GPs up diabetes planning activity

McKinsey & Company, the firm leading a consortium conducting the Diabetes Care Project on behalf of the Department of Health and Ageing, is halfway through the three-year pilot program involving over 7500 participants and 160 general practices across Queensland, Victoria and South Australia.

The model being tested includes flexible funding that is provided to a practice along with funding provided to a care team, including care facilitators. Both funding pools are on a per patient basis, but vary according to the risk category of the patient.

Project lead Dr Kevin Cheng told MO that although it was too early to report on the health outcomes of the pilot, researchers had seen a positive adoption of the care model changes by general practices, care teams and patients in the intervention group testing the funding model.

This was in comparison to a second intervention group operating under existing diabetes management funding streams.