MBS specialist telehealth - temporary reinstatement of inpatient and phone items to 30 June 2022

Posted: 19th of January, 2022

The Australian Government announced yesterday, in response to the recent surge of COVID-19 cases,  it will invest an additional $24 million to introduce critical changes to the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) to support their continued response to COVID-19. This complements the Government’s $106 million commitment to make an expanded range of MBS telehealth services – initially introduced in response to COVID-19 – permanent.

For specialists the Government will temporarily reinstate until 30 June 2022:

  • 40 specialist inpatient telehealth MBS items (video and phone) and
  • 33 initial and complex specialist telephone consultation items.

This temporary measure will enable specialist medical practitioners to provide telehealth consultations to hospital in-patients when their doctor cannot attend the hospital due to COVID-19 restrictions and further support access to specialists for people in the community who need care during COVID.

The legislative determination is being finalized and is expected that claiming through Services Australia will be available from Tuesday.

For your information, attached is the list of items that will be temporarily reinstated to 30 June 2022. This list of items will also be published on MBSonline.

If you have any questions these can be directed to the Medical Specialist Services Section via email at: [email protected].