Budget 2012 and Changes to Financial Incentives for Telehealth Services under the MBS

 

Changes to Financial Incentives

Under the Budget measure, the On-Board Incentive for telehealth will be paid in two instalments. The first is paid after the first valid telehealth MBS claim is processed by the Department of Human Services (DHS) and the second is paid after the tenth valid telehealth MBS claim is processed by DHS ( see attached documents for details)

 Addition of a minimum distance requirement

On 1 November 2012, the MBS telehealth items will be amended to require that the patient and remote specialist be at least 15 kilometres apart.

The minimum distance requirement does not apply to residents of Aged Care Facilities or patients of an Aboriginal Medical Service.

 See  update under the MBS/ Telehealth tab on this website or on the DoHA website.