Chronic Disease Management (CDM)
At Central Health Alliance we believe a coordinated approach to the management of chronic health conditions is essential for limiting the impact of a chronic disease on one’s quality of life. Some examples of chronic diseases that can impact on your quality of life include arthritis; diabetes; cancer management; heart disease; stroke; asthma and kidney disease.
Chronic Disease Management 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.
A chronic medical condition is one that has been (or is likely to be) present for six months or longer, for example, asthma, cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, musculoskeletal conditions and stroke.
There is no list of eligible conditions under the current Medicare system; however, the CDM items are designed for patients who require a structured approach, including those requiring ongoing care from a multidisciplinary team.
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.
Patients who have a chronic medical condition and complex care needs and are being managed by their GP under a GP Management Plan and Team Care Arrangements are eligible for Medicare rebates for certain allied health services on referral from their GP. All our doctors bulk bill these Care Plan.