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Published: Jun 28, 2017

Consultation open – residential aged care unannounced site visit levy

The Australian Aged Care Quality Agency’s draft Cost Recovery Implementation Statement is open for public consultation.

As announced by the government in the 2016-17 Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook, the Quality Agency’s Statement introduces the new levy, payable by residential aged care providers, for the annual unannounced site visit conducted by the Quality Agency.

The new levy is expected to take effect from 1 July 2018.

Public consultation is open until Friday 21 July 2017.

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Consultation open – residential aged care unannounced site visit levy

Consultation: Cost Recovery Implementation Statement

Published: Jun 27, 2017

Indexation of Residential Aged Care and Home Care subsidy and supplement rates from 1 July 2017

The schedules for residential and home care subsidies and supplements which take effect from 1 July 2017 have been released.

This includes fees and charges.

The Maximum Permissible Interest Rate (MPIR) will also change effective from 1 July 2017.

The Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI) subsidy rates are not indexed and so have not changed, giving effect to the Government’s 6 December 2016 announcement of an indexation pause across all ACFI domains in 2017-18.

Changes effective from 1 July 2017

• Relevant (non-ACFI) subsidy and supplement rates have been updated and indexed: Schedule of aged care subsidies and supplements.

• The 2017 scheme of the viability supplement in residential care increases by an additional $2.12 per day as announced by the Minister for Aged Care on 6 December 2016.

Schedule of Fees and Charges for Residential and Home Care – for care recipients who commenced care on or after 1 July 2014 (has been updated and indexed).

Schedule of Fees and Charges for Pre 1 July 2014 Residents (has been updated and indexed).

• The associated Department of Human Services quarterly review of fees and charges for all care recipients will be conducted with an effective date of 1 July 2017. Care recipients and providers will receive letters advising where there is a change to a care recipient’s fees and charges or where a refund may be due.

• A consumer who started a Home Care Package before 1 July 2014 can be charged a basic daily fee of up to 17.5% of the basic rate of the single pension. This rate is $10.10 per day.

Changes to MPIR

The Maximum Permissible Interest Rate (MPIR) applicable to ‘refund periods’ for refundable deposit balances and accommodation bond balances and for accommodation prices will decrease from 5.78% to 5.73% for the period from 1 July 2017 to 30 September 2017.

The Base Interest Rate remains unchanged at 3.75%.

You can view current and past Refundable Deposit Balance and Accommodation Bond Balance Refund Interest Rates.

You will need to update the daily payment prices published on your own website and in written materials in line with the new MPIR. The daily payment prices published on My Aged Care will be updated automatically.

If you have any queries, please contact My Aged Care on 1800 200 422.

Read more:

Schedule of Subsidies and Supplements from 1 July 2017 (.pdf)

Schedule of Fees and Charges for Residential and Home Care From 1 July 2017 (.pdf)

Schedule of Fees and Charges for Pre 1 July 2014 Residents From 1 July 2017 (.pdf)

Indexation of Residential Aged Care and Home Care subsidy and supplement rates from 1 July 2017

Published: Jun 23, 2017

Indexation of Residential Aged Care and Home Care subsidy and supplement rates from 1 July 2017

The schedules for residential and home care subsidies and supplements have been updated and will take effect from 1 July 2017. This includes fees and charges. The Maximum Permissible Interest Rate (MPIR) will also change effective from 1 July 2017.

The Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI) subsidy rates are not indexed and so have not changed, giving effect to the Government’s 6 December 2016 announcement of an indexation pause across all ACFI domains in 2017-18.

Read more:

Indexation of Residential Aged Care and Home Care subsidy and supplement rates from 1 July 2017

Published: Jun 23, 2017

Information for Aged Care Providers – Issue #2017/11

The Department of Health has released a new edition of its ‘Information for Aged Care Providers’ newsletter.

Read more:

Information for Aged Care Providers – Issue #2017/11 (.pdf)

Published: Jun 20, 2017

Get involved in the review of aged care quality regulation

You are invited to share your experiences on the Commonwealth’s aged care quality regulatory processes. This independent review is to see how well regulation protects older people receiving aged care.

Ms Kate Carnell AO and Professor Ron Paterson ONZM are leading the review. They want to hear from:

• consumers
• their families
• carers
• aged care organisations
• staff of organisations
• other professionals in the aged care sector and related sectors.

The call for submission closes on 24 July 2017. Please note that late submissions will not be accepted.

Read more:

Get involved in the review of aged care quality regulation

Review of National Aged Care Quality Regulatory Processes

Published: Jun 19, 2017

IMPORTANT: ACFI Rate Updates – 1 July 2017

The 1 July 2017 ACFI rate updates should be released sometime next week (…if the Department release them in time before Saturday 1st July).

In anticipation of this, please note the following:

Version 5 clients:

Once the rates have been released we will create a new 5.4.xxxx version which will contain the new rates. We will push this version update out to all servers and notify you of its release.

Please arrange now for your IT Administrator to be available to backup your database and run this update when all staff have logged out of Manad Plus. Subject to the date the rates are released by DoH this update should be available Monday 3rd or Tuesday 4th July 2017.

Version 4 clients:

Once the rates have been released we will create a new 4.xxxx version which will contain the new rates.

We will log in and manually run this update for you on your server as we have done in the past (or if we have had other arrangements in the past we will continue with this process).

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If you have any questions, then please contact our office and speak with your usual Manad Plus Client Manager.

1300 62 62 32

Published: Jun 14, 2017

Elder Abuse – A National Legal Response

Tabled 14 June 2017.

The ALRC was asked to consider Commonwealth laws and legal frameworks and how they might better protect older persons from misuse or abuse, and safeguard their autonomy.

The Report includes 43 recommendations for law reform. The overall effect will be to safeguard older people from abuse and support their choices and wishes through:

• improved responses to elder abuse in residential aged care;
• enhanced employment screening of care workers;
• greater scrutiny regarding the use of restrictive practices in aged care;
• building trust and confidence in enduring documents as important advanced planning tools;
• protecting older people when ‘assets for care’ arrangements go wrong;
• banks and financial institutions protecting vulnerable customers from abuse;
• better succession planning across the self-managed superannuation sector;
• adult safeguarding regimes protecting and supporting at-risk adults.

Read more:

Elder Abuse—A National Legal Response

Elder Abuse – A National Legal Response – FINAL REPORT (.pdf)

Published: Jun 9, 2017

Information for Aged Care Providers – Issue #2017/10

The Department of Health has released a new edition of its ‘Information for Aged Care Providers’ newsletter.

Read more:

Information for Aged Care Providers – Issue #2017/10 (.pdf)

Published: May 30, 2017

Prepare for seasonal influenza

View the June 2017 Communiqué from the Queensland Department of Health on seasonal influenza for residential aged care providers.

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Prepare for seasonal influenza

Published: May 29, 2017

ACFA report: Review of the Bond Guarantee Scheme

The Aged Care Financing Authority (ACFA) was tasked in November 2015 with reviewing the current Bond Guarantee Scheme and to identify and assess alternatives to it.

ACFA concluded that there were three viable and effective options including retaining the existing Scheme.

Read more:

ACFA report: Review of the Bond Guarantee Scheme

Published: May 29, 2017

Financial reporting requirements for residential and home care package providers

To stay in step with generally accepted good corporate governance and best practice, the Australian Government has decided to continue the auditing requirement for the Annual Prudential Compliance Statement (APCS).

This approach adjusts the previous advice to the aged care sector in late 2016 with the announcement of a single comprehensive financial report, the Aged Care Financial Report.

Read more:

Financial reporting requirements for residential and home care package providers

More information – Changes to financial reporting arrangements for residential and home care providers

 

Published: May 29, 2017

Information for Aged Care Providers – Issue #2017/09

The Department of Health has released a new edition of its ‘Information for Aged Care Providers’ newsletter.

Read more:

Information for Aged Care Providers – Issue #2017/09 (.pdf)

Published: May 26, 2017

Almost 10,000 new residential aged care places announced

Released: 26 May 2017

The Turnbull government has announced funding to give almost 10,000 more older Australians access to residential aged care services.

The Federal Minister for Aged Care, Ken Wyatt, said today that the government is providing an additional $649 million per year to create 9911 new residential aged care places in the 2016-17 Aged Care Approvals Round.

“As people grow older they increasingly want flexibility in the services they receive and how and when they access them,” Minister Wyatt said.

“Australians want greater choice and control over their care and this investment does exactly that.”

Read more:

Almost 10,000 new residential aged care places announced (.pdf)

Published: May 12, 2017

Information for Aged Care Providers – Issue #2017/08

The Department of Health has released a new edition of its ‘Information for Aged Care Providers’ newsletter.

Read more:

Information for Aged Care Providers – Issue #2017/08 (.pdf)

Published: May 10, 2017

AACQA Quality Standard Newsletter – April 2017

The Australian Aged Care Quality Agency has released the May 2017 issue of their ‘Quality Standard’ newsletter.

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Quality Standard – May 2017 (.pdf)

Australian Aged Care Quality Agency

Published: May 9, 2017

REMINDER: Annual Service, Support & Upgrade Fees 2017-2018

The 2017-2018 Annual Service, Support & Upgrade Fee Invoices will be emailed during May, for renewal for the coming financial year.

All annual fees currently expire on 30 June 2017 so please ensure your accounts department has processed this prior to expiry to continue receiving support and all upgrades from 1 July 2017 onward.

If your accounts payable department has an updated email address for invoices to be sent to or you don’t receive the invoice during May, then please email accounts@manad.com.au to request another copy or to update your details.

Published: May 8, 2017

Diversity framework consultation now open

The Department of Health is currently working with the Aged Care Sector Committee Diversity Sub-Group to develop an Aged Care Diversity Framework.

The first stage of public consultations is now open for the development of a broader diversity Framework to build on and replace the existing National Ageing and Aged Care Strategies for:

• People from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds; and

• Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) people.

The consultation is open from 8 May 2017 to 19 June 2017 and takes around 20 minutes to complete.

Read more:

Diversity framework consultation now open

Development of the Aged Care Diversity Framework

Published: May 8, 2017

New video – LGBTI: Inclusion and Awareness

The Department of Health has developed a 24 minute educational video with the Aged Care Channel on LGBTI: Inclusion and Awareness for the aged care sector.

This free video highlights LGBTI communities’ expectations for inclusive and safe services using:

• community testimonials;

• supporting policies; and

• resources.

Anyone can register to watch this video on demand. It will also be available via the department’s website soon.

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New video – LGBTI: Inclusion and Awareness

Published: May 5, 2017

Webinar: University of Wollongong Report into Residential Aged Care Funding Reform

On Wednesday 17 May at 1:30 PM AEST (GMT +10 hours), the Department of Health will host a webinar for the University of Wollongong to present on their report.

This webinar will include:

• key findings;

• an outline of the five options presented in the report; and

• an overview of the key features and building blocks of the University’s recommended option.

The webinar forms part of the Government’s consultations with the sector on options for residential aged care funding reform.

Read more:

Webinar: University of Wollongong Report into Residential Aged Care Funding Reform

Link to Webinar: http://livestream.education.gov.au/health/17may2017/

Published: May 4, 2017

Webinar: Home care reforms and ongoing improvements – 15 May

On Monday 15 May at 2:00 PM AEST (GMT +10 hours), the Department of Health will host a webinar to provide an update on the home care reforms and ongoing system and process improvements.

The webinar will focus on:

• an update on home care package activities – including the package release schedule, flow of referrals and using the provider portal;

• understanding the framework that Aged Care Assessment Teams (ACATs) apply to the package level and priority recommendations for home care packages; and

• ongoing work associated with system and process improvements for the sector.

Read more:

Webinar: Home care reforms and ongoing improvements – 15 May

Link to Webinar: http://livestream.education.gov.au/health/15may2017/