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Published: Dec 23, 2016

ACFI Question 12.4: additional information

The following information further clarifies the department’s 16 December 2016 article on Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI) Question 12.4 in Issue #24 of the Information for Aged Care Providers newsletter.

As per the ACFI User Guide 2017:

  • The evidence requirements for Complex Pain Management ACFI 12.4a claims include a directive given by a registered nurse or medical practitioner or allied health professional, as well as an evidence based pain assessment.
  • The evidence requirements for Complex Pain Management ACFI 12.4b claims include a directive given by a medical practitioner or allied health professional, as well as an evidence based pain assessment.
  • Under question 12.4a and 12.4b, it is permissible for the treatment to be undertaken by a different health professional than the one who gave the directive, noting that for question 12.4a the different health professional is limited, to an allied health professional or registered nurse, and for question 12.4b, an allied health professional only. Health professionals undertaking these treatments must be operating within their scope of practice and comply with the registration and/or accreditation requirements outlined on pages 38 to 39 of the ACFI User Guide 2017.

Published: Dec 22, 2016

Viability Supplement – 1 January 2017 Changes

The 2016-17 Budget provided for an extra $102.3 million over four years from 2016-17 to increase and better target the viability supplement under the Modified Monash Model.

Changes to residential care, home care and flexible care come into effect on 1 January 2017.

Information is available on:

residential care, including the new viability supplement points calculator
home care, including new grandparenting arrangements
new viability supplement payment rates.

Read more:

Viability Supplement – 1 January 2017 changes

Published: Dec 21, 2016

Schedules of Fees and Charges (1 January 2017) Refund Interest Rates

The Maximum Permissible Interest Rate (MPIR) applicable to accommodation prices and to refund periods for refundable deposit balances and accommodation bond balances will remain constant at 5.76% for the period of 1 January to 31 March 2017.

The Base Interest Rate remains unchanged at 3.75%.

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

Published: Dec 9, 2016

Updated ACFI Resources Applicable from 1 January 2017

The Department of Health have release a number of resources including an updated ACFI User Guide applicable from 1 January 2017.

Updated ACFI Resources

ACFI User Guide 2017 (.pdf)
ACFI Answer Appraisal Pack 2017 (.pdf)
ACFI Assessment Pack 2017 (.pdf)
ACFI Application for Classification Form 2017 (on Medicare website)

Published: Nov 18, 2016

Information for Aged Care Providers – Issue #2016/22

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 #2016/22 (.pdf)

Published: Nov 9, 2016

UPDATE: Manad Plus Version 5.4

We have delayed slightly the release of our next version update, v5.4.

Due to the expectation the 1 Jan 2017 ACFI changes will be approved in their current form we are working with Medicare on implementing these and they will now be included in the 5.4 version (along with a number of new features and improvements).

We will update you again on the progress in a few weeks and should have available a link to download the Release Notes highlighting each of the changes.

If you have any questions, then please contact our Help Desk team: support@manad.com.au

Published: Nov 9, 2016

Future Leaders Communiqué – October 2016

The Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine who produce the Residential Aged Care Communiqué have now release a new edition.

The Future Leaders Communiqué is an electronic publication containing narrative case reports about lessons learned from Coroners’ investigations into preventable deaths. These articles are written by healthcare graduates with a fresh take on current matters.

Read more:

Future Leaders Communiqué, Volume 1, Issue 1 – October 2016 (.pdf)

Published: Nov 8, 2016

Information for Aged Care Providers – Issue #2016/21

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 #2016/21 (.pdf)

Published: Nov 7, 2016

$34 million for Dementia and Aged Care Services Research and Innovation

Applications are now open for the Dementia and Aged Care Services (DACS) Research and Innovation Funding Round.

Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care, Ken Wyatt AM, MP, said $34 million in grants are now being offered to eligible organisations for innovative projects that will support older Australians to access the care they need, where and when they need it.

“This funding will help to identify barriers that restrict access and choice for consumers in the current aged care system and make sure the special needs of consumers from diverse backgrounds are met, both appropriately and sensitively,” Minister Wyatt said.

“This includes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or intersex.”

Read more:

$34 million for Dementia and Aged Care Services Research and Innovation (.pdf)

Published: Nov 2, 2016

AACQA Quality Standard Newsletter – October 2016

The Australian Aged Care Quality Agency has released the October 2016 issue of their ‘Quality Standard’ newsletter.

Read more:

Quality Standard – October 2016 (.pdf)

Published: Nov 1, 2016

National Shingles Vaccination Program

From 1 November 2016, a free vaccine for shingles will be funded under the National Immunisation Program for all people aged 70, with a five year catch-up program for people aged 71–79 until 31 October 2021.

Read more:

Immunise Herpes-zoster (Shingles)
National Immunisation Program

Published: Oct 31, 2016

Melbourne Cup Holiday (VIC)

The Management Advantage office will be closed on Tuesday 1st November 2016 for the Melbourne Cup Holiday.

IMPORTANT: The Manad Plus Help Desk will be open on Tuesday.

Published: Oct 21, 2016

Information for Aged Care Providers – Issue #2016/20

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 #2016/20 (.pdf)

Published: Oct 7, 2016

LASA National Congress 2016

We will be at the 2016 LASA National Congress this coming week on Monday 10th and Tuesday 11th October.

If you are going to the conference at the Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre come and say hi and get a demo of Manad Plus. We’ll be at stand number 59!

If you can’t make it to the conference, we can still arrange a demo so you can see our latest version of Manad Plus.

Call us on 1300 62 62 32 or email us at info@manad.com.au.

Published: Oct 7, 2016

Information for Aged Care Providers – Issue #2016/19

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 #2016/19 (.pdf)

Published: Oct 5, 2016

Aged Care Complaints Commissioner Releases First Annual Report

The Minister for Health and Aged Care, Sussan Ley and Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care, Ken Wyatt AM MP have welcomed the release of the Aged Care Complaints Commissioner’s first annual report today.

Ministers Ley and Wyatt congratulated Commissioner Rae Lamb on the report.

“The report shows that people – consumers, family, carers and loved ones – are speaking up when it comes to concerns about their aged care services and this is a good thing. The Government has been working hard to reform aged care and give consumers greater choice and control over their aged care services,” Minister Ley said.

“I’m pleased to see the results demonstrate that the Commissioner and her team continue to excel. It’s good to see that the overall percentage of complaints relating to aged care remains low, and a testament to the Commissioner’s team that the majority of complaints are finalised in under 30 days,” Minister Wyatt said.

Read more:

Aged Care Complaints Commissioner releases first annual report (.pdf)

Published: Oct 1, 2016

1st October: International Day of Older Persons

1st October was the International Day of Older Persons.

The theme for 2016, Take a Stand Against Ageism, challenges everyone to consider ageism – the negative attitudes and discrimination based on age – and the detrimental impact it has on older people.

Read more:

UN – International Day of Older Persons
WHO – 1st October – Take a Stand Against Ageism

Published: Sep 23, 2016

Information for Aged Care Providers – Issue #2016/18

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 #2016/18 (.pdf)

Published: Sep 22, 2016

David Tune to Lead Major Review of Aged Care Reforms

Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care, Ken Wyatt AM, MP has today announced the appointment of David Tune AO PSM to lead the Aged Care Legislated Review.

The changes announced to aged care in 2012 included a comprehensive review of the aged care sector in 2016-17. This review will inform ongoing reforms to aged care.

“Mr Tune is the ideal choice to lead this important work, due to his extensive work across economic and social policy reform agendas and his knowledge of the aged care system,” Minister Wyatt said.

“Mr Tune was Secretary of the Department of Finance between 2009 and 2014 and has also held senior positions in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, and Treasury.”

Read more:

David Tune to Lead Major Review of Aged Care Reforms (.pdf)

Published: Sep 22, 2016

AFL Grand Final Public Holiday 2016 (VIC)

The Management Advantage office will be closed next Friday 30th September for the ‘day before the Grand Final Public Holiday’.

IMPORTANT: The Manad Plus Help Desk will be open on Friday 30th September.