New MBS Item number for Allied Health
November 04, 2021
From 1 November 2021, new Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) items are available for eligible allied health practitioners participating in multidisciplinary case conferences with medical practitioners.
The new items apply to non-admitted patients under the care of an eligible allied health practitioner for:
- Chronic disease management under the care of a General Practitioner (GP) in either community or residential aged care settings.
- Early diagnosis and treatment for children under 13 years with, or suspected of having, a pervasive developmental disorder (including autism) or an eligible disability, under the care of a specialist, consultant physician or GP.
Under the new items, eligible allied health practitioners may claim reimbursement for participating in multidisciplinary case conferences through three time-tiered items: 15-20 minutes, 20-40 minutes and over 40 minutes.
The new items are intended to increase uptake of multidisciplinary case conferences, improve care coordination and support the outcomes that matter most to patients and their families.