Medicare and chronic disease management: Integrated care as an exceptional circumstance?

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Taylor, Michael John and Swerissen, Hal. (2010) Medicare and chronic disease management: Integrated care as an exceptional circumstance? Australian Health Review. 34(2), pp. 152 - 161. https://doi.org/10.1071/AH09810
AuthorsTaylor, Michael John and Swerissen, Hal
Abstract

Chronic disease represents a significant challenge to the design and reform of the Australian healthcare system. The Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) provides a framework of numerous chronic disease management programs; however, their use at the patient level is complex. This analysis of the MBS chronic disease framework uses a hypothetical case study of a diabetic patient (with disease-related complications and a complex psychosocial background) to illustrate the difficulties in delivering appropriate multidisciplinary chronic disease care under the MBS. The complexities at each step – from care planning, service provision, and monitoring and review – are described, as are the intricacies involved in providing patient care under different MBS programs as well as those in the broader health and community care system. As demonstrated by this case study, under certain circumstances the provision of truly integrated care to this hypothetical patient would constitute an ‘exceptional circumstance’ under the MBS. Although quality improvement efforts can improve functioning within the limitations of the current system, system-wide reforms are necessary to overcome complexity and fragmentation.

Year2010
JournalAustralian Health Review
Journal citation34 (2), pp. 152 - 161
PublisherCSIRO Publishing
ISSN0156-5788
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1071/AH09810
Scopus EID2-s2.0-77952846919
Page range152 - 161
Research GroupSchool of Allied Health
Place of publicationAustralia
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