New MBS items for care recipients in residential aged care facilities
December 15, 2020
New Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) items are available for care recipients in residential aged care facilities which supports the mental and physical health of aged care residents who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic or the measures taken to contain its spread.
There is an additional 73 temporary items to allow care recipients of a residential aged care facility to increase the amount of selected Medicare subsidised chronic disease management plan allied health services, and enable residential care recipients to access allied health group services.
The new MBS items for care recipients in a residential aged care facility replicate the existing face to face and telehealth items for allied health chronic disease management plan services, indigenous follow up services for eligible patients who have received a health assessment, and group assessment services. There will also be new temporary residential aged care facility MBS items that permit residential care recipients to access up to 10 services per calendar year for selected physical therapy services, including exercise physiology, occupational therapy and physiotherapy.
In addition, new temporary face-to-face MBS items will be introduced for care recipients of a residential aged care facility for longer initial individual allied health chronic disease management services and initial Indigenous follow up services.
There will also be an additional 50 new items for the creation and review of a mental health treatment plan specific to care recipients of residential aged care facilities. These changes will provide access for care recipients in residential aged care facilities with access to the existing individual mental health treatment services and where necessary provide residential care recipients with access to the additional 10 individual treatment services that were introduced in August 2020.