MBS Review Taskforce: Several reports open for consultation November


 Submissions close: 27 November 2019

The MBS Review Taskforce has released several reports containing recommendations for stakeholder consultation.

Where there is strong support or concern from our members, the RACGP will be responding to each of the reports below.

We invite you to read through the recommendations in the reports that pique your interest and provide feedback via the listed contact.


Paediatric Surgery Clinical Committee

Report available here.

  • The report refers to circumcisions performed by GPs and recommends that organisations, including the RACGP, participate in a survey around circumcision and circumcision revision procedures to better understand how often and why they are undertaken.

Provide feedback to qualitycare@racgp.org.au by 9am Wednesday 27 November 2019.


Cleft Dental Services – Category 7 Clinical Committee

Report available here.

  • The Working Group has recommended that GPs and dentists be allowed to refer for all oral and maxillofacial items. This recommendation is in line with improving and simplifying treatment pathways by removing unnecessary restriction. The report also outlines when item descriptors should be amended to enable procedures to be referred by GPs and dentists.

Provide feedback to healthreform@racgp.org.au by 9am Wednesday 27 November 2019.


Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Clinical Committee

Report available here.

  • Report does contain references to GPs, however only in relation to the 2016 removal of separate fees for GPs and specialists for a number of procedural items.
  • The Committee has recommended that access to audiology items be expanded to include any medical practitioner referral.

Provide feedback to healthreform@racgp.org.au by 9am Wednesday 27 November 2019.


Consumer Panel Clinical Committee

Report available here.

  • The Consumer Panel’s recommendations are aimed at ensuring the MBS is consumer-centred and supports equitable access to healthcare.

Provide feedback to healthreform@racgp.org.au by 9am Wednesday 27 November 2019.


Ophthalmology Clinical Committee

Report available here.

  • The Committee has recommended that the descriptor for item 11210 (pattern electroretinography) be amended to prevent GPs from claiming this ‘highly specialised’ item. While the volume of GP claims is low, it did increase between 2016-17 and 2017-18.
  • The Committee has recommended that targeted improvement of rural and remote eye services to assist in closing the gap in eye health and vision care by 2020 is undertaken.

Provide feedback to qualitycare@racgp.org.au by 9am Wednesday 27 November 2019.


Psychiatry Clinical Committee

Report available here.

  • The Committee reviewed items 291 and 293 (GP-requested management plans) and agreed that these items are functioning as intended.
  • The Committee has recommended that a new suite of items to provide telehealth consultations to patients in major cities be introduced. Access to these items should be triggered by an initial assessment by a psychiatrist via videoconference, on referral from a GP or nurse practitioner.
  • The report calls for GP and nurse practitioner education on the group therapy process.
  • The Committee supports the introduction of requirements that support the inclusion of GPs in case conferences.

Provide feedback to qualitycare@racgp.org.au by 9am Wednesday 27 November 2019.