The AACP identified the need for Medicare items that appropriately recognised the time and skill of consultant physicians and paediatricians in treating patients with increasingly complex conditions. The MBS was lacking items for patients with multiple morbidities, and the AACP sought to change this by introducing two new attendance items.
These two items are designed to support you in addressing the needs of the increasing numbers of patients who present with chronic and complex conditions. The new items were introduced on Thursday 1 November 2007.
These were the first new attendance items for consultant physicians in more than 20 years.