Aged Care News – Dec ’16

Aged Care News – Dec ’16

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Changes to Residential Aged Care Funding Instrument

The Government has announced a revised package of aged care funding. These changes will take effect from 1 January 2017.

The package retains elements of the Budget such as addressing perverse incentives to take longer to deliver medication and reducing the scoring for some less complex procedures.

The government has recognised the concerns of the sector by:

  • reducing the additional requirement to receive maximum funding for complex pain management down to 80 minutes per week (from 120 minutes), and
  • not proceeding with other changes that had been proposed to complex pain management (reducing scoring from 6 to 4 points and 3 to 2 points for certain procedures).

CLICK HERE for more information.
CLICK HERE for changes to residential aged care funding arrangements – 1 January 2017 fact sheet
CLICK HERE for a Q&A fact sheet.

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Consumer Directed Care resources

Home Care Today is a national resource that aims to support consumers and providers to work together to successfully implement Consumer Directed Care in Home Care Packages.

There are distinct differences between traditional HomeCare person-centred service delivery and consumer directed care (CDC). The below documents help clarify this, while also providing some vital information to assist you in implementing CDC HomeCare packages in your organisation.

CLICK HERE for Defining Characteristics of Consumer Directed Care (CDC) – differences between traditional home care service delivery, person-centred care and CDC
CLICK HERE for the Consumer’s Guide to Home Care Service Agreements

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