Recent ACFI Changes
All details shown on this page are directly from the Australian Government Department of Health Fact Sheet.
Changes to residential aged care funding arrangements – Budget 2016-17
Detail of changes to be implemented on 1 July 2016 and 1 January 2017
In response to the higher than expected increase in residential aged care funding the Government announced in the 2015 Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) and in the 2016–17 Budget changes to residential care funding arrangements.
After these changes are implemented funding to the residential aged care sector will continue to grow in aggregate at an average of 5.1 per cent over the five years to 2019–2020.
This Fact Sheet provides details of these changes. The changes will be implemented in two stages.
(DETAILS SHOWN BELOW)
Part A – Changes effective from 1 July 2016
- Half indexation of CHC domain in 2016–17
- Changes to certain scores in the CHC scoring matrix from 1 July 2016 to 31 December 2016 – for new appraisals or reappraisals of existing residents
Part B – Changes effective from 1 January 2017
- New redesigned CHC scoring matrix from 1 January 2017
- Changes to scores and eligibility requirements for certain CHC procedures in Questions 12 of ACFI
These changes will apply to new appraisals or reappraisals of existing residents only. Existing appraisals will be grandparented.
In addition, the Government has announced that it will consult with the sector on potential further reform to strengthen the way care funding is determined, including looking at separating needs assessment from service provision, and having it done by an independent party, as recommended in the 2011 Productivity Commission report Caring for Older Australians and the Aged Care Sector Committee’s Aged Care Road Map.