Write ‘Certified Dental Patient’ for Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate Scheme

17 April 2018

You must include the words ‘Certified Dental Patient’ when providing services under the Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate Scheme.

When you treat a patient under the Scheme, you need to certify your patient meets all the eligibility requirements of a ‘prescribed dental patient’.

They must:

  • be enrolled in Medicare
  • be certified as having a cleft lip, cleft palate or another eligible condition by a medical or dental practitioner before turning 22
  • have started treatment before they turn 22, and
  • be under the age of 28 when receiving treatment

You’re no longer required to register patients using an application form.

Now you just need to include the words ‘certified dental patient’ on your patient’s account or in the text field of a claim for Medicare benefits.

You will need to do this each time you bill for any MBS Category 7, cleft lip and cleft palate services for both new and existing patients.

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Page last updated: 17 April 2018