Medicare Benefits Schedule - Item 346

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A8 - Consultant Psychiatrist Attendances To Which No Other Item Applies

Group psychotherapy (including any associated consultations with a patient taking place on the same occasion and relating to the condition for which group therapy is conducted) of not less than 1 hour in duration given under the continuous direct supervision of a consultant physician in the practice of the consultant physician's specialty of psychiatry, involving a family group of 2 patients, each of whom is referred to the consultant physician by a referring practitioner-each patient

Fee: $99.80 Benefit: 75% = $74.85 85% = $84.85

(See para AN.0.5 of explanatory notes to this Category)

Extended Medicare Safety Net Cap: $299.40

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Services not Attracting Medicare Benefits

Telephone consultations, letters of advice by medical practitioners, the issue of repeat prescriptions when the patient is not in attendance, post mortem examinations, the issue of death certificates, cremation certificates, counselling of relatives (Note ‑ items 348, 350 and 352 are not counselling services), group attendances (other than group attendances covered by items 170, 171, 172, 342, 344 and 346) such as group counselling, health education, weight reduction or fitness classes do not qualify for benefit. 

Although Medicare benefits are not payable for the issue of a death certificate, an attendance on a patient at which it is determined that life is extinct can be claimed under the appropriate attendance item. The outcome of the attendance may be that a death certificate is issued, however, Medicare benefits are only payable for the attendance component of the service.

Related Items: 170 171 172 342 344 346 348 350 352


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