When is an Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) required?

If a person is seeking access to aged care services that are funded under the Aged Care Act (1997), an ACAT is required. Such services as Residential Care, Flexible Care in the form of Transition Care, Residential Respite Care or a Home Care Package.

A subsidy cannot be paid to an approved provider for providing care to a person, unless the person is approved under the Act as a care recipient.

For more information visit this website.

An Alternative Funding Model for Residential Aged Care

The department engaged the University of Wollongong to develop options and recommendations to help inform the design of future residential aged care funding models. The webinar outlined 5 options for alternative funding models. The review illustrated the future is about being able to measure outcomes, and, moving away from cost to value for money.

Tune in to hear about the findings around alternative funding models for RACF. Click here.

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Changes to the Viability Supplement

Changes to the Viability Supplement 

January 1st 2017 will bring about some new changes. One being the eligibility criteria for the Viability Supplement. One thing to note is that no Residential Aged Care Provider who is currently receiving the Viability Supplement will lose any funding as a result of this change. As the Department of Health states; ‘Grand-parenting arrangements will be in place so that there is no disadvantage for existing care recipients.’

A reminder to make sure you have updated the location details for all of your care recipients. Read more about classification…

Medical Diagnosis & Additional Services Fees

ACFI requirements: Medical Diagnosis

When preparing an ACFI application for classification, providers may use different methods to provide information on a care recipient’s medical diagnosis.

It is important that copies of source materials used to compile the diagnosis are available when the department conducts an ACFI review of the appraisal. Read more about classification…

Did you read about the Additional services fees in aged care homes?

The department released information clarifying providers’ responsibilities when charging fees for ‘other care or services’ in aged care homes. This clarified that providers cannot charge additional fees for services or activities that are part of the normal operation of an aged care home. Read more about fees…

The 7 Day ACFI Appraisal Rule

Update: ACFI Appraisals for Providers

Providers must provide a care recipient with seven continuous days of residential care before making an ACFI appraisal.

If a person received respite for 10 days and then entered permanent care, the appraisal could be made on the day that the person entered permanent residential care. If a person received respite care and returned home before entering care permanently, the assessment would take place after seven consecutive days of permanent care.

Find out more here Departments ACAT webpage.

Moving Forward – The Future of Aged Care

Information for a Sustainable Future in Aged Care

In respect to the recent Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI) changes and updated Rates for July to December 2016, this month we are looking to the future of Aged Care. This article focuses on sustainable ways forward to oppose the unhinged movement in the industry caused by the recent changes.

The changes to the Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI) Rates are in. Now, as a Provider, can we embrace the changes, focus on growth and work towards sustainability as a foreseeable future for Aged Care?

The Australian Ageing Agenda (AAA) have proposed we focus on ‘people,  processes and systems.’ The information encourages innovation and growth in Facilities as a means to move forward and reduce the consequences of the Federal Government’s changes to the ACFI spending.

Click here to read the article. To view the New Rates of Payment from 1 July 2016 you can visit the DSS.