Jul

01

2021

COVID-19 Temporary MBS items have been extended, plus changes effective 1 July

Temporary COVID-19 MBS telehealth items that commenced on 13 March 2020 have now been extended to 31 December 2021.

This latest extension was announced as part of the Australian Government’s 2021–22 Budget.

What’s changing?

From 1 July 2021, the previous broad range of temporary telephone services will be replaced with a smaller number of MBS items. Video items are unchanged.

New GP services include:

  • 91890 — short telephone consultation item (< 6 minutes) for straightforward care, e.g repeat prescriptions and diagnostic referrals; and
  • 91891 — longer telephone consultation item (> 6 minutes+) for more complex attendances.

Plus, 4 new time-based items for blood-borne viruses, sexual or reproductive health consultations (video and phone).

New OMP services include:

  • 91892 — short telephone consultation item (< 6 minutes)

Plus, 8 new time-based items for blood-borne viruses, sexual or reproductive health consultations (video and phone).

Longer telephone items for mental health treatment will continue to be available until 31 December 2021.

Visit MBS Online to learn more and download a fact sheet.

Existing relationship — when it applies and when it doesn’t

In most instances, the temporary MBS telehealth items are available to providers of telehealth services for a wide range of consultations being provided to a patient where there is an existing or established relationship.

An existing relationship is defined as the patient having seen the same practitioner for a face-to-face service in the 12 months preceding the telehealth service, or having seen a doctor or other health practitioner (such as a practice nurse or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health worker) at the same medical practice for a face-to-face service during the same period.

The existing relationship requirement does not apply for:

  • children under the age of 12 months;
  • people who are homeless;
  • patients living in a COVID-19 impacted area;
  • patients receiving an urgent after-hours (unsociable hours) service; or
  • patients of medical practitioners at an Aboriginal Medical Service or an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service.

Plus, from 1 July 2021, additional exemptions to the existing relationship requirement are being introduced for patients accessing MBS items for:

  • blood-borne viruses, sexual or reproductive health consultations (new items); and
  • pregnancy counselling services (under MBS Group A40).

For more information and the full range of fact sheets, visit MBS online.

Mental Health Practitioner Directory

Frequently Asked Questions

Any AHPRA or AASW registered mental health practitioner providing services in the Mid North Coast and/or Northern NSW.

By listing, you will let GPs, other referrers and consumers know that you are practising in Mid North Coast and/or Northern NSW. You can provide information such as where you are located, the services you provide, the population groups you support and your clinical interests.

No, the directory is a free service provided by Healthy North Coast.

This directory enables you to provide real-time information about your availability to accept referrals, as well as how long people may have to wait for an appointment. You can update this information as your availability changes. This will help GPs and other referrers ensure they only refer clients to practitioners who have the capacity to see them.

It also has a range of advanced search options and supports printing and bookmarking of search results.

You can choose to display your email address and your phone number so that people can contact you directly. You may prefer not to display these, in which case people can contact you by completing an enquiry form located in the Directory. Your choices can be updated anytime.

You can indicate wait times for an appointment for a new client or that you are currently unable to accept new referrals. You can also choose whether to display or hide your contact details. You can update your choices at any time.

Yes, you can update your listing or remove it at any time by clicking the “update practitioner details” button on your listing. You will receive a secure website link to your nominated admin email that will enable you to make changes, delete or put your listing on hold. You can also show when you are taking extended leave or are not available for a specific period, rather than completely removing your listing.

We will also send you an email every three months (90 days) prompting you to check that your information is up to date.

You will be responsible for managing the information in your listing and ensuring that it is up to date. You will also be asked to check the information before it is published in the directory.

We will also send you an email every three months (90 days) prompting you to check that your information is up to date so that the directory displays accurate information.

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