On 1 November 2019, the Australian Government introduced a suite of new MBS items for people living with eating disorders.
People eligible for the EDP will be able to access comprehensive treatment and management services for a 12-month period, including:
An EDP can be created by a GP, Pediatrician or Psychiatrist. These are the people who can step the person through the plan, including reviews.
There are two cohorts of eligible patients who can access EDPs:
People living with anorexia nervosa are eligible for an EDP without any further criteria needing to be met.
The eligibility criteria that need to be met for a person with a clinical diagnosis of bulimia nervosa, BED and OSFED, are:
An EDP is valid for 12 months from the date the EDP was created by the medical practitioner and not based on a calendar year.
The person’s count of EDP psychological and dietetic services should start from the date of the EDP and apply to all services provided within that 12-month period.
Once this time has lapsed, a new EDP will need to be created and new referrals made for psychological and dietetic treatment. Sessions that were not used in the preceding 12 months cannot be carried over into the new plan.
If the 40 psychological and/or 20 dietetic sessions are used in under a 12 month-period, the person will need to wait until the 12-month period has lapsed before accessing further sessions under a new EDP if eligible.
If you are unsure about your eligibility, or are wanting to pursue an EDP via your GP, you can complete the Eating Disorder Examination Questionnaire (EDE-Q) here.
Please note when booking to see a GP to obtain an EDP, a double session to generally required to create or review a treatment plan.
Your GP will likely get you to complete the EDE-Q in your appointment, which can take around 10-15mins. Therefore, I usually suggest completing it beforehand and bringing to your GP appointment to make the process smoother.
Unsure how to create an EDP for your client?
Access the template here https://insideoutinstitute.org.au/resource-library/eating-disorder-care-plan
More info about the EDP can be found at https://insideoutinstitute.org.au/medicare/
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