Medicare Benefits Schedule - Item 32520

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Category 3 - THERAPEUTIC PROCEDURES

32520

32520 - Additional Information

Item Start Date:
01-Nov-2018
Description Updated:
01-Nov-2018
Schedule Fee Updated:
01-Jul-2019

Group
T8 - Surgical Operations
Subgroup
3 - Vascular
Subheading
1 - Varicose Veins

Varicose veins, abolition of venous reflux by occlusion of a primary or recurrent great (long) or small (short) saphenous vein of one leg (and major tributaries of saphenous veins as necessary), using a laser probe introduced by an endovenous catheter, if it is documented by duplex ultrasound that the great or small saphenous vein (whichever is to be treated) demonstrates reflux of 0.5 seconds or longer:

(a) including all preparation and immediate clinical aftercare (including excision or injection of either tributaries or incompetent perforating veins, or both); and

(b) not including radiofrequency diathermy, radiofrequency ablation or cyanoacrylate embolisation; and

(c) not provided on the same occasion as a service described in any of items 32500, 32504 and 32507

Multiple Operation Rule

(Anaes.)

Fee: $542.15 Benefit: 75% = $406.65 85% = $460.85

(See para TN.8.33 of explanatory notes to this Category)

Extended Medicare Safety Net Cap: $81.35


Associated Notes

Category 3 - THERAPEUTIC PROCEDURES

TN.8.33

Cyanoacrylate Embolisation (Items 32528 and 32529), Endovenous Laser Therapy (Items 32520 and 32522) and Radiofrequency Ablation (Items 32523 and 32526)

It is recommended that the medical practitioner performing cyanoacrylate embolisation (CAE), endovenous laser therapy (ELT) or radiofrequency ablation (RFA) has successfully completed a substantial course of study and training in the management of venous disease, which has been endorsed by their relevant professional organisation.

Medicare-funded CAE, ELT and RFA can only be performed in cases where it is documented by duplex ultrasound that the great or small saphenous vein (and major tributaries of saphenous veins as necessary) demonstrates reflux of 0.5 seconds or longer.

 

Related Items: 32520 32522 32523 32526 32528 32529


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