Today many Australians are living with chronic diseases that are hindering their health and lifestyle. The purpose of the Chronic Disease Management (CDM) appointments is to help you manage your chronic diseases so that you can maintain your independence and stay as healthy as possible.
Consultations are conducted with our Practice Nurse and then with your GP and require a long consult which is bulk billed. Please bring in any relevant specialist reports, x-ray and pathology results to your appointment.
Talk with your doctor today about preventing or managing chronic disease and ask how we can help you.
How do you recognise if you have a chronic medical condition?
A chronic medical condition is one that you have had for six months or longer, for example, asthma, cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, musculoskeletal conditions and stroke. There is no list of eligible conditions,however the CDM item numbers are designed for patients who require a structured approach to manage their chronic disease and can include ongoing care from a multidisciplinary team.
Once the initial doctors appointment is completed and care plan is put in place by your GP, depending on the doctors diagnosis a review of the patient is booked anywhere between three to twelve months from the onset of the care plan. This review is to ensure the intended goals in your care plan
If you fit the aforementioned conditions make an appointment today with one of our doctor’s to discuss how we can help you.
Whether a patient is eligible for CDM services is a clinical judgement made by the GP, while considering the patient’s medical condition, the doctor considers the patients care needs, diagnosis in conjunction with the general guidance set out by the Medicare Benefits Schedule.
Patients who have a chronic medical condition and complex care needs and are managed by their doctor under a GP Management Plan (item 721) and Team Care Arrangements (item 723). These Medicare rebates cover the doctors fee as well as certain allied health services outlined on the referral from their GP.