Medicare Benefits Schedule - Item 11600

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D1 - Miscellaneous Diagnostic Procedures And Investigations
5 - Vascular

BLOOD PRESSURE MONITORING (central venous, pulmonary arterial, systemic arterial or cardiac intracavity), by indwelling catheter - once only for each type of pressure on any calendar day up to a maximum of 4 pressures (not being a service to which item 13876 applies and where not performed in association with the administration of general anaesthesia)

Fee: $70.40 Benefit: 75% = $52.80 85% = $59.85

(See para TN.1.10, TN.1.11 of explanatory notes to this Category)

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Procedures Associated with Intensive Care - (Items 13818, 13842, 13847, 13848 and 13857)

Item 13818 covers the insertion of a right heart balloon catheter (Swan-Ganz catheter).  Benefits are payable under this item only once per day except where a second discrete operation is performed on that day. 

Benefits are payable under items 13876 (within an ICU) and 11600 (outside an ICU) once only for each type of pressure, up to a maximum of 4 pressures per patient per calendar day, and irrespective of the number of the practitioners involoved in monitoring the pressures. 

If a service covered by Item 13842 is provided outside of an ICU, in association with, for example, an anaesthetic, benefits are payable for Item 13842 in addition to Item 13870 where the services are performed on the same day.  Where this occurs, accounts should be endorsed "performed outside of an Intensive Care Unit" against Item 13842. 

Items 13847 and 13848

Item 13847 covers management of counterpulsation by intraaortic balloon on the first day and includes initial and subsequent consultations and monitoring of parameters. Insertion of the intraaortic balloon is covered under item 38609 Management on each day subsequent to the first is covered under item 13848. 

"management" of counterpulsation of intraaortic  balloon means full heamodynamic assessment and management on several occasions during the day. 

Item 13857 covers the establishment of airway access and initiation of ventilation on a patient outside intensive care for the purpose of subsequent ventilatory support in intensive care. Benefits are not payable under Item 13857 where airway access and ventilation is initiated in the context of an anaesthetic for surgery even if it is likely that following surgery the patient will be ventilated in an ICU. In such cases the appropriate anaesthetic item/s should be itemised. 

Medicare benefits are not payable for sampling by arterial puncture under Item 13839 in addition to Item 13870 (and 13873) on the same day.  Benefits are payable under Item 13842 (Intra-arterial cannulation) in addition to Item 13870 (and 13873) when performed on the same day.


Related Items: 11600 13818 13842 13847 13848 13857 13870 13876



Management and Procedures in Intensive Care Unit - (Items 13870, 13873, 13876)

Medicare benefits are only payable for management and procedures in intensive care covered by items 13870, 13873, 13876, 13882, 13885 and 13888 where the service is provided by a specialist or consultant physician who is immediately available and exclusively rostered for intensive care. 

Items 13870 and 13873

Medicare Benefits Schedule fees for Items 13870 and 13873 represent global daily fees covering all attendances by the intensivist in the ICU (and attendances provided by support medical personnel) and all electrocardiographic monitoring, arterial sampling and, bladder catheterisation.performed on the patient on the one day.  If a patient is transferred from one ICU to another it would be necessary for an arrangement to be made between the two ICUs regarding the billing of the patient. 

Items 13870 and 13873 should be itemised on accounts according to each calendar day and not per 24 hour period.  For periods when patients are in an ICU for very short periods (say less than 2 hours) with minimal ICU management during that time, a fee should not be raised. 

Item 13876

Item 13876 covers the monitoring of pressures in an ICU.  Benefits are paid only once for each type of pressure, up to a maximum of 4 pressures per patient per calendar day and irrespective of the number of medical practitioners involved in the monitoring of pressures in an ICU. 

Item 11600

Item 11600 covers the monitoring of pressures outside the ICU by practitioners not associated with the ICU. Benefits are paid only once for each type of pressure, up to a maximum of 4 pressures per patient per calendar day and irrespective of the number of practitioners involved in monitoring the pressures.


Related Items: 11600 13870 13873 13876 13881 13882 13885 13888


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