New Eating Disorder Specific Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) Item Numbers
Commencing 1st November 2019, 64 NEW Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) item numbers will be introduced to support a model of evidence-based care for eligible patients living with an eating disorder.
The new MBS item numbers for eating disorders are underpinned by the NEDC’s National Practice Standards for Eating Disorders, which promote a coordinated, consistent and multi-disciplinary approach to the treatment and management of eating disorders within Australia.
- These item numbers are specific for patients with anorexia nervosa or with severe presentations of other eating disorders including bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder and other specified feed and eating disorders (OSFED). Practitioners should refer to the relevant diagnostic criteria set out in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5).
- The eligibility criteria for patients with diagnoses other than anorexia nervosa are:
- The person has been assessed as having an Eating Disorders Examination Questionnaire (EDE-Q) score of 3 or more;
- The person's condition is characterised by rapid weight loss, or frequent binge eating, or inappropriate compensatory behaviours (3 or more occurrences per week);
- The person has at least two of the following:
- Body weight less than 85% expected weight, where weight loss is directly attributable to the eating disorder;
- current or high risk of medical complications due to eating disorder behaviours and symptoms;
- serious co-morbid medical or psychological conditions significantly impacting on medical or psychological health status with impacts on function;
- the person has been admitted to hospital for an eating disorder in the previous 12 months;
- the person has experienced inadequate treatment response to evidence-based eating disorder treatment over the past six months despite active and consistent participation.
- Eligible patients will be able to receive a Medicare Rebate for:
- the development of an Eating Disorder Plan (EDP) by a medical practitioner (including a General Practitioner, Psychiatrist or Paediatrician);
- General Practitioner reviews of their progress against the treatment plan after every 10 sessions of psychological treatment;
- specialist review by a Psychiatrist or Paediatrician after 20 sessions of psychological treatment;
- up to 40 sessions of evidence-based eating disorder psychological treatment (in a 12 month period) with a suitably trained Clinical Psychologist, Registered Psychologist, Accredited Mental Health Social Worker or Accredited Mental Health Occupational Therapist, or with a General Practitioner who meets the General Practice Mental Health Standards Collaboration requirements and is entered on the Register as being eligible to render a Focused Psychological Strategy service; and
- up to 20 dietetic services with an Accredited Practising Dietitian (in a 12 month period).
- Evidence-based treatments that have been approved for use by practitioners delivering psychological treatment in this context are:
- Family Based Treatment (FBT) for Eating Disorders
- Adolescent Focused Therapy for Eating Disorders
- Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Eating Disorders (CBT-E)
- Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Anorexia Nervosa (CBT-AN)
- Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder (CBT-BN or CBT-BED)
- Specialist Supportive Clinical Management (SSCM) for Eating Disorders
- Maudsley Model of Anorexia Treatment in Adults (MANTRA)
- Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) for Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder
- Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) for Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder
- Focal Psychodynamic Therapy for Eating Disorders
- It is expected that professionals will have the relevant education and training to deliver these services.
- There will be an evaluation of the new MBS items after 12 months to assess if the MBS items are operating as intended for patients and providers.
New information about the MBS item numbers and access to related resources will be accessible via this page as it is made available. Fact sheets are also available at MBS Online and details about patient eligibility and practitioner eligibility are contained on the Federal Register of Legislation.
Additional Information and Support
The NEDC has developed resources to support specific professionals working with high-risk groups or individuals living with an eating disorder. These resources are available on this download and print.
Visit the Professional Development area on our website for additional information.
For further support or assistance to locate an eating disorder practitioner or service, contact the NEDC online or visit:
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