Medicare Benefits Schedule - Item 591

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Category 1 - PROFESSIONAL ATTENDANCES

591 Fee

591 - Additional Information

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

Group
A11 - Urgent Attendance After Hours
Subgroup
1 - Urgent Attendance - After Hours

Professional attendance by a medical practitioner (other than a general practitioner) on one patient on one occasion—each attendance (other than an attendance in unsociable hours) in an after-hours period if:

(a) the attendance is requested by the patient or a responsible person in the same unbroken after-hours period; and

(b) the patient’s medical condition requires urgent assessment; and

(c) the attendance is not in an after-hours rural area; and

(d) if the attendance is at consulting rooms—it is necessary for the practitioner to return to, and specially open, the consulting rooms for the attendance

Fee: $101.60 Benefit: 75% = $76.20 100% = $101.60

(See para AN.0.19 of explanatory notes to this Category)

Extended Medicare Safety Net Cap: $304.80


Associated Notes

Category 1 - PROFESSIONAL ATTENDANCES

AN.0.19

After-Hours Attendances (Items 585, 588, 591, 594, 599, 600, 5000, 5003, 5010, 5020, 5023, 5028, 5040, 5043, 5049, 5060, 5063, 5067, 5200, 5203, 5207, 5208, 5220, 5223, 5227, 5228, 5260, 5263, 5265 and 5267)

After-Hours Attendances (Items 585, 588, 591, 594, 599, 600, 5000, 5003, 5010, 5020, 5023, 5028, 5040, 5043, 5049, 5060, 5063, 5067, 5200, 5203, 5207, 5208, 5220, 5223, 5227, 5228, 5260, 5263, 5265 and 5267)

Guidelines for the After Hours Other Medical Practitioners (AHOMPs) Program are available on the Department of Health's website.

After-hours attendance items may be claimed as follows:

Items 585, 588, 591, 594, 599, 600 apply only to a professional attendance that is provided: 

-          on a public holiday;

-          on a Sunday;

-          before 8am, or after 12 noon on a Saturday;

-          before 8am, or after 6pm on any day other than a Saturday, Sunday or public holiday.

Items 5000, 5020, 5040, 5060, 5200, 5203, 5207 and 5208 apply only to a professional attendance that is provided:

-          on a public holiday;

-          on a Sunday;

-          before 8am, or after 1 pm on a Saturday;

-          before 8am, or after 8pm on any day other than a Saturday, Sunday or public holiday.

Items 5003, 5010, 5023, 5028, 5043, 5049, 5063, 5067, 5220, 5223, 5227, 5228, 5260, 5263, 5265 and 5267 apply to a professional attendance that is provided:

-          on a public holiday;

-          on a Sunday;

-          before 8am, or after 12 noon on a Saturday;

-          before 8am, or after 6pm on any day other than a Saturday, Sunday or public holiday. 

Urgent After-Hours Attendances (Items 585 - 600)

Items 585, 588, 591, 594, 599 and 600 can be used for urgent after-hours services. 

Urgent After-Hours Attendances (Items 585, 588, 591, and 594) allow for urgent attendances (other than an attendance between 11pm and 7am) in an after-hours period. 

Urgent After-Hours Attendances during Unsociable Hours (Items 599 and 600) allow for urgent attendances between 11pm and 7am in an after-hours period. 

The attendance for all these items must be requested by the patient or a responsible person during the same unbroken urgent after-hours period in which the medical service is provided.  The medical practitioner must first determine that the patient requires urgent medical assessment.

In considering the need for an urgent assessment of a patient’s condition, the practitioner may rely on information conveyed by the patient or patient’s carer, other health professionals or emergency services personnel. A record of the assessment must be completed and included in the patient’s medical record.

The MBS urgent after-hours items may be used when, on the information available to the medical practitioner, the patient’s condition requires urgent medical assessment during the after-hours period to prevent deterioration or potential deterioration in their health. Specifically the patient’s assessment:

·         cannot be delayed until the next in-hours period; and

·         the medical practitioner must attend the patient at the patient’s location or reopen the practice rooms.

Appendix B of the Approved Medical Deputising Service (AMDS) Program Guidelines offers a useful protocol to determine whether prospective after-hours patients should be seen by a deputising medical practitioner or see their regular medical practitioner.  The AMDS Program Guidelines are available at http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/approved-medical-deputising-service

If the attendance is undertaken at consulting rooms, it is necessary for the practitioner to return to and specially open the consulting rooms for the attendance.

MBS Item 585 is available to medical practitioners who are:

-          listed on the Vocational Register of General Practitioners maintained by the Department of Human Services or;

-          holders of the Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP) who participate in, and meet the requirements of the RACGP for continuing medical education and quality assurance as defined in the RACGP Quality Assurance and Continuing Medical Education Program; or

-          holders of the Fellowship of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (FACRRM) who participate in, and meet the requirements of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) for continuing medical education and quality assurance as defined in ACRRM's Professional Development Program; or

-          undertaking an approved placement in general practice as part of a training program for general practice leading to the award of the FRACGP or training recognised by the RACGP as being of an equivalent standard; or

-          undertaking an approved placement in general practice as part of a training program for general practice leading to the award of the FACRRM or training recognised by ACRRM as being of an equivalent standard.

NOTE: MBS incentives continue to be available through the After-Hours Other Medical Practitioners (AHOMPs) Program to non-vocationally recognised medical practitioners who perform after-hours attendances. MBS item 585 will be available to AHOMPs Program participants if they perform an urgent after-hours attendance as part of their employment with a full-time general practice.  

AHOMPs will not extend access to item 585 to non-vocationally recognised medical practitioners who work with an after-hours only practice or a medical deputising service (including an AMDS).

MBS Item 588 is available to non-vocationally recognised medical practitioners who are providing services (as a contractor, employee, member or otherwise) for a general practice or clinic or as part of medical deputising arrangements in Modified Monash Model Areas 2 to 7.

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

MBS item 591 is available to non-vocationally recognised medical practitioners who perform attendances for after-hours clinics or as part of deputising arrangements in Modified Monash Model Area 1. 

If more than one patient is seen on the same occasion (that is, the second and any further services are consequential to the first service) using either MBS items 585, 588 or 591, MBS item 594 must be used in respect of the second and subsequent services to patients attended on the same occasion.

Medical practitioners who routinely provide services to patients in the after-hours periods at consulting rooms, or who provide the services (as a contractor, employee, member or otherwise) for a general practice or clinic that routinely provides services to patients in after-hours periods at consulting rooms, will not be able to bill urgent after-hours items 585, 588, 591, 594, 599 and 600.

A routine service means a regular or habitual provision of services to patients.  This does not include ad hoc services provided after-hours in consulting rooms by a medical practitioner (excluding consultant physicians and specialists) working in a general practice or a clinic while participating in an on-call roster.

There is no change to the types of providers who can render services under the Urgent After-Hours Attendances during Unsociable Hours items (MBS items 599 and 600).  Attendances using these items must be booked during the same unbroken urgent after-hours period.

MBS item 599 continues to be available to medical practitioners who are:

-          listed on the Vocational Register of General Practitioners maintained by the Department of Human Services or;

-          holders of the Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP) who participate in, and meet the requirements of the RACGP for continuing medical education and quality assurance as defined in the RACGP Quality Assurance and Continuing Medical Education Program; or

-          holders of the Fellowship of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (FACRRM) who participate in, and meet the requirements of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) for continuing medical education and quality assurance as defined in ACRRM's Professional Development Program; or

-          undertaking an approved placement in general practice as part of a training program for general practice leading to the award of the FRACGP or training recognised by the RACGP as being of an equivalent standard; or

-          undertaking an approved placement in general practice as part of a training program for general practice leading to the award of the FACRRM or training recognised by ACRRM as being of an equivalent standard non-vocationally recognised medical practitioners through the AHOMPs Program; or

-          non-vocationally recognised medical practitioners participating in the AHOMPs Program.

MBS item 600 continues to be available to non-vocationally recognised medical practitioners. 

Non-Urgent After-Hours Attendances (5000 - 5067 and 5200 - 5267)

Non-Urgent After-Hours Attendances in Consulting Rooms (Items 5000, 5020, 5040, 5060, 5200, 5203, 5207 and 5208) are to be used for non-urgent consultations at consulting rooms initiated either on a public holiday, on a Sunday, or before 8am and after 1pm on a Saturday, or before 8am and after 8pm on any other day. 

Non-Urgent After-Hours Attendances at a Place Other than Consulting Rooms (Other than a Hospital or Residential Aged Care Facility) (items 5003, 5023, 5043, 5063, 5220, 5223, 5227 and 5228) and Non-Urgent After-Hours Attendances in a Residential Aged Care Facility (Items 5010, 5028, 5049, 5067, 5260, 5263, 5265 and 5267) are to be used for non-urgent attendances on 1 or more patients on 1 occasion on a public holiday, on a Sunday, or before 8am and after 12 noon on a Saturday, or before 8am and after 6pm on any other day.

Attendance Period Applicable Time Items
Monday to Friday Saturday* Sunday and/or
public holiday
 
Urgent after-hours attendance Between 7am - 8am and 6pm - 11pm Between 7am - 8am and 12 noon - 11pm Between 7am - 11pm 585, 588, 591, 594
Urgent after-hours in unsociable hours Between 11pm - 7am Between 11pm - 7am Between 11pm - 7am 599, 600
Non-urgent After hours In consulting rooms Before 8am or after 8pm Before 8am or after 1pm 24 hours 5000, 5020, 5040, 5060
5200, 5203, 5207, 5208
Non-urgent after-hours at a place other than consulting rooms (other than a hospital or Residential Aged Care Facility) Before 8am or after 6pm Before 8am or after 12 noon 24 hours 5003, 5023,5043, 5063,
5220, 5223, 5227, 5228
Non-urgent after-hours in a Residential Aged Care Facility Before 8am or after 6pm  Before 8am or after 12 noon 24 hours

5010, 5028, 5049, 5067
5260, 5263, 5265, 5267

*with the exception of public holidays which fall on a Saturday

Related Items: 585 588 591 594 599 600 5000 5003 5010 5020 5023 5028 5040 5043 5049 5060 5063 5067


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  • 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