Last week was National Diabetes Week.

The Challenge

Diabetes has affected approximately 1.2 million Australians in 2017-2018 and contributed to 11% of deaths in Australia in 2018.

With social isolation recommendations to reduce COVID-19 spread, GPs have been managing health care delivery for regular consultations for patients with diabetes through telehealth over face to face contact.

Not only can you use CAT4 to show the total number of patients who had any of the MBS Telehealth items claimed. There are a number of MBS items that can be used to provide diabetes care in general practice. Both the Diabetes Annual Cycle of Care (including Diabetes SIP) and GMPA and TCA can be claimed for the same patient during one visit.

The PIP QI ten improvement measures (QIM) also include three diabetes related items.

The three diabetes QIM Improvement Measures are:

  • Proportion of patients with diabetes with a current HbA1c result
  • Proportion of patients with diabetes who were immunised against influenza
  • Proportion of patients with diabetes with a blood pressure result

CAT Plus and Diabetes

CAT Plus (CAT4 and Topbar) can assist practices to better manage their patients with diabetes through data-driven reporting and analysis.

Practices can use CAT4 to report on the diabetes QI Measures.

The MBS App in Topbar provides a full overview of the individual components of the Diabetes CoC MBS item and supports opportunistic care. The PIP QI Topbar App shows the status of each patient against the relevant QIMs.

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