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Aged Care Update, Issue 19, 2022

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Posted date:

September 20 2022

the target audience:

health sector

Prepare for AN-ACC

The Australian National Classification of Aged Care (AN-ACC) replaces the Aged Care Financing Instrument (ACFI) in October 1, 2022The new financing arrangements will become effective automatically.

The department has developed a guide that outlines the steps resident aged care providers must follow to prepare for AN-ACC. Following the tips on the provider’s checklists for moving to AN-ACC will help ensure that your organization is prepared for the new arrangements.

Advice to Providers on Payments Effective October 1, 2022 under AN-ACC

It automatically switches from ACFI to the Australian National Classification of Aged Care (AN-ACC).

Services Australia will calculate and pay the Residential Aged Care Benefit to approved providers based on the new AN-ACC classifications, including default classifications, for residents effective October 1, 2022.

Payment changes will be reflected in your October claim, once submitted, in November 2022.

Residential aged care benefits will continue to be paid in advance to service providers on a calendar monthly basis. Advances are calculated on entitlement to aged care service for the period two months prior to the month provided. It is divided in proportion to the number of calendar days in the advanced month.

Services Australia will make any relevant adjustments once the Service Providers have submitted their claim for the month in which the advance was paid.

Advance Notice: Registered Nurses Payment Round

The Aged Care Registered Nurse Payments reward the clinical skills and leadership of registered nurses working for the same provider during the eligibility period.

The eligibility periods for the first round of payments are:

  • From November 1, 2021 to October 31, 2022
  • From May 1, 2022 to October 31, 2022.

Up to $6,000 is available for full-time registered nurses. Payments are also available to eligible part-time and temporary workers on a pro-rata basis.

Aged care providers may apply through a non-competitive grant round on behalf of eligible employees.

An Opportunity Expectation has been released to help Service Providers prepare for the scholarship opportunity. Find out more on the GrantConnect website.

Webinar: Coming Changes to Specialization Verification

The Ministry of Health and Elderly Care is hosting a free webinar on October 11 2022 From 1:00 pm to me 2:30 p.m. EDT for the elderly care sector.

This webinar will cover the Specialization Validation Framework and upcoming application process improvements, including:

  • Purpose and Scope of the Specialization Verification Framework
  • Benefits for Seniors and Providers in Verification of Specialty Claims
  • New online application process for verification of specialty claims via the My Aged Care (MAC) service and support portal
  • Verified majors appear on MAC versus unverified majors
  • Timeline for removing unverified claims from provider profiles on MAC (early 2023).

Register for the webinar to verify the specialization.

You can ask questions during the webinar. If you are unable to attend, registration will be available on the department’s website in the following weeks.

Dementia work week

Dementia affects nearly 500,000 Australians, with nearly 1.6 million Australians involved in their care; 54% of people living in permanent residential aged care have dementia.

The theme for this year’s Dementia Action Week is “A little support makes a big difference.”

It highlights that people with dementia can continue to live rich, active, and fulfilling lives for many years after their diagnosis, and focuses on supporting and celebrating caregivers.

Dementia Australia offers simple, practical advice to support people with dementia, their caregivers and their families, and to help healthcare professionals make their practices more dementia-friendly.

Dementia Training Australia offers government-supported courses, practical resources and training packages for individuals and organizations.

Find out more on the Dementia Training Australia website.

An updated report on dementia has been released in Australia

On September 16, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare released an updated report on dementia in Australia. The report provides the latest statistics on the effects of dementia including mortality, hospitalization and population health impacts on people across Australia, including First Nations people, caregivers and those living in regional, rural and remote areas.

Dementia remains a serious health challenge for Australia’s elderly population, with increases in both hospitalizations and deaths over the past decade.

First Nations peoples remain a priority focus. Indigenous Australians are at increased risk of developing dementia, have a higher prevalence and a greater number of years of living with a disability than non-Indigenous Australians.

Read the updated report.

Webinar: Fighting Parkinson’s Disease – What You Need to Know

Join Swinburne’s Wellbeing Clinic for Seniors for their next free educational webinar on aging in 4.45-6pm EST on Friday 14th October.

This webinar is for people working in aged care, as well as psychologists, social workers, counselors, and volunteers who work with older adults.

Victor McConvey, Consultant Clinical Nurses and Director of Health, Clinical and Community Services at Parkinson’s Victoria, outlines the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, treatment options and rehabilitation strategies, as well as the impact of the disease on the individual, his family and friends.

Find out more information and register for the webinar.

Reminder: Financial Report for Elderly Care Providers

Reminder to aged care providers, the following reports are due soon:

The Aged Care Financial Report (ACFR) For the reporting period 2021-22, due date October 31, 2022.

the first Quarterly Financial Report (QFR) For the reporting period from July 1, 2022 to September 30, 2022 by 4 November 2022.

Submit your first QFR using the form management data collection portal. The gate will open in October 1, 2022. Providers will receive notification emails when the portal is open.

QFR reports received after 4 November will not be included in the star rating process.