Medicare Benefits Schedule - Item 260

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A7 - Acupuncture and Non-Specialist Practitioner Items
8 - Non-Specialist Practitioner attendances associated with Practice Incentive Program payments

Professional attendance at a place other than consulting rooms of more than 5 minutes, but not more than 25 minutes in duration by a medical practitioner in an eligible area, that completes the minimum requirements for a cycle of care of a patient with established diabetes mellitus

The fee for item 259, plus $21.60 divided by the number of patients seen, up to a maximum of six patients. For seven or more patients - the fee for item 259 plus $1.70 per patient.
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(See para AN.7.1, AN.7.20 of explanatory notes to this Category)

Extended Medicare Safety Net Cap: 300% of the Derived fee for this item, or $500, whichever is the lesser amount

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



Medical Practitioner Completion of the Annual Diabetes Cycle of Care for Patients with Established Diabetes Mellitus (Items 259 to 264)


Items 259 to 264 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 A19, Subgroup 2.

A locator map to identify a medical practice's Modified Monash Model Area location is available at the DoctorConnect website at

Guidance Notes

Item numbers 259, 260, 261, 262, 263 and 264 should be used in place of the usual attendance item when a consultation completes the minimum requirements of the annual Diabetes Cycle of Care for a patient with established diabetes mellitus.

The annual Diabetes Cycle of Care must be completed over a period of 11 months and up to 13 months, and at a minimum must include: 

Assess diabetes control by measuring HbA1c At least once every year
Ensure that a comprehensive eye examination is carried out* At least once every two years
Measure weight and height and calculate BMI** At least twice every cycle of care
Measure blood pressure At least twice every cycle of care
Examine feet*** At least twice every cycle of care
Measure total cholesterol, triglycerides and HDL cholesterol At least once every year
Test for microalbuminuria At least once every year
Test for estimated Glomerular Filtration Rate (eGFR) At least once every year
Provide self-care education Patient education regarding diabetes management
Review diet Reinforce information about appropriate dietary choices
Review levels of physical activity Reinforce information about appropriate levels of physical activity
Check smoking status Encourage cessation of smoking (if relevant)
Review of Medication Medication review

*Not required if the patient is blind or does not have both eyes.

**Initial visit: measure height and weight and calculate BMI as part of the initial assessment.

   Subsequent visits: measure weight.

***Not required if the patient does not have both feet.

These requirements are generally based on the current guidelines produced by Diabetes Australia and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (Diabetes Management in General Practice). Medical practitioners using these items should familiarise themselves with these guidelines and with subsequent editions of these guidelines as they become available.

Use of these items certifies that the minimum requirements of the Diabetes Cycle of Care have been completed for a patient with established diabetes mellitus in accordance with the guidelines above.

These items should only be used once per cycle per patient: A7 Subgroup 8, A18 Subgroup 2 or A19 Subgroup 2. For example, if item 259 is claimed for a patient then no other diabetes item in groups A18 or A19 can be used for this patient in the same cycle.

The requirements for claiming these items are the minimum needed to provide good care for a patient with diabetes.  Additional levels of care will be needed by insulin-dependent patients and those with abnormal review findings, complications and/or co-morbidities.

In addition to attracting a Medicare rebate, recording a completion of a Diabetes Cycle of Care through the use of these items will initiate a Diabetes Service Incentive Payment (SIP) through the Practice Incentives Program (PIP).

All visits should be billed under the normal attendance items with the exception of the visit that completes all of the minimum requirements of the Diabetes Cycle of Care.

A PIP Diabetes SIP is available for completing the minimum requirements of the Diabetes Cycle of Care for individual patients as specified above. The Diabetes SIP is only paid once every 11-13 month period per patient. The SIP will be paid to the medical practitioner who provided the service if the service was provided in a medical practice participating in the PIP Diabetes Incentive. A further PIP Diabetes Incentive payment is paid to medical practices which reach target levels of care for their patients with diabetes mellitus.  More detailed information on the PIP Diabetes Incentive is available from the Department of Human Services PIP enquiry line on 1800 222 032 or  the Department of Human Services website.

Related Items: 259 260 261 262 263 264


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