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

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The Royal Commission

On September 16 the Prime Minister announced the establishment of a Royal Commission into the aged care sector, with the main aim of investigating 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.

Although the media may present the situation as being quite daunting, the Aged Care industry has welcomed the announcement of the Royal Commission with open arms. With 45 percent of Aged Care facilities in the red, we can’t wait for the Royal Commission to reform aged care!

Stewart Brown and Russel Kennedy Lawyers have released some information to guide Providers on what to expect and next steps going forward. Click the names above to read each of the articles.

Related Tag: Residential Aged Care Education and Training

Maximise Funding

How to ensure you are maximising funding within your Facility.

To protect yourself against ACFI changes and ensure you are receiving the maximum amount of funding, could it be time to review residents now?

Tips to help identify if there is room for funding improvement:

  • Review the numbers, not the letters
  • To minimise complications, use the ACFI charts
  • Use a calculator before you start any reappraisal
  • Align your ACFI reviews with your care planning process to minimise only reviewing residents on their anniversary
  • Focus on the gap, not the current rate
  • Get a second set of eyes

For support and assistance with maximising funding, contact one of our friendly staff by clicking here.

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

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.

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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

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…

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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.

Tick Your Dates

Stay up to date this September

When is an ACAT required?

An ACAT assessment is required if the care recipient needs aged care that is funded by the Commonwealth Government.

An ACAT approval is not required when the care recipient enters into flexible care other than transition care.

Find out more here Department’s ACAT webpage.

ACFI Review Records Requirements

Under section 7 of the Records Principles 2014, approved providers must retain an ACFI Answer Appraisal Pack to support each ACFI claim.

Complete packs must be available at all times and include up-to-date and relevant information for each care recipient.

For further information click here Department’s ACFI webpage.