DHS/Health/DVA Aged Care Peaks teleconference – 14 June

ACSA attended this teleconference; key points are below.

15 Jun 2017

  1. The Minister launched the My Aged Care information campaign on 1 June.  More information can be found at https://www.myagedcare.gov.au/news/find-the-help-you-need-with-my-aged-care.
  2. CIT Solutions has been engaged to develop capability to support effective use of My Aged Care.
  3. University of Wollongong ACFI options paper:  the Department of Health advised that no decisions have been made and no recommendations have been given to the Government.  The department also noted that seminars on the options will be held in June and July.
  4. The Department of Health advised that the legislated review report will be provided to the Minister by 1 August 2017 and will be tabled in Parliament no later than 5 September 2017.
  5. The Department of Health has taken on board the issue of consumers being sent letters which are received after the cut-off date for action set out in the letter.
  6. DVA is working on materials which clarify the interaction between aged care and veterans’ payments.
  7. DHS noted that for home care providers overoccupancy can still be an issue in relation to pre 27 February 2017 clients.
  8. DHS also noted: that they are preparing for end-of-financial year; and that they are starting to see claims for short-term restorative care places.
  9. DHS is looking at making changes to the IT system which calculates lifetime caps as it is not working properly in all cases particularly where adjustments including refunds have been made.
  10. Individualised reports for the aged care providers DHS visited are currently being reviewed by senior staff in the Department.  They are hoping to finalise them by the end of June.