Healthier Medicare – trial of health care homes

This measure will provide funding for the first stage of the primary health care model—Health Care Homes.

Information update: this Budget measure is subject to the passage of legislation.

Description of the measure

This measure will provide funding for the first stage of the primary health care model—Health Care Homes.

From 1 July 2017, eligible patients in select trial regions can enrol with a participating medical practice, known as their Health Care Home. Health Care Homes will include general practices and Aboriginal Medical Services and will provide patients with a ‘home base’ for ongoing coordination, management and support of their medical conditions.

Health Care Homes will:

  • assess and enrol patients
  • deliver coordinated clinical care, and
  • provide de-identified patient data

Questions and answers

Who is eligible for this measure

Patients with chronic and complex health conditions can voluntarily enrol in a Health Care Home of their choice.

The first stage of implementation will provide enhanced primary health care for up to 65,000 patients, in up to 200 practices across 7 Primary Health Network regions.

Implementation details, including trial sites, patient eligibility and practice eligibility requirements will be available closer to the implementation date.

The date this measure will start and finish

Service delivery will start on 1 July 2017 and end on 30 June 2019. The national roll out of phase 2 from 2019 to 2020 will be subject to positive evaluation findings from the end of phase 1.

Page last updated: 12 September 2016

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