In Practice: MBS online tool updated

Matt Woodley

6/07/2023 5:51:44 PM

The RACGP resource has incorporated the July rebate changes and added new mental health case conference items.

GP on laptop.
The MBS online tool includes a number of resources to help GPs navigate the complicated system.

This week’s In Practice also features a new way to improve veteran access to diabetes products, the RACGP Plus July offer, and webinars on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander family violence, supporting patients with PTSD, and responding to patients who engage in domestic violence.
MBS online tool updated
The RACGP’s Medicare Benefits Schedule online tool has been updated to incorporate the latest rebate changes which came into effect on 1 July, including 3.6% indexation.
The MBS online tool includes a number of guides that allow GPs to enter their own fee for each service and automatically calculate the patient out-of-pocket contribution. 
New GP MBS items for mental health case conferencing have been added to the expanded guide and full guide as part of the MBS online tool.
GPs can also create their own custom list of MBS items used in their practice.
Supporting patients with PTSD to participate in good work
Webinar: Tuesday 11 July, 7.15 – 8.30 pm (AEST)
The Mental Health Professionals’ Network, in partnership with Comcare, is holding a webinar that aims to enhance GPs’ and other medical practitioners’ ability to support people with PTSD to participate in meaningful work that promotes their mental health and wellbeing.
The expert panel will discuss strategies to engage with workplaces and encourage them to provide suitable opportunities for people experiencing PTSD.
The webinar will also consider the challenges to work participation faced by people living with PTSD, such as phobic avoidance, anxiety and comorbid conditions, exploring how practitioners can address these and other common work participation barriers.
Register online.
Strengthening Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families involved in abuse and violence
Webinar: Wednesday 12 July, 8.00 – 9.30 am (AEST)
CPD: 1.5 EA hours
This webinar will be presented by GP Medical Educator Dr Elizabeth Hindmarsh, Dr Renee Fiolet, a Deakin University Research Fellow, and Dr Karen Nicholls, Chair of RACGP Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health.
Learning outcomes: 

  • Discuss how to initially respond to a patient who discloses family abuse and violence
  • Identify the process of how GPs can manage their patients who are a victim/survivor long term and provide ongoing support
  • Identify increased barriers that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experience accessing family and domestic violence services 
Register online.
Engaging patients who use domestic and family violence
Online workshop: Wednesday 26 July, 9.00 – 10.30 (AEST)
The University of Melbourne’s Safer Families Centre is hosting an online advanced workshop on how to identify when violence is occurring and safely engage with people who use violence.
The workshop is designed for GPs and primary care providers who already have a base knowledge of domestic and family violence.
Registration is available online, while information on other upcoming workshops is available on the Safer Families website.
Improving veteran access to clinically necessary diabetes products
Providers can now help ensure veterans have easy access to the diabetes products they need by completing a short form.
See the Department of Veterans’ Affairs website for more information.
RACGP Plus July offer
Make the most of RACGP membership by taking advantage of discounts and offers from a range of partners through RACGP Plus.
This month’s offer is presented by BOQ Specialist and more information is available online.
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