Factsheets for 2022

Links for 2022 factsheets

Page last updated: 13 April 2023

December 2022

COVID-19 high risk group temporary exemption from established relationship requirement

November 2022

Cardiac implantable loop recorder (ILR) devices – new MBS items for remote monitoring

Cardiothoracic surgery MBS item changes

Varicose vein MBS item changes

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) - New MBS item 40863 for remote programming of a neurostimulator

Remote reprogramming of a neurostimulator for the management of chronic pain

Paediatric Surgery MBS item changes

Orthopaedic surgery amendments to eight MBS items

Cryoablation for biopsy-confirmed renal cell carcinoma - New MBS item

Upper eyelid reduction surgery - Changes to MBS item 45617

Melanoma excision services MBS item changes

Requests for diagnostic imaging services versus referrals for other services under Medicare

Magnetic resonance (MRI) equipment MBS eligibility changes

Diagnostic Imaging Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) Item and Rule Changes

Genetic testing for neuromuscular disorders - new pathology MBS items 73422 to 73428

National Cervical Screening Program (NCSP) MBS item amendments

Genetic testing for alpha thalassaemia - amendment to Pathology MBS item 73410

Genetic testing changes for Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) immunotherapy

Acupuncture Services MBS item changes

METex14sk testing to access tepotinib on the PBS - new item 73436

Fee loading for bulk billed consultant psychiatrist telehealth attendance - New MBS item 294

Determining lesion size for MBS item selection

Group Therapy MBS Changes under the Better Access Initiative

Gallium-67 - New temporary diagnostic imaging MBS item

October 2022

SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) and other respiratory pathogens pathology items

Programmed Cell Death Ligand (PD-L1) testing changes to pathology MBS item 72814

Medicare Compliance and Telehealth Services

Cardiac Stress Echocardiography and Stress Myocardial Perfusion Studies (MPS) - Claiming Information Guide

Telehealth MBS eligibility for COVID-19 positive patients

September 2022

Amendment to MBS items 73295 and 73301 for BRCA1 and BRCA2 status testing

Capital Sensitivity exemption changes to diagnostic imaging services

August 2022

Minor change to colorectal surgery MBS item 32006 for left hemicolectomy

Gynaecology – minor changes

Alternative positron emission tomography (PET) item for use during gallium-67 supply disruptions

Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) Therapy – updated FAQ

July 2022

Diagnostic Imaging Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) item changes for 1 July 2022

Extension of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Pathology Items

Colorectal Surgery MBS Item Changes

New MBS item 30175 for abdominoplasty

New Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) item for percutaneous transcatheter delivery of a dual filter Cerebral Embolic Protection Device (CEP) during transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI)

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI) – new and amended services

Personal attendance for musculoskeletal ultrasound and personal supervision for nuclear medicine imaging services

Pathology Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) item changes for 1 July 2022

Genetic testing for neurotrophic receptor tyrosine kinase (NTRK) fusion in patients with locally advanced or metastatic solid tumours

MBS Telehealth Services from 1 July 2022

New temporary MBS item 32118 for minimally invasive ventral mesh rectopexy

June 2022

Inclusion of communication time when claiming time-tiered MBS items

May 2022

Diagnostic Imaging Capital Sensitivity Exemption - 1 May 2022 Changes

MBS COVID-19 Management Support Service

April 2022

Substitute positron emission tomography (PET) item for use during thallium-201 supply shortage

Genetic testing for BRCA1/2 gene variants for patients with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer

FAQ - Bulk Billed MBS patient COVID-19 Vaccine Suitability Assessment Service

March 2022

Pain Management Services Changes

Gynaecology MBS item changes

Expanded patient access to Transcatheter occlusion for the Left Atrial Appendage

Changes to MBS anaesthesia items

New and amended Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) items for Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI)

Participating Midwives MBS Item Changes

New MBS telehealth items for the remote programming of auditory implants and/or sound processors

Extracorporeal photopheresis (ECP) for chronic graft versus host disease (cGVHD)

January 2022

Orthopaedic Surgery - minor changes

Endoscopic Mucosal Resection (EMR) – minor amendment to MBS Item 32230

MBS Telehealth Services from January 2022

Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for myocarditis associated with mRNA COVID-19 vaccination

Amendment to MBS item 51071 for spinal surgery

Extension of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Laboratory Testing Items

Medicare Safety Net Arrangement - 1 January 2022

Rural Bulk Billing Incentive Changes

Cardiac Services T8 Item amendments

Medicare Support in Response to Omicron - GP and Other Medical Officer (OMP) Longer Telephone Consultation

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