Medicare Benefits Schedule - Item 80000

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Category 8 - MISCELLANEOUS SERVICES

80000

80000 - Additional Information

Item Start Date:
01-Nov-2006
Description Updated:
01-Mar-2024
Schedule Fee Updated:
01-Nov-2023

Group
M6 - Psychological Therapy Services
Subgroup
1 - Psychological therapy health services

Psychological therapy health service provided to a patient in consulting rooms by an eligible clinical psychologist if:

(a)  the patient is referred by a referring practitioner; and

(b)  the service is provided to the patient individually and in person; and

(c)  at the completion of a course of treatment, the referring practitioner reviews the need for a further course of treatment; and

(d)  on the completion of the course of treatment, the eligible clinical psychologist gives a written report to the referring practitioner on assessments carried out, treatment provided and recommendations on future management of the patient’s condition; and

(e)  the service is at least 30 minutes but less than 50 minutes duration

Fee: $109.80 Benefit: 85% = $93.35

(See para AN.0.76 of explanatory notes to this Category)

Extended Medicare Safety Net Cap: $329.40


Associated Notes

Category 1 - PROFESSIONAL ATTENDANCES

AN.0.76

Referral to Allied Mental Health Professionals (for new and continuing patients)

To increase the clinical treatment options available to psychiatrists and for which a Medicare benefit is payable, patients with an assessed mental disorder (dementia, delirium, tobacco use disorder and intellectual disability are not regarded as mental disorders for the purposes of these items) a patient is eligible for up to 10 individual allied mental health services per calendar year by:

  • clinical psychologists providing psychological therapies; or
  • appropriately trained GPs or allied mental health professionals providing focused psychological strategy (FPS) services.

Referrals from psychiatrists to allied mental health professionals must be made under eligible MBS items. While such referrals are likely to occur for new patients seen under item 296, 297, 299 or 92437 or a referred psychiatrist assessment and management plan under item 291 or 92435, they are also available for patients at any point in treatment (under items 104 to 109, 293, 296, 297, 299, 300, 302, 304, 306, 308, 310, 312, 314, 316, 318, 319, 320, 322, 324, 326, 328, 330, 332, 334, 336, 338, 341, 342, 343, 344, 345, 346, 347, 349 or telehealth equivalent items, as clinically required, under the same arrangements and limitations as outlined above). 

The ten individual services may consist of:

  • psychological therapy services (items 80000 to 80015 or telehealth equivalent items 91166, 91167, 91181 or 91182) - provided by eligible clinical psychologists; and/or
  • focused psychological strategies - allied mental health services (items 80100 to 80115 or telehealth equivalent items 91169, 91170, 91183 or 91184; 80125 to 80140 or telehealth equivalent items 91172, 91173, 91185 or 91186; 80150 to 80165 or telehealth equivalent items 91175, 91176, 91187 or 91188) - provided by eligible psychologists, occupational therapists and social workers.

Within the maximum service allocation of ten services, the allied mental health professional can provide one or more courses of treatment.

Group therapy services

In addition to the above services, patients will also be eligible to claim up to ten separate services within a calendar year for group therapy services (involving 6-10 patients) to which items:

  • 80020 or 80021 (psychological therapy - clinical psychologist)
  • 80120 or 80121 (focused psychological strategies - psychologist)
  • 80145 or 80146 (focused psychological strategies - occupational therapist); and
  • 80170 or 80171 (focused psychological strategies - social worker) apply.

These group services are separate from the individual services and do not count towards the ten individual services per calendar year maximum associated with those items.

Referral Requirements for Allied Health services

A referral for treatment must be in writing (signed and dated by the psychiatrist) and may include (unless clinically inappropriate):

  • the patient’s name, date of birth and address;
  • the patient’s symptoms or diagnostic assessment;
  • the patient needs and goals of treatment (if clinically appropriate);
  • a list of any current medications (if appropriate);
  • the number of sessions before a psychiatry review is required; or the allied health practitioner should provide a written report back to the psychiatrist following the completed course of treatment, confirming the patient’s need for a subsequent course of treatment if clinically needed.

Maximum session limit for each course of treatment apply:

Initial course of treatment – a maximum of six sessions. Subsequent course of treatment – a maximum of six sessions up to the patient’s cap of ten sessions (for example, if the patient received six sessions in their initial course of treatment, they can only receive four sessions in a subsequent course of treatment).

Related Items: 104 109 291 293 296 297 299 300 302 304 306 308 310 312 314 316 318 319 320 322 324 326 328 330 332 334 336 338 342 344 346 80000 80015 80020 80021 80100 80115 80120 80121 80125 80140 80145 80146 80150 80165 80170 80171 91166 91167 91169 91170 91172 91173 91175 91176 91181 91182 91183 91184 91185 91186 91187 91188 92435 92437


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