Financial support for practices during COVID-19

30 Apr 2020

The AMA has prepared a summary of the financial support that has been made available for businesses by the federal as well as state/territory governments. This information is available here. 

Bulk billing incentives during COVID-19 

Readers are reminded that on 20 April 2020 two new MBS items were introduced providing a bulk billing incentive for vulnerable patients: 

  • Item 10981 mirrors the current item 10990 (metropolitan) 
  • Item 10982 mirrors the current item 10991 (regional) 

These items can be used for both services that are provided in rooms as well as telehealth/telephone services. 

Patients vulnerable to COVID-19 by the Department of Health definition include a person who: 

  • is required to self-isolate or self-quarantine in accordance with guidance issued by the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee in relation to COVID-19; or 
  • is at least 70 years old; or 
  • if the person identifies as being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent—is at least 50 years old; or 
  • is pregnant; or 
  • is the parent of a child aged under 12 months; or 
  • is being treated for a chronic health condition; or 
  • is immune compromised; or 
  • meets the current national triage protocol criteria for suspected COVID-19 infection. 

Existing bulk billing incentive items for concession card holders and children under 16 years of age remain in place. 

For more information, see the Department of Health’s COVID-19 Temporary MBS telehealth Services factsheets here.