MBS health assessments: DoH responds

The Federal Department of Health is struggling to allay fears that it is illegal for doctors to bill for time spent by GP nurses when claiming MBS health assessment items.

In a response to Australian Doctor its message seems to be blunt: nurses can "assist" with the assessments but their time cannot be billed under the items.

Earlier this week in a clear declaration of a Medicare stuff-up, the Department of Human Services issued a statement