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Category 8 - MISCELLANEOUS SERVICES
80126 - Additional Information
Professional attendance for the purpose of providing focussed psychological strategies services for an assessed mental disorder by an occupational therapist registered with Medicare Australia as meeting the credentialing requirements for provision of this service - lasting more than 20 minutes, but not more than 50 minutes - where the patient is referred by a medical practitioner, as part of a GP Mental Health Treatment Plan or as part of a shared care plan; or referred by a medical practitioner (including a general practitioner, but not a specialist or consultant physician) who is managing the patient under a referred psychiatrist assessment and management plan; or referred by a specialist or consultant physician in the practice of his or her field of psychiatry or paediatrics if:
- the attendance is by video conference; and
- the patient is not an admitted patient; and
- the patient is located within a telehealth eligible area; and
- the patient is, at the time of the attendance, at least 15 kilometres by road from the occupational therapist.
Focussed psychological strategies delivered by video conference are time limited, being deliverable in up to ten planned sessions in a calendar year (including services to which items 80001, 80011, 80101, 80111, 80126, 80136, 80151 and 80161 apply).
Focussed psychological strategies delivered by video conference time limits include the maximum ten planned sessions in a calendar year services to which items 283 to 287; 2721 to 2727; 80000 to 80015; 80100 to 80115; 80125 to 80140; 80150 to 80165 apply.
Fee: $65.85 Benefit: 85% = $56.00
(See para MN.7.2 of explanatory notes to this Category)
Category 8 - MISCELLANEOUS SERVICES
Telehealth Focussed Psychological Strategies Services
These notes provide information on the telehealth focussed psychological strategies (FPS) MBS video consultation items by psychologists, occupational therapists and social workers. A video consultation involves a single psychologist, occupational therapist or social worker attending a patient, or a group of 4 to 10 patients.
For further information on individual FPS items see MN.7.1. For further information on group FPS items see MN.7.4.
The psychologist, occupational therapist or social worker must be satisfied that it is clinically appropriate to provide a video consultation to a patient, or a group of 4 to 10 patients.
The MBS telehealth attendance items are not payable for services to an admitted hospital patient (this includes hospital in the home patients). Benefits are not payable for telephone or email consultations. In order to fulfil the item descriptor there must be a visual and audio link between the patient and the psychologist, occupational therapist or social worker. If the psychologist, occupational therapist or social worker is unable to establish both a video and audio link with the patient, a MBS rebate for a telehealth attendance is not payable.
All video consultations provided by psychologists, occupational therapists or social workers must be separately billed. That is, only the relevant telehealth MBS consultation item is to be itemised on the account/bill/voucher. Any other service/item billed should be itemised on a separate account/bill/voucher. This will ensure the claim is accurately assessed as being a video consultation and paid accordingly.
Psychologists, occupational therapists or social workers should not use the notation ‘telehealth’, ‘verbal consent’ or ‘Patient unable to sign’ to overcome administrative difficulties to obtaining a patient signature for bulk-billed claims (for further information see mbsonline.gov.au/telehealth).
Eligible Geographical Areas
Geographic eligibility for psychological telehealth services funded under Medicare (in Groups M6 and M7) is determined according to the Modified Monash Model (MMM) classifications. Telehealth eligible areas are those areas that are within MMM classifications 4 to 7. Patients and providers are able to check their eligibility using the Modified Monash Model locator on the Department of Health’s website (https://www.health.gov.au/resources/apps-and-tools/health-workforce-locator).
There is a requirement for the patient and psychologist, occupational therapist or social worker to be located a minimum of 15 kilometres apart at the time of the consultation. Minimum distance between psychologist, occupational therapist or social worker and patient video consultations are measured by the most direct (ie least distance) route by road. The patient or the psychologist, occupational therapist or social worker is not permitted to travel to an area outside the minimum 15 kilometres distance in order to claim a video consultation.
Participating telehealth psychologists, occupational therapists and social workers must keep contemporaneous notes of the consultation including documenting that the service was performed by video conference, the date, time and people who attended.
Only clinical details recorded at the time of the attendance count towards the time of the consultation. Other notes or reports added at a later time are not included.
Extended Medicare Safety Net (EMSN)
All telehealth consultations (with the exception of the participating optometrist telehealth items) are subject to EMSN caps. The EMSN caps for telehealth consultation items in Groups M6 and M7 are equal to 300% of the schedule fee (to a maximum of $500).
Video consultations are subject to the same aftercare rules as psychologists, occupational therapists and social workers providing face-to-face consultations.
Multiple attendances on the same day
In some situations a patient may receive a consultation via video conference and a face-to-face consultation by the same or different psychologist, occupational therapist or social worker on the same day.
Medicare benefits may be paid for more than one video consultation on a patient on the same day by the same psychologist, occupational therapist or social worker, provided the second (and any following) video consultations are not a continuation of the initial or earlier video consultations. Psychologists, occupational therapists and social workers will need to provide the times of each consultation on the patient’s account or bulk-billing voucher.
The referral procedure for a video consultation is the same as for conventional face-to-face consultations.
In order to fulfil the item descriptor there must be a visual and audio link between the patient and the remote psychologist, occupational therapist or social worker. If the psychologist, occupational therapist or social worker is unable to establish both a video and audio link with the patient, a MBS rebate for a telehealth attendance is not payable.
Individual clinicians must be confident that the technology used is able to satisfy the item descriptor and that software and hardware used to deliver a videoconference meets the applicable laws for security and privacy.
- Assist - Addition/Deletion of (Assist.)
- Amend - Amended Description
- Anaes - Anaesthetic Values Amended
- Emsn - EMSN Change
- Fee - Fee Amended
- Renum - Item Number Change (renumbered)
- New - New Item
- NewMin - New Item (previous Ministerial Determination)
- Qfe - QFE Change