You can keep track of the new item numbers at: http://snip.ly/xj9nr8
Pulse+IT has written a great blog summarising the options available for Telehealth services here: https://snip.ly/z7jr5u
There is no specific equipment that is required to be able to provide Medicare-compliant telehealth services. Practitioners are responsible to ensure that the telecommunication methods meet their clinical requirements and satisfies privacy laws. Check out this link on how to select web conferencing solutions as per the Australian Cyber Security Centre: https://www.cyber.gov.au/publications/web-conferencing-security
There are no restrictions. You as a Doctor can provide your services to any patient Australia wide.
On the previous standard items this was a requirement that those items would only be eligible if the provider had seen the patient before. This requirement has been removed from the COVID-19 telehealth items. It’s preferred that the patient’s usual doctor performs services with that patient, however that existing relationship may not be available at the time and may not always be possible.
AskMBS confirms that while currently there are no COVID-19 mirror items for routine after hours attendances, the mirror COVID-19 standard attendance items may be used for services during any period while they remain in effect.
It’s always a good idea to keep an eye on the AHPRA thoughts on Telehealth. Here is the link to their page here: https://snip.ly/8ha2ig
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