December 2018 Newsletter – Health Insurance

Changes to Pilates rebates through Private Health Insurance will take effect from 1st April 2019. These changes mean that Pilates classes taken by a Pilates Instructor will no longer be funded, as part of a reform to eliminate rebates for non evidence based natural therapies.
This reform will NOT impact Motion Health Body Clinic classes.
In order to comply with the reforms, classes and individual sessions must meet the following criteria:
  • Individualised assessment and continuous reassessment
  • A program of exercised-based interventions specific to the patient, addressing any health concerns of the patient
  • High quality clinical notes that reflect Physiotherapy or Exercise Physiology practice

As our Body Clinic classes meet all these criteria, you will still be able to claim rebate for these classes through your private health fund. Clients will need to undertake regular reassessments to continue to meet these criteria; this will also allow our practitioners the opportunity to discuss with clients in depth how their exercise and health concerns are progressing and how we can continue to assist clients to reach their goals. Clients will be reminded when they are due for reassessment.

Whilst we can confirm that classes at Motion Health with an Exercise Physiologist or Physiotherapist will continue to be claimable through your private health, we are unable to inform you of what your rebate will be. If you are unsure what your rebate is for classes, you can find this information by contacting  your private health insurer and quoting the below item codes, they will be able to inform you exactly how much you get back per class throughout the year.

  • Body Clinic with a Physiotherapist: Item #505
  • Body Clinic with an Exercise Physiologist: Item #502

If you have any further questions regarding the health reforms please don’t hesitate to speak to reception or send us an email at [email protected]

February Newsletter – Private Health Insurance Reforms

private health insurance reforms

Pilates Rebates

You may remember the government announcement late last year regarding a reform package for the Private Health Insurance sector.

Commencing April 2019, private health insurance will no longer cover natural therapies, including aromatherapy, Bowen therapy, Buteyko, Feldenkrais, herbalism, homeopathy, iridology, kinesiology, naturopathy, Pilates, reflexology, Rolfing, shiatsu, tai chi and yoga.

However the APA (the Australian Physiotherapy Association) have advised that members should not be unduly concerned about the removal of Pilates from the list of rebateable natural therapies. Any physiotherapist delivering a one-on-one or group consultation on any patient(s), whether it be classed as Pilates or something else, is unaffected by the PHI reform package. Their patients’ ability to claim for the service will be unaffected. The same will apply to accredited Exercise Physiologists.

The APA understands that physiotherapists who incorporate Pilates treatment into their overall management of patients do so with a full understanding and assessment of the patient’s condition, and with ongoing reassessments and modifications to the patient’s treatment as required.
Physiotherapist-instructed Pilates is one part of a wider range of treatment options utilised by our members in these instances, and is in line with the best practice, evidence based contemporary care that physiotherapists employ.

The reform package measures have been set with the understanding that there is a clear difference between physiotherapist-instructed Pilates programs and those used by other practitioners. As a result, physiotherapists utilising Pilates methods in their patient treatment plans will not be affected by these changes.

All of our staff here at Motion Health fall under the category of Accredited Physiotherapists and Exercise Physiologists.