Am I still restricted by 19AA and 19AB if I’m doing Telehealth?

In short, yes. 

To be eligible to bulk bill for Telehealth services you need a Medicare Provider Number, which means you will still need to meet the criteria of 19AA & 19AB i.e. work in a DPA area and/or be a part of a 3GA program. 

There is no eligibility requirement to bill via Telehealth, so as long as you have a Medicare Provider Number you can begin bulk billing by using the new item numbers. 

Unsure as to what the new item numbers are? Check out our blog here:

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Here at People Medical Consulting, we have a passion for guiding medical practitioners through their career pathways to Australia. We have extensive experience in assisting medical facilities in recruiting doctors from local and overseas who will best suit their requirements.

We provide Document Assistance for those requiring support for their PESCI with IME, ACRRM or RACGP, registration and all other mandatory AHPRA requirements, fellowship program related forms and letters, application for Medicare provider and prescriber numbers, application for 19AB or 19AA exemptions and preparation of employment documents.

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