Chronic Disease Management
Chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions can significantly impact normal functioning and lead to a reduced quality of life. Fortunately, appropriate lifestyle changes and exercise prescription provided by an Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) can help manage or reduce the symptoms of chronic disease.
In recognition of the overwhelming benefits of exercise as therapy, people who experience ongoing health conditions are now able to receive Medicare rebates for up to five sessions with an Accredited Exercise Physiologist.
To access a referral for bulk-billed exercise physiology services at Fnq Rehab, you will need to discuss a Chronic Disease Management Plan with your GP – see below.
As stated on the Department of Health Website:
The Chronic Disease Management (formerly Enhanced Primary Care or EPC) — GP services on the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) 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; however, the CDM scheme is designed for patients who require a structured approach, including those requiring ongoing care from a multidisciplinary team.
For more information on CDM’s and Medicare see the following:
Medicare/Chronic Disease Management Patient Information Sheet
If you are a GP and need more information about how to refer, see: