What is the MBS Review Taskforce?
The MBS Review Taskforce (the Taskforce) was established by the Australian Government in 2015 to consider how the more than 5700 items on the MBS can be aligned with contemporary clinical evidence and practice and improve health outcomes for patients. The Taskforce is also identifying whether there are any services that are unnecessary, outdated or potentially unsafe.
What are the Primary Care Reference Groups (PCRGs)?
The PCRGs were established to make recommendations to the Taskforce on MBS items in their respective areas of responsibility and to provide recommendations to the Taskforce in review reports. In February 2019, the MBS Review Taskforce released the five reports from the PCRGs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, Allied Health, Mental Health, Nurse Practitioner and Participating Midwives. The reports are available from: http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/MBSR-pcrg-consult
What is the consultation process?
Each of these 5 reports is subject to: stakeholder feedbackthen, consideration by the MBS Review Taskforcethen, if endorsed, consideration by the Minister for Health and Government. The Reports were released for consultation and feedback is due by 17 May 2019. WAPHA will be providing a submission to this consultation and is inviting feedback to contribute to the development of a submission. Given the volume of reading, WAPHA has developed a summary of the five reports.