Major changes to MBS Diagnostic Imaging Services - 1 May 2020

31 Mar 2020

The AMA wishes to advise members of significant changes to Diagnostic Imaging Services under the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) that will become effective from 1 May 2020. We encourage affected members and their practice to become familiar with the changes before the effective date of 1 May to reduce disruptions to billing practices. 

An overview of the changes is provided in the letter to stakeholders available below. The Department of Health has advised that a series of fact sheets and quick reference guides will be published on MBS online shortly (; for MBS changes to each of the diagnostic imaging modalities, that is, ultrasound, computed tomography (CT), diagnostic radiology, nuclear medicine imaging and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), as well as for changes to the capital sensitivity arrangements and the radiologist co-claiming changes. 

The changes are the collective result of recommendations from the MBS Review Taskforce agreed by the Government as part of the 2019-20 Budget measure ‘Guaranteeing Medicare – improved patient access to diagnostic imaging’ and the Medical Service Advisory Committee (MSAC).  

The AMA Fees List will be updated to reflect the MBS changes to diagnostic imaging services in due course. AMA members and other subscribers of the Fees List will be notified by email when these changes become available.