Care plan crackdown has AMA support – with one caveat

The AMA says it is happy with proposed restrictions on care plans if they come with more cash for the sector
Geir O'Rourke
Dr Tony Bartone
Dr Tony Bartone.

AMA president Dr Tony Bartone says a proposal to crack down on dodgy care plans by introducing a minimum 40-minute threshold has his in-principle support — if it comes with a boost in funding.

The MBS Review Taskforce’s general practice and primary care committee is recommending rewriting the descriptor for Medicare item 721 so that doctors and practice nurses would be required to spend at least 40 minutes developing a GP management plan (GPMP).