New MBS item numbers for allergy testing – effective 1 November 2018
31 October 2018:
New Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) item numbers for allergy testing are effective as of 1 November 2018. The following are responses to questions that ASCIA has recently received about the new MBS item numbers:
- MBS item numbers 12000 and 12003 can be co-claimed on the same day, but MBS item number 12000 is restricted to specialists or consultant physicians, which includes paediatricians.
- MBS item numbers 12001 and 12002 are each limited to one claim per 12 month period, but they are not restricted to specialists or consultant physicians.
- These MBS item number changes for allergy testing were not initiated by ASCIA. However, in response to a 2017 submission by ASCIA, the item numbers were significantly modified, to ensure patients with complex allergies are not disadvantaged.
- The changes were made as part of the MBS review into allergy skin testing item numbers and are explained on the MBS website: www.mbsonline.gov.au/internet/mbsonline/publishing.nsf/Content/Factsheet-DermatologyAllergy
ASCIA has developed a Scope of Practice document that includes a summary of the new MBS item numbers and is available open access on the ASCIA website: www.allergy.org.au/ascia-reports