TELEHEALTH ITEMS REINSTATED
Just confirming advice received from the Department of Health that the Government will temporarily reinstate until 30 June 2022:
- 40 specialist inpatient telehealth MBS items (video and phone) and
- 33 initial and complex specialist telephone consultation items.
This temporary measure will enable specialist medical practitioners to provide telehealth consultations to hospital in-patients when their doctor cannot attend the hospital due to COVID-19 restrictions and further support access to specialists for people in the community who need care during COVID.
The legislative determination is being finalised and it is expected that claiming through Services Australia will be available from Tuesday.
The list of items that will be temporarily reinstated to 30 June 2022 can be found here. This list of items will also be published on MBSonline.