Flag-Fall Arrangements for COVID-19 Vaccine Suitability Assessment Services

Page last updated: 16 June 2021

From 14 June 2021, the Australian Government introduced MBS item 90005 to provide a call-out or “flag-fall” fee for general practitioners (GPs) and OMPs who conduct a COVID-19 vaccine suitability assessment service in a residential aged care facility (RACF), a residential disability facility setting or at a patient’s place of residence.

MBS item 90005 provides a flag-fall fee for an initial attendance at a RACF, residential disability facility setting or a patient’s place of residence, on one occasion, applicable only to the first patient seen. The item must be billed in association with a COVID-19 vaccine suitability assessment service (MBS items 93624 to 93656 inclusive).

The MBS fee for the flag-fall item is $66.75. The MBS rebate paid for the item is $56.75.

Note: Due to time constraints, it has not been possible to amend the legislation that establishes 100% rebates for GP and OMP services. The rebate for the flag-fall items is therefore paid at 85% of the item fee. The fee amount has been increased so that the Medicare rebate paid for the flag-fall is at the same level as the equivalent rebate for the GP RACF flag-fall (MBS item 90001).

Further information is available in the following factsheet:

Last Updated 16 June 2021
PDF version Factsheet Item 90005(PDF 232 KB)
Word version Factsheet Item 90005 (Word 48 KB)

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