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Chronic Disease Management

8 Sep 2010 6:29 AM -

Since 2005 through Medicare it has become easier for GPs to manage the health care of patients with chronic medical conditions, including patients needing multidisciplinary care.

The Chronic Disease Management (CDM) items significantly increase care planning options for GPs, as well as expanding patient eligibility and increasing the assistance that practice nurses and others can provide. They also provide more flexibility in who can provide review services. The items replaced the former Enhanced Primary Care items for multidisciplinary care planning services.

The CDM items include a service for ‘GP only’ care planning (the GP Management Plan), in addition to services for multidisciplinary care planning (Team Care Arrangements). Patients who have a chronic or terminal condition (without multidisciplinary care needs) can have a GP Management Plan service. Patients who also have complex care needs can have a GP Management Plan, and a Team Care Arrangements service. GPs can be assisted by practice nurses, aboriginal health workers and other health professionals in providing the new CDM items.

Contact us to find out if you might be eligible for a Chronic Disease Management care plan.