Pain Management Services Changes

This page provides information on the 1 March 2022 changes to Pain Management Services on the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS).

Page last updated: 21 December 2021

From 1 March 2022, some of the MBS items for pain management services are changing to align with contemporary best practice. The changes are a result of the MBS Review Taskforce recommendations for pain management and extensive consultation with stakeholders.

These changes include revision of item terminology to align with best clinical practice, introducing new services and revising existing services to minimise unnecessary treatments from being performed and administrative changes.

These changes will improve safety and health outcomes by ensuring patients receive services that align with current best practice guidelines and discourage unnecessary or out-of-date treatments. Changes will be made to nerve block, spinal injection and implanted device procedure MBS services and include 7 new items, 42 amended items and 3 deleted items.

These changes can be found in the factsheets below.


Factsheets

Fact Sheet
PDF and Word versions
Factsheet Nerve Block Spinal Injection ChangesWord version Factsheet – Changes to nerve block and spinal injection MBS items - 1 March 2022 (Word 105 KB)

PDF version Factsheet - Changes to nerve block and spinal injection MBS items - 1 March 2022 (PDF 297 KB)

Factsheet Implanted Device Procedure ChangesWord version Factsheet - Changes to implanted device procedure MBS items - 1 March 2022 (Word 97 KB)

PDF version Factsheet - Changes to implanted device procedure MBS items - 1 March 2022 (PDF 193 KB)
Item Map Pain Management ChangesWord version Item Map - Changes to Pain Management (Word 61 KB)

PDF version Item Map - Changes to Pain Management (PDF 290 KB)

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