Extension of telehealth item numbers to 31 March 2021
The Government has extended its national COVID-19 emergency health response for a further six months, to 31 March 2021. This will ensure that patients continue to have access to key health initiatives, including Medicare-subsidised telehealth services.
From 1 October 2020:
- GPs and OMPs providing COVID-19 telehealth services are not required to bulk bill their patients.
- Temporary MBS COVID-19 bulk billing incentive items 10981 (for GPs) and 10982 (for OMPs) ceased.
- The temporary doubling of fees for MBS bulk billing incentive items 10990, 10991, 10992, 64990, 64991, 74990 and 74991 ceased.
A list of temporary telehealth items is provided in the overarching COVID-19 MBS Telehealth Services Factsheet available on MBS Online.
Do I have to have seen the patient in the last 12 months?
This requirement does not apply to people who are homeless; patients receiving an urgent after-hours (unsociable hours) service; children under the age of 12 months; patients of medical practitioners at an Aboriginal Medical Service or an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service; and people living in a COVID-19 impacted area.
A COVID-19 impacted area is one where a person’s movement is restricted by a State or Territory public health requirement that applies to the person’s location. This includes patients subject to quarantine, and other restrictions intended to support infection control.
Current COVID-19 impacted areas in Victoria are listed here.