MBS reviewers move to curtail subtotal thyroidectomies

Surgeons would be incentivised to perform more total thyroidectomies under proposed changes to MBS item numbers.

The Endocrinology Committee of the MBS Review Taskforce has recommended consolidating Medicare item numbers for sub-total thyroidectomies into a single item number for total thyroidectomies.

“This view is supported by the literature which highlights that total thyroidectomy is preferable to sub-total thyroidectomy,” the committee wrote in its report, which is open for