From 1 November 2017 telehealth items via videoconferencing will be available under the Better Access to Mental Health Care initiative for services to consumers in rural, remote and very remote Australia (as classified under the Modified Monash Model (MMM) regions as MMM 4 to MMM 7).

People living in MMM 4 to 7 with a GP Mental Health Plan who are eligible for Better Access, can receive up to seven of their 10 annual Better Access sessions via videoconferencing. The easiest way to check if a client is in an area that qualifies for access to the telehealth services is to enter their address in the MMM interactive map available on the Australian Government Doctor Connect website.

All requirements for use of the Better Access items are maintained and in addition, the new item numbers will have some additional requirements:

  • Only seven of the 10 annual sessions are able to be delivered by videoconference with the remainder being face-to-face
  • One of the first four sessions must be face-to-face using an existing Better Access item number
  • The service provider must be a distance of at least 15 kilometres from the client.

 

How to bill for ‘Focussed Psychological Strategies’ items provided by video conference

MBS telehealth item number

Service length

Schedule fee

Rebate

80101

20-50 minutes

$70.65

$60.10

80111

50+ minutes

$99.75

$84.80

80121

Group – 60 minutes (6-10 people)

$25.45

$21.65

 

‘Psychological Therapy’ items provided by video conference

MBS telehealth item number

Service length

Schedule fee

Rebate

80001

30-50 minutes

$99.75

$84.80

80011

50+ minutes

$146.45

$124.50

80021

Group – 60 minutes (6-10 people)

$37.20

$31.65

 

 

The Department of Health has prepared the following resources which provide detailed information about these new telehealth item numbers: