Rebates for ambulatory BP monitoring coming to GPs next month

New items are also being introduced for point-of-care HbA1c testing in general practice

GPs will have access to a Medicare item for ambulatory blood pressure monitoring — the gold standard for diagnosing hypertension — from next month.

Ambulatory BP monitoring

To be introduced as item 11607, it will fund GPs to monitor patients with suspected high blood pressure over at least 24 hours using a wearable device.  

The item is expected to come with a schedule fee of $107.20, although this is yet to be confirmed.

It will cover GPs fitting the device,