AMA Fees List finalised
The AMA has enhanced a key member benefit, with the launch of the AMA Fees List online in October. The new website has replaced the previous book and CD-ROM formats, making setting medical fees faster and more user friendly than ever before.
The new Fees List includes the annual 1 November 2017 indexation rates.
Since 1973, the Fees List has been a critical aid for AMA members by providing an important reference guide on medical fees. The Fees List is an original work owned and administered by the AMA Secretariat.
In moving online this year, the Fees List has been enhanced with number of features in to make referencing AMA Fees fast and easy for any medical discipline. This includes:
- Interactive dashboard to find, search and save AMA fees
- Search function that links directly to AMA and MBS item descriptions
- Customised user profile with options to save, download or print favourite items
- Fee calculator tools including a new Anaesthesia fee calculator
- Ability to print parts of, or full PDFs of the Fees List
- Online tutorials and help tools
- Mobile and tablet compatible
- Full PDF and CSV downloads.
The move to the online format has also enabled the Fees List to be updated throughout the year, as ongoing changes are made to the MBS as a result of the MBS Reviews.
All financial AMA members will continue have free, unlimited access to the Fees List online and its many features. We have also introduced new purchasing options and licensing arrangements for select third party groups, such as hospitals, workers compensation agencies and health insurers who reference the AMA fees or provide assistance to AMA members with their billing.
The Fees List is primarily an AMA member benefit and whilst the AMA’s aim is to provide guidance on fair and reasonable medical fees, the AMA does not permit the unauthorised use of the Fees List by billing agencies and software companies for clients who have not purchased the list themselves – due to the risk of copyright infringement of AMA intellectual property.
Of course, many members use these agencies to support their billing operations, which may require providing the AMA rates to these services for their individual billing purposes.
The new Fees List website has been launched at a time when medical fees are under increasing medical and mainstream scrutiny. Medical practitioners are currently challenged with setting appropriate medical fees, amidst the backdrop of a frozen Medicare schedule. The result is that the MBS has not kept pace with the realistic costs of running a viable, quality practice.
The AMA encourages medical practitioners to use their own judgement to charge an appropriate fee for a medical service. Medical practitioners should satisfy themselves in each individual case as to a fair and reasonable fee, having regard to their own practice cost experience and the particular circumstances of the case and the patient.
The next Fees List update is scheduled for 1 December and will include the 1 November MBS changes.
Policy Adviser, Medical Practice