There has been a change to the 1 March 2018 commencement date for new colonoscopy items. The existing MBS items (32090 and 32090) should be used until further notice. This will ensure patients continue to have access to Medicare funded colonoscopy services.
The changes to colonoscopy services announced in August 2017 recognise that clinical practice and professional standards have shifted over time and the new items were designed to be well supported by the NHMRC Clinical Guidelines for Surveillance Colonoscopy. These guidelines are currently being revised and are anticipated to be released in late 2018.
The Government remains committed to an improved suite of colonoscopy items and to ensure as smooth a transition to the new arrangements as possible, the MBS Review Taskforce has been invited to provide further advice.
[Source: Department of Health]