AMA challenges new MBS rules

The AMA is challenging recent advice from the Department of Human Services (DHS) that GPs can no longer bill for time spent by practice nurses when claiming MBS health assessment items.

Yesterday AMA President, Associate Professor Brian Owler (pictured) urged the Government and the DHS to reinstate the former arrangements, arguing the advice undermines team-based primary care arrangements and was at odds with the Government’s stated objective of making the best use of the health workforce.

“This unclear advice will have a devastating impact on the

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