A GP Management Plan involves your GP developing a written plan of management in consultation with you. The GP Management Plan is a written set of information about what you need in the management of your chronic and complex condition.
Team Care Arrangements
After preparing a GP management Plan, your GP may identify that you could benefit from the input of other health providers. Your GP may recommend a Team Care Arrangement. This involves at least two other health professionals in addition to your GP. With your consent, your GP will ask the relevant health providers to form a team and work together in developing a plan based on your care requirements. The Practice Nurse may also assist in this process.
Who Will Benefit from a Management Plan?
People with a chronic or terminal medical condition that has been or will be present for 6 months or longer. For example those with Asthma, Diabetes or Heart Disease
Preparing for a GP Management Plan.
When your GP decides to prepare a GP Management Plan the following will occur.
Together you and your GP decide:
- What your health problems and needs are
- What goals you would like from the plan
- What, if any other health care services you need.
In some cases the Practice Nurse may assist in this process. You may also wish to have your carer or a family member present when preparing your plan. When preparing a plan your GP will consider your physical, psychological and social needs.
How often can a GP Management Plan be done?
GP Management plans can be prepared annually and the reviewing is just as important as preparing the plan. Plans should be reviewed every 3 months. Earlier reviews can be arranged if your condition changes significantly.
Healthcare Professionals part of the Team Care Arrangement
- Aboriginal Health Worker
- Diabetic Educator
- Mental Health Worker
- Occupational Therapist
- Exercise Physiologist
- Speech Pathologist
These services only include “private” providers, not services delivered from within a public hospital.
Are there Medicare Rebates?
People with a GP Management Plan and a Team Care Arrangement are eligible for 5 Medicare rebates per year for services provided by “private” health care professionals. The health care professional must be registered with Medicare before Medicare will rebate the service. Please note there may be a gap payment. Check with the health care professional before your appointment.
GP Management Plans & Team Care Arrangements.
Important facts about Management Plans.
- Your GP will decide if you fulfill the eligibility requirements set by Medicare Australia prior to preparing the plan.
- The time required to prepare a plan will vary depending o how complex the condition is.
- People with Team Care Arrangements can access a total of five (5) health care professional services a year.
- Health care services under Team Care Arrangements are not free. A rebate is provided by medicare but there may be gap payments.
- Each person with a GP Management Plan will be offered a copy of the plan.
- Maintaining and improving standards of General Practice.
- Bringing General Practioners closer to the community.
- Identifying the health care needs of the community within its boundaries and facilitating programs and services to meet those needs
- Providing educational and practical support for the optimal delivery of primary health care in the Division area.
- Facilitating links between General Practitioners and other health care professionals throughout the Division.
- Promoting research programs which focus on issues relating to rural General Practice.