Proposed new colonoscopy items will fail 10% of patients: AMA

The MBS Review Taskforce wants to limit surveillance colonoscopies

Proposed Medicare items for surveillance colonoscopies are too strict and could lead to the suboptimal treatment of 10% of patients, the AMA has warned.

AMA president Dr Tony Bartone
AMA president Dr Tony Bartone.

The MBS Review Taskforce has recommended a new set of five items — all worth $334.35 — that would restrict funding for screening colonoscopies when not based on a positive FOBT result.

The task force says the restrictions are necessary to cut overservicing

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