient by another provider before the patient is discharged from a hospital, or to a review of such a plan prepared by another provider

(other than a service associated with a service to which items 735 to 758 apply)

71.55

732

Attendance by a general practitioner (not including a specialist or consultant physician) to review or coordinate a review of:

(a) a GP management plan prepared by a general practitioner (or an associated general practitioner) to which item 721 applies; or

(b) team care arrangements which have been coordinated by the general practitioner (or an associated general practitioner) to which item 723 applies

73.20

 

Subdivision CSubgroup 2 of Group A15

2.16.14  Meaning of multidisciplinary discharge case conference

                   In items 735, 739, 743, 747, 750 and 758:

multidisciplinary discharge case conference means a multidisciplinary case conference carried out for a patient before the patient is discharged from a hospital.

2.16.15  Meaning of organise and coordinate

                   In items 735, 739, 743, 820, 822, 823, 825, 826, 828, 830, 832, 834, 835, 837, 838, 855, 857, 858, 861, 864 and 866:

organise and coordinate, for a conference mentioned in the item, means undertaking all of the following activities:

                     (a)  explaining to the patient the nature of the conference;

                     (b)  asking the patient whether the patient agrees to the conference taking place;

                     (c)  recording the patient’s agreement to the conference;

                     (d)  recording the day the conference was held and the times the conference started and ended;

                     (e)  recording the names of the participants;

                      (f)  recording the activities mentioned in the definition of multidisciplinary case conference in clause 1.1.4 and putting a copy of that record in the patient’s medical records;

                     (g)  offering the patient and the patient’s carer (if any and if the practitioner considers appropriate and the patient agrees), and giving each other member of the team, a summary of the conference;

                     (h)  discussing the outcomes of the conference with the patient and the patient’s carer (if any and if the practitioner considers appropriate and the patient agrees).

2.16.16  Meaning of participate

                   In items 747, 750, 758, 825, 826, 828, 835, 837 and 838:

participate, for a conference mentioned in the item, means participation that:

                     (a)  does not include organising and coordinating the conference; and

                     (b)  involves undertaking all of the following activities in relation to the conference:

                              (i)  explaining to the patient the nature of the conference;

                             (ii)  asking the patient whether the patient agrees to the practitioner’s participation in the conference;

                            (iii)  recording the patient’s agreement to the practitioner’s participation in the conference;

                            (iv)  recording the day the conference was held and the times the conference started and ended;

                             (v)  recording the names of the participants;

                            (vi)  recording the matters mentioned in the definition of multidisciplinary case conference in clause 1.1.4 and putting a copy of that record in the patient’s medical records.

2.16.17  Meaning of coordinating

                   In item 880:

coordinating, for a case conference, means undertaking all of the following activities:

                     (a)  coordinating and facilitating the case conference;

                     (b)  resolving any disagreement or conflict to enable the members of the case conference team giving care and service to the patient to agree on the outcomes to be achieved;

                     (c)  identifying tasks that need to be undertaken to achieve these outcomes, and allocating those tasks to members of the case conference team;

                     (d)  recording the input of each member and the outcome of the case conference.

2.16.18  Meaning of case conference team

                   In item 880:

case conference team:

                     (a)  includes a specialist, or consultant physician, in the practice of the specialist’s or consultant physician’s specialty of geriatric or rehabilitation medicine; and

                     (b)  includes at least 2 other allied health professionals, each of whom provides a different kind of care or service to the patient and is not a medical practitioner or unpaid carer of the patient; and

                     (c)  may include the patient, an unpaid carer of the patient or a medical practitioner.

Example:    For the purposes of paragraph (b), persons who may be included in a team are the following:

(a)    dieticians;

(b)    mental health workers;

(c)    occupational therapists;

(d)    pharmacists;

(e)    physiotherapists;

(f)    podiatrists;

(g)    psychologists;

(h)    social workers;

(i)     speech pathologists.

2.16.19  Restrictions on item 880—certain patients

             (1)  Item 880 applies if the attendance is on a patient who:

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

                     (b)  is not a care recipient in a residential aged care facility; and

                     (c)  is being provided with one of the following types of specialist care:

                              (i)  geriatric evaluation and management;

                             (ii)  rehabilitation care.

             (2)  In this clause:

geriatric evaluation and management means care provided to a patient with a disability or psychosocial problem for the purpose of maximising the patient’s health status or optimising the patient’s living arrangements.

rehabilitation care means care provided to a patient with an impairment or disability for the purpose of improving the patient’s functional status.

2.16.20  Items in Subgroup 2 of Group A15

                   This clause sets out items in Subgroup 2 of Group A15.

 

Group A15—GP management plans, team care arrangements and multidisciplinary care plans and case conferences

Column 1

Item

Column 2

Description

Column 3

Fee ($)

Subgroup 2—Case conferences

735

Attendance by a general practitioner (not including a specialist or consultant physician), as a member of a multidisciplinary case conference team, to organise and coordinate:

(a) a community case conference; or

(b) a multidisciplinary case conference carried out for a care recipient in a residential aged care facility; or

(c) a multidisciplinary discharge case conference;

if the conference lasts for at least 15 minutes, but for less than 20 minutes (other than a service associated with a service to which items 721 to 732 apply)

71.80

739

Attendance by a general practitioner (not including a specialist or consultant physician), as a member of a multidisciplinary case conference team, to organise and coordinate:

(a) a community case conference; or

(b) a multidisciplinary case conference carried out for a care recipient in a residential aged care facility; or

(c) a multidisciplinary discharge case conference;

if the conference lasts for at least 20 minutes, but for less than 40 minutes (other than a service associated with a service to which items 721 to 732 apply)

122.90

743

Attendance by a general practitioner (not including a specialist or consultant physician), as a member of a multidisciplinary case conference team, to organise and coordinate:

(a) a community case conference; or

(b) a multidisciplinary case conference carried out for a care recipient in a residential aged care facility; or

(c) a multidisciplinary discharge case conference;

if the conference lasts for at least 40 minutes (other than a service associated with a service to which items 721 to 732 apply)

204.90

747

Attendance by a general practitioner (not including a specialist or consultant physician), as a member of a multidisciplinary case conference team, to participate in:

(a) a community case conference; or

(b) a multidisciplinary case conference carried out for a care recipient in a residential aged care facility; or

(c) a multidisciplinary discharge case conference;

if the conference lasts for at least 15 minutes, but for less than 20 minutes (other than a service associated with a service to which items 721 to 732 apply)

52.75

750

Attendance by a general practitioner (not including a specialist or consultant physician), as a member of a multidisciplinary case conference team, to participate in:

(a) a community case conference; or

(b) a multidisciplinary case conference carried out for a care recipient in a residential aged care facility; or

(c) a multidisciplinary discharge case conference;

if the conference lasts for at least 20 minutes, but for less than 40 minutes (other than a service associated with a service to which items 721 to 732 apply)

90.40

758

Attendance by a general practitioner (not including a specialist or consultant physician), as a member of a multidisciplinary case conference team, to participate in:

(a) a community case conference; or

(b) a multidisciplinary case conference carried out for a care recipient in a residential aged care facility; or

(c) a multidisciplinary discharge case conference;

if the conference lasts for at least 40 minutes (other than a service associated with a service to which items 721 to 732 apply)

150.55

820

Attendance by a consultant physician in the practice of the consultant physician’s specialty, as a member of a case conference team, to organise and coordinate a community case conference of at least 15 minutes but less than 30 minutes, with a multidisciplinary team of at least 3 other formal care providers of different disciplines

143.45

822

Attendance by a consultant physician in the practice of the consultant physician’s specialty, as a member of a case conference team, to organise and coordinate a community case conference of at least 30 minutes but less than 45 minutes, with a multidisciplinary team of at least 3 other formal care providers of different disciplines

215.25

823

Attendance by a consultant physician in the practice of the consultant physician’s specialty, as a member of a case conference team, to organise and coordinate a community case conference of at least 45 minutes, with a multidisciplinary team of at least 3 other formal care providers of different disciplines

286.80

825

Attendance by a consultant physician in the practice of the consultant physician’s specialty, as a member of a multidisciplinary case conference team of at least 2 other formal care providers of different disciplines, to participate in a community case conference (other than to organise and coordinate the conference) of at least 15 minutes but less than 30 minutes, with the multidisciplinary case conference team

103.00

826

Attendance by a consultant physician in the practice of the consultant physician’s specialty, as a member of a multidisciplinary case conference team of at least 2 other formal care providers of different disciplines, to participate in a community case conference (other than to organise and coordinate the conference) of at least 30 minutes but less than 45 minutes, with the multidisciplinary case conference team

164.30

828

Attendance by a consultant physician in the practice of the consultant physician’s specialty, as a member of a multidisciplinary case conference team of at least 2 other formal care providers of different disciplines, to participate in a community case conference (other than to organise and coordinate the conference) of at least 45 minutes, with the multidisciplinary case conference team

225.60

830

Attendance by a consultant physician in the practice of the consultant physician’s specialty, as a member of a case conference team, to organise and coordinate a discharge case conference of at least 15 minutes but less than 30 minutes, with a multidisciplinary team of at least 3 other formal care providers of different disciplines

143.45

832

Attendance by a consultant physician in the practice of the consultant physician’s specialty, as a member of a case conference team, to organise and coordinate a discharge case conference of at least 30 minutes but less than 45 minutes, with a multidisciplinary team of at least 3 other formal care providers of different disciplines

215.25

834

Attendance by a consultant physician in the practice of the consultant physician’s specialty, as a member of a case conference team, to organise and coordinate a discharge case conference of at least 45 minutes, with a multidisciplinary team of at least 3 other formal care providers of different disciplines

286.80

835

Attendance by a consultant physician in the practice of the consultant physician’s specialty, as a member of a case conference team, to participate in a discharge case conference (other than to organise and coordinate the conference) of at least 15 minutes but less than 30 minutes, with a multidisciplinary team of at least 2 other formal care providers of different disciplines

103.00

837

Attendance by a consultant physician in the practice of the consultant physician’s specialty, as a member of a case conference team, to participate in a discharge case conference (other than to organise and coordinate the conference) of at least 30 minutes but less than 45 minutes, with a multidisciplinary team of at least 2 other formal care providers of different disciplines

164.30

838

Attendance by a consultant physician in the practice of the consultant physician’s specialty, as a member of a case conference team, to participate in a discharge case conference (other than to organise and coordinate the conference) of at least 45 minutes, with a multidisciplinary team of at least 2 other formal care providers of different disciplines

225.60

855

Attendance by a consultant physician in the practice of the consultant physician’s specialty of psychiatry, as a member of a multidisciplinary case conference team of at least 2 other formal care providers of different disciplines, to organise and coordinate a community case conference of at least 15 minutes but less than 30 minutes, with the multidisciplinary case conference team

143.45

857

Attendance by a consultant physician in the practice of the consultant physician’s specialty of psychiatry, as a member of a multidisciplinary case conference team of at least 2 other formal care providers of different disciplines, to organise and coordinate a community case conference of at least 30 minutes but less than 45 minutes, with the multidisciplinary case conference team

215.25

858

Attendance by a consultant physician in the practice of the consultant physician’s specialty of psychiatry, as a member of a multidisciplinary case conference team of at least 2 other formal care providers of different disciplines, to organise and coordinate a community case conference of at least 45 minutes, with the multidisciplinary case conference team

286.80

861

Attendance by a consultant physician in the practice of the consultant physician’s specialty of psychiatry, as a member of a case conference team, to organise and coordinate a discharge case conference of at least 15 minutes but less than 30 minutes, with a multidisciplinary team of at least 2 other formal care providers of different disciplines

143.45

864

Attendance by a consultant physician in the practice of the consultant physician’s specialty of psychiatry, as a member of a case conference team, to organise and coordinate a discharge case conference of at least 30 minutes but less than 45 minutes, with a multidisciplinary team of at least 2 other formal care providers of different disciplines

215.25

866

Attendance by a consultant physician in the practice of the consultant physician’s specialty of psychiatry, as a member of a case conference team, to organise and coordinate a discharge case conference of at least 45 minutes, with a multidisciplinary team of at least 2 other formal care providers of different disciplines

286.80

871

Attendance by a general practitioner, specialist or consultant physician, as a member of a case conference team, to lead and coordinate a multidisciplinary case conference on a patient with cancer to develop a multidisciplinary treatment plan, if the case conference is of at least 10 minutes, with a multidisciplinary team of at least 3 other medical practitioners from different areas of medical practice (which may include general practice), and, in addition, allied health providers

82.80

872

Attendance by a general practitioner, specialist or consultant physician, as a member of a case conference team, to participate in a multidisciplinary case conference on a patient with cancer to develop a multidisciplinary treatment plan, if the case conference is of at least 10 minutes, with a multidisciplinary team of at least 4 medical practitioners from different areas of medical practice (which may include general practice), and, in addition, allied health providers

38.55

880

Attendance by a specialist, or consultant physician, in the practice of the specialist’s or consultant physician’s specialty of geriatric or rehabilitation medicine, as a member of a case conference team, to coordinate a case conference of at least 10 minutes but less than 30 minutes—for any particular patient, one attendance only in a 7 day period (other than attendance on the same day as an attendance for which item 832, 834, 835, 837 or 838 was applicable in relation to the patient) (H)

50.20

 

Division 2.17Group A17: Domiciliary and residential medication management reviews

2.17.1  Meaning of living in a community setting

                   In item 900:

living in a community setting: a patient is living in a community setting if the patient is not an in‑patient of a hospital or a care recipient in a residential aged care facility.

2.17.2  Meaning of residential medication management review

             (1)  In item 903:

residential medication management review means a collaborative service provided by a general practitioner and a pharmacist to review the medication management needs of a care recipient in a residential aged care facility.

             (2)  A general practitioner’s involvement in a residential medication management review includes all of the following:

                     (a)  discussing the proposed review with the resident and seeking the resident’s consent to the review;

                     (b)  collaborating with the reviewing pharmacist about the pharmacist’s involvement in the review;

                     (c)  providing input from the resident’s most recent comprehensive medical assessment or, if such an assessment has not been undertaken, providing relevant clinical information for the review and for the resident’s records;

                     (d)  subject to subclause (4), participating in a post‑review discussion (either face‑to‑face or by telephone) with the pharmacist to discuss the outcomes of the review including:

                              (i)  the findings of the review; and

                             (ii)  medication management strategies; and

                            (iii)  means to ensure that the strategies are implemented and reviewed, including any issues for implementation and follow‑up;

                     (e)  developing or revising the resident’s medication management plan after discussion with the reviewing pharmacist, and finalising the plan after discussion with the resident.

             (3)  A general practitioner’s involvement in a residential medication management review also includes:

                     (a)  offering a copy of the medication management plan to the resident (or the resident’s carer or representative if appropriate); and

                     (b)  providing copies of the plan for the resident’s records and for the nursing staff of the residential aged care facility; and

                     (c)  discussing the plan with nursing staff if necessary.

             (4)  A post‑review discussion is not required if:

                     (a)  there are no recommended changes to the resident’s medication management arising out of the review; or

                     (b)  any changes are minor in nature and do not require immediate discussion; or

                     (c)  the pharmacist and general practitioner agree that issues arising out of the review should be considered in a case conference.

2.17.3  Restrictions on items 900 and 903

                   Items 900 and 903 apply only to a service provided in the course of personal attendance by a single general practitioner on a single patient.

2.17.4  Items in Group A17

                   This clause sets out items in Group A17.

 

Group A17—Domiciliary and residential medication management reviews

Column 1

Item

Column 2

Description

Column 3

Fee ($)

900

Participation by a general practitioner (not including a specialist or consultant physician) in a Domiciliary Medication Management Review (DMMR) for a patient living in a community setting, in which the general practitioner, with the patient’s consent:

(a) assesses the patient as:

(i) having a chronic medical condition or a complex medication regimen; and

(ii) not having their therapeutic goals met; and

(b) following that assessment:

(i) refers the patient to a community pharmacy or an accredited pharmacist for the DMMR; and

(ii) provides relevant clinical information required for the DMMR; and

(c) discusses with the reviewing pharmacist the results of the DMMR including suggested medication management strategies; and

(d) develops a written medication management plan following discussion with the patient; and

(e) provides the written medication management plan to a community pharmacy chosen by the patient

For any particular patient—applicable not more than once in each 12 month period, except if there has been a significant change in the patient’s condition or medication regimen requiring a new DMMR

157.30

903

Participation by a general practitioner (not including a specialist or consultant physician) in a residential medication management review (RMMR) for a patient who is a care recipient in a residential aged care facility—other than an RMMR for a resident in relation to whom, in the preceding 12 months, this item has applied, unless there has been a significant change in the resident’s medical condition or medication management plan requiring a new RMMR

107.70

 

Division 2.18Group A30: Medical practitioner video conferencing consultation

2.18.1  Restrictions on items in Subgroups 1 and 2 of Group A30—services provided in association with certain other services

             (1)  An item in Subgroup 1 or 2 of Group A30 applies if:

                     (a)  the service described in the item is provided in association with a service described in an item mentioned in subclause (2); and

                     (b)  no other service described in an item in Group A30 is provided to the patient on the same occasion; and

                     (c)  the medical practitioner providing clinical support to the patient is a general practitioner, specialist or consultant physician.

             (2)  For the purposes of subclause (1), the items are 99, 112, 113, 114, 149, 288, 384, 389, 2799, 2820, 3003, 3015, 6004, 6016, 13210, 16399 and 17609.

2.18.2  Location of attendance in items 2125, 2138, 2179 and 2220

                   For items 2125, 2138, 2179 and 2220, professional attendance may be provided by the medical practitioner at consulting rooms in the residential aged care facility where the patient is a care recipient.

2.18.3  Meaning of amount under clause 2.18.3

                   An amount under clause 2.18.3, for an item mentioned in column 1 of table 2.18.3, means the sum of:

                     (a)  the fee for the item mentioned in column 2 of that table; and

                     (b)  the fee for the item mentioned in:

                              (i)  if the medical practitioner attends no more than 6 patients in a single attendance—the amount mentioned in column 3 of that table, divided by the number of patients attended; or

                             (ii)  if the medical practitioner attends more than 6 patients in a single attendance—the amount mentioned in column 4 of that table.

 

Table 2.18.3—Amount under clause 2.18.3

Item

Column 1

Item of this Schedule

Column 2

Fee

Column 3

Amount if not more than 6 patients (to be divided by the number of patients) ($)

Column 4

Amount per patient if more than 6 patients ($)

1

2122

The fee for item 2100

26.35

2.05

2

2125

The fee for item 2100

47.45

3.35

3

2137

The fee for item 2126

26.35

2.05

4

2138

The fee for item 2126

47.45

3.35

5

2147

The fee for item 2143

26.35

2.05

6

2179

The fee for item 2143

47.45

3.35

7

2199

The fee for item 2195

26.35

2.05

8

2220

The fee for item 2195

47.45

3.35

 

2.18.4  Restrictions on items in Subgroups 5 and 6 of Group A30 (video conferencing consultation attendances for patients in rural and remote areas)

                   An item in Subgroup 5 or 6 of Group A30 applies to a professional attendance on a patient by a medical practitioner only if:

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

                     (b)  the patient is located within a Modified Monash 6 area or a Modified Monash 7 area; and

                     (c)  at the time of the attendance, the patient and the medical practitioner are at least 15 km by road from each other; and

                     (d)  the patient has received 3 face‑to‑face professional attendances from that practitioner in the preceding 12 months.

2.18.5  Items in Group A30

                   This clause sets out items in Group A30.

 

Group A30—Medical practitioner video conferencing consultation

Column 1

Item

Column 2

Description

Column 3

Fee ($)

Subgroup 1—Video conferencing consultation attendance at consulting rooms, home visit or other institution

2100

Professional attendance at consulting rooms lasting at least 5 minutes (whether or not continuous) by a medical practitioner providing clinical support to a patient who:

(a) is participating in a video conferencing consultation with a specialist or consultant physician; and

(b) is not an admitted patient; and

(c) either:

(i) is located both:

(A) within a telehealth eligible area; and

(B) at the time of the attendance—at least 15 km by road from the specialist or physician mentioned in paragraph (a); or

(ii) is a patient of:

(A) an Aboriginal Medical Service; or

(B) an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service:

      for which a direction made under subsection 19(2) of the Act applies

23.25

2122

Professional attendance not in consulting rooms lasting at least 5 minutes (whether or not continuous) by a medical practitioner providing clinical support to a patient who:

(a) is participating in a video conferencing consultation with a specialist or consultant physician; and

(b) is not an admitted patient; and

(c) is not a care recipient in a residential aged care facility; and

(d) is located both:

(i) within a telehealth eligible area; and

(ii) at the time of the attendance—at least 15 km by road from the specialist or physician mentioned in paragraph (a);

for an attendance on one or more patients at one place on one occasion—each patient

Amount under clause 2.18.3

2126

Professional attendance at consulting rooms lasting less than 20 minutes (whether or not continuous) by a medical practitioner providing clinical support to a patient who:

(a) is participating in a video conferencing consultation with a specialist or consultant physician; and

(b) is not an admitted patient; and

(c) either:

(i) is located both:

(A) within a telehealth eligible area; and

(B) at the time of the attendance—at least 15 km by road from the specialist or physician mentioned in paragraph (a); or

(ii) is a patient of:

(A) an Aboriginal Medical Service; or

(B) an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service;

      for which a direction made under subsection 19(2) of the Act applies

50.75

2137

Professional attendance not in consulting rooms lasting less than 20 minutes (whether or not continuous) by a medical practitioner providing clinical support to a patient who:

(a) is participating in a video conferencing consultation with a specialist or consultant physician; and

(b) is not an admitted patient; and

(c) is not a care recipient in a residential aged care facility; and

(d) is located both:

(i) within a telehealth eligible area; and

(ii) at the time of the attendance—at least 15 km by road from the specialist or physician mentioned in paragraph (a);

for an attendance on one or more patients at one place on one occasion—each patient

Amount under clause 2.18.3

2143

Professional attendance at consulting rooms lasting at least 20 minutes (whether or not continuous) by a medical practitioner providing clinical support to a patient who:

(a) is participating in a video conferencing consultation with a specialist or consultant physician; and

(b) is not an admitted patient; and

(c) either:

(i) is located both:

(A) within a telehealth eligible area; and

(B) at the time of the attendance—at least 15 km by road from the specialist or physician mentioned in paragraph (a); or

(ii) is a patient of:

(A) an Aboriginal Medical Service; or

(B) an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service:

      for which a direction made under subsection 19(2) of the Act applies

98.40

2147

Professional attendance not in consulting rooms lasting at least 20 minutes (whether or not continuous) by a medical practitioner providing clinical support to a patient who:

(a) is participating in a video conferencing consultation with a specialist or consultant physician; and

(b) is not an admitted patient; and

(c) is not a care recipient in a residential aged care facility; and

(d) is located both:

(i) within a telehealth eligible area; and

(ii) at the time of the attendance—at least 15 km by road from the specialist or physician mentioned in paragraph (a);

for an attendance on one or more patients at one place on one occasion—each patient

Amount under clause 2.18.3

2195

Professional attendance at consulting rooms lasting at least 40 minutes (whether or not continuous) by a medical practitioner providing clinical support to a patient who:

(a) is participating in a video conferencing consultation with a specialist or consultant physician; and

(b) is not an admitted patient; and

(c) either:

(i) is located both:

(A) within a telehealth eligible area; and

(B) at the time of the attendance—at least 15 km by road from the specialist or physician mentioned in paragraph (a); or

(ii) is a patient of:

(A) an Aboriginal Medical Service; or

(B) an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service;

      for which a direction made under subsection 19(2) of the Act applies

144.80

2199

Professional attendance not in consulting rooms lasting at least 40 minutes (whether or not continuous) by a medical practitioner providing clinical support to a patient who:

(a) is participating in a video conferencing consultation with a specialist or consultant physician; and

(b) is not an admitted patient; and

(c) is not a care recipient in a residential aged care facility; and

(d) is located both:

(i) within a telehealth eligible area; and

(ii) at the time of the attendance—at least 15 km by road from the specialist or physician mentioned in paragraph (a);

for an attendance on one or more patients at one place on one occasion—each patient

Amount under clause 2.18.3

Subgroup 2—Video conferencing consultation attendance at a residential aged care facility

2125

Professional attendance lasting at least 5 minutes (whether or not continuous) by a medical practitioner providing clinical support to a patient who:

(a) is participating in a video conferencing consultation with a specialist or consultant physician; and

(b) is a care recipient in a residential aged care facility; and

(c) is not a resident of a self‑contained unit;

for an attendance on one or more patients at one place on one occasion—each patient

Amount under clause 2.18.3

2138

Professional attendance lasting less than 20 minutes (whether or not continuous) by a medical practitioner providing clinical support to a patient who:

(a) is participating in a video conferencing consultation with a specialist or consultant physician; and

(b) is a care recipient in a residential aged care facility; and

(c) is not a resident of a self‑contained unit;

for an attendance on one or more patients at one place on one occasion—each patient

Amount under clause 2.18.3

2179

Professional attendance lasting at least 20 minutes (whether or not continuous) by a medical practitioner providing clinical support to a patient who:

(a) is participating in a video conferencing consultation with a specialist or consultant physician; and

(b) is a care recipient in a residential aged care facility; and

(c) is not a resident of a self‑contained unit;

for an attendance on one or more patients at one place on one occasion—each patient

Amount under clause 2.18.3

2220

Professional attendance lasting at least 40 minutes (whether or not continuous) by a medical practitioner providing clinical support to a patient who:

(a) is participating in a video conferencing consultation with a specialist or consultant physician; and

(b) is a care recipient in a residential aged care facility; and

(c) is not a resident of a self‑contained unit;

for an attendance on one or more patients at one place on one occasion—each patient

Amount under clause 2.18.3

Subgroup 5—General practitioner video conferencing consultation attendance for patients in rural and remote areas

2461

Professional attendance by video conference by a general 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

17.50

2463

Professional attendance by video conference by a general practitioner, lasting less than 20 minutes, including any of the following that are clinically relevant:

(a) taking a patient history;

(b) performing a clinical examination;

(c) arranging any necessary investigation;

(d) implementing a management plan;

(e) providing appropriate preventive health care;

for one or more health‑related issues, with appropriate documentation

38.20

2464

Professional attendance by video conference by a general practitioner, lasting at least 20 minutes but less than 40 minutes, including any of the following that are clinically relevant:

(a) taking a patient history;

(b) performing a clinical examination;

(c) arranging any necessary investigation;

(d) implementing a management plan;

(e) providing appropriate preventive health care;

for one or more health‑related issues, with appropriate documentation

73.95

2465

Professional attendance by video conference by a general practitioner, lasting at least 40 minutes, including any of the following that are clinically relevant:

(a) taking a patient history;

(b) performing a clinical examination;

(c) arranging any necessary investigation;

(d) implementing a management plan;

(e) providing appropriate preventive health care;

for one or more health‑related issues, with appropriate documentation

108.85

Subgroup 6—Other non‑referred video conferencing consultation attendance for patients in rural and remote areas

2471

Professional attendance by video conference lasting not more than 5 minutes by a medical practitioner who is not a general practitioner

11.00

2472

Professional attendance by video conference lasting more than 5 minutes, but not more than 25 minutes, by a medical practitioner who is not a general practitioner

21.00

2475

Professional attendance by video conference lasting more than 25 minutes, but not more than 45 minutes, by a medical practitioner who is not a general practitioner

38.00

2478

Professional attendance by video conference lasting more than 45 minutes by a medical practitioner who is not a general practitioner

61.00

 

Division 2.19Groups A18 and A19 (Attendances associated with Practice Incentive Program payments)

2.19.1  Restrictions on items in Subgroup 2 of Groups A18 and A19—timing

             (1)  An item in Subgroup 2 of Group A18 or A19 does not apply to a service that is provided to a patient who has already been provided, in the previous 11 months, with another service described in that Subgroup.

             (2)  For an item in Subgroup 2 of Group A18 or A19, a professional attendance completes the minimum requirements for a cycle of care of a patient with established diabetes mellitus if the attendance completes a series of attendances that involve, over a period of at least 11 months and up to 13 months, (the current cycle), the following:

                     (a)  at least one assessment of the patient’s diabetes control, by measuring the patient’s HbA1c;

                     (b)  subject to subclause (3), if the patient has not had a comprehensive eye examination in the cycle of care ending immediately before the current cycle—at least one comprehensive eye examination;

                     (c)  measurement of the patient’s weight and height, and calculation of the patient’s BMI;

                     (d)  2 further measurements of the patient’s weight with each measurement being taken at least 5 months after the previous measurement;

                     (e)  2 measurements of the patient’s blood pressure, taken at least 5 months but not more than 7 months apart;

                      (f)  subject to subclause (3), 2 examinations of the patient’s feet, carried out at least 5 months but not more than 7 months apart;

                     (g)  at least one measurement of the patient’s total cholesterol, triglycerides and HDL cholesterol;

                     (h)  at least one test of the patient’s microalbuminuria;

                      (i)  at least one measurement of the patient’s estimated Glomerular Filtration Rate (eGFR);

                      (j)  provision to the patient of self‑management education regarding diabetes;

                     (k)  a review of the patient’s diet, and provision to the patient of information about appropriate dietary choices;

                      (l)  a review of the patient’s level of physical activity, and provision to the patient of information about the appropriate level of physical activity;

                    (m)  checking the patient’s tobacco smoking activity, and, if relevant, encouraging the patient to stop smoking;

                     (n)  a review of the patient’s medication.

             (3)  For a patient with established diabetes mellitus who has a condition that is mentioned in table 2.19.1, the minimum requirements of a cycle of care for the patient in relation to paragraphs (2)(b) and (f) may be completed as set out in that table.

 

Table 2.19.1—Minimum requirements of a cycle of care

 

Column 1

Column 2

Item

Patient’s condition

How minimum requirements completed

1

A patient who is blind

Without an eye examination

2

A patient who has sight in only one eye

Examination of that eye

3

A patient who does not have any feet

Without a foot examination

4

A patient who has only one foot

Examination of that foot

 

2.19.2  Restrictions on items in Subgroup 3 of Groups A18 and A19—timing

             (1)  An item in Subgroup 3 of Group A18 or A19 does not apply to a service that:

                     (a)  is provided to a patient who has already been provided, in the previous 12 months, with another service described in Subgroup 3 of Group A18 or A19; and

                     (b)  is not clinically indicated.

             (2)  For an item in Subgroup 3 of Group A18 or A19, a professional attendance completes the minimum requirements of the Asthma Cycle of Care if the attendance completes a series of attendances that involves:

                     (a)  documented diagnosis and documented assessment of level of asthma control and severity of asthma; and

                     (b)  at least 2 asthma‑related consultations within 12 months (at least one of which (the review consultation) is a consultation that was planned at a previous consultation and includes the review mentioned in subparagraph (iv)) that involve the following for a patient with moderate to severe asthma:

                              (i)  a review of the patient’s use of and access to asthma related medication and devices;

                             (ii)  either:

                                        (A)  provision to the patient of a written asthma action plan; or

                                        (B)  if the patient is unable to use a written asthma action plan—discussion with the patient about an alternative method of providing an asthma action plan, and documentation of the discussion in the patient’s medical records;

                            (iii)  provision of asthma self‑management education to the patient;

                            (iv)  at the review consultation:

                                        (A)  a review of the patient’s written or documented asthma action plan; and

                                        (B)  if necessary, adjustment of that plan.

2.19.3  Items in Group A18

                   This clause sets out items in Group A18.

 

Group A18—General practitioner attendances associated with Practice Incentives Program (PIP) payments

Column 1

Item

Column 2

Description

Column 3

Fee ($)

Subgroup 1—Collection of a cervical screening specimen from an unscreened or significantly underscreened person

2497

Professional attendance at consulting rooms by a general practitioner:

(a) involving taking a short patient history and, if required, limited examination and management; and

(b) at which a specimen for a cervical screening service is collected from the patient;

if the patient is at least 24 years and 9 months of age but is less than 75 years of age and has not been provided with a cervical screening service or a cervical smear service in the last 4 years.

17.20

2501

Professional attendance by a general practitioner at consulting rooms, lasting less than 20 minutes and including any of the following that are clinically relevant:

(a) taking a patient history;

(b) performing a clinical examination;

(c) arranging any necessary investigation;

(d) implementing a management plan;

(e) providing appropriate preventive health care;

for one or more health‑related issues, with appropriate documentation, and at which a specimen for a cervical screening service is collected from the patient, if the patient is at least 24 years and 9 months of age but is less than 75 years of age and has not been provided with a cervical screening service or a cervical smear service in the last 4 years

37.65

2503

Professional attendance by a general practitioner at a place other than consulting rooms, lasting less than 20 minutes and including any of the following that are clinically relevant:

(a) taking a patient history;

(b) performing a clinical examination;

(c) arranging any necessary investigation;

(d) implementing a management plan;

(e) providing appropriate preventive health care;

for one or more health‑related issues, with appropriate documentation, and at which a specimen for a cervical screening service is collected from the patient, if the patient is at least 24 years and 9 months of age but is less than 75 years of age and has not been provided with a cervical screening service or a cervical smear service in the last 4 years

Amount under clause 2.1.1

2504

Professional attendance by a general practitioner at consulting rooms, lasting at least 20 minutes and including any of the following that are clinically relevant:

(a) taking a detailed patient history;

(b) performing a clinical examination;

(c) arranging any necessary investigation;

(d) implementing a management plan;

(e) providing appropriate preventive health care;

for one or more health‑related issues, with appropriate documentation, and at which a specimen for a cervical screening service is collected from the patient, if the patient is at least 24 years and 9 months of age but is less than 75 years of age and has not been provided with a cervical screening service or a cervical smear service in the last 4 years

72.85

2506

Professional attendance by a general practitioner at a place other than consulting rooms, lasting at least 20 minutes and including any of the following that are clinically relevant:

(a) taking a detailed patient history;

(b) performing a clinical examination;

(c) arranging any necessary investigation;

(d) implementing a management plan;

(e) providing appropriate preventive health care;

for one or more health‑related issues, with appropriate documentation, and at which a specimen for a cervical screening service is collected from the patient, if the patient is at least 24 years and 9 months of age but is less than 75 years of age and has not been provided with a cervical screening service or a cervical smear service in the last 4 years

Amount under clause 2.1.1

2507

Professional attendance by a general practitioner at consulting rooms, lasting at least 40 minutes and including any of the following that are clinically relevant:

(a) taking an extensive patient history;

(b) performing a clinical examination;

(c) arranging any necessary investigation;

(d) implementing a management plan;

(e) providing appropriate preventive health care;

for one or more health‑related issues, with appropriate documentation, and at which a specimen for a cervical screening service is collected from the patient, if the patient is at least 24 years and 9 months of age but is less than 75 years of age and has not been provided with a cervical screening service or a cervical smear service in the last 4 years

107.25

2509

Professional attendance by a general practitioner at a place other than consulting rooms, lasting at least 40 minutes and including any of the following that are clinically relevant:

(a) taking an extensive patient history;

(b) performing a clinical examination;

(c) arranging any necessary investigation;

(d) implementing a management plan;

(e) providing appropriate preventive health care;

for one or more health‑related issues, with appropriate documentation, and at which a specimen for a cervical screening service is collected from the patient, if the patient is at least 24 years and 9 months of age but is less than 75 years of age and has not been provided with a cervical screening service or a cervical smear service in the last 4 years

Amount under clause 2.1.1

Subgroup 2—Completion of a cycle of care for patients with established diabetes mellitus

2517

Professional attendance by a general practitioner at consulting rooms, lasting less than 20 minutes and including any of the following that are clinically relevant:

(a) taking a patient history;

(b) performing a clinical examination;

(c) arranging any necessary investigation;

(d) implementing a management plan;

(e) providing appropriate preventive health care;

for one or more health‑related issues, with appropriate documentation, and completes the minimum requirements of a cycle of care for a patient with established diabetes mellitus

37.65

2518

Professional attendance by a general practitioner at a place other than consulting rooms, lasting less than 20 minutes and including any of the following that are clinically relevant:

(a) taking a patient history;

(b) performing a clinical examination;

(c) arranging any necessary investigation;

(d) implementing a management plan;

(e) providing appropriate preventive health care;

for one or more health‑related issues, with appropriate documentation, and completes the minimum requirements of a cycle of care for a patient with established diabetes mellitus

Amount under clause 2.1.1

2521

Professional attendance by a general practitioner at consulting rooms, lasting at least 20 minutes and including any of the following that are clinically relevant:

(a) taking a detailed patient history;

(b) performing a clinical examination;

(c) arranging any necessary investigation;

(d) implementing a management plan;

(e) providing appropriate preventive health care;

for one or more health‑related issues, with appropriate documentation, and that completes the minimum requirements of a cycle of care for a patient with established diabetes mellitus

72.85

2522

Professional attendance by a general practitioner at a place other than consulting rooms, lasting at least 20 minutes and including any of the following that are clinically relevant:

(a) taking a detailed patient history;

(b) performing a clinical examination;

(c) arranging any necessary investigation;

(d) implementing a management plan;

(e) providing appropriate preventive health care;

for one or more health‑related issues, with appropriate documentation, and that completes the minimum requirements of a cycle of care for a patient with established diabetes mellitus

Amount under clause 2.1.1

2525

Professional attendance by a general practitioner at consulting rooms, lasting at least 40 minutes and including any of the following that are clinically relevant:

(a) taking an extensive patient history;

(b) performing a clinical examination;

(c) arranging any necessary investigation;

(d) implementing a management plan;

(e) providing appropriate preventive health care;

for one or more health‑related issues, with appropriate documentation, and that completes the minimum requirements of a cycle of care for a patient with established diabetes mellitus

107.25

2526

Professional attendance by a general practitioner at a place other than consulting rooms, lasting at least 40 minutes and including any of the following that are clinically relevant:

(a) taking an extensive patient history;

(b) performing a clinical examination;

(c) arranging any necessary investigation;

(d) implementing a management plan;

(e) providing appropriate preventive health care;

for one or more health‑related issues, with appropriate documentation, and that completes the minimum requirements of a cycle of care for a patient with established diabetes mellitus

Amount under clause 2.1.1

Subgroup 3—Completion of the minimum requirements of the Asthma Cycle of Care

2546

Professional attendance by a general practitioner at consulting rooms, lasting less than 20 minutes and including any of the following that are clinically relevant:

(a) taking a patient history;

(b) performing a clinical examination;

(c) arranging any necessary investigation;

(d) implementing a management plan;

(e) providing appropriate preventive health care;

for one or more health‑related issues, with appropriate documentation, and that completes the minimum requirements of the Asthma Cycle of Care

37.65

2547

Professional attendance by a general practitioner at a place other than consulting rooms, lasting less than 20 minutes and including any of the following that are clinically relevant:

(a) taking a patient history;

(b) performing a clinical examination;

(c) arranging any necessary investigation;

(d) implementing a management plan;

(e) providing appropriate preventive health care;

for one or more health‑related issues, with appropriate documentation, and that completes the minimum requirements of the Asthma Cycle of Care

Amount under clause 2.1.1

2552

Professional attendance by a general practitioner at consulting rooms, lasting at least 20 minutes and including any of the following that are clinically relevant:

(a) taking a detailed patient history;

(b) performing a clinical examination;

(c) arranging any necessary investigation;

(d) implementing a management plan;

(e) providing appropriate preventive health care;

for one or more health‑related issues, with appropriate documentation, and that completes the minimum requirements of the Asthma Cycle of Care

72.85

2553

Professional attendance by a general practitioner at a place other than consulting rooms, lasting at least 20 minutes and including any of the following that are clinically relevant:

(a) taking a detailed patient history;

(b) performing a clinical examination;

(c) arranging any necessary investigation;

(d) implementing a management plan;

(e) providing appropriate preventive health care;

for one or more health‑related issues, with appropriate documentation, and that completes the minimum requirements of the Asthma Cycle of Care

Amount under clause 2.1.1

2558

Professional attendance by a general practitioner at consulting rooms, lasting at least 40 minutes and including any of the following that are clinically relevant:

(a) taking an extensive patient history;

(b) performing a clinical examination;

(c) arranging any necessary investigation;

(d) implementing a management plan;

(e) providing appropriate preventive health care;

for one or more health‑related issues, with appropriate documentation, and that completes the minimum requirements of the Asthma Cycle of Care

107.25

2559

Professional attendance by a general practitioner at a place other than consulting rooms, lasting at least 40 minutes and including any of the following that are clinically relevant:

(a) taking an extensive patient history;

(b) performing a clinical examination;

(c) arranging any necessary investigation;

(d) implementing a management plan;

(e) providing appropriate preventive health care;

for one or more health‑related issues, with appropriate documentation, and that completes the minimum requirements of the Asthma Cycle of Care

Amount under clause 2.1.1

2.19.4  Items in Group A19

                   This clause sets out items in Group A19.

 

Group A19—Other non‑referred attendances associated with Practice Incentives Program (PIP) payments to which no other item applies

Column 1

Item

Column 2

Description

Column 3

Fee ($)

Subgroup 1—Collection of a cervical screening specimen from an unscreened or significantly underscreened person

2598

Professional attendance at consulting rooms lasting less than 5 minutes by a medical practitioner who practices in general practice (other than a general practitioner) at which a specimen for a cervical screening service is collected from the patient, if the patient is at least 24 years and 9 months of age but is less than 75 years of age and has not been provided with a cervical screening service or a cervical smear service in the last 4 years

11.00

2600

Professional attendance at consulting rooms lasting more than 5 minutes, but not more than 25 minutes, by a medical practitioner who practises in general practice (other than a general practitioner), at which a specimen for a cervical screening service is collected from the patient, if the patient is at least 24 years and 9 months of age but is less than 75 years of age and has not been provided with a cervical screening service or a cervical smear service in the last 4 years

21.00

2603

Professional attendance at consulting rooms lasting more than 25 minutes, but not more than 45 minutes, by a medical practitioner who practises in general practice (other than a general practitioner), at which a specimen for a cervical screening service is collected from the patient, if the patient is at least 24 years and 9 months of age but is less than 75 years of age and has not been provided with a cervical screening service or a cervical smear service in the last 4 years

38.00

2606

Professional attendance at consulting rooms lasting more than 45 minutes by a medical practitioner who practises in general practice (other than a general practitioner), at which a specimen for a cervical screening service is collected from the patient, if the patient is at least 24 years and 9 months of age but is less than 75 years of age and has not been provided with a cervical screening service or a cervical smear service in the last 4 years

61.00

2610

Professional attendance at a place other than consulting rooms lasting more than 5 minutes, but not more than 25 minutes, by a medical practitioner who practises in general practice (other than a general practitioner), at which a specimen for a cervical screening service is collected from the patient, if the patient is at least 24 years and 9 months of age but is less than 75 years of age and has not been provided with a cervical screening service or a cervical smear service in the last 4 years

Amount under clause 2.1.1

2613

Professional attendance at a place other than consulting rooms lasting more than 25 minutes, but not more than 45 minutes, by a medical practitioner who practises in general practice (other than a general practitioner), at which a specimen for a cervical screening service is collected from the patient, if the patient is at least 24 years and 9 months of age but is less than 75 years of age and has not been provided with a cervical screening service or a cervical smear service in the last 4 years

Amount under clause 2.1.1

2616

Professional attendance at a place other than consulting rooms lasting more than 45 minutes by a medical practitioner who practises in general practice (other than a general practitioner), at which a specimen for a cervical screening service is collected from the patient, if the patient is at least 24 years and 9 months of age but is less than 75 years of age and has not been provided with a cervical screening service or a cervical smear service in the last 4 years

Amount under clause 2.1.1

Subgroup 2—Completion of a cycle of care for patients with established diabetes mellitus

2620

Professional attendance at consulting rooms lasting more than 5 minutes, but not more than 25 minutes, by a medical practitioner who practises in general practice (other than a general practitioner), that completes the minimum requirements for a cycle of care of a patient with established diabetes mellitus

21.00

2622

Professional attendance at consulting rooms lasting more than 25 minutes, but not more than 45 minutes, by a medical practitioner who practises in general practice (other than a general practitioner), that completes the requirements for a cycle of care of a patient with established diabetes mellitus

38.00

2624

Professional attendance at consulting rooms lasting more than 45 minutes by a medical practitioner who practises in general practice (other than a general practitioner), that completes the minimum requirements for a cycle of care of a patient with established diabetes mellitus

61.00

2631

Professional attendance at a place other than consulting rooms lasting more than 5 minutes, but not more than 25 minutes, by a medical practitioner who practises in general practice (other than a general practitioner), that completes the minimum requirements for a cycle of care of a patient with established diabetes mellitus

Amount under clause 2.1.1

2633

Professional attendance at a place other than consulting rooms lasting more than 25 minutes, but not more than 45 minutes, by a medical practitioner who practises in general practice (other than a general practitioner), that completes the minimum requirements for a cycle of care of a patient with established diabetes mellitus

Amount under clause 2.1.1

2635

Professional attendance at a place other than consulting rooms lasting more than 45 minutes by a medical practitioner who practises in general practice (other than a general practitioner), that completes the minimum requirements for a cycle of care of a patient with established diabetes mellitus

Amount under clause 2.1.1

Subgroup 3—Completion of the minimum requirements of the Asthma Cycle of Care

2664

Professional attendance at consulting rooms lasting more than 5 minutes, but not more than 25 minutes, by a medical practitioner who practises in general practice (other than a general practitioner), that completes the minimum requirements of the Asthma Cycle of Care

21.00

2666

Professional attendance at consulting rooms lasting more than 25 minutes, but not more than 45 minutes, by a medical practitioner who practises in general practice (other than a general practitioner), that completes the minimum requirements of the Asthma Cycle of Care

38.00

2668

Professional attendance at consulting rooms lasting more than 45 minutes by a medical practitioner who practises in general practice (other than a general practitioner), that completes the minimum requirements of the Asthma Cycle of Care

61.00

2673

Professional attendance at a place other than consulting rooms lasting more than 5 minutes, but not more than 25 minutes, by a medical practitioner who practises in general practice (other than a general practitioner), that completes the minimum requirements of the Asthma Cycle of Care

Amount under clause 2.1.1

2675

Professional attendance at a place other than consulting rooms lasting more than 25 minutes, but not more than 45 minutes, by a medical practitioner who practises in general practice (other than a general practitioner), that completes the minimum requirements of the Asthma Cycle of Care

Amount under clause 2.1.1

2677

Professional attendance at a place other than consulting rooms lasting more than 45 minutes by a medical practitioner who practises in general practice (other than a general practitioner), that completes the minimum requirements of the Asthma Cycle of Care

Amount under clause 2.1.1

 

Division 2.20Group A20: Mental health care

2.20.1  Definitions

                   In this Schedule:

focussed psychological strategies means any of the following mental health care management strategies which have been derived from evidence‑based psychological therapies:

                     (a)  psycho‑education;

                     (b)  cognitive‑behavioural therapy which involves cognitive or behavioural interventions;

                     (c)  relaxation strategies;

                     (d)  skills training;

                     (e)  interpersonal therapy;

                      (f)  eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing.

mental disorder means a significant impairment of any or all of an individual’s cognitive, affective and relational abilities that:

                     (a)  may require medical intervention; and

                     (b)  may be a recognised, medically diagnosable illness or disorder; and

                     (c)  is not dementia, delirium, tobacco use disorder or mental retardation.

Note:          In relation to this definition, attention is drawn to the Diagnostic and Management Guidelines for Mental Disorders in Primary Care (ICD‑10, Chapter 5, Primary Care Version), developed by the World Health Organisation and published in 1996.

outcome measurement tool means a tool used to monitor changes in a patient’s health that occur in response to treatment received by the patient.

2.20.2  Meaning of amount under clause 2.20.2

                   In items 2723 and 2727:

amount under clause 2.20.2, for an item mentioned in column 1 of table 2.20.2, means the sum of:

                     (a)  the fee mentioned in column 2 for the item; and

                     (b)  either:

                              (i)  if not more than 6 patients are attended at a single attendance—the amount mentioned in column 3 for the item, divided by the number of patients attended; or

                             (ii)  if more than 6 patients are attended at a single attendance—the amount mentioned in column 4 for the item.

 

Table 2.20.2—Amount under clause 2.20.2

Item

Column 1

Item of this Schedule

Column 2

Fee

Column 3

Amount if not more than 6 patients (to be divided by the number of patients) ($)

Column 4

Amount if more than 6 patients ($)

1

2723

The fee for item 2721

26.35

2.05

2

2727

The fee for item 2725

26.35

2.05

 

2.20.3  Meaning of preparation of a GP mental health treatment plan

             (1)  In this Schedule:

preparation of a GP mental health treatment plan, for a patient, means each of the following:

                     (a)  preparation of a written plan by a general practitioner for the patient that includes:

                              (i)  an assessment of the patient’s mental disorder, including administration of an outcome measurement tool (except if considered clinically inappropriate); and

                             (ii)  formulation of the mental disorder, including provisional diagnosis or diagnosis; and

                            (iii)  treatment goals with which the patient agrees; and

                            (iv)  any actions to be taken by the patient; and

                             (v)  a plan for either or both of the following:

                                        (A)  crisis intervention;

                                        (B)  relapse prevention; and

                            (vi)  referral and treatment options for the patient; and

                           (vii)  arrangements for providing the referral and treatment options mentioned in subparagraph (vi); and

                          (viii)  arrangements to review the plan;

                     (b)  explaining to the patient and the patient’s carer (if any, and if the practitioner considers it appropriate and the patient agrees) the steps involved in preparing the plan;

                     (c)  recording the plan;

                     (d)  recording the patient’s agreement to the preparation of the plan;

                     (e)  offering the patient and the patient’s carer (if any, and if the practitioner considers it appropriate and the patient agrees):

                              (i)  a copy of the plan; and

                             (ii)  suitable education about the mental disorder;

                      (f)  adding a copy of the plan to the patient’s medical records.

             (2)  In subparagraph (1)(a)(vi):

referral and treatment options, for a patient, includes:

                     (a)  support services for the patient; and

                     (b)  psychiatric services for the patient; and

                     (c)  subject to the applicable limitations:

                              (i)  psychological therapies provided to the patient by a clinical psychologist (items 80000 to 80020); and

                             (ii)  focussed psychological strategies services provided to the patient by a general practitioner mentioned in paragraph 2.20.7(1)(b) to provide those services (items 2721 to 2727); and

                            (iii)  focussed psychological strategies services provided to the patient by an allied mental health professional (items 80100 to 80170).

Note:          For items 80000 to 80020 and 80100 to 80170, see the determination about allied health services under subsection 3C(1) of the Act.

2.20.4  Meaning of review of a GP mental health treatment plan

                   In this Schedule:

review of a GP mental health treatment plan means a process by which a general practitioner:

                     (a)  reviews the matters mentioned in paragraph (a) of the definition of preparation of a GP mental health treatment plan in subclause 2.20.3(1); and

                     (b)  checks, reinforces and expands any education given under the plan; and

                     (c)  if appropriate and if not previously provided—prepares a plan for either or both of the following:

                              (i)  crisis intervention;

                             (ii)  relapse prevention;

                     (d)  re‑administers the outcome measurement tool used in the assessment mentioned in subparagraph (a)(i) of the definition of preparation of a GP mental health treatment plan in subclause 2.20.3(1) (except if considered clinically inappropriate); and

                     (e)  if different arrangements need to be made—makes amendments to the plan that state those new arrangements; and

                      (f)  explains to the patient and the patient’s carer (if any, and if the practitioner considers it appropriate and the patient agrees) the steps involved in the review of the plan; and

                     (g)  records the patient’s agreement to the review of the plan; and

                     (h)  if amendments are made to the plan:

                              (i)  offers a copy of the amended plan to the patient and the patient’s carer (if any, and if the practitioner considers it appropriate and the patient agrees); and

                             (ii)  adds a copy of the amended plan to the patient’s medical records.

2.20.5  Meaning of associated general practitioner

                   In item 2712:

associated general practitioner means a general practitioner (not including a specialist or consultant physician) who, if not engaged in the same general practice as the general practitioner mentioned in that item, performs the service described in the item at the request of the patient (or the patient’s guardian).

2.20.6  Restrictions on items in Subgroup 1 of Group A20 (GP mental health treatment plans)

Patients provided with certain services

             (1)  Items 2700, 2701, 2712, 2713, 2715 and 2717 apply only to a patient with a mental disorder.

             (2)  Items 2700, 2701, 2712, 2715 and 2717 apply only to:

                     (a)  a patient in the community; and

                     (b)  a private in‑patient (including a private in‑patient who is a resident of an aged care facility) being discharged from hospital; and

                     (c)  a service provided in the course of personal attendance by a single general practitioner on a single patient.

Timing of certain services

             (3)  Unless exceptional circumstances exist, items 2700, 2701, 2715 and 2717 cannot be claimed:

                     (a)  with a service to which items 735 to 758, or item 2713 apply; or

                     (b)  more than once in a 12 month period from the provision of any of the items for a particular patient.

Item 2712

             (4)  Item 2712 applies only if one of the following services has been provided to the patient:

                     (a)  the preparation of a GP mental health treatment plan under items 2700, 2701, 2715 and 2717;

                     (b)  a psychiatrist assessment and management plan under item 291.

             (5)  Item 2712 does not apply:

                     (a)  to a service to which items 735 to 758, or item 2713 apply; or

                     (b)  unless exceptional circumstances exist for the provision of the service:

                              (i)  more than once in a 3 month period; or

                             (ii)  within 4 weeks following the preparation of a GP mental health treatment plan (item 2700, 2701, 2715 or 2717).

Item 2713

             (7)  Item 2713 does not apply in association with a service to which item 2700, 2701, 2715, 2717 or 2712 applies.

Items 2715 and 2717—practitioner training

             (8)  Items 2715 and 2717 apply only if the general practitioner providing the service has successfully completed mental health skills training accredited by the General Practice Mental Health Standards Collaboration.

Note:          The General Practice Mental Health Standards Collaboration operates under the auspices of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.

Definition

             (9)  In this clause:

exceptional circumstances means a significant change in:

                     (a)  the patient’s clinical condition; or

                     (b)  the patient’s care circumstances.

2.20.7  Restrictions on items in Subgroup 2 of Group A20 (focussed psychological strategies)

             (1)  An item in Subgroup 2 of Group A20 applies to a service which:

                     (a)  is clinically indicated under a GP mental health treatment plan or a psychiatrist assessment and management plan; and

                     (b)  is provided by a general practitioner:

                              (i)  whose name is entered in the register maintained by the Chief Executive Medicare under section 33 of the Human Services (Medicare) Regulations 2017; and

                             (ii)  who is identified in the register as a medical practitioner who can provide services to which Subgroup 2 of Group A20 applies; and

                            (iii)  who meets any training and skills requirements, as determined by the General Practice Mental Health Standards Collaboration for providing services to which Subgroup 2 of Group A20 applies.

             (2)  An item in Subgroup 2 of Group A20 does not apply to:

                     (a)  a service which:

                              (i)  is provided to a patient who, in a calendar year, has already been provided with 6 services to which any of the items in Subgroup 2 applies; and

                             (ii)  is provided before the medical practitioner managing the GP mental health treatment plan or the psychiatrist assessment and management plan has conducted a patient review and recorded in the patient’s records a recommendation that the patient have additional sessions of focussed psychological strategies in the same calendar year; or

                     (b)  a service which is provided to a patient who has already been provided, in the calendar year, with 10 other services to which any of the items in Subgroup 2, or items 80000 to 80015, 80100 to 80115, 80125 to 80140 or 80150 to 80165 apply.

Note:          For items 80000 to 80015, 80100 to 80115, 80125 to 80140 and 80150 to 80165, see the determination about allied health services under subsection 3C(1) of the Act.

2.20.8  Items in Group A20

                   This clause sets out items in Group A20.

 

Group A20—Mental health care

Column 1

Item

Column 2

Description

Column 3

Fee ($)

Subgroup 1—GP mental health treatment plans

2700

Professional attendance, by a general practitioner who has not undertaken mental health skills training (and not including a specialist or consultant physician), lasting at least 20 minutes, but less than 40 minutes, for the preparation of a GP mental health treatment plan for a patient

72.85

2701

Professional attendance, by a general practitioner who has not undertaken mental health skills training (and not including a specialist or consultant physician), lasting at least 40 minutes for the preparation of a GP mental health treatment plan for a patient

107.25

2712

Professional attendance by a general practitioner (not including a specialist or consultant physician) to review a GP mental health treatment plan which the general practitioner, or an associated general practitioner has prepared, or to review a Psychiatrist Assessment and Management Plan

72.85

2713

Professional attendance at consulting rooms by a general practitioner (not including a specialist or consultant physician) in relation to a mental disorder and lasting at least 20 minutes, involving taking relevant history and identifying the presenting problem (to the extent not previously recorded), providing treatment and advice and, if appropriate, referral for other services or treatments, and documenting the outcomes of the consultation

72.85

2715

Professional attendance, by a general practitioner who has undertaken mental health skills training (but not including a specialist or consultant physician), lasting at least 20 minutes, but less than 40 minutes, for the preparation of a GP mental health treatment plan for a patient

92.50

2717

Professional attendance, by a general practitioner who has undertaken mental health skills training (but not including a specialist or consultant physician), lasting at least 40 minutes for the preparation of a GP mental health treatment plan for a patient

136.25

Subgroup 2—Focussed psychological strategies

2721

Professional attendance at consulting rooms by a general practitioner (not including a specialist or a consultant physician), for providing focussed psychological strategies for assessed mental disorders by a medical practitioner registered with the Chief Executive Medicare as meeting the credentialling requirements for provision of this service, and lasting at least 30 minutes, but less than 40 minutes

94.25

2723

Professional attendance at a place other than consulting rooms by a general practitioner (not including a specialist or a consultant physician), for providing focussed psychological strategies for assessed mental disorders by a medical practitioner registered with the Chief Executive Medicare as meeting the credentialling requirements for provision of this service, and lasting at least 30 minutes, but less than 40 minutes

Amount under clause 2.20.2

2725

Professional attendance at consulting rooms by a general practitioner (not including a specialist or a consultant physician), for providing focussed psychological strategies for assessed mental disorders by a medical practitioner registered with the Chief Executive Medicare as meeting the credentialling requirements for provision of this service, and lasting at least 40 minutes

134.85

2727

Professional attendance at a place other than consulting rooms by a general practitioner (not including a specialist or a consultant physician), for providing focussed psychological strategies for assessed mental disorders by a medical practitioner registered with the Chief Executive Medicare as meeting the credentialling requirements for provision of this service, and lasting at least 40 minutes

Amount under clause 2.20.2

 

Division 2.21Group A24: Palliative and pain medicine

2.21.1  Meaning of organise and coordinate

                   In the items in Subgroups 2 and 4 of Group A24:

organise and coordinate, for a conference mentioned in the item, means undertaking all of the following activities:

                     (a)  explaining to the patient the nature of the conference;

                     (b)  asking the patient whether the patient agrees to the conference taking place;

                     (c)  recording the patient’s agreement to the conference;

                     (d)  recording the day the conference was held and the times the conference started and ended;

                     (e)  recording the names of the participants;

                      (f)  recording the activities mentioned in the definition of multidisciplinary case conference in clause 1.1.4 and putting a copy of that record in the patient’s medical records;

                     (g)  offering the patient and the patient’s carer (if any and if the practitioner considers appropriate and the patient agrees), and giving each other member of the team, a summary of the conference;

                     (h)  discussing the outcomes of the conference with the patient and the patient’s carer (if any and if the practitioner considers appropriate and the patient agrees).

2.21.2  Meaning of participate

                   In items 2958, 2972, 2974, 2992, 2996, 3000, 3051, 3055, 3062, 3083, 3088 and 3093:

participate, for a conference mentioned in the item, means participation that:

                     (a)  if the conference is a community case conference—is at the request of the person who organises and coordinates the conference; and

                     (b)  involves undertaking all of the following activities in relation to the conference:

                              (i)  explaining to the patient the nature of the conference;

                             (ii)  asking the patient whether the patient agrees to the practitioner’s participation in the conference;

                            (iii)  recording the patient’s agreement to the practitioner’s participation in the conference;

                            (iv)  recording the day the conference was held and the times the conference started and ended;

                             (v)  recording the names of the participants;

                            (vi)  recording the activities mentioned in the definition of multidisciplinary case conference in clause 1.1.4 and putting a copy of that record in the patient’s medical records; but

                     (c)  if the conference is a community case conference—does not include organising and coordinating the conference.

2.21.3  Restrictions on items in Subgroups 2 and 4 of Group A24—timing

                   The items in Subgroups 2 and 4 of Group A24 may only apply to a patient 5 times in a 12 month period.

2.21.4  Items in Group A24

                   This clause sets out items in Group A24.

 

Group A24—Palliative and pain medicine

Column 1

Item

Column 2

Description

Column 3

Fee ($)

Subgroup 1—Pain medicine attendances

2799

Initial professional attendance lasting 10 minutes or less on a patient by a specialist or consultant physician practising in the specialist’s or consultant physician’s specialty of pain medicine if:

(a) the attendance is by video conference; and

(b) the patient is not an admitted patient; and

(c) the patient:

(i) is located both:

(A) within a telehealth eligible area; and

(B) at the time of the attendance—at least 15 km by road from the specialist or physician; or

(ii) is a care recipient in a residential aged care facility; or

(iii) is a patient of:

(A) an Aboriginal Medical Service; or

(B) an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service;

      for which a direction made under subsection 19(2) of the Act applies; and

(d) no other initial consultation has taken place for a single course of treatment

116.75

2801

Professional attendance at consulting rooms or hospital by a specialist, or consultant physician, in the practice of the specialist’s or consultant physician’s specialty of pain medicine following referral of the patient to the specialist or consultant physician by a referring practitioner—initial attendance in a single course of treatment

155.60

2806

Professional attendance at consulting rooms or hospital by a specialist, or consultant physician, in the practice of the specialist’s or consultant physician’s specialty of pain medicine following referral of the patient to the specialist or consultant physician by a referring practitioner—an attendance (other than a service to which item 2814 applies) after the initial attendance in a single course of treatment

77.90

2814

Professional attendance at consulting rooms or hospital by a specialist, or consultant physician, in the practice of the specialist’s or consultant physician’s specialty of pain medicine following referral of the patient to the specialist or consultant physician by a referring practitioner—minor attendance

44.35

2820

Professional attendance on a patient by a specialist or consultant physician practising in the specialist’s or consultant physician’s specialty of pain medicine if:

(a) the attendance is by video conference; and

(b) the attendance is for a service:

(i) provided with item 2801 lasting more than 10 minutes; or

(ii) provided with item 2806 or 2814; and

(c) the patient is not an admitted patient; and

(d) the patient:

(i) is located both:

(A) within a telehealth eligible area; and

(B) at the time of the attendance—at least 15 km by road from the specialist or physician; or

(ii) is a care recipient in a residential aged care facility; or

(iii) is a patient of:

(A) an Aboriginal Medical Service; or

(B) an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service;

      for which a direction made under subsection 19(2) of the Act applies

50% of the fee for item 2801, 2806 or 2814

2824

Professional attendance at a place other than consulting rooms or hospital by a specialist, or consultant physician, in the practice of the specialist’s or consultant physician’s specialty of pain medicine following referral of the patient to the specialist or consultant physician by a referring practitioner—initial attendance in a single course of treatment

188.80

2832

Professional attendance at a place other than consulting rooms or hospital by a specialist, or consultant physician, in the practice of the specialist’s or consultant physician’s specialty of pain medicine following referral of the patient to the specialist or consultant physician by a referring practitioner—an attendance (other than a service to which item 2840 applies) after the initial attendance in a single course of treatment

114.20

2840

Professional attendance at a place other than consulting rooms or hospital by a specialist, or consultant physician, in the practice of the specialist’s or consultant physician’s specialty of pain medicine following referral of the patient to the specialist or consultant physician by a referring practitioner—minor attendance

82.25

Subgroup 2—Pain medicine case conferences

2946

Attendance by a specialist, or consultant physician, in the practice of the specialist’s or consultant physician’s specialty of pain medicine, as a member of a multidisciplinary case conference team, to organise and coordinate a community case conference of at least 15 minutes but less than 30 minutes

143.45

2949

Attendance by a specialist, or consultant physician, in the practice of the specialist’s or consultant physician’s specialty of pain medicine, as a member of a multidisciplinary case conference team, to organise and coordinate a community case conference of at least 30 minutes but less than 45 minutes

215.25

2954

Attendance by a specialist, or consultant physician, in the practice of the specialist’s or consultant physician’s specialty of pain medicine, as a member of a multidisciplinary case conference team, to organise and coordinate a community case conference of at least 45 minutes

286.80

2958

Attendance by a specialist, or consultant physician, in the practice of the specialist’s or consultant physician’s specialty of pain medicine, as a member of a multidisciplinary case conference team, to participate in a community case conference (other than to organise and coordinate the conference) of at least 15 minutes but less than 30 minutes

103.00

2972

Attendance by a specialist, or consultant physician, in the practice of the specialist’s or consultant physician’s specialty of pain medicine, as a member of a multidisciplinary case conference team, to participate in a community case conference (other than to organise and coordinate the conference) of at least 30 minutes but less than 45 minutes

164.30

2974

Attendance by a specialist, or consultant physician, in the practice of the specialist’s or consultant physician’s specialty of pain medicine, as a member of a multidisciplinary case conference team, to participate in a community case conference (other than to organise and coordinate the conference) of at least 45 minutes

225.60

2978

Attendance by a specialist, or consultant physician, in the practice of the specialist’s or consultant physician’s specialty of pain medicine, as a member of a multidisciplinary case conference team, to organise and coordinate a discharge case conference of at least 15 minutes but less than 30 minutes, before the patient is discharged from a hospital (H)

143.45

2984

Attendance by a specialist, or consultant physician, in the practice of the specialist’s or consultant physician’s specialty of pain medicine, as a member of a multidisciplinary case conference team, to organise and coordinate a discharge case conference of at least 30 minutes but less than 45 minutes, before the patient is discharged from a hospital (H)

215.25

2988

Attendance by a specialist, or consultant physician, in the practice of the specialist’s or consultant physician’s specialty of pain medicine, as a member of a multidisciplinary case conference team, to organise and coordinate a discharge case conference of at least 45 minutes, before the patient is discharged from a hospital (H)

286.80

2992

Attendance by a specialist, or consultant physician, in the practice of the specialist’s or consultant physician’s specialty of pain medicine, as a member of a multidisciplinary case conference team, to participate in a discharge case conference (other than to organise and coordinate the conference) of at least 15 minutes but less than 30 minutes, before the patient is discharged from a hospital (H)

103.00

2996

Attendance by a specialist, or consultant physician, in the practice of the specialist’s or consultant physician’s specialty of pain medicine, as a member of a multidisciplinary case conference team, to participate in a discharge case conference (other than to organise and coordinate the conference) of at least 30 minutes but less than 45 minutes, before the patient is discharged from a hospital (H)

164.30

3000

Attendance by a specialist, or consultant physician, in the practice of the specialist’s or consultant physician’s specialty of pain medicine, as a member of a multidisciplinary case conference team, to participate in a discharge case conference (other than to organise and coordinate the conference) of at least 45 minutes, before the patient is discharged from a hospital (H)

225.60

Subgroup 3—Palliative medicine attendances

3003

Initial professional attendance lasting 10 minutes or less on a patient by a specialist or consultant physician practising in the specialist’s or consultant physician’s specialty of palliative medicine if:

(a) the attendance is by video conference; and

(b) the patient is not an admitted patient; and

(c) the patient:

(i) is located both:

(A) within a telehealth eligible area; and

(B) at the time of the attendance—at least 15 km by road from the specialist or physician; or

(ii) is a care recipient in a residential aged care facility; or

(iii) is a patient of:

(A) an Aboriginal Medical Service; or

(B) an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service;

      for which a direction made under subsection 19(2) of the Act applies; and

(d) no other initial consultation has taken place for a single course of treatment

116.75

3005

Professional attendance at consulting rooms or hospital by a specialist, or consultant physician, in the practice of the specialist’s or consultant physician’s specialty of palliative medicine following referral of the patient to the specialist or consultant physician by a referring practitioner—initial attendance in a single course of treatment

155.60

3010

Professional attendance at consulting rooms or hospital by a specialist, or consultant physician, in the practice of the specialist’s or consultant physician’s specialty of palliative medicine following referral of the patient to the specialist or consultant physician by a referring practitioner—an attendance (other than a service to which item 3014 applies) after the initial attendance in a single course of treatment

77.90

3014

Professional attendance at consulting rooms or hospital by a specialist, or consultant physician, in the practice of the specialist’s or consultant physician’s specialty of palliative medicine following referral of the patient to the specialist or consultant physician by a referring practitioner—minor attendance

44.35

3015

Professional attendance on a patient by a specialist or consultant physician practising in the specialist’s or consultant physician’s specialty of palliative medicine if:

(a) the attendance is by video conference; and

(b) the attendance is for a service:

(i) provided with item 3005 lasting more than 10 minutes; or

(ii) provided with item 3010 or 3014; and

(c) the patient is not an admitted patient; and

(d) the patient:

(i) is located both:

(A) within a telehealth eligible area; and

(B) at the time of the attendance—at least 15 km by road from the specialist or physician; or

(ii) is a care recipient in a residential aged care facility; or

(iii) is a patient of:

(A) an Aboriginal Medical Service; or

(B) an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service;

      for which a direction made under subsection 19(2) of the Act applies

50% of the fee for item 3005, 3010 or 3014

3018

Professional attendance at a place other than consulting rooms or hospital by a specialist, or consultant physician, in the practice of the specialist’s or consultant physician’s specialty of palliative medicine following referral of the patient to the specialist or consultant physician by a referring practitioner—initial attendance in a single course of treatment

188.80

3023

Professional attendance at a place other than consulting rooms or hospital by a specialist, or consultant physician, in the practice of the specialist’s or consultant physician’s specialty of palliative medicine following referral of the patient to the specialist or consultant physician by a referring practitioner—an attendance (other than a service to which item 3028 applies) after the initial attendance in a single course of treatment

114.20

3028

Professional attendance at a place other than consulting rooms or hospital by a specialist, or consultant physician, in the practice of the specialist’s or consultant physician’s specialty of palliative medicine following referral of the patient to the specialist or consultant physician by a referring practitioner—minor attendance

82.25

Subgroup 4—Palliative medicine case conferences

3032

Attendance by a specialist, or consultant physician, in the practice of the specialist’s or consultant physician’s specialty of palliative medicine, as a member of a multidisciplinary case conference team, to organise and coordinate a community case conference of at least 15 minutes but less than 30 minutes

143.45

3040

Attendance by a specialist, or consultant physician, in the practice of the specialist’s or consultant physician’s specialty of palliative medicine, as a member of a multidisciplinary case conference team, to organise and coordinate a community case conference of at least 30 minutes but less than 45 minutes

215.25

3044

Attendance by a specialist, or consultant physician, in the practice of the specialist’s or consultant physician’s specialty of palliative medicine, as a member of a multidisciplinary case conference team, to organise and coordinate a community case conference of at least 45 minutes

286.80

3051

Attendance by a specialist, or consultant physician, in the practice of the specialist’s or consultant physician’s specialty of palliative medicine, as a member of a multidisciplinary case conference team, to participate in a community case conference (other than to organise and coordinate the conference) of at least 15 minutes but less than 30 minutes

103.00

3055

Attendance by a specialist, or consultant physician, in the practice of the specialist’s or consultant physician’s specialty of palliative medicine, as a member of a multidisciplinary case conference team, to participate in a community case conference (other than to organise and coordinate the conference) of at least 30 minutes but less than 45 minutes, with a multidisciplinary team of at least 2 other formal care providers of different disciplines

164.30

3062

Attendance by a specialist, or consultant physician, in the practice of the specialist’s or consultant physician’s specialty of palliative medicine, as a member of a multidisciplinary case conference team, to participate in a community case conference (other than to organise and coordinate the conference) of at least 45 minutes

225.60

3069

Attendance by a specialist, or consultant physician, in the practice of the specialist’s or consultant physician’s specialty of palliative medicine, as a member of a multidisciplinary case conference team, to organise and coordinate a discharge case conference of at least 15 minutes but less than 30 minutes, before the patient is discharged from a hospital (H)

143.45

3074

Attendance by a specialist, or consultant physician, in the practice of the specialist’s or consultant physician’s specialty of palliative medicine, as a member of a case conference team, to organise and coordinate a discharge case conference of at least 30 minutes but less than 45 minutes, before the patient is discharged from a hospital (H)

215.25

3078

Attendance by a specialist, or consultant physician, in the practice of the specialist’s or consultant physician’s specialty of palliative medicine, as a member of a multidisciplinary case conference team, to organise and coordinate a discharge case conference of at least 45 minutes, before the patient is discharged from a hospital (H)

286.80

3083

Attendance by a specialist, or consultant physician, in the practice of the specialist’s or consultant physician’s specialty of palliative medicine, as a member of a case conference team, to participate in a discharge case conference (other than to organise and coordinate the conference) of at least 15 minutes but less than 30 minutes, before the patient is discharged from a hospital (H)

103.00

3088

Attendance by a specialist, or consultant physician, in the practice of the specialist’s or consultant physician’s specialty of palliative medicine, as a member of a multidisciplinary case conference team, to participate in a discharge case conference (other than to organise and coordinate the conference) of at least 30 minutes but less than 45 minutes, before the patient is discharged from a hospital (H)

164.30

3093

Attendance by a specialist, or consultant physician, in the practice of the specialist’s or consultant physician’s specialty of palliative medicine, as a member of a multidisciplinary case conference team, to participate in a discharge case conference (other than to organise and coordinate the conference) of at least 45 minutes, before the patient is discharged from a hospital (H)

225.60

 

Division 2.22Group A27: Pregnancy support counselling

2.22.1  Restrictions on item 4001

             (1)  A service to which item 4001 applies must not be provided by a general practitioner who has a direct pecuniary interest in a health service that has as its primary purpose the provision of services for pregnancy termination.

             (2)  Item 4001 does not apply if a patient has already been provided, for the same pregnancy, with 3 services to which that item or item 81000, 81005 or 81010 applies.

Note:          For items 81000, 81005 and 81010, see the determination about allied health services under subsection 3C(1) of the Act.

             (3)  In item 4001:

non‑directive pregnancy support counselling means counselling provided by a general practitioner to a person in which:

                     (a)  information and issues relating to pregnancy are discussed; and

                     (b)  the general practitioner does not impose the general practitioner’s views or values about what the person should or should not do in relation to the pregnancy.

             (4)  A service to which item 4001 applies may be used to address any pregnancy‑related issue.

2.22.2  Items in Group A27

                   This clause sets out items in Group A27.

 

Group A27—Pregnancy support counselling

Column 1

Item

Column 2

Description

Column 3

Fee ($)

4001

Professional attendance lasting at least 20 minutes at consulting rooms by a general practitioner (not including a specialist or consultant physician) who is registered with the Chief Executive Medicare as meeting the credentialling requirements for provision of this service for the purpose of providing non‑directive pregnancy support counselling to a person who:

(a) is currently pregnant; or

(b) has been pregnant in the 12 months preceding the provision of the first service to which this item or item 81000, 81005 or 81010 applies in relation to that pregnancy

Note:       For items 81000, 81005 and 81010, see the determination about allied health services under subsection 3C(1) of the Act.

77.85

 

Division 2.23Group A21: Professional attendances at recognised emergency departments of private hospitals

2.23.1  Items in Group A21

                   This clause sets out items in Group A21.

 

Group A21—Professional attendances at recognised emergency departments of private hospitals

Column 1

Item

Column 2

Description