RACGP advice on MBS rejected by doctors

A LEADING doctors’ group has  rejected calls for the RACGP to advise GPs on MBS item descriptors, saying the college let GPs down when it came to consulting on descriptors for GP management plans and team care arrangements.

The issue has surfaced ahead of the expected release next week of a Senate inquiry report examining the Professional Services Review. 

The inquiry heard from several GPs who had unsuccessfully sought clarification on specific descriptors from Medicare.

A Medicare spokesperson told MO that Medicare could provide general information but only a medical practitioner could determine if the service fulfilled the descriptor requirements and was clinically relevant.

Practice management consultant David Dahm said because Medicare was restricted in the advice it could provide, GPs were often uncertain how to proceed.

“The only people who can fill that void are the [RACGP]. Until the profession