Medicare updates during COVID-19.
As per APPi (Australian Association of Psychologists Inc.) notification please see the updates regarding subsequent Medicare rebated sessions.
“We finally have more information about the 10 extra sessions being formally called Better Access Subsequent Treatment Services.
As the name suggests, this is an add on or addition to the current Better Access program, it is essentially a continuation of this program to support those most impacted by COVID-19. There is a telehealth or face to face (where safe) option. Rebate amounts are the same as the current Better Access items.
Subsequent sessions are available from today, Friday 7 August 2020.
For the full details please visit: https://www.legislation.gov.
Who is eligible?
A person with a mental health disorder subject to COVID-19 public health orders means any who person has been:
(a) required to isolate between 1 July 2020 and before 31 March 2021 due to being diagnosed with COVID-19; or
(b) compelled by law at any time after 1 July 2020, to remain quarantined for 14 days or more as a result of being in contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19; or
(c) compelled by law at any time after 1 July 2020 to remain in quarantine for 14 days or more after arriving from outside Australia or from another State or Territory; or
(d) compelled by a public health law of any State or Territory, to remain isolated at home (subject to lawful exemptions or hospitalisation) for a continuous period of 28 days or more between 1 July 2020 and 1 March 2021.
How does the client access the extra sessions?
- Clients need to have used 10 better access initial treatment services in that calendar year.
- After the last session, the reviewing practitioner (GP, psychiatrist, paediatrician) needs to have a session with the client to access the effectiveness of treatment and the appropriateness of further treatment.
- If the reviewing practitioner determines that is it clinically appropriate for the client to access subsequent treatment services, they must modify the clients plan.”
General medicare and private health information.
For eligible individuals, Medicare and private health fund rebates are available for our Psychology services.
General information regarding Medicare eligibility for online telehealth can be found here and to determine if your current residence is within the eligible rural and remoteness zones (4-7) as per government and APS guidelines you can find out here.
Please note that clients will need to manually submit Private Health Insurance rebates, however Medicare rebates can be processed by our Psychologist directly after an appointment has been completed.
For private health fund eligibility, please contact your fund directly.