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Enhanced Primary Care – Bulk Billing Podiatrist

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 items are designed for patients who require a structured approach, including those requiring ongoing care from a multidisciplinary team.

The Chronic Disease Management (CDM) plan entitles eligible patients to medical rebates. Pivotal Motion Podiatry is able to professionally assist CDM patients and podiatry sessions can be bulkbilled.

Key points to note in summary:

  • CDM is available for patients with chronic or terminal medical conditions.
  • A Medicare rebate is available for a maximum of five services per patient each calendar year.
    Additional services are not possible in any circumstances.
  • Pivotal Motion Podiatry accepts the Medicare benefit as full payment for the service – sessions can be bulkbilled.
  • Patients must have a GP Management Plan and Team Care Arrangements prepared by their GP, or be residents of a residential aged care facility who are managed under a multidisciplinary care plan.
  • Referrals to allied health providers must be from GPs.

If you have any questions about Medicare rebates, speak to our friendly reception staff on 3352 5116 to discuss payment options and costs.

Please note that if Medicare fails to pay for your appointment, we will need to charge you as the patient for the time spent with the podiatrist.  There can be a variety of reasons why this may happen; including having already used up the 5 allocated appointments with other allied health practitioners such as physiotherapists.