Does enhanced primary care enhance primary care? Policy-induced dilemmas for allied health professionals

Foster, Michele M., Mitchell, Geoffrey, Haines, Terry, Tweedy, Sean, Cornwell, Petrea and Fleming, Jennifer (2008) Does enhanced primary care enhance primary care? Policy-induced dilemmas for allied health professionals. Medical Journal of Australia, 188 1: 29-32.

Author Foster, Michele M.
Mitchell, Geoffrey
Haines, Terry
Tweedy, Sean
Cornwell, Petrea
Fleming, Jennifer
Title Does enhanced primary care enhance primary care? Policy-induced dilemmas for allied health professionals
Journal name Medical Journal of Australia   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0025-729X
1326-5377
Publication date 2008-01-07
Year available 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 188
Issue 1
Start page 29
End page 32
Total pages 4
Editor Martin Van Der Weyden
Place of publication Sydney, NSW, Australia
Publisher Australasian Medical Publishing
Language eng
Subject C1
920201 Allied Health Therapies (excl. Mental Health Services)
160508 Health Policy
111709 Health Care Administration
1117 Public Health and Health Services
111717 Primary Health Care
Abstract One aim of Medicare's Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) initiative is to encourage multidisciplinary care of patients with chronic disease by funding five allied health treatment sessions per patient per year.
Formatted abstract
• One aim of Medicare’s Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) initiative is to encourage multidisciplinary care of patients with chronic disease by funding five allied health treatment sessions per patient per year.
• In many cases, the number of funded treatments is far less than standard clinical practice indicates, particularly when the five visits are shared between service providers.
• We believe clinical outcomes may be compromised by adhering to the funded hours, and inequity of outcome may arise based on socioeconomic status and the ability of
patients to pay.
• Research that determines how patients and allied health practitioners are responding to this initiative is required.
• Research is also required to evaluate whether EPC enhances clinical outcomes compared with no allied health intervention and standard allied health practice.
©The Medical Journal of Australia 2008

Keyword Enhanced primary care
Medicare
Multidisciplinary care
Chronic disease
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

 
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