Medicare Benefits Schedule - Item 32508

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T8 - Surgical Operations
3 - Vascular
1 - Varicose Veins

VARICOSE VEINS, complete dissection at the sapheno-femoral OR sapheno-popliteal junction - 1 leg - with or without either ligation or stripping, or both, of the long or short saphenous veins, for the first time on the same leg, including excision or injection of either tributaries or incompetent perforating veins, or both

Multiple Operation Rule

(Anaes.) (Assist.)

Fee: $542.15 Benefit: 75% = $406.65

(See para TN.8.32 of explanatory notes to this Category)

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Varicose veins - (Items 32500 to 32517)

In relation to endovenous laser therapy (ELT) and/or radiofrequency diathermy/ablation, Rule 2.44.14 of the Health Insurance (General Medical Services Table) Regulations (GMST) means the following: 

  • ELT and/or radiofrequency diathermy/ablation are not payable if they are billed under any varicose vein items (32500 to 32517) or vascular item 35321.
  • If ELT and/or radiofrequency diathermy/ablation are provided on the same occasion as these MBS items, the ELT and radiofrequency diathermy/ablation services must be itemised separately on the invoice, showing the full fees for each service separately to the fees billed against the MBS items.
  • We strongly recommend that a practitioner who intends to bill ELT and/or radiofrequency diathermy/ablation on the same occasion as providing MBS services contact Department of Human Services' provider information line on 132 150 to confirm the Department of Human Services' requirements for correct itemisation of MBS and non-MBS services on a single invoice.
  • The Department of Human Services monitors billing practices associated with MBS items and any billing which stands out as being out of line with most practitioners may warrant the attention of the Department of Human Services.
  • In light of the policy clarification of GMST Rule 2.44.14, with effect from 1 May 2009,  the Department of Human Services will be able to track any apparent cost-shifting (of ELT and/or radiofrequency diathermy/ablation) to the MBS items detailed in GMST Rule 2.44.14 or to other MBS items.


Related Items: 32500 32504 32507 32508 32511 32514 32517


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