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COVID MBS items FAQs No.14, 31 March 2020, Special Edition Bulk Bill Signature Explainer

31 Mar 2020

Dear Doctors and Health Care Workers

Following on from yesterday’s bulletin, as promised, this is an explainer on the law around the requirement for patients to sign the Bulk Bill voucher, known as the DB4 form.

As an academic scholar of Medicare law, bulk billing strikes…

COVID MBS items explainer and FAQs No.13, 30 March 2020

30 Mar 2020

Dear Doctors and Health Care Workers

Firstly, thank you all for your generous words of support in relation to these bulletins. It is the least we can do, putting our totally weird area of specialisation to use at a time when Medicare billing just got a whole lot more complex. …

COVID MBS items explainer and FAQs No.12, 29 March 2020

29 Mar 2020

Dear Doctors and Health Care Workers

Following on from our bulletin earlier today, the new Determination is now on the Commonwealth Law Register and commences tomorrow, 30 March 2020. Here is the link https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/F2020L00342

The changes focus most…

COVID MBS items explainer and FAQs No.11, 29 March 2020

29 Mar 2020

Dear Doctors and Health Care Workers

Stage 4 has just been announced in a joint media release which you can read here https://www.health.gov.au/ministers/the-hon-greg-hunt-mp/media/covid-19-whole-of-population-telehealth-for-patients-general-practice-primary-care-and-other-med…

COVID MBS items explainer and FAQs No.10, 27 March 2020

27 Mar 2020

Dear Doctors and Health Care Workers

Thanks to everyone who has reported successful experiences charging gaps for COVID services, following which patients have successfully obtained their Medicare rebates. Whilst interesting, this represents nothing more than how Medicare has …

COVID MBS items explainer and FAQs No. 9, 26 March 2020

26 Mar 2020

Dear Doctors and all Health Care Workers

Lots of excellent questions today, many of which will be relevant to all practitioners because they deal (again) with the bulk bill issue, correct use of provider numbers and an update from the Department about signing bulk bill voucher…

COVID MBS items explainer and FAQs No. 8, 25 March 2020

25 Mar 2020

Dear Doctors and all Health Care Workers

The key message today is that, despite some excitement around the prospect of all Australians being able to talk to a medical practitioner online for free from next week, we do not know the details and it is not yet law.

Talking ‘f…

COVID MBS items explainer and FAQs No. 7, 24 March 2020

24 Mar 2020

Dear Doctors and all Health Care Workers

First an update on the news flash announced in yesterday’s bulletin.

1.  The Health Minister announced an extension of vulnerability criteria for Health Professionals.

This mirrors the criteria for vulnerable patients and repre…

COVID MBS items explainer and FAQs No. 6, 23 March 2020

23 Mar 2020

Dear Doctors and all Health Care Workers

A new week of COVID MBS billing questions answered. We hope you are all managing OK out there on the frontline.

In addition to questions from specialists, we are now receiving questions from GPs, Nurse Practitioners and Allied Health…

COVID MBS items explainer and FAQs No. 5, 20 March 2020

20 Mar 2020

Dear Doctors

Below are the responses to today’s questions, some great news from the Department and a weekly wrap up. Let’s start with some very welcome news from Medicare.

Questions

1.You no longer have to print and retain bulk bill forms AND will not be audited in r…

COVID MBS items explainer and FAQs No. 4, 19 March 2020

19 Mar 2020

Dear Doctors,

Below is the next tranche of responses to the excellent questions that arrived before 4.30pm today.

Questions

1. If I have to cancel my consulting room sessions, due to patient concerns (i.e. am a geriatrician), can I offer telehealth consultations from hom…

COVID MBS items explainer and FAQs No. 3, 18 March 2020

18 Mar 2020

Dear Doctors,

Below is the next tranche of responses to the excellent questions that arrived before 4.30pm today.

Just as a general point, the COVID MBS item numbers are intended as a stop gap measure in an emergency situation such as this pandemic. They are not designed to…

COVID MBS items explainer and FAQs No. 2, 17 March 2020

17 Mar 2020

Dear Doctors,

Thank you for your excellent questions overnight. Please keep them coming. Below are responses to questions that came in before 4.30pm today. We received quite a few of the same question, so I have incorporated those into one, where appropriate. Please note that …

COVID MBS items explainer and FAQs No. 1, 16 March 2020

16 Mar 2020

Dear Doctors,

We have been inundated with requests for assistance understanding the new COVID MBS items which we agree are unclear and confusing. Below are answers to the most common questions we have received since Friday. If you have more questions, please send them through …