Outcomes: Medicare Benefits Schedule Review Taskforce meeting 8 April 2016

On 8 April 2016, the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) Review Taskforce held its seventh meeting. Following is an outcomes summary from the meeting.

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On 8 April 2016, the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) Review Taskforce held its ninth meeting. Following is an outcomes summary from the meeting.

Clinical Committees update

Members noted three items in relation to the Review’s Clinical Committees:
  • a general update on the first tranche Clinical Committees;
  • a consultation paper from the Bone Densitometry Working Group of the Diagnostic Imaging Clinical Committee; and
  • a list of Taskforce members assigned to third tranche Clinical Committees.
It was agreed that the first tranche of Clinical Committees not be formally disbanded when their initial phase of work was completed, but placed in recess pending consideration of new issues as necessary.

Proposals for public consultation from the MBS Principles and Rules Committee

Members agreed that three sets of recommendations from the Review Principles and Rules Committee be taken to public consultation at the earliest opportunity. These relate to:
  • The remaining ‘G&S’ items on the MBS, with differential fees depending on whether the service is performed by a GP or a specialist
  • Co-claiming consultations with procedures
  • Aftercare

Online education for providers of MBS services

Members noted the education resources on MBS rules and processes available to providers on the Department of Human Services website and agreed on the value of such education in promoting efficient and appropriate practices and as a means of impressing providers with an appreciation of the responsibilities attached to access to public funding.

Members’ views varied on the extent to which such education should be mandatory through, for example, linking completion of a set ‘course’ to eligibility for a MBS provider number.