Health Assessments and nurse time

7 Aug 2014

The AMA remains in discussions with the Department of Health (DoH) and the Department of Human Services (DHS) about the circumstances where medical practitioners can count nurse time when determining which MBS Health Assessment item applies.

The AMA has provided comments on the first draft of a statement that has been prepared by the DoH and the DHS and we anticipate that a final draft will be released shortly. Media comment from the DoH has confirmed that both GP and practice nurse time can be used to decide which Medicare item would be the most appropriate to bill Medicare for a particular health assessment.