Podiatrist

As podiatrists, you play an important role in helping our clients recover from feet and ankle injuries after their transport accident.

We can pay the reasonable costs of your patient’s podiatry services, without prior approval, when they are required as a result of a transport accident injury.

Patient consultations, biomechanical examinations, orthomechanical services and procedures and x-rays are covered. Equipment up to a value of $1,000 is also covered.

As part of your patient’s treatment, you can complete certificates of capacity to assess and certify your patient’s capacity for work.For patients with a severe injury, the discussion, referral and approval of services may form part of the independence planning process.

If your patient's accident was prior to 14th February 2018 they may need to meet the medical excess before you can invoice the TAC for treatment.

Click on the links below to see the full Podiatry guideline, to view the fee schedule and to find any documents and forms you may need.

Podiatrist Guidelines

This guideline should be read in conjunction with the general provider guideline: What do I need to know about working with the TAC?

Who can provide podiatry services?

You can provide services if:

  • You are registered under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (e.g. AHPRA) to practice in the podiatry profession (other than as a student).

What we can pay for

We can pay the reasonable costs of your patient’s podiatry services, without prior approval, when they are required as a result of a transport accident injury.

We can pay for:

  • Podiatry consultations.
  • Biomechanical examinations.
  • Orthomechanical services and procedures, such as impressions and models, prescription orthoses and simple digital or partial prosthesis.
  • Out of rooms consultations, where a patient is medically unfit to travel.
  • Visits to a patient who is an inpatient at a private hospital, where the cost of podiatry is not included in the hospital bed fee.
  • X-rays of the lower extremity, foot and ankle.
  • In-rooms podiatric surgery. For podiatric surgery occurring in hospital, see Medical Practitioner and Private Hospital guidelines.

We can also pay for the provision of equipment under $1,000, such as:

  • Adaptive, modified or custom made orthopaedic footwear.
  • Modifications to a patient’s pre-injury footwear or off the shelf footwear.
  • Footwear that is required to accommodate an orthosis.
  • Prescription, manufacture, supply and fitting of an orthosis.
  • Repair, adjustment or replacement of a pre-existing orthosis damaged in a transport accident.
  • Prosthetic devices and splints.

Our approval is required for equipment above $1,000. Use the Equipment Prescription Form to submit written requests.

Other things to note

  • For accidents that occurred prior to 14th February 2018 a medical excess may apply. Visit the medical excess page to see if it applies to your patient.  If the medical excess applies you will need to invoice the client directly.
  • As part of your patient’s treatment, you can complete certificates of capacity to assess and certify your patient’s capacity for work.
  • If your patient has a severe injury, the discussion, referral and approval of services may form part of the independence planning process between your patient's treating team and our TAC coordinator.
  • If your patient already has an individualised funding package, podiatric services may be included as part of that.

How much we can pay

We can pay for services in line with our Podiatry Fee Schedule.

What we cannot pay for

We cannot pay for:

  • Repair or replacement of an orthoses that was not damaged as a result of the transport accident injury.
  • Maintenance, repair, modification or replacement of an orthoses under warranty.
  • Footwear normally issued by an employer.
  • Non-orthopaedic or standard off the shelf footwear that is not required to fit custom modifications or orthotics required as a result of an accident.

Fee Schedules

Podiatry Services

Effective 1 July 2017

Service DescriptionTAC Item Number2017/2018
Maximum
Payment
Rate
In Room Consultations
Initial consultation F002$58.15
Standard consultation – up to 30 minutesF012$46.53
Long consultation – 31 to 45 minutesF014$69.68
Prolonged consultation – 46 minutes and aboveF016$92.93
Out of Rooms Consultations
Initial consultation F023$81.35
Standard consultation – up to 30 minutesF033$69.68
Long consultation – 31 to 45 minutes F034$92.93
Prolonged consultationF035$116.01
Biomechanical Examination
Biomechanical Assessment (includes F111, F114, F117)F118$163.45
Items F101, F104, F111, F114, F115, F116, F117, F121, F141, F142, F145, F147, F148, F163, F361 to be charged as per consultations.
ORTHOMECHANICAL SERVICES & PROCEDURES (NB: Prior TAC approval required for these services)
Impressions and Models
Negative impression cast – footF301$69.31
Negative impression cast – foot & lower 1/3 of legF303$84.91
Prescription Orthoses
Ankle-foot orthosisF201$494.45
Orthodigital traction deviceF211$135.23
Custom moulded thermoplastic orthosis (including cast and posting)F221$251.19
Heel stabiliser, made to plaster modelF227$141.42
Cushioning orthosisF261$44.17
Pressure relief orthosisF263$108.46
Custom moulded thermoplastic orthosis (including cast and accommodating)F265$166.57
Moulded thermoplastic orthosis – non castF267$125.77
Heel liftF269$36.29
Interior shoe paddingF271$36.29
Protective deviceF341 
Prefabricated Orthoses
Heel stabiliserF229$77.08
Pre-moulded or pre-formed orthosisF240$125.77
Orthoses Modification and Repairs
Orthosis repair – not otherwise specified  F231*$52.06
Orthosis repair – plain          F381*$31.43
Orthosis cover – with soft tissue supplementF383$45.70
Orthosis post – forefoot or rear footF385$26.93
Prosthetic Devices
Simple digital or partial prosthesisF351$135.23
Splints
Dennis Browne splintF281 $160.13
Galley splintF282 $210.45
Counter Rotation systemF283 $607.28
Immobilisation splint, thermoplastic, plaster, or other; below kneeF311 $149.32
Immobilisation splint, thermoplastic, plaster, or other; ankle/footF312 $122.51
Immobilisation splint, thermoplastic, plaster, or other; above kneeF315 $183.90
Traction and training devices (eg. HAV splints)F331 
FOOTWEAR – F008, F025, F019 & F037 to be charged as consultations
PODIATRIC SURGERY (NB: Prior TAC approval required for these services)
Foreign body removal (subcutaneous)F429# $191.46
Foreign body removal (deep to deep fascia)F430 $406.43
Avulsion of toenailF440# $149.32
Excision, benign lesionF445# $309.52
Excision nail and/or nail matrix, partial, for permanent removalF474 $355.12
Excision nail and/or nail matrix, complete, for permanent removalF475 $493.56
Excision or plastic correction of peri-ungual tissueF476 $295.26
Linear repairF492 $158.56
Adjacent tissue transferF502 $528.00
Nail root and matrix resection with matrix sterilisation (single edge)F546# $180.30
Nail root and matrix resection with matrix sterilisation (total nail)F547# $323.50
Incision of soft tissue abscess (superficial)F561# $44.88
Incision of soft tissue abscess (deep or complicated)F562 $287.13
Percutaneous tenotomyF678 $277.20
Open tenotomyF687 $335.94
Capsulotomy or arthrotomy (exploration, drainage, or dislocation reduction) F689 $477.09
Ligament / capsular repair (digital)F692 $477.09
Ligament / capsular repair (mid foot / rear foot)F694 $853.42
Plantar fasciotomyF698 $787.72
Plantar fasciectomyF699 $787.72
Neurectomy of peripheral nerveF702 $632.14
Neurolysis of peripheral nerveF703 $577.37
Excision of cyst or small ganglionF704 $379.47
TenosynovectomyF705 $554.12
Tendon transfer or transplantation (forefoot insertion)F750 $671.58
Tendon transfer or transplantation (rear foot insertion)F752 $778.15
Tenoplasty (digital insertion)F755 $335.94
Tenoplasty (mid foot insertion)F757 $613.44
Tenoplasty (rear foot insertion)F759 $743.66
Excision or curettage of bone cyst or benign tumour (forefoot)F712 $692.69
Excision or curettage of bone cyst or benign tumour (rear foot)F713 $692.69
Primary metatarsal osteectomyF715 $692.69
Lesser metatarsal osteectomyF716 $692.69
Lesser tarsal osteectomyF720 $692.69
Tarsal osteectomyF721 $692.69
Phalangeal osteectomyF725 $539.80
Digital resection (supernumerary or other)F728 $420.75
Tarsal resectionF733 $692.69
Excision of accessory ossicle (partial or total)F736 $607.25
Digital arthroplastyF739 $336.06
Metatarsophalangeal arthroplastyF742 $909.11
Excision of tarsal coalitionF791 $961.30
Primary metatarsal osteotomy (distal)F782 $1,005.67
Primary metatarsal osteotomy (proximal)F783 $1,087.08
Lesser metatarsal osteotomy (distal)F784 $856.63
Lesser metatarsal osteotomy (proximal)F785 $856.63
Phalangeal osteotomyF786 $856.63
Tarsal osteotomyF787 $1,087.08
Insertion of internal fixationF793 $235.94
Removal of buried wire or screwF794 $271.59
Removal of buried plate or rodF795 $450.44
Metatarsophalangeal arthrodesisF852 $987.02
Tarso-metatarsal arthrodesisF854 $987.02
Interphalangeal arthrodesisF856 $433.09
Tarsal arthrodesisF857 $1,259.56
Ankle arthrodesisF858 $1,259.56
Subtalar arthroereisisF860 $1,410.16
Bone graft harvestF862 $510.91
Bone graft insertionF863 $738.92
External fixation device for distraction, rotation or angular correction osteotomyF872 
Open reduction internal fixation forefootF873 $510.91
Open reduction internal fixation rear footF874 $1,030.27
ArthroscopyF884 $891.06

Fees for podiatry services performed within a public hospital will be based on the Department of Human Services schedule of fees and charges for acute health services in Victoria. Refer to www.health.vic.gov.au/feesman.

# Procedures which can be performed by a Podiatrist or a Podiatric Surgeon. All other surgical procedures will only be considered when performed by a Fellow of the College of Podiatric Surgeons.

Service DescriptionTAC Item Number2016/2017
Maximum
Payment
Rate
In Room Consultations
Initial consultation F002$57.30
Standard consultation – up to 30 minutesF012$45.85
Long consultation – 31 to 45 minutesF014$68.66
Prolonged consultation – 46 minutes and aboveF016$91.57
Out of Rooms Consultations
Initial consultation F023$80.16
Standard consultation – up to 30 minutesF033$68.66
Long consultation – 31 to 45 minutes F034$91.57
Prolonged consultationF035$114.32
Biomechanical Examination
Biomechanical Assessment (includes F111, F114, F117)F118$161.07
Items F101, F104, F111, F114, F115, F116, F117, F121, F141, F142, F145, F147, F148, F163, F361 to be charged as per consultations.
ORTHOMECHANICAL SERVICES & PROCEDURES (NB: Prior TAC approval required for these services)
Impressions and Models
Negative impression cast – footF301$68.30
Negative impression cast – foot & lower 1/3 of legF303$83.67
Prescription Orthoses
Ankle-foot orthosisF201$487.24
Orthodigital traction deviceF211$133.26
Custom moulded thermoplastic orthosis (including cast and posting)F221$247.53
Heel stabiliser, made to plaster modelF227$139.36
Cushioning orthosisF261$43.53
Pressure relief orthosisF263$106.88
Custom moulded thermoplastic orthosis (including cast and accommodating)F265$164.14
Moulded thermoplastic orthosis – non castF267$123.94
Heel liftF269$35.76
Interior shoe paddingF271$35.76
Protective deviceF341 
Prefabricated Orthoses
Heel stabiliserF229$75.96
Pre-moulded or pre-formed orthosisF240$123.94
Orthoses Modification and Repairs
Orthosis repair – not otherwise specified  F231*$51.30
Orthosis repair – plain          F381*$30.97
Orthosis cover – with soft tissue supplementF383$45.03
Orthosis post – forefoot or rear footF385$26.54
Prosthetic Devices
Simple digital or partial prosthesisF351$133.26
Splints
Dennis Browne splintF281$157.79
Galley splintF282$207.38
Counter Rotation systemF283$598.42
Immobilisation splint, thermoplastic, plaster, or other; below kneeF311$147.14
Immobilisation splint, thermoplastic, plaster, or other; ankle/footF312$120.72
Immobilisation splint, thermoplastic, plaster, or other; above kneeF315$181.22
Traction and training devices (eg. HAV splints)F331 
FOOTWEAR – F008, F025, F019 & F037 to be charged as consultations
PODIATRIC SURGERY (NB: Prior TAC approval required for these services)
Foreign body removal (subcutaneous)F429#$188.67
Foreign body removal (deep to deep fascia)F430$400.50
Avulsion of toenailF440#$147.14
Excision, benign lesionF445#$305.01
Excision nail and/or nail matrix, partial, for permanent removalF474$349.94
Excision nail and/or nail matrix, complete, for permanent removalF475$486.36
Excision or plastic correction of peri-ungual tissueF476$290.95
Linear repairF492$156.25
Adjacent tissue transferF502$520.30
Nail root and matrix resection with matrix sterilisation (single edge)F546#$177.67
Nail root and matrix resection with matrix sterilisation (total nail)F547#$318.78
Incision of soft tissue abscess (superficial)F561#$44.23
Incision of soft tissue abscess (deep or complicated)F562$282.94
Percutaneous tenotomyF678$273.16
Open tenotomyF687$331.04
Capsulotomy or arthrotomy (exploration, drainage, or dislocation reduction) F689$470.13
Ligament / capsular repair (digital)F692$470.13
Ligament / capsular repair (mid foot / rear foot)F694$840.97
Plantar fasciotomyF698$776.23
Plantar fasciectomyF699$776.23
Neurectomy of peripheral nerveF702$622.92
Neurolysis of peripheral nerveF703$568.95
Excision of cyst or small ganglionF704$373.94
TenosynovectomyF705$546.04
Tendon transfer or transplantation (forefoot insertion)F750$661.79
Tendon transfer or transplantation (rear foot insertion)F752$766.80
Tenoplasty (digital insertion)F755$331.04
Tenoplasty (mid foot insertion)F757$604.49
Tenoplasty (rear foot insertion)F759$732.81
Excision or curettage of bone cyst or benign tumour (forefoot)F712$682.59
Excision or curettage of bone cyst or benign tumour (rear foot)F713$682.59
Primary metatarsal osteectomyF715$682.59
Lesser metatarsal osteectomyF716$682.59
Lesser tarsal osteectomyF720$682.59
Tarsal osteectomyF721$682.59
Phalangeal osteectomyF725$531.93
Digital resection (supernumerary or other)F728$414.61
Tarsal resectionF733$682.59
Excision of accessory ossicle (partial or total)F736$598.39
Digital arthroplastyF739$331.16
Metatarsophalangeal arthroplastyF742$895.85
Excision of tarsal coalitionF791$947.28
Primary metatarsal osteotomy (distal)F782$991.00
Primary metatarsal osteotomy (proximal)F783$1,071.23
Lesser metatarsal osteotomy (distal)F784$844.14
Lesser metatarsal osteotomy (proximal)F785$844.14
Phalangeal osteotomyF786$844.14
Tarsal osteotomyF787$1,071.23
Insertion of internal fixationF793$232.50
Removal of buried wire or screwF794$267.63
Removal of buried plate or rodF795$443.87
Metatarsophalangeal arthrodesisF852$972.63
Tarso-metatarsal arthrodesisF854$972.63
Interphalangeal arthrodesisF856$426.77
Tarsal arthrodesisF857$1,241.19
Ankle arthrodesisF858$1,241.19
Subtalar arthroereisisF860$1,389.59
Bone graft harvestF862$503.46
Bone graft insertionF863$728.14
External fixation device for distraction, rotation or angular correction osteotomyF872 
Open reduction internal fixation forefootF873$503.46
Open reduction internal fixation rear footF874$1,015.24
ArthroscopyF884$878.06

Fees for podiatry services performed within a public hospital will be based on the Department of Human Services schedule of fees and charges for acute health services in Victoria. Refer to www.health.vic.gov.au/feesman.

# Procedures which can be performed by a Podiatrist or a Podiatric Surgeon. All other surgical procedures will only be considered when performed by a Fellow of the College of Podiatric Surgeons.

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Working with the TAC

Below you will find information relevant to all providers about working with TAC clients, including:

  • How to register
  • Approvals process
  • Travel
  • Compliance requirements
  • Medical excess (for accidents before 14th February 2018)
  • Requests for further information
  • Subsequent, pre-existing and non-accident related injuries
  • Treatment by a family member
  • How to get paid
  • What we cannot pay for

Click on the General Provider guideline below to find out more.

Other guidelines that may be relevant for Optometrists include: