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Sunday, August 8, 2010

For the Seniors - Chronic Disease Management (CDM)

I do not know a great deal about this one but my friend tells me she gets access to a range of bulk-billed health services under the Chronic Disease Management program. From what I understand those eligible persons have access to bulk-billed health services or medicare rebates for these services. For example free dentistry. My friend it is all managed by a GP who gives a referral to these these health providers.

The Chronic Disease Management (CDM) Medicare items on the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) enable GPs to plan and coordinate the health care of patients with chronic or terminal medical conditions, including patients with these conditions who require multidisciplinary, team-based care from a GP and at least two other health or care providers. The items are designed for patients who require a structured approach to their care.

A ‘chronic medical condition’ is one that has been or is likely to be present for at least six months, including but not limited to asthma, cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes mellitus, musculoskeletal conditions and stroke.

Whether a patient is eligible for CDM services is a clinical judgement for the GP, taking into account the patient’s medical condition and care needs, as well as the general guidance set out in the MBS.

GP Mental Health Treatment Plans apply to patients with mental disorders.

Patients who have a chronic medical condition and complex care needs and are being managed by their GP under a GP Management Plan (item 721) and Team Care Arrangements (item 723) are eligible for Medicare rebates for certain allied health services on referral from their GP.
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Feel free to google about it or ask your GP. Here's a website to look at and if you want to ask my friend some more questions let me know.

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