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A19 - Other Non-Referred Attendances Associated With Pip Incentive Payments To Which No Other Item Applies
1 - Taking Of A Cervical Smear From An Unscreened Or Significantly Underscreened Person

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 who practises in general practice (other than a general practitioner), at which a specimen for a cervical screening service is collected from the patient, if the patient is at least 24 years and 9 months of age but is less than 75 years of age and has not been provided with a cervical screening service or a cervical smear service in the last 4 years

An amount equal to $16.00, plus $17.50 divided by the number of patients seen, up to a maximum of six patients. For seven or more patients - an amount equal to $16.00 plus $0.70 per patient
Ready Reckoner

(See para AN.0.53 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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Taking a Cervical Screen from a Person who is Unscreened or Significantly Under-screened - (Items 2497 - 2509 and 2598 - 2616)

The item numbers 2497, 2501, 2503, 2504, 2506, 2507, 2509, 2598, 2600, 2603, 2606, 2610, 2613 and 2616 should be used in place of the usual attendance item where as part of a consultation, a sample for cervical screening is collected from a person between the ages of 24 years and 9 months and 74 years inclusive who has not had a cervical smear in the last four years. Cervical Screening in accordance with the National Cervical Screening Policy at P.16.11.

Self collection of a sample for screening is only available for women between the ages of 30 and 74 years of age who are overdue for screening by two or more years (i.e. being 4 years since their last Pap test).  Self collection should only be offered to an eligible person who refuses to have a sample collected by their requesting practitioner.

When providing this service, the doctor must satisfy themselves that the person has not had a cervical screening test in the last four years by:

(a) asking the person if they can remember having a cervical screening test in the last four years;

(b) checking their own practice's medical records; and

(c) checking the National Cancer Screening Register.

A person from the following groups are more likely than the general population to be unscreened or significantly underscreened - low socioeconomic status, culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, Indigenous communities, rural and remote areas and older people.

Vault smears are not eligible for items 2497 - 2509 and 2598 - 2616.

In addition to attracting a Medicare rebate, the use of these items will initiate a Cervical Screening SIP through the PIP.

A PIP Cervical Screening SIP is available for taking a cervical screen from a person who has not been screened in the last for four years.  The SIP will be paid to the medical practitioner who provided the service if the service was provided in a general practice participating in the PIP Cervical Screening Incentive. A further PIP Cervical Screening Incentive payment is paid to practices which reach target levels of cervical screening for their patients aged 24 years and 9 months of age to 74 years inclusive. More detailed information on the PIP Cervical Screening Incentive is available from the Department of Human Services PIP enquiry line on 1800 222 032 or from the Department of Human Services website.

Related Items: 2497 2501 2503 2504 2506 2507 2509 2598 2600 2603 2606 2610 2613 2616


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