Financial Support

Financial Support

These resources address some of the financial matters relating to telehealth.

Telehealth technical standards position paper. Canberra: Department of Health and Ageing; 2012 Aug. (freely accessible 715kb pdf)
The focus of this paper is on technical standards, by which is meant specifications (eg, formats, procedures) which dictate specific elements of data and operations concerned with the utilisation of ICT equipment and software in video conferencing systems. The document is targeted to address macro level issues in implementing the physical and logical ICT environment needed to support the clinical functions covered by the MBS rebates, specifically two-endpoint video consultation using video conferencing.

MBS and telehealth. Australian Government Department of Human Services Current (freely accessible website) 
Medicare benefits are available for video consultations between specialists and patients who are located in telehealth eligible areas. They are also available in eligible aged care facilities and Aboriginal Medical Services throughout Australia. Medicare benefits are also available for clinical support provided by a health professional who is with the patient during the video consultation.

MBS Online portal. Medicare Benefits Schedule Online (Current (freely accessible website)
MBS Online contains the listing of the Medicare services subsidised by the Australian government. Information about telehealth attendances can be obtained using the search function in the MBS Online portal by listing either the specific item number or terms, item numbers and notes available for the following descriptors:

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