Modernising Cardiac Surgical Services

This page provides information on the 1 July 2021 changes to MBS cardiac services.

Page last updated: 08 June 2021

On 1 July 2021, the Australian Government is making changes to modernise cardiac surgical services to ensure they reflect current medical practice, support high-value care and ensure patients receive procedures in line with current best practice. These changes follow recommendations from the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) Review Taskforce.

The range of changes to cardiac surgical services include updates to item descriptors, combining similar surgical procedures, introducing items that represent a complete medical service, incentivising advanced techniques, removal of procedures that no longer represent best practice, and reducing low value invasive angiography and ineffective coronary artery stenting.

1 July 2021 changes to Cardiac Surgical Services

Last Updated 12 May 2021
PDF version Factsheet on Modernising and Supporting High Value Care Cardiac Surgical Services (PDF 151 KB)
Word version Factsheet on Modernising and Supporting High Value Care Cardiac Surgical Services (Word 76 KB)

Webinar Presentation

Last Updated 12 May 2021
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Cardiac Surgical Changes Communication Materials:

Changes to selective coronary angiography and percutaneous coronary intervention and related items

Last Updated 24 Mayl 2021
PDF version Summary of changes to selective coronary angiography(best printed in A3) (PDF 87 KB)
PDF version Summary of changes to percutaneous coronary intervention(best printed in A3) (PDF 796 KB)
Last Updated 24 May 2021
PDF version Quick Reference Guide – Changes to selective coronary angiography and percutaneous coronary intervention and related items (PDF 816 KB)
Word version Quick Reference Guide – Changes to selective coronary angiography and percutaneous coronary intervention and related items (Word 133 KB)

Changes to Coronary artery bypass graft, surgical valve and aortic surgical items

Last Updated 24 April 2021
PDF version Summary of changes to Coronary artery bypass graft(best printed in A3) (PDF 604 KB)
PDF version Summary of changes to surgical valve items(best printed in A3) (PDF 601 KB)
Last Updated 06 May 2021
PDF version Quick Reference Guide – Changes to Cardiac Surgical items: Coronary Artery Bypass, Surgical Valve and Aortic Surgical items (PDF 320 KB)
Word version Quick Reference Guide – Changes to Cardiac Surgical item: Coronary Artery Bypass, Surgical Valve and Aortic Surgical items(Word 100 KB)

Changes to other cardiac surgery items including items related to implanted devices

Last Updated24 May 2021
PDF version Quick Reference Guide – Changes to other cardiac surgery items including items related to implanted devices (PDF 491 KB)
Word version Quick Reference Guide – Changes to other cardiac surgery items including items related to implanted devices (Word 114 KB)

Minor changes to cardiac imaging items – administrative changes

Last Updated 06 May 2021
PDF version Quick Reference Guide – Minor (administrative) changes to cardiac imaging items (PDF 294 KB)
Word version Quick Reference Guide – Minor (administrative) changes to cardiac imaging items (Word 97 KB)

Disclaimer:
Please note that the information provided is a general guide only. It is ultimately the responsibility of treating practitioners to use their professional judgment to determine the most clinically appropriate services to provide, and then to ensure that any services billed to Medicare fully meet the eligibility requirements outlined in the legislation.


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