Your Aged Care Update Issue 19, 2022

Date published:

September 20, 2022

Targeted audience:

Health sector

Prepare for the AN-ACC

The Australian National Aged Care Classification (AN-ACC) replaces the Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI) on October 1, 2022the new financing terms taking effect automatically.

The department has developed a guide that outlines the steps that residential aged care providers should take to prepare for the AN-ACC. Following the advice set out in the AN-ACC transition vendor checklists will help ensure that your organization is ready for the new arrangements.

Notice to service providers on payments from October 1, 2022 under the AN-ACC

The move from the Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI) to the Australian National Aged Care Classification (AN-ACC) is automatic.

Services Australia will calculate and pay a residential aged care grant to licensed providers based on the new AN-ACC classifications, including default classifications, for residents from 1 October 2022.

Payment changes will be reflected in your October application, once filed, in November 2022.

Providers will continue to receive residential aged care subsidies in advance on a calendar month basis. Advances are calculated on the entitlement of an elderly care service for the period of 2 months prior to the advance month. It is calculated in proportion to the number of calendar days of the advanced month.

Services Australia will make the necessary adjustments once suppliers submit their claim for the month the advance was paid.

Notice: Registered Nurse Payment Cycle

The Aged Care Registered Nurses’ Payment rewards the clinical skills and leadership of registered nurses working for the same provider during a qualifying period.

The eligibility periods for the first cycle of payments are:

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

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

Aged care providers can apply through a series of non-competitive grants on behalf of eligible staff.

An Opportunity Forecast has been posted to help vendors prepare for the grant opportunity. Learn more on the GrantConnect site.

Webinar: Upcoming Changes to Specialization Verification

The Department of Health and Aged Care is hosting a free webinar on October 11, 2022 of 1:00 p.m. at 2:30 p.m. AED for the elderly care sector.

This webinar will cover the Specialization Verification Framework and upcoming enhancements to the application process, including:

  • intent and scope of the specialization verification framework
  • benefits for seniors and providers in verifying specialization claims
  • new online application process to verify specialization requests through the My Aged Care (MAC) service and support portal
  • appearance of verified specializations on MAC versus unverified specializations
  • timeline for removal of unverified claims from vendor profiles on MAC (early 2023).

Register for the specialization verification webinar.

You can submit questions during the webinar. If you cannot attend, a recording will be available on the department’s website in the following weeks.

Dementia Action Week

Dementia affects nearly 500,000 Australians, with nearly 1.6 million Australians involved in their care; 54% of people living in permanent residences for the elderly suffer from dementia.

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

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

Dementia Australia provides simple, practical advice to support people with dementia, their carers and families, and help healthcare professionals make their practice more dementia-friendly.

Dementia Training Australia offers government-funded courses, practical resources and training modules for individuals and organisations.

Find out more on the Dementia Training Australia website.

Updated report on dementia in Australia released

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

Dementia continues to be a critical health challenge for Australia’s aging population, with hospitalizations and deaths increasing over the past decade.

First Nations peoples remain a priority. Indigenous Australians are at increased risk of developing dementia, experience higher prevalence and more years lived with disability compared to non-Indigenous Australians.

Read the updated report.

Webinar: Battling Parkinson’s disease – what you need to know

Join the Swinburne Wellbeing Clinic for Older People for their next free aging webinar at 4:45-6 p.m. AEDT on Friday, October 14.

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

Clinical Nurse Consultant and Manager of Health, Clinical and Community Services at Parkinson’s Victoria, Victor McConvey describes the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, treatment options and rehabilitation strategies, and the impact of the disease on the individual , his family and his friends.

Get more information and register for the webinar.

Reminder: Senior Care Provider Financial Report

A reminder to eldercare providers, the following reports are expected shortly:

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

The first one Quarterly financial report (RFQ) for the reporting period from July 1, 2022 to September 30, 2022 is due by November 4, 2022.

Submit your first QFR using the Forms Administration data collection portal. The portal will open on the October 1, 2022. Suppliers will receive notification emails when the portal is open.

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

Comments are closed.