Ensuring Appropriate Use of Neurosurgery and Neurology Services

Changes to Neurosurgery and Neurology

Page last updated: 28 October 2020

The Australian Government is making changes to MBS items for neurosurgery and neurology services that support the delivery of best practice care for patients. These changes will promote high-value use of electroencephalogram, nerve conduction studies, electromyography and central nervous system evoked responses.

A range of other changes will be made to simplify the MBS by consolidating neurosurgical services that are commonly done together into a single Medicare item. The patient rebate for a small number of complex brain surgery items will be increased to better reflect the complexity of the service.

These changes are relevant to all specialists involved in the management of neurosurgery and neurology services, consumers claiming these services and private health insurers.

The changes will be made on 1 November 2020.


Factsheet - Neurosurgery and Neurology

Last updated 7 October 2020.
PDF version Neurosurgery and Neurology Factsheet (PDF 214 KB)
Word version Neurosurgery and Neurology Factsheet (DOCX 95 KB)


Neurosurgery and Neurology Quick Reference Guides

Neurosurgery Services - last updated 27 October 2020
PDF version Neurosurgery Quick Reference Guide (PDF 367 KB)
Word version Neurosurgery Quick Reference Guide (Word 118 KB)
Neurology Services - last updated 27 October 2020
PDF version Neurology Quick Reference Guide (PDF 275 KB)
Word version Neurology Quick Reference Guide (Word 98 KB)


Webinar on Changes to Neurosurgery and Neurology Services from 22 September 2020

Note: Post webinar amendments have been made to the Private Hospital Insurance summary. Please refer to the PDF presentation for updated information.
View Link to watch Webinar on changes to neurosurgery and neurology services – 1 November 2020
Download Webinar on changes to neurosurgery and neurology services – 1 November 2020
PDF version Webinar on changes to neurosurgery and neurology services – 1 November 2020 (PDF 3814 KB)


Advance Notification - Neurosurgery and Neurology

Last updated 29 July 2020.
PDF version Neurosurgery and Neurology Advance Notification (PDF 175 KB)
Word version Neurosurgery and Neurology Advance Notification (DOCX 104 KB)


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