From 1 January 2015, the maximum extended life age will be increased by five years on equipment that has been upgraded, for computed tomography (CT) and angiography services.
Description of the measure
The maximum extended life age for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) equipment will also be increased for an additional five years for equipment that has previously been upgraded.
A higher Medicare benefit will be available for services provided on upgraded equipment. Changes will be made to the Medicare Benefits Schedule to allow providers to claim the item that reflects the age of the equipment and whether or not an upgrade has occurred.
Questions and answers
Who will be affected by this measure?
This measure will affect diagnostic imaging providers and patients receiving an eligible diagnostic imaging service for CT, some angiography, and MRI services.
Am I eligible for this measure?
This Budget measure will not change the diagnostic imaging services eligible for Medicare benefits but will provide higher Medicare benefits for CT and some angiography services performed on upgraded equipment. For MRI equipment, the maximum extended life age will be increased for an additional five years for equipment that has been upgraded.
When will this measure start and finish?
This measure will start on 1 January 2015.