About 65,000 Australians will participate in initial two-year trials of Health Care Homes, in up to 200 medical practices from July 2017. Australians living with multiplechronic illnesses will be able to have all of their health care needs managed in one location, as part ofthe Federal Government’s proposed Health Care Homes program.
Health Care Homes will allow people suffering from chronic diseasesto enrollwith a singlepractice or health care provider, which will thenprovide a ‘home-base’ for the coordination, management and ongoing support of patients’ care.
The Turnbull Government’s clinician-led Primary Health Care Advisory Group (PHCAG) said most patientswith multiple chronic conditions receive treatment from many health providers.
“Most of them working in different locations, and often working in different parts of the health system,”the PHCAG said.
“This leads to concern regarding the quality and safety of patient care.”
The program seeks to brings medical assistancetopatients rather thanhaving them visitmultiple locationsfor different illnesses.
It will includethe development of an individualised care plan for patients tailored to their specific conditions and health care needs.
This means patients will be supported with access to coordinated medical, allied health and out-of-hospital services, regardless of whether they are provided by Medicare, state and local governments, the community sector or the multitude of other sources currently fragmenting the system.
Patients will also have enhanced accessto care provided by their Health Care Home in-hours, which may include support by telephone, email or videoconferencing, and effective access to after-hours advice or care, as well as technological support.
About 65,000 Australians will participate in initial two-year trialsin up to 200 medical practices from July 1, 2017.
Silver Chain Group Healthexecutive general manager Michelle Noortsaid Health CareHomes will help break down the barriers within the health system that can prevent patients fromreceiving optimum care.
“The Health Care Home concept will be an important aspect of the future of primary health carein Australia and the Silver Chain Group looks forward to working with the Federal Government tosupport the trials,” Ms Noort said.
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