There are MBS items which can be claimed for services provided by a nurse on behalf of a GP, providing direct financial benefit for the practice. When combined with collaborative care provided to patients, indirect financial gains are also possible.
Nurse items for which a practice can claim include:
- Monitoring and support for patients with a chronic disease
- Healthy kids check
- Follow-up service for Indigenous patients who have received a health check/health assessment
- Antenatal service provided in regional, rural or remote area
- Provision of clinical support to a patient participating in a telehealth (videoconference) consultation with a specialist, consultant physician or psychiatrist
- Provision of clinical support to a patient in a residential aged care facility participating in a telehealth (videoconference) consultation with a specialist, consultant physician or psychiatrist.
Information on MBS items claimable for services provided by nurses is available to assist GPs and practices from the Department of Human Services.
Additional MBS items may apply to practising midwives who meet eligibility criteria and eligible nurse practitioners.
Refer to Healthy Practices resources:
- Multiple funding sources which provide financial benefits to your practice
- Workforce Incentive Program (WIP) funding
- Indirect funding available to support nurse employment in general practice
- The role of the nurse within Australian general practice
Further information can be found at MBS Online – www.mbsonline.gov.au.