Maternity Services required to be recognised for COVID-19 telehealth eligibility

The ACM have reviewed the current COVID-19 specialist consultation MBS items which have been established as an emergency response to the requirement to provide elements of client care in the form of telehealth or phone based services.  We specifically assessed the maternity services to ensure that the work of participating midwives would be adequately addressed within the current MBS structure.

We identified 2 key item numbers that had been overlooked and we have recommended that they both be implemented with immediate effect.

Item 82100 - Initial antenatal professional attendance by a participating midwife, lasting at least 40 minutes

Item 82115 - Professional attendance by a participating midwife, lasting at least 90 minutes, for assessment and preparation of a maternity care plan for a patient whose pregnancy has progressed beyond 20 weeks

You can access full details of all Maternity Services Attracting Medicare Rebates on the MBS website

You can read our full response here.

Additional information
The Australian College of Midwives (ACM) is the peak professional body for midwives in Australia who are registered with, and regulated by, the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA). ACM’s position is that women have access to midwifery care during pregnancy, birth and postnatally. We exist to ensure midwives are strong and confident practitioners who can work to their full scope of practice