Effects from changes to the Medicare Benefits Schedule in 2014 on cone beam computed tomography and panoramic radiography scans across Australia

Zhang, Alyssa, Brown, Louise F. and Monsour, Paul A. (2017) Effects from changes to the Medicare Benefits Schedule in 2014 on cone beam computed tomography and panoramic radiography scans across Australia. Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology, 61 5: 600-606. doi:10.1111/1754-9485.12603


Author Zhang, Alyssa
Brown, Louise F.
Monsour, Paul A.
Title Effects from changes to the Medicare Benefits Schedule in 2014 on cone beam computed tomography and panoramic radiography scans across Australia
Journal name Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1754-9485
1754-9477
Publication date 2017-03-27
Year available 2017
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/1754-9485.12603
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 61
Issue 5
Start page 600
End page 606
Total pages 7
Place of publication Richmond, VIC, Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Language eng
Abstract IntroductionThis study examines the effects of the new Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) operating from 1st November 2014 on the number of Medicare rebated panoramic radiography (PR) and cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) scans.
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Introduction: This study examines the effects of the new Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) operating from 1st November 2014 on the number of Medicare rebated panoramic radiography (PR) and cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) scans.

Methods: Data for rebated PR and CBCT scans were extracted from Medicare Australia Statistics online for four 12-month periods: November 2011-October 2012, November 2012-October 2013, November 2013-October 2014 and December 2014-November 2015.

Results: There was a reduction in the number of CBCT scans rebated across Australia under the new MBS. Nationally, December 2014-November 2015 showed a 65.3% reduction in the number of CBCT scans when compared to the peak in the previous 12 months under the old MBS. The number of rebated PR scans remained constant.

Conclusion: The new MBS implemented on 1st November 2014 resulted in a reduction in the number of rebated CBCT scans, but had no effect on rebated PR scans. Overall, there has been considerable cost savings for Medicare due to the change in MBS. Additionally, the reduction in the number of rebated CBCT scans has resulted in a substantial reduction in the ionising radiation load to the Australian community as a whole, but especially the younger age groups.
Keyword CBCT
Cone beam computed tomography
Medicare
Medicare Benefits Schedule
Panoramic radiography
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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