Doctors should do 'educational' paperwork for EEG requests: MBS Review

But the AMA says standardised forms risk wasting doctors' time

Doctors face being mired in more red tape every time they request an EEG under the latest plan to cut inappropriate testing by the MBS Review Taskforce.

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The review’s neurosurgery and neurology clinical committee says it wants all referring doctors to fill out a standardised form that includes questions about the patient's condition and guides the referrer towards the best next steps, “which sometimes might not actually be an EEG”.

MBS data show requests for EEGs are frequently made in situations where they are “unlikely to be clinically useful”,

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