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Remunerating private psychiatrists for participating in case conferences.

Jane E Pirkis, Alan N Headey, Philip M Burgess, Harvey A Whiteford, Josh P White, Catherine Francis

Aust New Zealand Health Policy | Published : 2005

Abstract

BACKGROUND: On 1 November 2000, a series of new item numbers was added to the Medicare Benefits Schedule, which allowed for case conferences between physicians (including psychiatrists) and other multidisciplinary providers. On 1 November 2002, an additional set of numbers was added, designed especially for use by psychiatrists. This paper reports the findings of an evaluation of these item numbers. RESULTS: The uptake of the item numbers in the three years post their introduction was low to moderate at best. Eighty nine psychiatrists rendered 479 case conferences at a cost to the Health Insurance Commission of $70,584. Psychiatrists who have used the item numbers are generally positive ..

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