Business as usual - no change to MBS rules

The Government has caved into demands from doctors and nurse groups that there be no changes to the MBS items for general practice nurses contributing to health assessments.

The Department of Health (DoH) agreed to revise this directive following an uproar over a Department of Human Services (DHS) statement on Monday that GPs can no longer bill for practice nurses who work on health assessments.

Medical bodies, including the AMA, have strongly argued that the advice undermines team-based primary care arrangements and was at odds with the government’s stated