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Australian Government announces new fee for capsule endoscopy


The Australian Government is making changes to two Medicare-funded capsule endoscopy services, following recommendations from the Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC)

The Australian Government is making changes to two Medicare-funded capsule endoscopy services, following recommendations from the Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC) after initial review by the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) Review Taskforce.

What are the changes?

Capsule endoscopy is a procedure used to record images of the gastrointestinal tract to either diagnose or monitor certain medical conditions. It involves the patient swallowing a capsule containing a small camera, which records and sends the images to a data recorder for the treating practitioner to analyse.

Changes to capsule endoscopy (MBS items 11820 and 11823) will see a reduction in the MBS fee to $1,229.35, to better reflect the current cost of providing this service.

This change will commence on 1 November 2018.

Read the full announcement on Department of Health website.

Source http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/content/MBSR-New-fee-for-capsule-endoscopy

 

 

 

Posted on: May 17 2018

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