Medical Diagnosis

Sanctions and non-compliance

In 2017-18, the Department of Health issued 26 sanction notices to 21 aged care providers due to failure to meet quality standards. Overall, the number of sanctions issued to aged care providers more than doubled last financial year compared to the previous year, according to the Government’s annual aged care report.

The number of consumers in aged care is increasing and the report highlights that the demand for services increases with age. Over 40 per cent of people aged 95-99 are accessing residential aged care services compared to around 1 per cent of people aged 65-69.

To read the full report, click here.

An update on the Royal Commission

The Royal Commission officially set to commence hearings. The aged care royal commission will get underway early next year with an opening hearing set for the third week of January.

Initially, the Prime Minister announced the establishment of a Royal Commission into the aged care sector back in September. The main aim to investigate the quality of care provided to older Australians. The Royal Commission came alongside a statement that the number of Aged Care complaints received had risen by 23% over the past 12 months.

For further details regarding submissions and public hearing dates, click here.

Related Tag: Residential Aged Care Management Support

Meeting Desk

ACFI versus R-ACFI

Allied Care Group have conducted Desktop Reviews on a sample of 3 residents per Facility across 8 Residential Aged Care Facilities around Australia.

The Desktop Review compares the funding differences of the current ACFI funding model to the proposed R-ACFI funding model.

The Review covers changes in:

  • Activities of daily living
  • Behaviours
  • Complex Health Care and Pain Management

Click here to see the table summarising the findings from the sample of 8 facilities.

To learn more about the findings, click through to the full article published by AAA.

Related Tag: Funding for Residential Aged Care

Residential Aged Care

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.

Related Tag: Residential Aged Care Management Support

Charming Couple

Have you registered with DTA yet?

Registrations for online learning with Dementia Training Australia (DTA) are now open.

DTA is funded by the Australian Government to provide education and training to health and aged care staff who deliver care to people living with dementia.

There are two courses for care workers and for managers. The training will assist in understanding dementia, and preventing challenging behaviour.

For more information and to register, visit this website.

An Alternative Funding Model for Residential Aged Care

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.

Aged Care

ACFI Classification Principles

Amendments to the ACFI Classification Principles

The following amendments have been made to the Classification Principles 2014 (the Principles), effective from 1 March 2017:

If the User Guide requires a directive from a health care practitioner as evidence in respect of care mentioned in a question or part of a question in the Answer Appraisal Pack, the care may be taken into account only if:
1. A directive has been given for the care by the kind of health care practitioner mentioned in the User Guide in respect of that care; and
2. The directive states the manner in which the care is to be provided and the qualifications of the person who is to provide the care; and
3. The care was, is or is to be provided in the manner, and by a person with the qualifications, stated in the directive.

For more information click here.


Introducing Clinical Coach

Imagine if you could engage all of your staff with one simple program that tracked the care needs of your residents in real time – knowing you were properly compensated for the care provided.

Clinical Coach makes managing the care needs of residents easier than ever before. Clinical Coach is an innovative and unique software program designed to assist providers and their care teams to recognise and act on changes in resident care needs. Care staff drive the program by reviewing resident care weekly. Any recommended changes are made available to the clinical team for approval with individual outcomes reported back to care staff.

Allied Care Group

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

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…

Moving Forward

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.