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Heart Health Checks: Information for healthcare professionals

Heart Health Checks have been supported by Medicare since the 1 April 2019.

What is a Heart Health Check? 

A Heart Health Check is the patient-friendly term for comprehensive cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk assessment and ongoing management.  

The 20-minute check includes: 
  • Gathering information about a patient’s CVD risk factors 
  • Calculating and recording their absolute CVD risk using a validated calculator 
  • Managing their risk as per the Absolute Risk Guidelines on an ongoing basis. 
 
Heart Health Checks have been supported by Medicare since the 1 April 2019.  On April 1st2019, two items were introduced onto the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS): Items 699 and177. Eligible patients can now receive a Medicare rebate when they get a Heart Health Checkfrom a GP (Item 699) or other medical practitioner (Item 177) working in primary care.  

Heart Health Checks enable the assessment and management of absolute CVD risk for eligible patients – 45 years and over, or 30 years and over for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients).  

Modelling over the next 5 years has indicated that up to 76,500 cardiovascular disease related events (including heart attacks, strokes and deaths) could be prevented with the uptake of Heart Health Checks over the next five years. 

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