Govt unveils restrictions on telehealth

COVID-19 MBS items will be limited to practices who have seen the patient face-to-face in the last 12 months

MBS telehealth items will be restricted to GP practices with an existing relationship with the patient, starting 20 July, the Federal Government has announced.  

The change – demanded by the RACGP and AMA to preserve continuity of care – will apply everywhere except Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire, the two areas in Victoria currently under stay-at-home orders.  

The definition of a relationship will be having seen the same GP, or a GP at the same practice, face-to-face in the last 12 months before the telehealth

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