New Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) item 31591
Posted: 21st of November, 2017
New Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) item 31591 to be used for the reversal of a bariatric procedure as of 16 November 2017.
The Department of Health has recently been made aware of Medicare claims being rejected when bariatric reversal item 31584 is claimed in association with bariatric items 31569 to 31581.
On 16 November 2017, a new MBS item for bariatric reversal surgery, item 31591, was listed. This item has the same schedule fee as item 31584 and can be claimed when a practitioner reverses a bariatric procedure and additionally performs another bariatric service on the same occasion. If the practitioner is only performing a reversal of a bariatric procedure as a stand-alone service, they should continue to bill item 31584.
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