Overhaul of MBS chronic disease items on way

The billion-dollar world of chronic disease management is in line for a major overhaul, with the Federal Government targetting the cherrypicking of Medicare management plans.

Australian Doctor has been told by three sources the review, which is due to be completed in May - possibly in time for the budget - will identify ways MBS chronic disease cash can been spent "more efficiently".

One source said: “It’s a big story. Medicare items for chronic disease underpin the viability of most practices and we don't want to see that damaged."