Key points

  • Palliative care patients include not just those who are very close to the end-of-life, but others with advanced disease
  • A range of item numbers associated with the Chronic Disease Management program are appropriate in the care of palliative care patients
  • Multidisciplinary care and case conferences are an important strategy in this population

Billing - Medicare items for palliative care

ACPA has provided a summary sheet (183kb pdf) on how Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) Item numbers may be used by GPs for advance care planning where clinically appropriate

Medicare item numbers are subject to change. Please also refer to MBS Online for any updates.

From: Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS)

Last updated 30 July 2018