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Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) items for Social Workers

To become a Medicare Provider, a Social Worker must first have been assessed by the AASW as meeting the requirements for Accreditation as a Mental Health Social Worker (AMHSW). AMHSWs can then use the below item numbers unless otherwise specified.

Last updated 31/10/2019

Better Access to Mental Health Care initiative

Individual sessions of Focused Psychological Strategies provided by a social worker.

MBS item number Service length Schedule fee Rebate
80150 20-50 minutes $63.25 $53.80
80151 Telehealth 20-50 minutes $63.25 $53.80
80155 20-50 minutes (professional attendance at place other than consulting rooms) $89.10 $75.75
80160 50+ minutes $89.35 $75.95
80161 Telehealth 50+ minutes $89.35 $75.95
80165 50+ minutes (professional attendance at place other than consulting rooms) $115.15 $97.90

 

Group sessions of Focused Psychological Strategies provided by a social worker

MBS item number Service length Schedule fee Rebate
80170 60 minutes (6-10 people) $22.70 per group member $19.30 per group member
80171 Telehealth 60 minutes (6-10 people) $22.70 per group member $19.30 per group member
       

 

Chronic Disease Management program (GP Management Plan & Team Care Arrangements)

MBS item number Service length Schedule fee Rebate
10956 At least 20 minutes $63.25 $53.80

 

Non Directive Pregnancy Support Counselling Service

To be eligible to provide this service, the Social Worker must complete specific training through Australian Psychological Society. AMHSW status is not required.

MBS item number Service length Schedule fee Rebate
81005 Maximum of 3 sessions per patient. Session duration must be minimum of 30 minutes $74.30  $63.20

 

Eating disorder MBS Items

To become a Medicare Provider of Eating Disorder items, a social worker must first have been assessed by the AASW as meeting the requirements for Accreditation as a Mental Health Social Worker (AMHSW).

MBS item number

Service length

Fee/Benefit

82376

EDPT – Social Worker in consulting rooms at least 20 minutes but < 50 minutes

Fee: $63.25 Benefit: 85% = $53.75

82377

EDPT – Social Worker by video conference at least 20 minutes but < 50 minutes

Fee: $63.25 Benefit: 85% = $53.75

82378

EDPT – Social Worker other than in consulting rooms at least 20 minutes but < 50 minutes

Fee: $89.10 Benefit: 85% = $75.75

82379

EDPT – Social Worker in consulting rooms at least 50 minutes

Fee: $89.35 Benefit: 85% = $75.95

82380

EDPT – Social Worker by video conference at least 50 minutes

Fee: $89.35 Benefit: 85% = $75.95

82381

EDPT – Social Worker other than in consulting rooms at least 50 minutes

Fee: $115.15 Benefit: 85% = $97.90

82382

EDPT – Social Worker in a group 6-10 at least 60 minutes

Fee: $22.70 Benefit: 85% = $19.30

82383

EDPT – Social Worker in a group 6-10 by video conference at least 60 minutes

Fee: $22.70 Benefit: 85% = $19.30

 

 

 

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AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers