Medicare Benefits Schedule - Item 173

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A7 - Acupuncture and Non-Specialist Practitioner Items
1 - Acupuncture

Professional attendance at which acupuncture is performed by a medical practitioner by application of stimuli on or through the surface of the skin by any means, including any consultation on the same occasion and another attendance on the same day related to the condition for which the acupuncture was performed

Fee: $21.65 Benefit: 75% = $16.25 100% = $21.65

(See para AN.0.29 of explanatory notes to this Category)

Extended Medicare Safety Net Cap: $64.95

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Acupuncture (Item 173, 193, 195, 197 and 199)

The service of "acupuncture" must be performed by a medical practitioner and itemised under item 173, 193, 195, 197 or 199 to attract benefits. These items cover not only the performance of the acupuncture but include any consultation on the same occasion and any other attendance on the same day for the condition for which acupuncture was given. 

Items 193, 195, 197 and 199 may only be performed by a general practitioner, (see Note 4 of 'Medicare Benefit Arrangements' for a definition) if the Medicare Australia CEO has received a written notice from the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) stating that the person meets the skills requirements for providing services to which the items apply. 

Other items in Category 1 of the Schedule should not be itemised for professional attendances when the service "acupuncture" is provided. 

For the purpose of payment of Medicare benefits "acupuncture" is interpreted as including treatment by means other than the use of acupuncture needles where the same effect is achieved without puncture, eg by application of ultrasound, laser beams, pressure or moxibustion, etc. 

For more information on the content-based item structure used in this Group, see A.5 in the explanatory notes.

Related Items: 173 193 195 197 199


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