Advice to the Aged Care Industry

The Department of Social Services regularly communicates with aged care stakeholders via email or mailfax. These communications advise of important government announcements that affect the aged care sector. These communications are reproduced here as a service to interested members of the community.

Information for Aged Care Providers Newsletter

The Department produces a newsletter for aged care providers which provides a snapshot of advice on current key issues. It also aims to assist stakeholders to understand the aged care system following the 1 July 2014 changes, as well as information on the 1 July 2015 changes.

2015

May

19 May 2015Important update for providers from the Department of Human Services

14 May 2015 - 2015-16 Budget information

12 May 2015My Aged Care changes in 2015 Webinar

12 May 2015Public Consultation: Access to Care for Supported Residents

8 May 2015 - Issues raised in the NSW Coroners report into the fire at Quakers Hill Nursing Home

6 May 2015 - Message from DHS – Quarterly Review and AdHoc Review

2 May 2015 - Consumer directed care (CDC) in home care packages part 2

April

25 April 2015 - Consumer directed care (CDC) in home care packages

24 April 2015 - Revised Aged Care Management of Place Forms

23 April 2015 - CHSP Fees Policy

22 April 2015 - Home Care Package Providers Consultation

10 April 2015 - Message from the Department of Human Services Quarterly Review March 2015

2 April 2015 - Important information regarding the My Aged Care Regional Assessment Service

March

24 March 2015 - Notification of Infectious Disease Outbreaks – Amendment to Reporting Requirements

19 March 2015 - March 2015 Indexation Rates

4 March 2015 - National Aged Care Quality Indicator Programme

3 March 2015 - Release of Programme Manual, Fees Policy and Good Practice Guide for Wellness, Reablement and Restorative Care

February

25 February 2015 - Information about the Hepatitis A outbreak

24 February 2015 - Consumer Directed Care and the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care Programme

24 February 2015 - Consumer Directed Care and Multi-Purpose Services (MPS)

21 February 2015 - Queensland Food Safety Alert

18 February 2015 - ACFA Update Newsletter and Letter from ACFA Chairman

14 February 2015 - 2015 Changes to Aged Care Briefings

5 February 2015 - Government Response to Dementia Forum Report

3 February 2015 - Public Consultation: Proposed Changes to Financial Reporting for Residential and Home Care Providers

January

24 January 2015 - Tribute to Professor Graeme Hugo, Deputy Chairman, Aged Care Financing Authority (ACFA)

2014

December

23 December 2014 - Medication Management in Residential Aged Care Facilities

19 December 2014 - Commonwealth Home Support Programme

19 December 2014 - Checking your staff’s qualifications and registration

18 December 2014 - What's next for My Aged Care?

18 December 2014 - Provider Communiqué - Quarterly Review

11 December 2014Important Reminder about Caring for Older People in Warmer Weather

2 December 2014 - Request for Tender for the My Aged Care Regional Assessment Service - Consortia Information

2 December 2014 - Changes to the Home Care Packages 2013-14 Financial Report

November

28 November 2014 - Invitation to participate: Survey of Home Care Packages Providers

October

26 October 2014 - Aged Care Financing Authority (ACFA) letter to providers

25 October 2014 - Streamlining assessments for home support services

25 October 2014 - Request for Tender for the My Aged Care Regional Assessment Service

18 October 2014 - Repeal of Commonwealth Certification of Residential Aged Care Services

16 October 2014 - Preseason Emergency Event Letter and Checklist

15 October 2014 - Building Capacity for the Emerging Aged Care Needs of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities

14 October 2014 - 20 September 2014 Indexation Round (update)

14 October 2014 - Additional Guidance – Care and Services in Aged Care Homes

11 October 2014 - Launch of the South Australian Innovation Hub

08 October 2014 - Certification of Residential Services

03 October 2014 - General Purpose Financial Reporting

03 October 2014 - Identifying Care Needs in Respite Care

01 October 2014 - Correction – Refundable Deposit Balance and Accommodation Bond Balance Refund Interest Rates

September

26 September 2014 - The Guide to Aged Care Law

24 September 2014 - Transfer of Collections of HACC MDS from Fujitsu to the Commonwealth

19 September 2014 - Aged Care Rates – From 20 September 2014

18 September 2014 - Assessment for Respite Care superseded by Industry Alert – Identifying Care needs in Respite Care

10 September 2014 - Seasonal Influenza Advice

05 September 2014 - Changes to the Home Care Packages Programme Financial Reporting

03 September 2014 - Higher Accommodation Supplement: Newly Built Services

01 September 2014 - Updated Commonwealth HACC Service Provider Contact List

August

29 August 2014 - Annual Prudential Compliance Statement

20 August 2014 - Important Health Message – Seasonal Influenza

20 August 2014 - Aged Care Reform Implementation Update

July

25 July 2014Changes to Home Care Packages Programme Financial Accountability Reporting

24 July 2014Payroll Tax Supplement

23 July 2014Aged Care Entry Record

17 July 2014Change of Contact Details for QLD State Office

14 July 2014Request for Assistance to Monitor the Impact of the 1 July  Reforms

10 July 2014Industry Feedback Alert – Police certificates and subcontracted services

02 July 2014Nominations Open for National Disability Awards

01 July 20141 July 2014 Aged Care Reform Changes

01 July 2014My Aged Care Fee Estimator and the “Let’s Talk About Aged Care” Campaign

June

28 June 2014Higher Accommodation Supplement and Significant Refurbishment

27 June 2014Cessation of the Dementia and Severe Behaviours Supplement

26 June 2014 - Viral Gastroenteritis in Residential Aged Care

26 June 2014Accommodation Bond Balance Refund Interest Rates

May

27 May 2014 - 2014 Aged Care Approvals Round (ACAR)

27 May 2014 - Release of Exposure Draft Fees and Payments Principles 2014 (No.2) and the Subsidy Principles 2014 for 1 July 2014

23 May 2014 - Medical alarms register

23 May 2014 - Removal of the distinction between High Care and Low Care in residential aged care places

14 May 2014 - Publication of Accommodation Pricing Information

9 May 2014 - Australian Government Aged Care staff contact details are changing soon

6 May 2014 - Changes to the Privacy Act

April

15 April 2014 - Effective communication in palliative care - Industry Feedback Alert from the Aged Care Complaints Scheme

15 April 2014 - Release of Second Package of Exposure Draft Subordinate Legislation for 1 July 2014

1 April 2014 - Accommodation Bond Balance Refund Interest Rates

March

28 March 2014 - Transitional Business Advisory Services - Support to help you transition to new accommodation payment arrangements

26 March 2014 - Release of Exposure Draft Subordinate Legislation for 1 July 2014

20 March 2014 - 2014 Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Program - Nursing and Care Managers

20 March 2014 - 2014 Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Program - Community Care Providers

19 March 2014 - Indexation rates for Residential Aged Care and Home Care Packages from 20 March 2014

17 March 2014 - Publication of Accommodation Prices on my Aged Care

February

13 February 2014 - New compulsory reporting resources for aged care services

6 February 2014 - New What Can We Learn? Report : Working with nominated and legally appointed representatives

3 February 2014Fees and Payment Principles 2014 and the threshold for applications to the Aged Care Pricing Commissioner

January

30 January 2014 - Aged Care Education & Training Incentive Program

29 January 2014 - Streamlining the Quality Reporting Program

25 January 2014 - Message on behalf of the Aged Care Pricing Commissioner

22 January 2014 - Aged Care Payment System for Home Care Providers

14 January 2014 - Update to Residential Care Manual

2 January 2014 - Warm Weather Letter to HACC Services

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