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The Essential Aged Care Roundup for Busy People

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Climbers helping each other up a mountain

May 2024

Autumn has arrived in earnest – and along with it, a rise in respiratory infections: Influenza, RSV and COVID infection rates are all significantly increasing in the broader community. If you haven't reviewed your outbreak plans and infection prevention and control measures, that needs to be a priority!

Read this month's essential roundup for all the latest industry news.

Essential news in this issue:

Menu and Meals Review opportunity

If you’re seeking assistance to review and improve your meals, there's a free national Menu and Mealtime Review Program for residential aged care services. BUT expressions of interest close May 10th so get in quick!

Quarterly Financial Report (QFR) Overdue Reminder

Quarter 3 2023-2024 (1 January to 31 March) is now overdue. If your organisation has not submitted a report, you should do so immediately through the Government Provider Management System (GPMS).

Home Care Compliance Rates Are Too Low...

The Commission is concerned that compliance rates are lower for home services than for residential providers.

Older Issues Archive

April 2024

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Change continues to come from the Sector, and you can find out more about the latest news in this month's edition, including the postponement of the New Aged Care Act!

Essential News in this issue:

>> Delay to the new Aged Care Act: The Federal Government has announced that there will be a delay to the introduction of the new Aged Care Act by 12 months.

>> CHSP Growth Funding 2024-25: Two growth funding rounds for the Commonwealth Home Support Programme will be open shortly. If you are a provider requiring additional funding to address wait lists this will be an important opportunity.

>> Care Minute Reporting: Have you checked that your care minutes reporting is accurate? Are you keeping the supporting documents and able to make them available when requested?

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February/March 2024

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It's March already! And holy dooley, there's a lot happening…

In this month's edition, we have lots of news across both Home Care and Residential care, including some changes to support programs, with the Department instating new suppliers.

Essential News in this issue:

>> Strengthened Quality Standards: The Strengthened Quality Standards are pretty much set except for minor wording changes here and there for clarity. Have your say on them.

>> Specialist Care Provider status: Are you a Provider of Specialist Care? Have you applied for your information to be displayed on My Aged Care?

>> CHSP 24-25 Funding Extension Grant Opportunity: This is now open for current CHSP providers to apply to continue delivering entry-level aged care services until 30 June 2025.

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January/February 2024

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If you feel like you and your service are under a spotlight, it may be because you are!

Increased transparency is going to be a focus for both Home Care and Residential Care Providers, with financial information to be published on My Aged Care by the end of February.

The Aged Care Quality & Safety Commission will also be conducting prudential compliance audits for residential providers with a history of late financial submissions.

Essential News in this issue:

>> Aged Care Provider Finance and Operations Information Being Published: The Department of Health and Aged Care will publish information about the finances and operations of residential aged care and home care providers.

>> Workforce Support for Rural and Remote Communities: Support to help providers attract, train, and maintain their workforce in rural and remote areas is available.

>> Prudential Compliance Audits: Over the next two months, the Commission will be conducting prudential compliance audits for residential providers with a history of late financial submissions.

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December 2023/January 2024

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I hope you got a chance to have a break, even if it was only a short one over the Christmas and New Year period, as 2024 is going to be a year full of ‘new' things and more reform!

Essential News in this issue:

>> First Nations Aged Care Commissioner: Andrea Kelly has commenced in the role of Interim First Nations Aged Care Commissioner.

>> Governing for Reform: From 1 January 2024, the Governing for Reform in Aged Care Program will be available to anyone working in the aged care sector.

>> Home Care Pricing Audit: The Department released a factsheet about home care pricing audits in December 2023. This fact sheet explains the benefits, processes and outcomes of home care pricing audits.

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November/December 2023

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Is it just me, or do you feel like the end of the year has come flying over the hill like a three-trailer roadtrain with its headlights on high beam? The end-of-year run of Commission Quality Reviews for many providers and Department announcements and webinars is certainly keeping everyone on their toes.

Essential News in this issue:

>> Aged Care in Rural and Remote Settings: On 4 December 2023, the Department updated their delivering aged care in rural and remote settings page. If you are not familiar with this web page and you are located in MMM 3 to MMM 7 take a look and see what may be available to support you.

>> Support at Home Program: The new Support at Home program will be rolled out in 2 stages to minimise disruption and ensure continuity of care for older people.

>> Incorrect Care Minutes (Residential Providers): On December 1st, the Department of Health and Aged Care issued an alert about a “data transmission issue.” If your service is affected, you should receive information about how to calculate your own care minutes.

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October/November 2023

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Sometimes life throws us unexpected events, things that come at us out of left field, things that we couldn't have anticipated. But most of the time we can and should be prepared for events that regularly occur: such as the cyclone and wet season up north, and the bushfire and extreme temperatures season across most of the rest of Australia.

Essential News in this issue:

>> Home Care Pricing Audit: The Commission has launched a Home Care Pricing Audit Program. They will conduct audits with selected home care providers from November 2023 to June 2024.

>> Audit Readiness Reviews: We've been working with a number of providers conducting pre-audit reviews, or mock audits​ as they are sometimes called. You can, and should be, conducting your own in-house review on a regular basis.

>> Advisory Body Requirements Incoming: The new Aged Consumer Advisory Body and Quality Care Advisory Body requirements applicable for most providers need to be in place by 1st December 2023.

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September/October 2023

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Change and Reform seem to be two keywords very much at the forefront of people's minds at the moment. For those of you in Residential Care you'll see many changes in this Quarter, but that doesn't leave Home Care Providers off the hook!

Essential News in this issue:

>> Provider Operations Report: All providers will need to submit their first signed Provider Operations Report relating to provider governance before the end of October.

>> Quarterly Financial Report: The Quarterly Financial Report (QFR) for quarter 1 of the 2023–24 financial year is due on 4 November 2023 for all providers. There have been some changes to the template for this quarter.

>> Advisory Body Requirements Incoming: The new Aged Consumer Advisory Body and Quality Care Advisory Body requirements applicable for most providers need to be in place by 1st December 2023.

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August/September 2023

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Many providers are having Quality Reviews and Accreditation visits. Participants in our August ‘Audit Ready Compliance Bootcamp’ found the training and checklists hugely beneficial.

Essential News in this issue:

>> Wage Increases in Aged Care: If you are a Local Government or Council providing aged care services, you might want to check this fact sheet to ensure you are compliant with the recent changes related to wage increases.

>> Food Matters: A dedicated Food, Nutrition and Dining (FND) Advisory Support Unit has been established within the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission.

>> Manual Updates: The CHSP and Home Care Package Manuals had some further updates in August – if you missed that memo, click here to get more info…

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