The staff acknowledge the enormous strain the COVID-19 pandemic has placed on our patients and their families and we continue to reassess the best options for delivering health care to and support to our patients. Not only has there been an extraordinary change in the delivery of health care with the temporary introduction of telehealth consultations but the staff would like to take this opportunity to remind our patients the importance of not neglecting their health and to follow up/maintain their chronic disease management.
Chronic Disease Management is an integrated care approach to managing illness which includes screenings, check-ups, monitoring, coordinating treatment and patient education. The chronic disease care planning process is not simply a mechanism to provide Medicare rebates for allied health services. The CDM items were developed to provide GPs with a structured way of managing a wide range of chronic medical conditions and to assist them to plan and coordinate the care of patients with multidisciplinary care needs.
Benefits - Chronic Disease Management can increase quality of life for the patient. Is advantageous for the GP to regularly interact with the patient gaining a deeper understanding of the patient’s condition to enable them to identify abnormalities before they progress to dangerous, complex and ultimately untreatable levels.
To be eligible the patient must have had the chronic disease -includes but not limited to asthma, diabetes mellitus, musculoskeletal conditions, cardiovascular illness, cancer and stroke for 6 months or longer. There is no age restrictions in developing a chronic disease management plan and the patient is bulk billed for the item numbers: - that is, there is no charge for the service.