E-health billing green light hailed as a ‘breakthrough’

Health Minister Tanya Plibersek originally announced GPs would be able to bill for the preparation of shared health summaries on the new system, but the item number billed had to be justified on the basis of the complexity of the consultation.

Last week she bowed to sustained pressure from doctors’ groups and e-health experts to announce e-health billing would now be time-based.

The changes mean a GP conducting a consultation that would normally be a Level B, but which runs longer because of the time taken to update the patient’s e-health record,

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