The independent review of the Living Longer Living Better reforms has handed down a series of recommendations for the home care system designed to change the mix of packages and increase the collection of consumer contributions.
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The Department of Health has not met its July deadline for the release of data on the new national queue for home care, a key transparency measure of the government’s home care reforms.
How many older people miss out on aged care due to a scarcity of places? It’s the question that could frustrate the long-awaited review of the Living Longer Living Better aged care reforms, which now gets underway.
Mike Woods has urged aged care providers and other sector stakeholders to be “active participants” in the imminent review of Living Longer Living Better
The Aged Care Roadmap sets out the market-based and consumer-driven aged care system of the future, but the path is not clear and the destination may change, leaving providers with potholes to avoid, says an aged care executive.
Experts will gather in Canberra next month to debate the impact of the Living Longer, Living Better reforms ahead of the mandated five-year review.
Existing providers of home support services will be funded for two years as part of the transition to the new Commonwealth Home Support Program from 1 July, the Abbott Government announced on Thursday.
The Federal Government has announced the next phase of My Aged Care, which will introduce standardised assessment for entry into the Commonwealth Home Support Program from 1 July 2015.
The Dementia and Cognition Supplement and the veterans’ supplements in residential and home care were all underspent at the end of the last financial year, the Department of Social Services confirmed to a senate estimates hearing on Thursday.
Labor and the Greens have called on the government to determine the causes of the under-subscription to key supplements that provide targeted funding to seniors with high care needs, such as veterans with service-related mental health needs and those living with dementia.
The Federal Government is not reviewing the significant refurbishment supplement, and the initial number of applications received is broadly in line with expectations, Assistant Minister for Social Services Mitch Fifield has confirmed to AAA.
AUDIO: With the new funding arrangements coming into effect in less than two weeks, aged care organisations need to understand the range of impacts the reforms could have on their bottom line.
Assistant Minister for Social Services Mitch Fifield has signalled a policy change to the Dementia and Severe Behaviours Supplement following a ten-fold blowout in projected costs.
The Federal Government has confirmed it will continue with block funding of Home Support programs rather than moving to a mixed funding model as recommended by the National Aged Care Alliance.