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Published: March 20, 2019
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Indexation rates for Residential Aged Care and Home Care Packages and changes to the Maximum Permissible Interest Rate (MPIR)

An update of the schedules for residential and home care fees and charges, as well as subsidies and supplements will take effect from 20 March 2019. This is in line with changes to the basic age pension and indexation rates.

The updated schedules also give effect to the measures announced on 17 December 2018 by the Prime Minister, the Hon Scott Morrison, of a 30 per cent increase to the Viability Supplement for eligible residential aged care providers and a 30 per cent increase to the Homeless Supplement.

The updated schedules also give effect to the measures announced on 10 February 2019 by the Prime Minister, the Hon Scott Morrison, of a $320 million temporary general subsidy boost for residential aged care services and a permanent $35.7 million increase in home care supplements for dementia and cognition and veterans.

Read more:

Indexation rates for Residential Aged Care and Home Care Packages and changes to the Maximum Permissible Interest Rate (MPIR)

Schedule of Fees and Charges for Residential and Home Care from 20 March 2019 (.pdf)

Schedule of Fees and Charges for Pre 1 July 2014 Residents from 20 March 2019 (.pdf)

Schedule of Subsidies and Supplements from 20 March 2019 (.pdf)

Published: March 19, 2019
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Schedule of Fees and Charges for Residential and Home Care From 20 March 2019

The schedules for residential and home care subsidies and supplements that take effect from 20 March 2019 have now been released and added to Manad Plus.

Some of the new rates are:

• Maximum Basic Daily Fee: $51.21
• Maximum Permissible Interest Rate (MPIR): 5.96% for the period of 1 April 2019 to 30 June 2019
• The Base Interest Rate (BIR): 3.75% for the period of 1 April 2019 to 30 June 2019

IMPORTANT: Changes to ACFI subsidy rates (& RCS…if you still have any)

In addition to the Daily ACFI subsidy rates and the additional daily ACFI subsidy amount for the Quality Care Fund, the $320 million temporary general subsidy boost will be paid as an additional daily ACFI subsidy amount for the period 20 March 2019 to 30 June 2019.

Read more:

Schedule of Fees and Charges for Residential and Home Care From 20 March 2019 (.pdf)

Schedule of Fees and Charges for Pre 1 July 2014 Residents from 20 March 2019 (.pdf)

Schedule of Subsidies and Supplements from 20 March 2019 (.pdf)

Published: March 15, 2019
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Proposed new residential aged care funding model

Reports of the University of Wollongong’s Resource Utilisation and Classification Study (RUCS), proposing a new residential aged care funding model, are available on the department’s website.

Consultation

Consultation on the proposed funding model closes 31 May 2019. Visit the Consultation Hub to view the discussion paper and make a submission.

Presentation

A presentation discussing the reports’ findings will be available shortly.

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Proposed new residential aged care funding model

Resource Utilisation and Classification Study

Proposal for a new residential aged care funding model

Alternative Aged Care Assessment, Classification System and Funding Models – Final Report (.pdf)

Published: March 11, 2019
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Greater transparency on consumer experience in care

The Commission has just released a new report on its website detailing and analysing what consumers are saying about the quality of care in residential aged care services.

La Trobe University’s Australian Institute for Primary Care & Ageing conducted the analysis, using data from the Commission’s Consumer Experience Reports (CERs), compiled from structured consumer interviews during visits to aged care services from 9 May 2017 to 4 July 2018.

The data was collected from 17,195 consumers living in 1,159 residential aged care services across Australia – covering about 43 per cent of all residential aged care services.

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Analysis of Consumer Experience Report (CER) data

La Trobe University Analysis of CER data (.pdf)

Published: March 6, 2019
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Mandatory quality indicators for residential aged care services

From 1 July 2019 reporting of clinical quality indicators for all Australian Government subsidised residential aged care providers will be mandatory.

Providers will be required to submit quarterly data through the My Aged Care Provider Portal, or to the Department using a user-friendly template, on three clinical quality indicators:

• pressure injuries
• use of physical restraint
• unplanned weight loss.

Under the new program, data will need to be provided for the 1 July 2019 to 30 September 2019 quarter, and for future quarters.

Read more:

Mandatory quality indicators for residential aged care services

Guidance for residential aged care services on the Quality Indicators in Residential Aged Care Program

Quality Indicators as part of the Plan, Do, Study, Act cycle (.pdf)

Published: March 5, 2019
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2018-19 ACAR – Allocation of Residential Care Places and Capital Grant Funding

The Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP has today announced the results of the 2018-19 Aged Care Approvals Round (ACAR) comprising:

• 13,500 new residential aged care places worth an estimated $907 million per year and
• up to $60 million in capital grant funding.

The new places are the largest ever allocation and a 36.2 per cent increase on the 9,911 Aged Care Approvals Round (ACAR) places announced in 2016–17.

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2018-19 ACAR – Allocation of Residential Care Places and Capital Grant Funding

Published: March 4, 2019
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2019 SHA-2 Code Signing Support requirement for Windows and WSUS

To protect your security, Windows operating system updates are dual-signed using both the SHA-1 and SHA-2 hash algorithms to authenticate that updates come directly from Microsoft and were not tampered with during delivery. Due to weaknesses in the SHA-1 algorithm and to align to industry standards Microsoft will only sign Windows updates using the more secure SHA-2 algorithm exclusively.

Customers running legacy OS versions (Windows 7 SP1, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 SP2) will be required to have SHA-2 code signing support installed on their devices by July 2019.

Any devices without SHA-2 support will not be offered Windows updates after July 2019.

Read more:

Windows 7’s support deadline may expire in July, if you don’t apply this patch

2019 SHA-2 Code Signing Support requirement for Windows and WSUS

Published: March 4, 2019
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