Implementation of the new MBS for Radiation Oncology


New Medicare Benefits Schedule Items for Radiation Oncology

On 30 June 2024, the current Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) items for radiation oncology will become obsolete.

From 1 July 2024 the current schedule of items will be entirely replaced by the new schedule and all radiation oncology services will be billed under new Medicare item numbers.

The new item numbers and descriptors more closely reflect radiation oncology services provided to patients and are more straightforward, making billing to Medicare easier.

As there is no mechanism to ‘phase-out’ old items while ‘phasing-in’ new items, nor make current items available alongside or in conjunction with the new items, it is critical that all radiation oncology facilities are ready to implement the new billing items by 1 July 2024.

RANZCR is assisting the Department of Health & Aged Care (DoH) to communicate relevant details of the MBS changes and facilitate a smooth transition to the new billing item numbers. They have provided this update for the information of all ACPSEM members.

The DoH is preparing a range of education materials which will become available closer to the implementation date.

New schedule

Please find a copy of the new Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) items in Doc format and PDF format, accompanied by the official correspondence from the Department of Health and Aged Care. These items have been indexed to the financial year 2023-24 and will continue to be indexed annually, in line with routine MBS indexation policy.

Next steps

Given the scale of the changes, it is critical that radiation oncology centres’ billing systems are updated with the new Medicare Item numbers before 30 June 2024, while relevant staff will require training to ensure continuity of patient care when the new schedule comes into effect.

Who to contact for more information

Please direct any queries to the DoH radiation oncology team via email MBSOncology@health.gov.au.


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