REFORMS & TRANSITION NEWS
Save The Date: 2022 Support at Home National Conference
When: 29 and 30 November 2022
From the organisers who brought you the previous CHSP conferences Let It Shine! in 2021 and You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet! in 2020, the date for the A Change Is Gonna Come! 2022 Support at Home National Conference has been set. This conference is designed with CHSP providers and clients in mind, and will showcase experts from around Australia regarding latest developments and insights on the future of support at home. For any enquiries, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
In-Home Aged Care Program 2022 Consultation Calendar
The Department of Health and Aged Care has released a consultation calendar for August-December 2022. There are a number of opportunities to participate in consultations that will inform the design of the new in-home aged care program. To get involved, visit the Ageing and Aged Care Engagement Hub.
Department of Health and Aged Care – Past Webinars on Aged Care Reforms
There are various past webinars available on the Department of Health and Aged Care’s website, which serve to support aged care service providers in the transition from older aged care funding programs to the new Support at Home Program. Topics covered include: financial reporting; useful information for sector support and development providers; and digital transformation initiatives.
Transfer of Aged Care Pricing Commissioner Functions to Independent Health and Aged Care Pricing Authority
As a result of the passing of the Aged Care and Other Legislation Amendment (Royal Commission Response) Bill 2022, the functions of the Aged Care Pricing Commissioner have been transferred to the Independent Health and Aged Care Pricing Authority (Pricing Authority). Providers will now seek approval from the Pricing Authority for any increase or change in fees to additional services, or for charging higher than the maximum allowed for accommodation rate.
Home Care Package Monthly Statements Changing
Starting from September 2022, Home Care Package (HCP) providers will need to split their monthly statements to recipients into Commonwealth portion of provider-held funds, care recipient portion of provider-held funds, and home care account balance. This requirement will help to improve the quality of monthly statements, maintain transparency, and ensure that care recipients are informed about the use of their package funds.
Wellness and Reablement Reporting
Wellness reports a are due on 31 October every year, and help to improve the integration of wellness and reablement in your services. Your Funding Arrangement Manager will provide the latest template for you to use.