Introduction to AN-ACC Framework

 Michael Gaggiano - Head of Operations Residential - Vivir Healthcare

Michael Gaggiano - Head of Operations Residential - Vivir Healthcare

15 June 2022

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A rundown of the AN-ACC

Michael Gaggiano, our Head of Operations Residential answers several queries around the AN-ACC framework, including what it is, when it will be implemented, and what impact this will have on all involved in Aged Care services. Have a read below to find out more.

What is AN-ACC?

The Australian National Aged Care Classification (AN-ACC) framework is the newly proposed residential funding and assessment model that will ultimately replace ACFI. The new model aims to improve upon ACFI’s shortfalls by introducing an improved funding and finance landscape where resident assessments, subsequent funding and staffing requirements are approached from a holistic perspective.

From the introduction of this classification, a resident’s physical capacity, cognitive capacity, mental health needs and behaviour will be better accounted for.

The move from ACFI to AN-ACC will be a significant shift in the way Aged Care is both delivered and funded for in Australia. Whilst there are still many questions as to the mechanics of the roll-out, one thing is certain in that care for all older Australians will be viewed through a very different framework post AN-ACC implementation.

We have previously also answered some brief questions about the AN-CC in this article.

How will AN-ACC impact our Service lines?

The AN-ACC model will influence the Residential space specifically, having little to no impact on the delivery of NDIS and Homecare services. The fundamental difference will be seen in the lack of minimum care minutes required for allied health. In contrast to ACFI where specific allocations of allied health time were mandated, AN-ACC will only regulate for nursing care minutes.

In short, this places further emphasis on providers of allied health to market their range of services to best accommodate to the needs of residents in aged care facilities.

In response to this change, Vivir has already developed a suite of new service offerings to cater for the ongoing need for allied health intervention within homes. These new services will look to address the assessed needs of care recipients and cater for all population types – targeting all levels of functional ability through a comprehensive set of evidence-based programs. You can view our current residential offerings here.

When will AN-ACC come into play?

The AN-ACC model will take effect from October 1st, 2022. Although not formally passed through legislation, industry expects this to pass post federal election given the model currently enjoys bipartisan support. Naturally, both aged care and allied health providers alike will need to be prepared for the Oct 1st date well in advance on the commencement day. As such, we are already seeing a strong appetite from aged care providers to move in advance of the transition date and uptake new services as quickly as possible.

How will AN-ACC impact clinicians?

Our clinicians will continue to be the core focus of our business. Vivir enjoy a wealth of experience and knowledge within our workforce, and we are excited about the many new opportunities that are coming. Given the need for new service offerings in place of existing ACFI based programs, many clinicians will be able to facilitate the changes to allied health service delivery and be part of the changing landscape of the sector. Vivir’s support team will be releasing more information in the coming months on what to expect and how to participate in this exciting change.

How will AN-ACC impact clients?

As discussed, our clients are already preparing for the new finding landscape the AN-ACC model will bring. This means a move away from ACFI based programs and an appetite to introduce a suite of new programs Vivir are offering. Along with new allied health program opportunities, our clients will also be managing a myriad of other changes to their business model that will affect their day-to-day operations. Ultimately, the way care is delivered to older Australians will significantly change from Oct 1st, 2022.

As always, Vivir remains ready to facilitate this change with our existing clients and partner with those wishing to take the next step in delivering exceptional allied health care to their residents. Get in touch to find out more.