Appendix CGlossary

Term Description
ACEM Australasian College for Emergency Medicine
APACHE Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation
APED Approved Private Emergency Department
ANZICS Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society
ASUM Australasian Society for Ultrasound in Medicine
CAGR Compound annual growth rate or the average annual growth rate over a specified time period.
CCPU Certificate in Clinician Performed Ultrasound
Change When referring to an item, ‘change’ describes when the item and/or its services will be affected by the recommendations. This could result from a range of recommendations, such as: (i) specific recommendations that affect the services provided by changing item descriptors or explanatory notes; (ii) the consolidation of item numbers; and (iii) splitting item numbers (for example, splitting the current services provided across two or more items).
CLABSI Catheter‐associated blood stream infection
CPT codes Current procedural terminology codes
CORE ANZICS Centre for Outcome and Resource Evaluation
DDU Diploma in Diagnostic Ultrasound
Delete Describes when an item is recommended for removal from the MBS and its services will no longer be provided under the MBS.
Department, The Australian Government Department of Health
DHS Australian Government Department of Human Services
ECG Electrocardiograms
ECMO Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation
ED Emergency Department
EDWG Emergency Medicine Working Group of the Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine Clinical Committee
EoLWG End‐of‐Life Care Working Group of the Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine Clinical Committee
FACEM Fellow of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine
FAST Focused assessment with sonography for trauma
FY Financial year
GP General Practitioner
High‐value care Services of proven efficacy reflecting current best medical practice, or for which the potential benefit to consumers exceeds the risk and costs.
ICU Intensive Care Unit
ICUWG Intensive Care Working Group of the Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine Clinical Committee
Inappropriate use / misuse The use of MBS services for purposes other than those intended. This includes a range of behaviours, from failing to adhere to particular item descriptors or rules through to deliberate fraud.
Low‐value care Services that evidence suggests confer no or very little benefit to consumers; or for which the risk of harm exceeds the likely benefit; or, more broadly, where the added costs of services do not provide proportional added benefits.
MBS Medicare Benefits Schedule
MBS item An administrative object listed in the MBS and used for the purposes of claiming and paying Medicare benefits, consisting of an item number, service descriptor and supporting information, schedule fee and Medicare benefits.
MBS service The actual medical consultation, procedure or test to which the relevant MBS item refers.
MET Medical Emergency Team
Misuse (of MBS item) The use of MBS services for purposes other than those intended. This includes a range of behaviours, from failing to adhere to particular item descriptors or rules through to deliberate fraud.
MSAC Medical Services Advisory Committee
New service Describes when a new service has been recommended, with a new item number. In most circumstances, new services will need to go through the MSAC. It is worth noting that implementation of the recommendation may result in more or fewer item numbers than specifically stated.
No change or leave unchanged Describes when the services provided under these items will not be changed or affected by the recommendations. This does not rule out small changes in item descriptors (for example, references to other items, which may have changed as a result of the MBS Review or prior reviews).
Non‐VRGP Non‐Vocationally Registered General Practitioner
Obsolete services / items Services that should no longer be performed as they do not represent current clinical best practice and have been superseded by superior tests or procedures.
PBS Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme
Services average annual growth The average growth per year, over five years to 2014/15, in utilisation of services. Also known as the compound annual growth rate (CAGR).
SSU Short Stay Unit
The Committee The Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine Clinical Committee of the MBS Review
The Taskforce The MBS Review Taskforce
Total benefits Total benefits paid in 2014/15 unless otherwise specified.
VAD Ventricular assist device
VRGP Vocationally Registered General Practitioner


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