Aged Care

Pre-Budget Submission – 2020-21

Catholic Health Australia (CHA) has provided a submission to the Treasurer, in response to the invitation to identify priorities for the 2020-21 Budget, which identifies aged care priorities. CHA has identified the need to address the mounting financial pressures being experienced by residential aged care providers and the home care package waiting list as aged care priorities for the 2020-21 Budget.

CHA’s submission can be accessed here.

Consultation Paper – Additional Service Fees in Residential Aged Care

Catholic Health Australia has provided a submission in response to the Department of Health’s consultation paper concerning the regulation of fees for additional services in residential aged care. The proposed changes to the current regulations concern price disclosure provisions; restrictions on low means residents agreeing to fees for additional services; time limits on additional service fee agreements; and review provisions concerning ‘capacity to benefit’ from additional services.

Catholic Health Australia’s submission can be accessed here.

CHA Submission to ACFA Consultation Paper – HCP payments in arrears

On the 2 October 2019, the Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians, Senator the Hon Richard Colbeck, asked the Aged Care Financing Authority (ACFA) to examine the potential financial impact on home care providers of the Australian Government’s 2019-20 Budget measure to improve the way home care providers are paid Government subsidy and provide advice to him by 13 December 2019.

ACFA sought submissions to its consultation paper – Improving home care payment arrangements which can be accessed here.

CHA worked with member representatives to develop a response to the range of issues. The CHA Submission to the ACFA Consultation paper – HCP payment in arrears can be found here.

Catholic Health Australia’s (CHA) response to the Consultation Paper – Serious Incident Response Scheme (SIRS) for Commonwealth funded residential aged care

The Department of Health has issued a consultation paper on the design of a Serious Incident Response Scheme (SIRS) to replace the current reportable assaults regime that applies in residential aged care. The SIRS as proposed would broaden the range of incidents that are reportable, including serious resident on resident incidents, and extend the simple reporting of an incident to include providers’ responses to incidents. The SIRS is intended to operate in conjunction with the open disclosure processes in the new Quality Standards and the implementation of a risk-based quality regulatory framework. In general terms, CHA supports the proposed design of the SIRS, but with some modifications, and highlights the need for detailed guidance to support providers with the implementation of SIRS.

CHA’s submission can be found here.

Proposed Alternative Models for Allocating Residential Places Response to Consultation Paper

In the 2018-19 Budget, the Government agreed in principle to assigning residential places to consumers rather than to providers, subject to an impact analysis. As part of the impact analysis, a discussion paper was released requesting feedback from the aged care sector.

Catholic Health Australia’s submission in response to the discussion paper provides conditional support for assigning places to consumers because of its potential to encourage service innovation and to reward providers delivering quality services that are responsive to consumer preferences. However, in order to achieve the full potential for service improvement while at the same time manage the transitional business and financial risks, CHA considers that assigning places to consumers must be accompanied by complementary reforms to the current system.

Please follow this link to CHA’s response to the discussion paper.

Staffing Input Reporting by Aged Care Homes - Queensland Health

Catholic Health Australia has provided a submission to Queensland Health concerning public reporting of staffing input information under the Health Transparency Bill 2019 by aged care homes in Queensland.  While supporting the intention of the Bill in relation to greater public disclosure of service quality, Catholic Health Australia argues in the submission that the proposed publication of staffing input data focussed on personal care and nursing is of limited use to consumers and likely misleading, and that the more appropriate process for further improving public disclosure and service quality in relation to aged care services in Australia is to engage with the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety and, as appropriate, COAG processes.

Please follow this link to read the submission.

CHA Response to Proposed New Funding Model for Personal and Nursing Care in Residential Aged Care

The Department of Health issued a consultation paper proposing a new funding model for personal and nursing care in residential aged care to replace the current ACFI model. CHA considers that the proposed AN-ACC classification and funding model is a superior model to the current ACFI, but elements of the new model would benefit from further analysis, testing and fine tuning before  implementation.

Please follow this link to read the submission.

Strengthening Regulations for Managing Prudential Risk in Residential Aged Care

The Department of Health issued a discussion paper canvassing options for strengthening regulations for managing prudential risk in residential aged care, in particular with regard to Refundable Accommodation Deposits held by aged care providers. Catholic Health Australia supported the strengthening of the current regulations. In assessing the options for their strengthening, Catholic Health Australia had regard to their administrative simplicity, efficiency and propensity to encourage ‘right behaviour’.

Please follow this link to read the submission.

CHA response to Streamlined Consumer Assessment for Aged Care

Catholic Health Australia (CHA) supports the design principles as outlined but recommends that in order to provide context to how the design principles are implemented, there needs to be an overarching statement of the objectives; purpose and function of the proposed assessment providers.

Please follow this link to read the submission.

Witness Statement - Royal Commission

Nick Mersiades, Aged Care Director, was requested by the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety to provide a Statement which provided information on aged care matters set out in a notice received from the Commission.  A copy of the Statement provided by Nick Mersiades can be accessed at this link.

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