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  • 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. 

  • 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:

  • Report from the Diagnostic Imaging Clinical Committee - combined report

    04 Oct 2018

    Items reviewed

    The Diagnostic Imaging Clinical Committee reviewed a total of 508 MBS items and included imaging of the following body areas and systems:
    • Head and neck (124 items)
    • Spine and pelvis (128 items)
    • Upper and lower limbs (47 items)
    • Organs of the chest, abdomen and pelvis (112 items)
    • General and whole body imaging (16 items)
    • Obstetric imaging (50 items)
    • Magnetic resonance imaging (31 items)
    • Ungrouped items
    The review also included the following additional overarching rules and principles:
    • Co-claiming

  • Report from the Gynaecology Clinical Committee

    04 Oct 2018

    Items reviewed

    The Gynaecology Clinical Committee of the MBS Review Taskforce reviewed a total of 141 items in the following areas:

  • Report from the Diagnostic Imaging Clinical Committee - Nuclear Medicine

    04 Oct 2018

     

    Items reviewed

    A total of 108 nuclear medicine MBS items were reviewed by the Diagnostic Imaging Clinical Committee, which included:

  • Report from the Diagnostic Imaging Clinical Committee – Breast Imaging

    04 Oct 2018

    Items reviewed

    Total of 39 items reviewed:
    • 32 Breast imaging (ultrasound, x-ray, MRI) items
    • 7 Breast biopsy items

    Proposed item changes:

    • 5 items should be deleted
    • 3 new items should be created
    • 4 items should be amended
    • 13 items should remain unchanged
    • 2 items should be referred to the MSAC Executive for their consideration

    Report recommendations:

    The clinical committee report made a total of 9 recommendations, and are listed as follows:

    Breast ultrasound

  • AMA opposes changes to surgical assistants arrangements

    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 - New Spinal Surgery Schedule

    24 Sep 2018

     

    From 1 November 2018, the Government’s changes to the MBS items for spinal surgery will replace existing spinal surgery services.

    The changes include: