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MBS Reviews

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  • 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:

  • 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. 

  • AMA Submission to the Department of Health Consultation: Oncology - Government response to MBS Review

    31 Jul 2018

    The Department of Health’s MBS Taskforce is undertaking a program of work to consider how the more than 5,700 items on the MBS can be aligned with contemporary clinical evidence and practice in order to improve health outcomes for patients. The Taskforce has established Clinical Committees and Working Groups to undertake clinical reviews of MBS items.

  • MBS Working Group

    19 Jun 2018

    Changes implemented by Government as a result of the MBS Review have highlighted the critical importance of ensuring clinician involvement throughout the entire MBS policy process. AMA support for the MBS Review has been contingent on adequate and relevant clinician guidance and input.  

    An AMA MBS Working Group was established in 2017 to provide advice to the AMA in shaping our input and advocacy on all aspects of the Review.