Medicare Benefits Schedule - Item 179

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Category 1 - PROFESSIONAL ATTENDANCES

179

179 - Additional Information

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

Group
A7 - Acupuncture and Non-Specialist Practitioner Items
Subgroup
2 - Non-Specialist Practitioner attendances to which no other item applies

Professional attendance at consulting rooms of not more than 5 minutes in duration (other than a service to which any other item applies)—each attendance, by a medical practitioner in an eligible area.

Fee: $14.00 Benefit: 100% = $14.00

(See para AN.7.1, AN.7.2 of explanatory notes to this Category)

Extended Medicare Safety Net Cap: $42.00


Associated Notes

Category 1 - PROFESSIONAL ATTENDANCES

AN.7.1

Attendances by Medical Practitioners

Items 179-181, 185-187, 189-197, 203-206, 215-287, 371, 372, 733-789, 792, 812-892, 90092-93, 90095-96, 90183, 90188, 90202, and 90212 relate to attendances rendered by a medical practitioner who is not a general practitioner, specialist or consultant physician, and who:


(a) is registered under section 3GA of the Act, to the extent that the person is practising during the period in respect of which, and in the location in respect of which, he or she is registered, and insofar as the circumstances specified for paragraph 19AA(3)(b) of the Act apply; or


(b) is covered by an exemption under subsection 19AB(3) of the Act; or


(c) first became a medical practitioner before 1 November 1996. 

Related Items: 179 181 185 187 189 191 203 206 214 215 218 219 220 221 222 223 224 225 226 227 228 229 230 231 232 233 235 236 237 238 239 240 243 244 245 249 251 252 253 254 255 256 257 259 260 261 262 263 264 265 266 268 269 270 271 272 276 277 279 281 282 283 285 286 287 371 372 733 737 741 745 761 763 766 769 772 776 788 789 792 812 827 829 867 868 869 873 876 881 885 891 892 90092 90093 90095 90096 90183 90188 90202 90212

Category 1 - PROFESSIONAL ATTENDANCES

AN.7.2

Medical Practitioner Attendances To Which No Other Item Applies

Eligibility

Items 179 to 212 are available to medical practitioners providing services in eligible areas.  

Eligible area means an area that is a Modified Monash 2 area, Modified Monash 3 area, Modified Monash 4 area, Modified Monash 5 area, Modified Monash 6 area or Modified Monash 7 area.

Medical practitioners providing services in a Modified Monash 1 area should use the items in Group A2.

A locator map to identify a medical practice's Modified Monash Model Area location is available at the DoctorConnect website at http://www.doctorconnect.gov.au/internet/otd/publishing.nsf/Content/locator

Guidance Notes

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

Professional consultation of not more than 5 minutes duration

The 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.

Professional consultation of more than 5 minutes but not more than 25 minutes

The item will be used for a consultation lasting more than 5 minutes but less than 25 minutes for cases that are not obvious or straightforward in relation to one or more health related issues.  This should be reflected in the practitioner's record.  In the item descriptor singular also means plural and vice versa.

Professional consultation of more than 25 minutes but not more than 45 minutes

The item will be used for a consultation lasting more than 25 minutes but less than 45 minutes for cases in relation to one or more complex health related issues.  This should be reflected in the practitioner's record.  In the item descriptor singular also means plural and vice versa.

Professional consultation of more than 45 minutes

The item will be used for a consultation lasting at least 40 minutes for cases in relation to one or more very complex health related issues.  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.

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 medical 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).

Related Items: 179 181 185 187 189 191 203 206


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  • 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