What is the’ Locum Tenens’ provision in the MBS…?

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What is the’ Locum Tenens’ provision in the MBS…?

The locum tenens are provisions in the Medicare Benefits Schedule that allow eligible doctors to use their existing provider number at a new practice if:

  • The period is less than two weeks; and
  • The health professional will be returning to the original practice.

To be eligible under the locum tenens, a doctor must be either:

  • An Australian trained doctor who has fellowship of an Australian medical college; or
  • An overseas trained doctor who holds fellowship of an Australian medical college, and has completed their ten year moratorium requirement; or
  • A doctor working in a hospital with a Medicare provider number to refer patients to a specialist, or request diagnostic imaging or pathology only.

Locum tenens is not available to restricted doctors, including those who require a section 19AB exemption or 3GA placement.

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