7.           Obsolete Items

After a review of the items and the associated MBS data, three MBS items were identified as obsolete. They are not covered by the new spinal surgery schedule.

Recommendation 3

The Committee recommends that items 40336, 48600 and 48603 listed below are removed from the MBS as they are obsolete.

Table D:  Item descriptor, schedule fee and services for spinal surgery items identified as obsolete

Item

Item descriptor

Schedule fee ($)

Services

(2015-16)

40336

INTRADISCAL INJECTION OF CHYMOPAPAIN (DISCASE) - 1 disc (Anaes.) (Assist.)

315.90

0

48600

SPINE, MANIPULATION OF, performed in the operating theatre of a hospital (Anaes.)

94.00

75

48603

SPINE, manipulation of, under epidural anaesthesia, with or without steroid injection, where the manipulation and the administration of the epidural anaesthetic are performed by the same medical practitioner in the operating theatre of a hospital, not being a service associated with a service to which item 48600 or 50115 applies (Anaes.)

141.25

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Source: Department of Human Services, date of processing