News feed: Aged Care Reforms

Industry alert: emergency planning for aged care services

The Australian Department of Health has released the following reminder to Aged Care Service Providers:

The high risk season for major Australian weather events and bushfires has already commenced so it is important that all aged care providers are prepared to respond to emergency events.

Maintaining quality care under these circumstances requires effective emergency risk management and planning.

It is important that service providers are prepared for any events which may impact their service. The department has published a number … Read the rest

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ACCC Consumer Directed Aged Care survey

 

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is currently leading a national initiative of Commonwealth, state and territory consumer protection regulators to develop educational resources to assist older consumers and their support networks understand their consumer rights and options when choosing to interact with providers of goods and services in the aged care sector.

The ACCC would also like to assist providers in the Consumer Directed Care sector by developing resources to assist businesses to understand their obligations under the … Read the rest

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Opportunity to participate in the NSAF Review survey

The department is reviewing the National Screening and Assessment Form (NSAF) in response to feedback from the sector. This is a high priority to support a more effective and streamlined assessment process.

Background

The National Screening and Assessment Form (NSAF) was implemented in My Aged Care in 2015 to support the collection of information during:

  • Screening (conducted over-the-phone by the My Aged Care contact centre)
  • Home Support Assessment (conducted face-to-face by the My Aged Care Regional Assessment Service)
  • Comprehensive Assessment
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My Aged Care evaluation findings

 

The department conducted a second wave of research in late 2016 – early 2017 to evaluate the implementation of My Aged Care amongst consumers, assessors, service providers and other key stakeholder groups.

The objectives were to evaluate experiences and perceptions of the aged care system and My Aged Care since the first wave of research in early 2016.

Key findings

Care recipients and carers continue to report high levels of satisfaction in many areas, including:

  • screening outcomes
  • face-to-face assessment
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Public consultation – redesign of dementia consumer supports

In January 2016, the Australian Government announced it would work with stakeholders to develop an improved range of consumer supports for people living with dementia, their families and carers.

Following discussions and feedback from the 2016 Ministerial Dementia Forum, the Department of Health has developed a proposed suite of redesigned dementia consumer supports.

A consultation paper has been developed to explore and seek stakeholder feedback on the proposed suite of supports.

The consultation opened on Wednesday 4 October 2017 and … Read the rest

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Legislated Review of Aged Care 2017 – final report now available  

On 14 September 2017, the Hon Ken Wyatt AO MP tabled the report of the Legislated Review of Aged Care 2017 (the Review).

The Review, led by Mr David Tune AO PSM, examines the impact and effectiveness of the changes implemented under the Living Longer Living Better reform package announced in 2012. It makes 38 recommendations for future reform to the aged care system.

View the media release on the Minister’s website and the report on the department’s website.… Read the rest

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Home Care Packages data report and wait times

Minister Wyatt has released the first Home Care Packages data report on operations since the reforms to home care began on 27 February 2017 through to 30 June 2017.

The report presents data across four key categories:

  • eligibility and assessment of home care consumers
  • the national prioritisation process (including the number of packages assigned and the number of people on the national queue)
  • service delivery (demand and supply for home care across aged care planning regions)
  • provider behaviour on maximum
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How long you may need to wait for a home care package

To support consumer choice expected wait times for home care are now publicly available through My Aged Care. The expected wait time will be based on how long a consumer has been waiting for care, as well as their relative needs and circumstances identified through their ACAT assessment.

If you have been approved for a home care package, you can find out how long your wait is likely to be:

  • log in to your client record using MyGov
           OR
  • call
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The Aged Care Quality Regulatory Processes Review

This Review has been extended with the report now due 27 September.  The purpose of the Review is to examine and report on Commonwealth regulatory practices relating to monitoring the quality and standard of care in residential aged care facilities.

Led by independent reviewer Ms Kate Carnell AO, a veteran public administrator and regulator, in conjunction with Professor Ron Paterson ONZM, an international expert on patients’ rights, complaints, health care quality and the regulation of healthcare professions.

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2017 ACFA Annual Report now available

The Aged Care Financing Authority (ACFA) presented its 2017 Report on Funding and Financing of the Aged Care Industry to Government on 26 July 2017.

This is the fifth annual report on the funding and financing arrangements and key characteristics of the Australian aged care sector.  Read the report to find out more about:

  • scale and funding structures
  • financial performance based on 2015-16 data
  • commentary on previous and ongoing reforms
  • future opportunities and challenges.

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