The item number can change based off:
- where the consultation is taking place (in a consultation room or elsewhere);
- what time the consultation is taking place (unsociable hours or other hours);
- whether the consultation is on a weekday, weekend, or public holiday;
Urgent after-hours attendances
(Items 585, 588, 591, and 594) allow for urgent attendances (other than an attendance between 11pm and 7am) in an after-hours period.
Urgent after-hours attendances during unsociable hours
(Items 599 and 600) allow for urgent attendances between 11pm and 7am in an after-hours period.
Two interim items (699 and 177) were introduced in April 2019 for GPs and medical practitioners (other than a specialist of consultant physicians) to conduct a heart health check that lasts at least 20 minutes, in consulting rooms. Eligible patients can receive a Medicare rebate for having a specific heart health check conducted by a GP. Read the DoH factsheet on these items.
Benefit: 100% = $75.75
Benefit: 100% = $60.60
Please note: GPRA provides general information on Medicare Item Numbers. Under the Health Insurance Act 1973 you are legally responsible for services billed to Medicare under your Medicare provider number or in your name. As such you are responsible for ensuring that item numbers are correctly used in patient billings. Please refer to the MBS for the definition of each item number and its associated notes. Please contact the AskMBS Email Advice Service for specific advice on matters relating to the interpretation of MBS items.