This fact sheet sets out the changes to Medicare attendance items for vocationally-recognised General Practitioners (GPs) as a result of the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) Review which will be effective from 1 May 2010.
These include changes to: - Item descriptors for general attendance items; - Attendance items out of consulting rooms; - After hours attendance items; - Prolonged attendance items; - Health assessment items; - Chronic disease management items; and - GP multidisciplinary case conference items.
From 31 December 2009, GPs must have undertaken Level 1 Mental Health Skills Training to undertake and bill MBS Item 2710. For those GPs who have not completed this training, you may still complete a GP Mental Health Treatment Plan using the new item 2702, at the lesser fee of $125.95.
The Wheatbelt GP Network is currently organising a workshop for Wheatbelt GPs to undertake the Level 1 Mental Health Skills Training.
PREPARATION by a medical practitioner who has not undertaken mental health skills training (including a general practitioner, but not including a specialist or consultant physician) of a GP MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT PLAN for a patient (not being a service associated with a service to which items 2713 or 734 to 779 apply).
A rebate will not be paid within twelve months of a previous claim for the same item or item 2710 or within three months following a claim for item 2712, except where there has been a significant change in the patient's clinical condition or care circumstances that requires the preparation of a new GP Mental Health Treatment Plan.
(See para A43 of explanatory notes to this Category)
Fee: $125.95 Benefit: 75% = $94.50 100% = $125.95
The Information for Medical Practitioners package is available by clicking here.
The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) is constantly examining methods to improve communication with General Practitioners (GPs), specifically, how to raise awareness of the various DVA-funded health services available to their veteran patients.
To assist in addressing this, DVA as developed an Information for Medical Practitioners package, particularly aimed at newly graduating GPs, those practising in rural and regional areas, and GPs who are International Medical Graduates (IMGs). Moreover, it can be utilised as a ‘refresher’ for any GP who treats members of the veteran community.
The package consists of: - an Introduction; - three information modules; - a list of web links to information referred to in the modules; - two useful DVA reference documents - theDVA Funded Health Services andDVA Treatment Entitlement Cards Charts; and - feedback form.
The modules, which can be used either individually or sequentially, consist of: Module 1: Introduction to DVA Module 2: DVA’s Health Programs – Hospital, Medical and Allied Health Services Module 3: DVA’s Health Programs – Health and Related Services
The package is designed to be downloaded from the DVA website and the modules used either in PowerPoint presentation form as training tools by GP educators/organisations or in hard copy form, along with the other components of the package, as a reference document for individuals/practices.
The package will provide GPs (in any location) with a broad overview - a ‘snapshot’ - of DVA and its health services, together with relevant links and contact details to gain further detailed information.