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  • AMA Submission in response to the Allied Health Reference Group Report

    08 May 2019

    The AMA in responding to the Allied Health Reference Group (AHRG) has made it clear it wants to see the centrality of GP care and the continuity and coordination of patient care enhanced and well supported. The AMA is suppportive of a medical home model of care, and believes this should be the access point for more enhanced access to allied health services and that those services should be coordinated at general practice level.

  • AMA Submission in response to the Allied Health Reference Group Report

    08 May 2019

    The AMA in responding to the Allied Health Reference Group (AHRG) has made it clear it wants to see the centrality of GP care and the continuity and coordination of patient care enhanced and well supported. The AMA is suppportive of a medical home model of care, and believes this should be the access point for more enhanced access to allied health services and that those services should be coordinated at general practice level.

  • MBS Review Specialist and Consultant Physicians Consultation Clinical Committee report (OPEN)

    06 May 2019

    The MBS Review Specialist and Consultant Physicians Consultation Clinical Committee report (SPCPCC), available here, proposes major reforms which cuts across all specialties, as it recommends a comprehensive restructure of specialist and consultant physician attendance items.

  • AMA Submission - MBS Review Clinical Committee Report on Pathology and Diagnostic Medicine

    06 May 2019

    The AMA's submission on the MBS Review Diagnostic Medicine Clinical Committee (DMCC) report urged the MBS Taskforce to implement a non-mandatory CDS system and/or allow clinicians to continue to exercise their clinical judgement in relation to the particular circumstances of the patient they are treating.

    The AMA also expressed concern that the the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) and Australian Pathology rejected the majority of the DMCC report recommendations.

  • AMA Submission - MBS Review report on Neurosurgery, Neurology, Colonoscopy and Orthopaedics

    06 May 2019

    In March 2019, the AMA provided feedback on the MBS Review Clinical Committee Reports on Neurosurgery, Neurology, Colonoscopy and Orthopaedics. 

  • AMA Submission in response to the Nurse Practitioner Reference Group Report

    17 Apr 2019

    The AMA Submission in response to the Nurse Practitioner Reference Group Report highlights the significant concerns of the Association with the group's recommendations. The AMA's response makes it clear that:

  • Initial AMA Submission to Wound Management Working Group

    12 Mar 2019

    The AMA has provided an initial submission to the MBS Review's Wound Management Working Group. The Group has been tasked with reviewing 13 MBS acute wound management items and related recommendations of other MBS committees and to look at mechanisms other than the MBS to support chronic wound management. 

  • AMA to the Report from the General Practice and Primary Care Clinical Committee’s: Phase 2

    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.

  • AMA submission - MBS Review clinical committee - Final Report Diagnostic Imaging

    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:

  • AMA Submission - MBS Review Clinical Committee - Urology report

    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.