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Mechanical thrombectomy - (Item 35414)

For the purposes of this item, eligible stroke centre means a facility that:

(a) has a designated stroke unit;

(b) is equipped and has staff available or on call so that it is capable of providing the following to a patient on a 24-hour basis:

(i) the services of a specialist or consultant physician who has the training required under paragraph (b) of item 35414;

(ii) diagnostic imaging services using advanced imaging techniques, which must include computed tomography, computed tomography angiography, digital subtraction angiography, magnetic resonance imaging, and magnetic resonance angiography; and

(iii) care from a team of health practitioners which includes a stroke physician, a neurologist, a neurosurgeon, a radiologist, an anaesthetist, an intensive care unit specialist, a medical imaging technologist, and a nurse;

(c) has dedicated endovascular angiography facilities; and

(d) has written procedures for assessing and treating patients who have, or may have, experienced a stroke.

Note: A health practitioner may fulfil the role of more than one of the types of health practitioner specified in paragraph (b)(iii). For example, a neurologist may also be a stroke physician. 

Conjoint Committee for Recognition of Training in Interventional Neuroradiology (CCINR)

CCINR comprises representatives from the Australian and New Zealand Society of Neuroradiology (ANZSNR), the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia (NSA) and the Australian and New Zealand Association of Neurologists (ANZAN). For the purposes of this item, specialists or consultant physicians performing this procedure must have training recognised by CCINR, and the Department of Human Services notified of that recognition.

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35414 - Additional Information

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Mechanical thrombectomy, in a patient with a diagnosis of acute ischaemic stroke caused by occlusion of a large vessel of the anterior cerebral circulation, including intra-operative imaging and aftercare, if:

(a) the diagnosis is confirmed by an appropriate imaging modality such as computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging or angiography; and

(b) the service is performed by a specialist or consultant physician with appropriate training that is recognised by the Conjoint Committee for Recognition of Training in Interventional Neuroradiology; and

(c) the service is provided in an eligible stroke centre.

For any particular patient - applicable once per presentation by the patient at an eligible stroke centre, regardless of the number of times mechanical thrombectomy is attempted during that presentation

(Anaes.) (Assist.)

Fee: $3,700.10 Benefit: 75% = $2,775.10

(See para TR.8.1 of explanatory notes to this Category)


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