22 Feb 2019
The AMA has responded to the report from the Medicare Benefits Schedule General Practice and Primary Care Clinical Committee (GPPCCC): Phase 2, welcoming its recognition of the central role of general practice in the health system and its call for a significant new investment in general practice.
12 Dec 2018
In December 2018, the AMA President, Dr Tony Bartone, wrote to the Chair of the MBS Review Taskforce, Prof Bruce Robinson to provide feedback on the MBS Review Clinical Committee Diagnostic Imaging Final Report.
The AMA commends the work of the DICC in making recommendations to update diagnostic imaging items to reflect modern, evidence-based medical practice. The AMA supports most of the recommendations including:
12 Dec 2018
In December 2018, the AMA President, Dr Tony Bartone, wrote to the Chair of the MBS Review Taskforce, Prof Bruce Robinson to provide feedback on the MBS Review Clinical Committee Report on Urology.
In its submission, the AMA strongly opposes the recommendation to restrict claiming of some surgical procedures to a maximum of three MBS items.
Furthermore, the AMA reiterates that the MBS Review must not be a savings exercise.
It is concerning to the AMA when the principle of cost neutrality is applied in the MBS Review recommendations.
AMA Submission - MBS Review Clinical Committee Report on Anaesthesia and the maximum three item rule
05 Nov 2018
In November 2018, the AMA President, Dr Tony Bartone, wrote to the Chair of the MBS Review Taskforce, Prof Bruce Robinson to provide feedback on the MBS Review Clinical Committee Report on Anaesthesia.
In his letter to Prof Robinson, Dr Bartone also raised concerns regarding the proposed maximum three item rule for surgical (MBS Group T8) items in the MBS Review Clinical Committee Report on Urology.
AMA Submission - MBS Review clinical committee reports on Gynaecology, Breast Imaging and Nuclear Medicine
29 Oct 2018
In October 2018, the AMA President, Dr Tony Bartone, wrote to the Chair of the MBS Review Taskforce, Prof Bruce Robinson to provide feedback on the reports from the gynaecology, nuclear medicine and breast imaging MBS Review clinical committees that were received as part of the MBS Review Taskforce’s targeted consultation.
The main issues raised in the submission related to the gynaecology review and the following were discussed:
02 Oct 2018
On 4 September 2018, the MBS Review Taskforce – MBS Principles and Rules Committee (PRC) wrote to the AMA advising of proposed changes to remuneration arrangements for surgical assistants, with the following specific recommendations:
MBS Review - Round 1 consultations - Dermatology, Diagnostic Imaging, Renal Medicine, Spinal Surgery, Primary Care services
28 Sep 2018
In July 2017, the AMA responded to MBS Review Taskforce Clinical Committee reports that were released as part of Round one of consultations, in particular:
- dermatology, allergy & immunology;
- diagnostic imaging - knee imaging;
- diagnostic imaging - pulmonary embolism and deep vein thrombosis (DVT);
- renal medicine;
- spinal surgery; and
- urgent after-hours primary care services funded by the MBS.
28 Sep 2018
In October 2017, the AMA responded to MBS Review Taskforce Clinical Committee reports that were released as part of Round Two consultations, in particular, elements of the reports on cardiac services, endocrinology and pathology endocrine tests, which add to the growing concerns around the MBS review process, governance and outcomes.
AMA Submission to the Department of Health Consultation: Colonoscopy - Government response to MBS Review
01 Aug 2018
In May 2018, the AMA responded to the MBS Review Taskforce’s Gastroenterology Clinical Committee consultation, on proposed changes to colonoscopy MBS items.
The Department of Health has advised that the MBS items for colonoscopy 32090 and 32093 will be replaced by 20 new MBS items that better describe the indications for initial colonoscopy and ensure appropriate surveillance intervals of patients at increased risk of developing colorectal cancer. Also, claiming restrictions will apply with other colonoscopy services (same day, same patient, same practitioner).
AMA Submission to the Department of Health Consultation: Spinal Surgery - Government response to MBS Review
01 Aug 2018
The review of Spinal Surgery MBS items pre-dated the MBS Review Taskforce and the AMA was represented on the review. This work was later absorbed by the MBS Review Spinal Services Clinical Committee (SSCC), who released draft recommendations for public consultation between 7 June and 21 July 2017.
The AMA did not oppose the SSCC’s final MBS recommendations released in January 2018. The AMA acknowledged the overall outcome of the changes would be a simplified, modern schedule for medical practitioners performing these specialised spinal services.