Thursday 23 March, 2017
The Increasing Consumer Choice Home Care reforms package have commenced rolling out.
Below we take a look at what has and has not changed since February 27, 2017 (Department of Health).
1. Funding will follow the consumer
Home care package funding will follow the consumer, allowing them to choose and direct package funding to the provider that best meets their needs, and giving home care providers the opportunity to expand their businesses to meet local demand and consumer expectations. This replaces the current system where home care places are allocated directly to approved providers.
2. Access to home care packages
A consistent national system for prioritising access to home care will be established through a national prioritisation system managed by My Aged Care. The way consumers are prioritised will take account of their relative needs and circumstances and the time they have been waiting for care. This will allow for a more equitable and flexible distribution of packages, regardless of where consumers live.
3. Reduced red-tape for providers
The process for becoming an approved provider will be streamlined. Approved providers of residential care and flexible care will be able to ‘opt-in’ to providing home care rather than going through a full application process.
It is important to note that a number of things will not change: