Warning over plan to ban surgical assistant rebates

The MBS review wants assistants to bill surgeons directly for their work in an operation

Surgical assistants would lose direct Medicare funding and instead be forced to bill an operation’s primary surgeon for their work, under a draft proposal from the MBS Review Taskforce.

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The AMA says it has received a letter from the review’s principles and rules committee, advising that it has recommended banning surgical assistants – some of whom are GPs – from separately billing patients for their role in any operation.

The plan, which is still in the draft stage and is yet to be publicly released by the committee, would also see the MBS items for