Knowledge Base Category: Industry Policies

MBS Online: What Telehealth Options are Available?

This Knowledge Base article is current as of 3 April 2020. With the recent and sudden shift to telehealth, many health providers are wondering the same thing: Is the platform I’m using compliant and secure? While there is some general advice provided by the government and the Department of Health, it is advised that you consult the governing bodies of your profession in order to ensure all privacy and security requirements are met. With that said, below is the general advice given by MBS Online…

MBS Online: Technology and Technical Considerations (Telehealth)

In the Australian health sectors, there doesn’t seem to be any overarching, strict and straightforward advice and guidelines given around the security and privacy requirements of telehealth software and equipment. With that said, the advice provided by MBS Online in May 2012 is summarised below. The government is not mandating any particular technological solution for the delivery of Medicare-eligible video consultations The specific technical requirements for telehealth consultations vary from speciality to speciality It is not necessary for only high-end systems to be used for…

Mental Health Services for Bushfire Response (2020)

Since January 2020, two item groups have been added to the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) to support anyone whose mental health has been affected by the ongoing bushfire disaster in the 2019-2020 financial year. Find out more about these two item groups and related changes on the MBS website, where you can also read the FAQs and download the factsheet. MBS Online   New Groups: Group A39 12 new items, including 4 telehealth items, for GPs and medical providers: MBS items 91721, 91723, 91725, 91727,…

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