Practice nurse time can be claimed: DoH

The threat to GPs claiming nurses’ time against MBS health assessment items is over and after two months of confusion, health officials have finally confirmed that there will be no change.

Medicare spooked GPs in June by warning that it had been offering "incorrect" advice to doctors over the past four years regarding the time-based MBS items that underpin the Healthy Kids Checks, and assessments for refugees, elderly patients and those at high risk of chronic disease.

Within hours of the announcement, GPs were predicting they would be forced to lay off some practice nurses if their