Medicare Benefits Schedule – new and amended listings

This measure will introduce new services and make changes to existing services that can be claimed under the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS).

Information update: this Budget measure is subject to the passage of legislation.

Description of the measure

This measure will introduce new services and make changes to existing services that can be claimed under the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS).

From 1 November 2016, new and amended listings to the MBS will include:

  • restricting co-claiming of exploration or ligation of great artery or great vein services with varicose vein services
  • restricting claiming of dermis, dermo fat or fascia graft services with spinal surgery services
  • changes to 3 services will be amended and 28 new services will be introduced with improved item descriptors
  • restricting 3 hip arthroscopy services to the management of non-femoroacetabular impingement (FAI)
  • streamlining allergy patch testing services, and creating new services to allow testing of a larger number of allergens at one time, and
  • replacing existing circumcision services with 2 new services based on the type of anaesthesia used, instead of patient age or health practitioner speciality

Questions and Answers

Who is impacted by this measure

Patients impacted by the above new or amended listings and health professionals who undertake these services.

The date this measure will start and finish

This measure will start on 1 November 2016 and is ongoing.

Page last updated: 12 September 2016

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