Medicare Benefits Schedule - Item 20

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Level A

Professional attendance for an obvious problem characterised by the straightforward nature of the task that requires a short patient history and, if required, limited examination and management.

Category 1 - PROFESSIONAL ATTENDANCES

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20 - Additional Information

Item Start Date:
01-Nov-1990
Description Start Date:
01-Jan-2013
Schedule Fee Start Date:
01-Jul-2014

Group
A1 - General Practitioner Attendances To Which No Other Item Applies
Subheading
1 - Level A

Professional attendance (other than a service to which another item applies) at a residential aged care facility (other than a professional attendance at a self-contained unit) or professional attendance at consulting rooms situated within such a complex if the patient is accommodated in a residential aged care facility (other than accommodation in a self-contained unit) by a general practitioner for an obvious problem characterised by the straightforward nature of the task that requires a short patient history and, if required, limited examination and management-an attendance on one or more patients at one residential aged care facility on one occasion-each patient

The fee for item 3, plus $46.70 divided by the number of patients seen, up to a maximum of six patients. For seven or more patients - the fee for item 3 plus $3.30 per patient.
Ready Reckoner

(See para AN.0.9, AN.0.15, AN.0.17 of explanatory notes to this Category)

Extended Medicare Safety Net Cap: 300% of the Derived fee for this item, or $500, whichever is the lesser amount


Associated Notes

Category 1 - PROFESSIONAL ATTENDANCES

AN.0.9

Attendances by General Practitioners (Items 3 to 51, 193, 195, 197, 199, 585, 594, 599, 2497-2559 and 5000-5067)

Attendances by General Practitioners (Items 3 to 51, 193, 195, 197, 199, 585, 594, 599, 2497-2559 and 5000-5067)

Items 3 to 51 and 193, 195, 197, 199, 585, 594, 599, 2497-2559 and 5000-5067 relate to attendances rendered by medical practitioners who are:

-          listed on the Vocational Register of General Practitioners maintained by the Department of Human Services; or

-          holders of the Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP) who participate in, and meet the requirements of the RACGP for continuing medical education and quality assurance as defined in the RACGP Quality Assurance and Continuing Medical Education program; or

-          holders of the Fellowship of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (FACRRM) who participate in, and meet the requirements of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) for continuing medical education and quality assurance as defined in ACRRM's Professional Development Program; or

-          undertaking an approved placement in general practice as part of a training program for general practice leading to the award of the FRACGP or training recognised by the RACGP as being of an equivalent standard; or

-          undertaking an approved placement in general practice as part of a training program for general practice leading to the award of the FACRRM or training recognised by ACRRM as being of an equivalent standard.

 

To assist general practitioners in selecting the appropriate item number for Medicare benefit purposes the following notes in respect of the various levels are given.

 

LEVEL A

A Level A item will be used for obvious and straightforward cases and this should be reflected in the practitioner's records.  In this context, the practitioner should undertake the necessary examination of the affected part if required, and note the action taken.

 

LEVEL B

A Level B item will be used for a consultation lasting less than 20 minutes for cases that are not obvious or straightforward in relation to one or more health related issues.  The medical practitioner may undertake all or some of the tasks set out in the item descriptor as clinically relevant, and this should be reflected in the practitioner's record.  In the item descriptor singular also means plural and vice versa.

 

LEVEL C

A Level C item will be used for a consultation lasting at least 20 minutes for cases in relation to one or more health related issues.  The medical practitioner may undertake all or some of the tasks set out in the item descriptor as clinically relevant, and this should be reflected in the practitioner's record.  In the item descriptor singular also means plural and vice versa.

 

LEVEL D

A Level D item will be used for a consultation lasting at least 40 minutes for cases in relation to one or more health related issues.  The medical practitioner may undertake all or some of the tasks set out in the item descriptor as clinically relevant, and this should be reflected in the practitioner's record. In the item descriptor singular also means plural and vice versa.

 

Creating and Updating a Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record (PCEHR)

The time spent by a medical practitioner on the following activities may be counted towards the total consultation time:

· Reviewing a patient's clinical history, in the patient's file and/or the PCEHR, and preparing or updating a Shared Health Summary where it involves the exercise of clinical judgement about what aspects of the clinical history are relevant to inform ongoing management of the patient's care by other providers; or

· Preparing an Event Summary for the episode of care.

Preparing or updating a Shared Health Summary and preparing an Event Summary are clinically relevant activities.  When either of these activities are undertaken with any form of patient history taking and/or the other clinically relevant activities that can form part of a consultation, the item that can be billed is the one with the time period that matches the total consultation time.

 

MBS rebates are not available for creating or updating a Shared Health Summary as a stand alone service.

 

Counselling or Advice to Patients or Relatives

For items 23 to 51 and 5020 to 5067 'implementation of a management plan' includes counselling services.

 

Items 3 to 51 and 5000 to 5067 include advice to patients and/or relatives during the course of an attendance. The advising of relatives at a later time does not extend the time of attendance.

 

Recording Clinical Notes

In relation to the time taken in recording appropriate details of the service, only clinical details recorded at the time of the attendance count towards the time of consultation.  It does not include information added at a later time, such as reports of investigations.

 

Other Services at the Time of Attendance

Where, during the course of a single attendance by a general practitioner, both a consultation and another medical service are rendered, Medicare benefits are generally payable for both the consultation and the other service. Exceptions are in respect of medical services which form part of the normal consultative process, or services which include a component for the associated consultation (see the General Explanatory Notes for further information on the interpretation of the Schedule).

 

The Department of Human Services (DHS) has developed an Health Practitioner Guideline for responding to a request to substantiate that a patient attended a service which is located on the DHS website.

 

Related Items: 3 4 20 23 24 35 36 37 43 44 47 51 193 195 197 199 585 594 599 2497 2501 2503 2504 2506 2507 2509 2517 2518 2521 2522 2525 2546 2547 2552 2558 2559 5000 5003 5010 5020 5023 5028 5040 5043 5049 5060 5063 5067

Category 1 - PROFESSIONAL ATTENDANCES

AN.0.15

Residential Aged Care Facility Attendances (Items 20, 35, 43, 51, 92, 93, 95, 96, 5010, 5028, 5049, 5067, 5260, 5263, 5265, 5267)

These items refer to attendances on patients in residential aged care facilities.

Where a medical practitioner attends a patient in a self-contained unit, within a residential aged care facility complex, the attendance attracts benefits under the appropriate home visit item.

Where a patient living in a self‑contained unit attends a medical practitioner at consulting rooms situated within the precincts of the residential aged care facility, or at free standing consulting rooms within the residential aged care facility complex, the appropriate surgery consultation item applies.

If a patient who is accommodated in the residential aged care facility visits a medical practitioner at consulting rooms situated within the residential aged care facility complex, whether free standing or situated within the residential aged care facility precincts, benefits would be attracted under the appropriate residential aged care facility attendance item.

Related Items: 20 35 43 51 92 93 95 96 5010 5028 5049 5067 5260 5263 5265 5267

Category 1 - PROFESSIONAL ATTENDANCES

AN.0.17

Attendances at Hospitals, Residential Aged Care Facility and Institutions and Home Visits

To facilitate assessment of the correct Medicare rebate in respect of a number of patients attended on the one occasion at one of the above locations, it is important that the total number of patients seen be recorded on each individual account, receipt or assignment form. For example, where ten patients were visited (for a brief consultation) in the one residential aged care facility on the one occasion, each account, receipt or assignment form would show "Item 20 - 1 of 10 patients" for a General Practitioner.

The number of patients seen should not include attendances which do not attract a Medicare rebate (eg public in-patients, attendances for normal after-care), or where a Medicare rebate is payable under an item other than these derived fee items (eg health assessments, care planning, emergency after-hours attendance - first patient).

Related Items: 20 92


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