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Category 5 - DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING SERVICES

IR.1.3

Echocardiography Multiple Services Rule (EMSR)

1. If one or more services in paragraph (a) is rendered with one or more services in paragraph (b) for the same patient on the same day by the same medical practitioner, then the item with the lesser fee will be reduced by 40% of the fee.

 
2. The items applicable to the echocardiography multiple services fee reduction rule are:

  1. a service to which one or more of items 55126, 55127, 55128, 55129, 55132, 55133, 55134 or 55137 apply; and
  2. a service to which one or more of items 55141, 55143, 55145 or 55146 apply.

Related Items: 55126 55127 55128 55129 55132 55133 55134 55137 55141 55143 55145 55146


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Category 5 - DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING SERVICES

55126

55126 - Additional Information

Item Start Date:
01-Mar-2021
Description Updated:
01-Mar-2021
Schedule Fee Updated:
01-Jul-2021

Note: the service only applies if the patient meets the requirements of the descriptor and the requirements of Note: IR.1.2

Initial real time transthoracic echocardiographic examination of the heart with real time colour flow mapping from at least 3 acoustic windows, with recordings on digital media, if the service:

(a) is for the investigation of any of the following:

(i) symptoms or signs of cardiac failure;

(ii) suspected or known ventricular hypertrophy or dysfunction;

(iii) pulmonary hypertension;

(iv) valvular, aortic, pericardial, thrombotic or embolic disease;

(v) heart tumour;

(vi) symptoms or signs of congenital heart disease;

(vii) other rare indications; and

(b) is not associated with a service to which:

(i) another item in this Subgroup applies (except items 55137, 55141, 55143, 55145 and 55146); or

(ii) an item in Subgroup 2 applies (except items 55118 and 55130); or

(iii) an item in Subgroup 3 applies

Applicable not more than once in a 24 month period (R)

Fee: $236.25 Benefit: 75% = $177.20 85% = $200.85

(See para IN.0.19, IN.1.3, IR.1.2, IR.1.3 of explanatory notes to this Category)

Category 5 - DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING SERVICES

55127

55127 - Additional Information

Item Start Date:
01-Mar-2021
Description Updated:
01-Mar-2021
Schedule Fee Updated:
01-Jul-2021

Note: the service only applies if the patient meets the requirements of the descriptor and the requirements of Note: IR.1.2

Repeat serial real time transthoracic echocardiographic examination of the heart with real time colour flow mapping from at least 3 acoustic windows, with recordings on digital media, if the service:

(a) is for the investigation of known valvular dysfunction; and

(b) is requested by a specialist or consultant physician; and

(c) is not associated with a service to which:

(i) another item in this Subgroup applies (except items 55137, 55141, 55143, 55145 and 55146); or

(ii) an item in Subgroup 2 applies (except items 55118 and 55130); or

(iii) an item in Subgroup 3 applies (R)

 

Fee: $236.25 Benefit: 75% = $177.20 85% = $200.85

(See para IN.0.19, IN.1.4, IR.1.2, IR.1.3 of explanatory notes to this Category)

Category 5 - DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING SERVICES

55128

55128 - Additional Information

Item Start Date:
01-Mar-2021
Description Updated:
01-Mar-2021
Schedule Fee Updated:
01-Jul-2021

Note: the service only applies if the patient meets the requirements of the descriptor and the requirements of Note: IR.1.2

Repeat serial real time transthoracic echocardiographic examination of the heart with real time colour flow mapping from at least 3 acoustic windows, with recordings on digital media, if the service:

(a) is for the investigation of known valvular dysfunction; and

(b) is requested by a medical practitioner (other than a specialist or consultant physician) at, or from, a practice located in a Modified Monash 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7 area; and

(c) is not associated with a service to which:

(i) another item in this Subgroup applies (except items 55137, 55141, 55143, 55145 and 55146); or

(ii) an item in Subgroup 2 applies (except items 55118 and 55130); or

(iii) an item in Subgroup 3 applies (R)



 

Fee: $236.25 Benefit: 75% = $177.20 85% = $200.85

(See para IN.0.19, IN.1.4, IR.1.2, IR.1.3 of explanatory notes to this Category)

Category 5 - DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING SERVICES

55129

55129 - Additional Information

Item Start Date:
01-Mar-2021
Description Updated:
01-Mar-2021
Schedule Fee Updated:
01-Jul-2021

Note: the service only applies if the patient meets the requirements of the descriptor and the requirements of Note: IR.1.2

Repeat serial real time transthoracic echocardiographic examination of the heart with real time colour flow mapping from at least 3 acoustic windows, with recordings on digital media, if:

(a) valvular dysfunction is not the primary issue for the patient (although it may be a secondary issue); and

(b) the service is for the investigation of any of the following:

(i) symptoms or signs of cardiac failure;

(ii) suspected or known ventricular hypertrophy or dysfunction;

(iii) pulmonary hypertension;

(iv) aortic, thrombotic, embolic disease or pericardial disease (excluding isolated pericardial effusion or pericarditis);

(v) heart tumour;

(vi) structural heart disease;

(vii) other rare indications; and

(c) the service is requested by a specialist or consultant physician; and

(d) the service is not associated with a service to which:

(i) another item in this Subgroup applies (except items 55137, 55141, 55143, 55145 and 55146); or

(ii) an item in Subgroup 2 applies (except items 55118 and 55130); or

(iii) an item in Subgroup 3 applies (R)

Fee: $236.25 Benefit: 75% = $177.20 85% = $200.85

(See para IN.0.19, IN.1.5, IR.1.2, IR.1.3 of explanatory notes to this Category)

Category 5 - DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING SERVICES

55132

55132 - Additional Information

Item Start Date:
01-Mar-2021
Description Updated:
01-Mar-2021
Schedule Fee Updated:
01-Jul-2021

Note: the service only applies if the patient meets the requirements of the descriptor and the requirements of Note: IR.1.2

Serial real time transthoracic echocardiographic examination of the heart with real time colour flow mapping from at least 4 acoustic windows, with recordings on digital media, if the service:

(a) is for the investigation of a patient who:

(i) is under 17 years of age; or

(ii) has complex congenital heart disease; and

(b) is performed by a specialist or consultant physician practising in the speciality of cardiology; and

(c) is not associated with a service to which:

(i) another item in this Subgroup applies (except items 55137, 55141, 55143, 55145 and 55146); or

(ii) an item in Subgroup 2 applies (except items 55118 and 55130); or

(iii) an item in Subgroup 3 applies (R)

 

Fee: $236.25 Benefit: 75% = $177.20 85% = $200.85

(See para IN.0.19, IN.1.6, IR.1.2, IR.1.3 of explanatory notes to this Category)

Category 5 - DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING SERVICES

55133

55133 - Additional Information

Item Start Date:
01-Mar-2021
Description Updated:
01-Mar-2021
Schedule Fee Updated:
01-Jul-2021

Note: the service only applies if the patient meets one or more of the following and the requirements of Note: IR.1.2

Frequent repetition serial real time transthoracic echocardiographic examination of the heart with real time colour flow mapping from at least 3 acoustic windows, with recordings on digital media, if the service:

(a) is for the investigation of a patient who:

(i) has an isolated pericardial effusion or pericarditis; or

(ii) has a normal baseline study, and has commenced medication for non‑cardiac purposes that has cardiotoxic side effects and is a pharmaceutical benefit (within the meaning of Part VII of the National Health Act 1953) for the writing of a prescription for the supply of which under that Part an echocardiogram is required; and

(b) is not associated with a service to which:

(i) another item in this Subgroup applies (except items 55137, 55141, 55143, 55145 and 55146); or

(ii) an item in Subgroup 2 applies (except items 55118 and 55130); or

(iii) an item in Subgroup 3 applies (R)

Fee: $212.65 Benefit: 75% = $159.50 85% = $180.80

(See para IN.0.19, IN.1.7, IR.1.2, IR.1.3 of explanatory notes to this Category)

Category 5 - DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING SERVICES

55134

55134 - Additional Information

Item Start Date:
01-Mar-2021
Description Updated:
01-Mar-2021
Schedule Fee Updated:
01-Jul-2021

Note: the service only applies if the patient meets one or more of the following and the requirements of Note: IR.1.2

Repeat real time transthoracic echocardiographic examination of the heart with real time colour flow mapping from at least 3 acoustic windows, with recordings on digital media, for the investigation of rare cardiac pathologies, if the service:

(a) is requested by a specialist or consultant physician; and

(b) is not associated with a service to which:

(i) another item in this Subgroup applies (except items 55137, 55141, 55143, 55145 and 55146); or

(ii) an item in Subgroup 2 applies (except items 55118 and 55130); or

(iii) an item in Subgroup 3 applies (R)

Fee: $236.25 Benefit: 75% = $177.20 85% = $200.85

(See para IN.0.19, IN.1.8, IR.1.2, IR.1.3 of explanatory notes to this Category)

Category 5 - DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING SERVICES

55137

55137 - Additional Information

Item Start Date:
01-Mar-2021
Description Updated:
01-Jul-2021
Schedule Fee Updated:
01-Jul-2021

Note: the service only applies if the patient meets the requirements of the descriptor and the requirements of Note: IR.1.2

Serial real time transthoracic echocardiographic examination of the heart with real time colour flow mapping from at least 4 acoustic windows, with recordings on digital media, if the service:

(a) is for the investigation of a fetus with suspected or confirmed:

(i) complex congenital heart disease; or

(ii) functional heart disease; or

(iii) fetal cardiac arrhythmia; or

(iv) cardiac structural abnormality requiring confirmation; and

(b) is performed by a specialist or consultant physician practising in the speciality of cardiology with advanced training and expertise in fetal cardiac imaging; and

(c) is not associated with a service to which:

(i) an item in Subgroup 2 applies (except items 55118 and 55130); or

(ii) an item in Subgroup 3 applies (R)

 

 

Fee: $236.25 Benefit: 75% = $177.20 85% = $200.85

(See para IN.0.19, IN.1.9, IR.1.2, IR.1.3 of explanatory notes to this Category)

Category 5 - DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING SERVICES

55141

55141 - Additional Information

Item Start Date:
01-Aug-2020
Description Updated:
01-Mar-2021
Schedule Fee Updated:
01-Jul-2021

Note: the service only applies if the patient meets the requirements of the descriptor and the requirements of Note: IR.0.1 and IR.1.2

Exercise stress echocardiography focused study, other than a service associated with a service to which:

(a) item 11704, 11705, 11707, 11714, 11729 or 11730 applies; or

(b) an item in Subgroup 3 applies

Applicable not more than once in a 24 month period (R)


 

 

Fee: $421.20 Benefit: 75% = $315.90 85% = $358.05

(See para IN.0.19, IN.1.10, IR.0.1, IR.1.2, IR.1.3 of explanatory notes to this Category)

Category 5 - DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING SERVICES

55143

55143 - Additional Information

Item Start Date:
01-Mar-2021
Description Updated:
01-Jul-2021
Schedule Fee Updated:
01-Jul-2021

Note: the service only applies if the patient meets the requirements of the descriptor and the requirements of Note: IR.0.1, IR.1.1 and IR.1.2 

Repeat pharmacological or exercise stress echocardiography if:

(a) a service to which item 55141, 55145, 55146, or this item, applies has been performed on the patient in the previous 24 months; and

(b) the patient has symptoms of ischaemia that have evolved and are not adequately controlled with optimal medical therapy; and

(c) the service is requested by a specialist or a consultant physician; and

(d) the service is not associated with a service to which:

(i) item 11704, 11705, 11707, 11714, 11729 or 11730 applies; or

(ii) an item in Subgroup 3 applies

Applicable not more than once in a 12 month period (R)

Fee: $421.20 Benefit: 75% = $315.90 85% = $358.05

(See para IN.0.19, IN.1.10, IR.0.1, IR.1.1, IR.1.2, IR.1.3 of explanatory notes to this Category)

Category 5 - DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING SERVICES

55145

55145 - Additional Information

Item Start Date:
01-Mar-2021
Description Updated:
01-Mar-2021
Schedule Fee Updated:
01-Jul-2021

Note: the service only applies if the patient meets the requirements of the descriptor and the requirements of Note: IR.0.1 and IR.1.2

Pharmacological stress echocardiography, other than a service associated with a service to which:

(a) item 11704, 11705, 11707, 11714, 11729 or 11730 applies; or

(b) an item in Subgroup 3 applies

Applicable not more than once in a 24 month period (R)

Note: this item does not apply to a service provided to a patient if, in the previous 24 months, a service associated with a service to which item 55141, 55143 or 55146 applies has been provided to the patient.

 

Fee: $488.20 Benefit: 75% = $366.15 85% = $415.00

(See para IN.0.19, IN.1.10, IR.0.1, IR.1.2, IR.1.3 of explanatory notes to this Category)

Category 5 - DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING SERVICES

55146

55146 - Additional Information

Item Start Date:
01-Mar-2021
Description Updated:
01-Mar-2021
Schedule Fee Updated:
01-Jul-2021

Note: the service only applies if the patient meets the requirements of the descriptor and the requirements of Note: IR.0.1 and IR.1.2

Pharmacological stress echocardiography if:

(a) a service to which item 55141 applies has been performed on the patient in the previous 4 weeks, and the test has failed due to an inadequate heart rate response; and

(b) the service is not associated with a service to which:

(i) item 11704, 11705, 11707, 11714, 11729 or 11730 applies; or

(ii) an item in Subgroup 3 applies

Applicable not more than once in a 24 month period (R)

Note: this item does not apply to a service provided to a patient if, in the previous 24 months, a service associated with a service to which item 55143 or 55145 applies has been provided to the patient.

 

Fee: $488.20 Benefit: 75% = $366.15 85% = $415.00

(See para IN.0.19, IN.1.10, IR.0.1, IR.1.2, IR.1.3 of explanatory notes to this Category)


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