The AACP is pursuing the introduction of new items for prolonged consultation and review consultations for situations where patients of consultant physicians and paediatricians require significantly longer consultations than available under items 132 & 133. Currently there is provision for longer consultations for geriatric and psychiatric assessments only.
Telehealth MBS Items
Advocacy by the AACP and other medical organisations has now resulted in reinstatement of ALL Telehealth (video/telephone) items, at least up to 30 June 2022, including the items that enable specialist medical practitioners to provide Telehealth consultations to hospital in-patients when their doctor cannot attend the hospital due to COVID-19 restrictions.
MBS items 132 and 133
The AACP achieved a significant win for consultant physician and paediatric practice with the introduction of two major Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) items – Items 132 and 133.
These items are now the cornerstones of consultative medicine.
Introduction of foreshadowed “30/20 telephone rule”
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2022 Call for Nominations
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