The Department has introduced a new fee for every ACFI question that providers seek reconsideration of and can use the qualifications of the person delivering care to determine the care recipients’ needs.

Earlier this week it issued a notice telling providers:

“Following consultation with the sector, the government is implementing changes to the ACFI announced in the 2015‑16 MYEFO measure, Aged Care Provider Funding – improved compliance.

To implement some of the changes, the following amendments have been made to the Classification Principles 2014 (the Principles), effective from 1 March 2017:

  • The department will be able to take into account the manner in which care was provided, and the qualifications of the person providing the treatment in determining the level of care that a care recipient needs.
  • A fee of $375 (GST exclusive) per ACFI question will be charged for a request for reconsideration of an ACFI review decision.

The government will consult further with the sector on the amendments to the Principles requiring re-appraisal where an ACFI review has identified that a care recipient’s care needs have significantly decreased.

From 1 March 2017, the department will no longer routinely seek additional information to verify ACFI subsidy claims after the ACFI review visit is completed. Approved providers will continue to be able to submit additional information for 48 hours (i.e. two working days) following the completion of an ACFI review visit.”

Click here for further information on the revised package of changes

Click here to download a new ACFI request for reconsideration template