MBS Primary Care Items
MBS arrangements for Midwives and Nurse Practitioners
From 1 November 2010 eligible Midwives and Nurse Practitioners have access to the Medicare arrangements which include providing Medicare rebateable services, referrals to medical specialists and requesting certain diagnostic and pathology services.
Eligible MidwivesEligible midwives can provide antenatal, intra-partum and post natal services. Eligible midwives can also provide services using a number of Medicare telehealth support items.
- The antenatal items include: an initial antenatal attendance, short and long antenatal consultations and a maternity care plan item.
- There is also an additional item for an obstetric antenatal attendance at 32-36 weeks gestation.
- The intra-partum items allow for the midwife to attend the labour and undertake the delivery in a hospital setting, with the option for a second midwife to take over if labour continues in excess of 12 hours.
- There are also additional obstetric items to enable the midwives to transfer a woman’s care to an obstetrician to manage the labour and/or delivery should complications arise.
- The postnatal items include short and long postnatal consultations and a six week postnatal attendance, after which the woman would see her usual GP.
- Midwives are able to refer his or her patients to an obstetrician or the baby to a paediatrician as the clinical need arises and request certain diagnostic imaging and pathology tests.
- The telehealth support items allow midwives to provide clinical support to patients who are participating in video consultations with specialists or consultant physicians.
- For Medicare benefits to be payable, maternity services provided by a participating midwife must be consistent with collaborative arrangements in place for the patient.
Eligible Nurse Practitioners
- Eligible nurse practitioners have four consultation items which are time-tiered. This item structure enables the nurse practitioner to treat patients with a broad range of medical conditions in a variety of settings, including aged care facilities.
- Eligible nurse practitioners also have access to six time-tiered telehealth support items, three of which may be used in residential aged care facilities.
- Nurse practitioners are also able to perform certain pathology tests and request a range of pathology and diagnostic services, and refer patients to specialists and consultant physicians within their scope of practice.
Other InformationQuestions and Answers: Eligible Midwives 1 November 2012
Questions and Answers: Eligible Nurse Practitioners 1 November 2012
Fact Sheet: Information for Pathology Providers
PBS arrangements for Midwives and Nurse PractitionersFrom 1 November 2010 midwives and nurse practitioners authorised as PBS prescribers are able to write prescriptions for certain medicines under the PBS.
Further information is available at the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme website
Explanatory notes – Nurse Practitioners
Explanatory notes – Midwives
Application form for provider and prescriber numbers for midwives and nurse practitioners available from the Medicare Australia website.
Further information on the Medicare items in support of midwife and nurse practitioner services is available from Medicare Australia on 132 150 (for providers) or 132 011 (for patients); by emailing the MBS Online in box.
Additional information on the Department of Health and Ageing Nursing Portal and Maternity services reform
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