Spectrum Clarity Fees Explained
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Spectrum Clarity services are focused on the Inner and Outer East Region of the State of Victoria. On this basis, our Social Workers will provide service in the comfort of your home. We do not ask that you travel to another professional consulting room. However, for those clients who wish to access our services ‘beyond these borders’, we ask that you travel to us at a mutually agreed venue.
In addition, we have put together this table to help you understand how our fee system works. Please note that if you use a credit card, there is a credit card merchant fee of 2%, as well as a $1 transaction fee and is an additional cost to our professional fees.
Our fee schedule is as follows:
|Description||Service Length||Spectrum Clarity Fee Schedule||Medicare Rebate||Out-of-Pocket Expenses|
|Initial Consultation – Long Appointments (no referrals)||80 mins (not at consulting rooms)||$245||$0||$245|
|Individual Sessions (no referrals)||50 mins (not at consulting rooms)||$185||$0||$185|
|Individual Sessions (Chronic Disease Management Plan)||50 mins (not at consulting rooms)||$185||$52.96 (MBS 10956)||$132.05|
|Individual Sessions – Long Appointment (Chronic Disease Management Plan)||80 mins (not at consulting rooms)||$245||$52.96 (MBS 10956)||$192.04|
|Individual Sessions (Mental Health Plan by GP or Paediatrician)||50 mins (not at consulting rooms)||$185||$96.35 (MBS 80165)||$88.65|
|Individual Sessions – Long Appointment (Mental Health Plan by GP or Paediatrician)||80 mins (not at consulting rooms)||$245||$96.35 (MBS 80165)||$148.65|
|Individual Sessions (Parent has a Health Care Card /Pension Card which must be sighted by an Access Consultant).||50 mins (not at consulting rooms)||$120||$96.35
|Individual Sessions – Long Appointment (Parent has a Health Care Card /Pension Card which must be sighted by an Access Consultant).||80 mins (not at consulting rooms)||$170||$96.35
|Individual Sessions – Extended Fee||120 mins +
(not at consulting rooms)
|NDIS Coordination of Supports||60 mins||$96.04 (as per the NDIS Price Guide)||N/A||N/A|
Administration Fee (for all clients excluding NDIS). This fee is for the formulation of documents such as
Medicare rebates are available for allied health, psychology and mental health services. You must be referred by a GP or other medical professional to access Medicare rebates for either the Chronic Disease Management Plan or a Mental Health Plan. Your GP will complete an assessment to determine whether you are eligible for Medicare rebates, and therefore you should request a long consultation when you make a booking with your GP or Paediatrician.
The practice allows you to claim Medicare rebates instantly using online Medicare claiming. This means that you do not have to go to the trouble of taking your invoice to a Medicare office to claim any Medicare rebates. Instead, your Accredited Mental Health Social Worker electronically submits the claim to Medicare in one click, and Medicare pays the rebate into your bank account (or your Accredited Mental Health Social Worker if it is a bulk bill or ‘gap’ claim). This saves you and your Social Worker time, and also reduces the number of forms your Social Worker must complete when Medicare rebates are claimed.
To claim rebates this way, we ask that you provide your Medicare card details, as well as the accounts where you would like Medicare to direct deposit any rebates for you. If you do not wish to provide your bank account details, Medicare can send you a cheque to your registered home address.
Some Access Consultants (Social Workers) will have immediate access to a mobile HICAPS machine. In these instances, you can use your credit card and if a Medicare rebate is applicable, this can be processed immediately also. All clients of Spectrum Clarity will be issued with an electronic invoice and receipt for professional services received.
This practice also has the option to use Auto Payments to pay your appointment fees. Similar to a direct debit, your fee payments are processed automatically at the time of your appointment. This means you can focus your entire appointment on your specific needs without the need to worry about payments. It also means less administration for your Social Worker, enabling your Social Worker to focus on you and your specific issues. When payment is processed, you receive a confirmation email, in addition to the invoice from your Social Worker, and you can use the invoice to claim any Medicare rebates applicable.
Private Health Cover
Mental Health Accredited Social Workers are not eligible for rebates under private health funds.