Changes to Gastroenterology Services (Not Including Colonoscopy)

Effective from 1 November 2017 (subject to the passage of legislation)

Page last updated: 22 August 2017

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What do the changes involve?

Changes will be made to a number of items for gastroenterology, as follows:

1 - Capsule endoscopy


    Item 11820 will be amended to better describe the service and eligible patient population.

2 – Upper gastrointestinal services

    Item 30478 will be amended to allow services currently provided under 30476 to be claimed. Item 30476 will be deleted from the schedule.

    Item 30479 will be amended to remove Argon Plasma Coagulation (APC) from the item descriptor. The item descriptor for 30478 will be amended to allow APC to be claimed.

    Claiming restrictions will prevent MBS item 30479, 30473 and 30478 from being claimed together on the same day, for the same patient, by the same provider.

    Item 30478 will be amended to allow for the claiming of push enteroscopy services currently claimed under item 30487. Item 30487 has been deleted. Item 32095 is available for endoscopic examination of the small bowel via a stoma.


3 - Endoscopic upper gastrointestinal stricture services

    Item 30475 will be amended to allow for the claiming of services currently provided under items 41819 and 41820 to be claimed. Items 41819 and 41820 have been deleted.

    The MBS fee for item 30475 will be the MBS fee for item 41819 of $348.95 which is higher than the current fee for item 30475.

    Item 41831 will be amended to indicate this service is specific to the treatment of achalasia.


4 - Sigmoidoscopy/colonoscopy

    The item descriptors for 32084 and 32087 will be amended to better define the extent of the examinations covered under these items to ‘does not reach the caecum’ and to remove reference to ‘fibreoptic’ as these days scopes are digital.

    The item descriptor for 32087 will also be amended to remove specific reference to APC to enable other therapies to be used.

    Introduce claiming restrictions to prevent MBS items 32084 and 32087 from being claimed with other colonoscopy items 32090 and 32093 on the same day, same patient, same provider, unless the subsequent service has been provided under a second episode of sedation/anaesthesia.


5 - Endoscopic ultrasound services

    Items 30688, 30690, 30692, 30694 will be amended to remove the current restrictions on the claiming of certain other items during the same episode of care.

    Interventional items 30484, 30485, 30491, 30494 will be eligible for an MBS payment on the same day, same patient, same provider as an endoscopic ultrasound service.


6 – Biliary manometry

    Item 30493 will be removed from the schedule as the service is obsolete.


Why is the Government making this change?

The changes to MBS items for gastroenterology are intended to align MBS items with clinical best practice, better describe/prescribe indications and ensure appropriate claiming of MBS items:

These changes are based on recommendations of the Medicare Benefits Schedule Review Taskforce.

What does this mean for MBS claiming?

All practitioners that perform these services will continue to be able to claim the relevant MBS items, provided the services reflect the updated descriptions.

Change to item description/fees:

Items to be deleted from the MBS:

30487, 41819, 41820, 30493, 30476

Draft amendments to items in the MBS (final wording of items subject to finalisation and passage of legislation):

11820Capsule endoscopy to investigate an episode of obscure gastrointestinal bleeding, using a capsule endoscopy device (including administration of the capsule, associated endoscopy procedure if required for placement, imaging, image reading and interpretation, and all attendances for providing the service on the day the capsule is administered) if:
(a) the patient to whom the service is provided:
    (i) has recurrent or persistent gastrointestinal bleeding, and
    (ii) has iron deficiency anaemia that is not due to coeliac disease; and
    (iii) menorrhagia if present has been considered and managed; and
    (iv) is anaemic or has overt active gastrointestinal bleeding; and
(b) an upper gastrointestinal endoscopy and a colonoscopy have been performed on the patient and have not identified the cause of the bleeding; and
(c) the service has not been provided to the same patient on more than 2 occasions in the preceding 12 months; and
(d) the service is performed by a specialist or consultant physician with endoscopic training that is recognised by The Conjoint Committee for Recognition of Training in Gastrointestinal Endoscopy; and

(e) the service is not associated with balloon enteroscopy items 30680, 30682, 30684, 30686

Fee: $2,039.20 Benefit: 75% = $1,529.40 85% = $1,959.00

30473OESOPHAGOSCOPY (not being a service to which item 41816 or 41822 applies) GASTROSCOPY, DUODENOSCOPY or PANENDOSCOPY (one or more such procedures), with or without biopsy, not being a service associated with a service to which item 30476 or 30478 or 30479, applies (Anaes.)

Fee: $177.10

30478OESOPHAGOSCOPY (not being a service to which item 41816, 41822 or 41825 applies), GASTROSCOPY, DUODENOSCOPY, PANENDOSCOPY or PUSH ENTEROSCOPY (one or more such procedures), with one or more of the following endoscopic procedures:
    i Polypectomy
    ii Sclerosing or adrenalin injections
    iii Banding
    iv Endoscopic clips,
    v Haemostatic powders
    vi Diathermy
    vii Argon plasma coagulation
    viii Heater probe or laser coagulation

For the treatment of:

    a) Upper gastrointestinal tract bleeding
    b) Polyps
    c) Foreign body (removal),
    d) Oesophageal or gastric varices
    e) Peptic ulcers
    f) Neoplasia
    g) Benign vascular lesions
    h) Strictures of the gastrointestinal tract
    i) Tumorous overgrowth through or over oesophageal stents

not being a services associated with a service to which item 30473 or 30476 30479 applies, (Anaes.)

Fee: $245.55 Benefit: 75% = $184.20 85% = $208.75

30479ENDOSCOPY with LASER THERAPY or ARGON PLASMA COAGULATION, for the treatment of:
    a) Neoplasia
    b) Benign vascular lesions
    c) Strictures of the gastrointestinal tract
    d) Tumorous overgrowth through or over oesophageal stents
    e) Peptic ulcers
    f) Angiodysplasia
    g) Gastric antral vascular ectasia (GAVE)
    h) Post-polypectomy bleeding
one or more of, not being a service associated with a service to which item 30473 or 30478 applies (Anaes.)

Fee: $476.10 Benefit: 75% = $357.10 85% = $404.70

30475ENDOSCOPY with balloon dilatation of gastric or gastroduodenal stricture ENDOSCOPIC DILATATION OF STRICTURE OF UPPER GASTRO-INTESTINAL TRACT including the use of imaging intensification where clinically indicated

Multiple Services Rule (Anaes.)

Fee: $348.95 Benefit: 75% = 261.70 85% = 296.60

41831OESOPHAGUS, endoscopic pneumatic dilatation for treatment of achalasia

Multiple Services Rule (Anaes.)

Fee: $357.00 Benefit: 75% = $267.75 85% = $303.45

30688ENDOSCOPIC ULTRASOUND (endoscopy with ultrasound imaging), with or without biopsy, for the staging of one or more of oesophageal, gastric or pancreatic cancer, not in association with another item in this Subgroup (with the exception of item 30484 or 30485 or 30491 or 30494) and not being a service associated with the routine monitoring of chronic pancreatitis. (Anaes.)

Fee: $364.90 Benefit: 75% = $273.70 85% = $310.20

30690ENDOSCOPIC ULTRASOUND (endoscopy with ultrasound imaging), with or without biopsy, WITH FINE NEEDLE ASPIRATION, including aspiration of the locoregional lymph nodes if performed, for the staging of one or more of oesophageal, gastric or pancreatic cancer, not in association with another item in this Subgroup (with the exception of item 30484 or 30485 or 30491 or 30494) and not being a service associated with the routine monitoring of chronic pancreatitis. (Anaes.)

Fee: $563.30 Benefit: 75% = $422.50 85% = $483.10

30692ENDOSCOPIC ULTRASOUND (endoscopy with ultrasound imaging), with or without biopsy, for the diagnosis of one or more of pancreatic, biliary or gastric submucosal tumours, not in association with another item in this Subgroup (with the exception of item 30484 or 30485 or 30491 or 30494) and not being a service associated with the routine monitoring of chronic pancreatitis. (Anaes.)

Fee: $364.90 Benefit: 75% = $273.70 85% = $310.20

30694ENDOSCOPIC ULTRASOUND (endoscopy with ultrasound imaging), with or without biopsy, WITH FINE NEEDLE ASPIRATION for the diagnosis of one or more of pancreatic, biliary or gastric submucosal tumours, not in association with another item in this Subgroup (with the exception of item 30484 or 30485 or 30491 or 30494) and not being a service associated with the routine monitoring of chronic pancreatitis. (Anaes.)

Fee: $563.30 Benefit: 75% = $422.50 85% = $483.10

32084Endoscopic examination of the colon which does not reach the caecum by FLEXIBLE FIBREOPTIC SIGMOIDOSCOPY or FIBREOPTIC COLONOSCOPY, up to the hepatic flexure, WITH or WITHOUT BIOPSY, not being as service associated with a service to which items 32087, 32222 to 32241 applies (Anaes.)

Fee: $111.35 Benefit: 75% = $83.55 85% = $94.65

32087Endoscopic examination of the colon up to the hepatic flexure which does not reach the caecum by FLEXIBLE FIBREOPTIC SIGMOIDOSCOPY or FIBREOPTIC COLONOSCOPY for the REMOVAL OF ONE OR MORE POLYPS or the treatment of radiation proctitis, angiodysplasia or post-polypectomy bleeding by ARGON PLASMA COAGULATION, one or more of, not being a service associated with a service to which items 32084, 32222 to 32241 applies (Anaes.)

Fee: $204.70 Benefit: 75% = $153.55 85% = $174.00