Using MBS item numbers

Victorian community health services can complement their existing services by providing services funded under the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS). These services can assist in managing chronic or complex health conditions. Improving chronic disease management is a priority for both the Victorian and Commonwealth governments.

The MBS chronic disease management items encourage:

  • a more integrated approach to health care for consumers
  • stronger partnerships between general practice and other health care providers to provide a multidisciplinary approach to care.

The Department of Health & Human Services developed resources, to help community health services understand and use relevant MBS items and implement MBS service models, where appropriate.

MBS item numbers relevant to community health services

The department summarises the MBS item numbers relevant for community health services in the Summary of new Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) item numbers: general practice and allied health, known as the MBS flipchart. It groups relevant MBS item numbers, their applicability to consumers and their business rules into 12 categories:

  1. Health assessments
  2. Prevention of chronic disease
  3. Care planning and case conferencing
  4. Allied health
  5. Better Start disability services for children
  6. Helping children with autism
  7. Mental health
  8. Service incentive payment
  9. Quality use of medicines
  10. Bulk billing incentives
  11. Telehealth
  12. MBS items for practice nurses.

Printing the flipchart

To print the flipchart as a book, set the binding edge to 'left'. The document is not available in hard copy.