Single course of treatment and referral requirements.
Referrals are valid for a single course of treatment by you as the treating medical practitioner. A single course of treatment is specific to the patient’s condition. The referring practitioner records the patient’s condition in their referral.
The referral covers all services related to your patient’s treatment and management. The referral ends when you refer your patient’s care back to their referring practitioner.
Once you’ve accepted a referral, you’re the only one who can use it. If another specialist or consultant physician treats your patient, they cannot bill at the referred rate.
Where your locum is providing the service, Medicare benefits are paid for an attendance at a referred rate. A locum is a practitioner who is employed by your practice to temporarily act on your behalf.