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An indicator of whether a person has received a GP Management Plan (MBS Item 721), as represented by a code.


Data Element (this item)


This representation is based on the value domain for this data element, more information is available at " Yes/no code N ".
Data Type Boolean
Format N
Maximum character length 1
Value Meaning Start Date End Date
Permissible Values 2 No
1 Yes


Guide for use:

CODE 1 Yes

A person has received a GP Management Plan.


A person has not received a GP Management Plan.


Department of Health and Ageing 2011a. Department of Health and Ageing, Canberra. Viewed 27 May 2011,

Department of Health and Ageing 2011b. GP Management Plans (Medicare item 721). Department of Health and Ageing, Canberra. Viewed 27 May 2011, <

Department of Health and Ageing 2011c. Medicare Benefits Schedule – Item 721. Department of Health and Ageing, Canberra. Viewed 27 May 2011,


The Chronic Disease Management Medicare items on the Medicare Benefits Schedule enable GPs to plan and coordinate the health care of patients with chronic or terminal medical conditions. This item is designed for patients who require a structured approach to their care. To be eligible for a GP Management Plan (GPMP) a patient must have a chronic (or terminal) medical condition; one that has been or is likely to be present for 6 months or longer, including, but not limited to asthma, cancer, cardiovascular illness, diabetes mellitus and musculoskeletal conditions (Department of Health and Ageing 2011a).

A GPMP is required by legislation to be a comprehensive written plan that describes:

• the patient’s health care needs, health problems and relevant conditions

• management goals with which the patient agrees

• actions to be taken by the patient

• treatment and services the patient is likely to need

• arrangements for providing these treatment and services

• a date to review these matters (Department of Health and Ageing 2011b).

This chronic disease management service is for a patient who has at least one medical condition that:

(a) has been (or is likely to be) present for at least six months; or

(b) is terminal (Department of Health and Ageing 2011c).


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