Diagnostic Medicine Clinical Committee of the Medicare Benefits Schedule Review Taskforce

Information about the Diagnostic Medicine Clinical Committee – MBS item range, membership, meeting dates.

Page last updated: 25 March 2019

MBS item range
Membership
Meeting dates

The Diagnostic Medicine Clinical Committee will review a targeted set of diagnostic MBS item numbers and consider other mechanisms to support better requesting of diagnostic imaging and pathology requesting.

MBS item range

Total MBS Items - 68

Category 6 – Pathology Services

  • P2 – Chemical
    66838, 66839, 66596, 66593, 66840, 66833-66837, 66655, 66659, 66656, 66660 (14 Items)(1 Item)
  • P3 – Microbiology
    69300, 69333 (2 Items)
  • P9 – Simple basic Pathology Tests
    73805 (1 Items)

Category 5 – Diagnostic Imaging Services

I1 - Ultrasound

  • Subgroup 6 - Musculoskeletal
    55836-55839, 55808-55811 (8 Items)

I2 – Computed Tomography

    56001, 56007, 56010, 56013, 56016, 56030, 56036, 56223, 56226, 56233, 56234, 56237, 56238 (13 items)

I5 – Magnetic Resonance Imaging

  • Subgroup 1 – Scan of Head – for specified conditions
    63001, 63004, 63007, 63010 (4 Items)
  • Subgroup 2 – Scan of Head – for specified conditions
    63040-63703 (12 Items)
  • Subgroup 6 – Scan of Spine – One region or two contiguous regions – for specific conditions
    63151, 63154 (2 Items)
  • Subgroup 7 – Scan of Spine – One region or two contiguous regions – for specific conditions
    63164, 63167, 63176, 63179 (4 Items)
  • Subgroup 8 – Scan of Spine – three contiguous regions or two non-contiguous regions – for specific conditions
    63201, 63204 (2 Items)
  • Subgroup 9 – Scan of Spine – three contiguous regions or two non-contiguous regions – for specific conditions
    63222, 63225, 63234, 63237 (4 Items)
  • Subgroup 33 – Magnetic Resonance Imaging – for specified conditions – person under the age of 16yrs
    63507 (1 Item)
  • Subgroup 34 - Magnetic Resonance Imaging – for specified conditions
    63551 (1 Item)

Membership

  • Professor Paul Glasziou (Chair) - Professor, Bond University; Director, Centre for Research in Evidence-Based Practice, MBS Taskforce Member
  • Dr Elizabeth Marles - Senior staff specialist, General practice & Director, Hornsby-Brooklyn GP Unit
  • Dr Mark Morgan - Associate Professor, Bond University
  • Dr Walid Jammal - General Practitioner, Hills Family General Practice
  • Dr Simon Torvaldsen - General Practitioner
  • Associate Professor Ken Sikaris - Director of Clinical Support, Sonic Healthcare
  • Associate Professor Anne Duggan - Gastroenterologist, John Hunter Hospital Newcastle; Senior Clinical Advisor, Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care
  • Associate Professor Rachael Moorin – Manager, Health Research, Silver Chain Group; Associate Professor, Curtin University
  • Associate Professor Peter Stewart - Director of Pathology, Sydney South West Pathology; Chair, Pathology Clinical Committee
  • Professor Tim Usherwood - Professor, General Practice, Westmead Clinical School, The University of Sydney; Chair, General Practice Primary Care Clinical Committee
  • Dr David Brazier - Radiologist, Royal North Shore Hospital, Chair, Diagnostic Imaging Clinical Committee
  • Dr Greg Slater - Radiologist
  • Ms Geraldine Robertson - Consumer Representative, Consumers Health Forum & Breast Cancer Network Australia
  • Ms Alison Marcus - Registered Nurse; Consumer representative

Meeting dates