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Category 8 - MISCELLANEOUS SERVICES
93040 - Additional Information
Psychology health service provided by phone attendance to a patient aged under 25 years by an eligible psychologist if:
(a) the patient was referred by an eligible medical practitioner, or by an eligible allied health practitioner following referral by an eligible medical practitioner, to:
(i) assist the eligible medical practitioner with diagnostic formulation where the patient has a suspected complex neurodevelopmental disorder or eligible disability; or
(ii) contribute to the patient’s treatment and management plan developed by the referring eligible medical practitioner where a complex neurodevelopmental disorder (such as autism spectrum disorder) or eligible disability is confirmed; and
(b) the service is provided to the patient individually; and
(c) the service is at least 50 minutes duration
Up to 4 services to which this item or any of items 82000, 82005, 82010, 82030, 93032, 93033 or 93041 apply may be provided to the same patient on the same day
Further information on the requirements for this item are available in the explanatory notes to this Category
Fee: $109.25 Benefit: 85% = $92.90
Category 8 - MISCELLANEOUS SERVICES
Assessment to assist with Diagnostic Formulation and Contribution to a Treatment and Management Plan by Eligible Allied Health Practitioner(s) for Complex Neurodevelopmental Disorder (such as Autism Spectrum Disorder) or Eligible Disability Services
These allied health items provide rebates for:
- the assessment of patients for the purpose of assisting the referring eligible medical practitioner with the diagnosis (including a differential diagnosis) of a complex Neurodevelopmental Disorder (such as Autism Spectrum Disorder) or an eligible disability; or
- to contribute to a treatment and management plan that is being developed by the referring eligible medical practitioner.
The list of eligible disabilities can be found at MN.10.3.
Number of services
- A maximum of 8 services can be claimed per patient per lifetime, including services consisting of any combination of 82000, 82005, 82010, 82030, 93032, 93033, 93040 or 93041.
- A course of assessment means up to 4 services.
- Up to 4 of these services may be provided to the same patient on the same day.
- Where a patient requires more than 4 services from the same eligible allied health provider, review and agreement is required by the referring medical practitioner before further Medicare eligible services can be claimed.
Provision of assessment services and need for review and agreement by the referring eligible medical practitioner
- An eligible allied health practitioner can provide up to 4 assessment services without the need for review and agreement by the referring eligible medical practitioner.
- If an eligible allied health professional has provided 4 assessment services to a patient and proposes to provide more assessment services to that patient, review and agreement from the referring eligible medical practitioner must be obtained prior.
- The referring eligible medical practitioner may specify the type of review that should be undertaken as part of the original referral. If it is not specified, an acceptable means of review includes: a case conference, phone call, written correspondence, secure online messaging exchange, or attendance with the referring eligible medical practitioner.
- The review and agreement by the referring eligible medical practitioner should be recorded by the eligible allied health practitioner in the patient notes.
For an MBS rebate to be claimed for these services, a valid referral from an eligible medical practitioner (or subsequent interdisciplinary referral) is required. The eligible medical practitioner referral is only valid if the referring eligible medical practitioner used any of the following MBS items* for the suspected diagnosis of:
- complex Neurodevelopmental Disorders referred by a:
- consultant psychiatrist using items 296-308, 310, 312, 314, 316, 318, 319 - 352, 91827 - 91831, 91837 - 91839, 92437, 92455 - 92460
- consultant paediatrician using items 110, 116, 119, 122, 128, 131, 91824 - 91826 or 91836
- eligible disability referred by a:
- specialist or consultant physician using items 104, 105, 110, 116, 119, 122, 128, 131, 296 - 308, 310, 312, 314, 316, 318, 319 - 352, 91822 - 91831, 91833, 91836 - 91839, 92437, 92455 - 92460
- GP using items 3-51, 91790 - 91802
* Note that more information on the telehealth items that can be claimed for these services can be found in Note AN.40.1.
A separate referral from the eligible medical practitioner is required for each eligible allied health practitioner providing the service. The referral may be a letter, departmental form or note to an eligible allied health practitioner, signed and dated by the referring eligible medical practitioner. A Medicare claim must be submitted for the referring MBS service before a rebate for the subsequent referred allied health service can be paid.
Allied health practitioners should retain referrals for 24 months from the date the service was rendered for Medicare auditing purposes.
If an eligible allied health practitioner seeks to make an interdisciplinary referral of the patient to another eligible allied health professional, this must be undertaken in consultation and agreement with, but without the need for a physical attendance by, the original referring eligible medical practitioner (such as but not limited to, a phone call, written correspondence or secure online messaging exchange). This consultation and agreement should be documented in the patient notes by the eligible allied health practitioner and included in the interdisciplinary referral. The referral may be a letter or note to an eligible allied health practitioner, signed and dated by the referring eligible allied health practitioner. There is no specific form to refer patients for these services. The referral should include a copy of the original referral by the eligible medical practitioner.
Interdisciplinary referrals will only be valid where the referring eligible medical practitioner’s referral (whose original referral initiated the assessment and assisting with a diagnosis service/contribution to a treatment and management plan) remains valid.
Reporting requirements for assessment services
After completion of the final assessment service by an eligible allied health practitioner, a written report must be provided to the referring eligible medical practitioner that outlines the assessment findings. Preparation of the report is not counted towards the service time under the item.
The written report must include information on:
- the assessment/s provided;
- the results of the assessment/s that may assist with diagnostic formulation or development of a treatment and management plan by the referring eligible medical practitioner; and
- if applicable, advice on further assessments that could be undertaken by other eligible allied health practitioners to assist with the referring medical practitioners’ diagnostic formulation or development of a treatment and management plan by the referring eligible medical practitioner.
Category 8 - MISCELLANEOUS SERVICES
Eligibility for Allied Health Assessment and Treatment Services for Complex Neurodevelopmental Disorder (such as Autism Spectrum Disorder) and Eligible Disability Services
These items provide Medicare rebates for allied health services provided to patients under 25 years old with a suspected or diagnosed complex Neurodevelopmental Disorder (such as Autism Spectrum Disorder) or one or more of the eligible disabilities.
'Eligible disabilities' for the purpose of these services means any of the following conditions:
(a) Sight impairment that results in vision of less than or equal to 6/18 vision or equivalent field loss in the better eye, with correction.
(b) Hearing impairment that results in:
- a hearing loss of 40 decibels or greater in the better ear, across 4 frequencies; or
- permanent conductive hearing loss and auditory neuropathy
(d) Cerebral palsy
(e) Down syndrome
(f) Fragile X syndrome
(g) Prader-Willi syndrome
(h) Williams syndrome
(i) Angelman syndrome
(j) Kabuki syndrome
(k) Smith-Magenis syndrome
(l) CHARGE syndrome
(m) Cri du Chat syndrome
(n) Cornelia de Lange syndrome
(o) Microcephaly if a child has:
- a head circumference less than the third percentile for age and sex; and
- a functional level at or below 2 standard deviations below the mean for age on a standard developmental test, or an IQ score of less than 70 on a standardised test of intelligence*
(p) Rett's disorder
(q) Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
(r) Lesch-Nyhan syndrome
(s) 22q deletion Syndrome
*"standard developmental test" refers to tests such as the Bayley Scales of Infant Development or the Griffiths Mental Development Scales; "standardised test of intelligence" means the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC) or the Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence (WPPSI). It is up to the clinical judgement of the practitioner to determine which tests are appropriate to be used.
Eligible allied health practitioners
The allied health assessment and treatment services can be provided by eligible audiologists, occupational therapists, optometrists, orthoptists, physiotherapists, psychologists and speech pathologists.
To provide services under these items eligible allied health practitioners must meet the eligibility requirements as set out in the Health Insurance (Allied Health Services) Determination 2014.
It is expected that eligible providers will 'self-select' for the complex Neurodevelopmental Disorder and eligible disability items (i.e. possess the skills and experience appropriate for provision of these services and be oriented to work with patients with complex Neurodevelopmental Disorders or eligible disabilities).
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