Publication of Accommodation Pricing Information
This Information was distributed on 14 May 2014.
Publication of accommodation pricing information on the My Aged Care website – enhanced Aged Care Provider Portal soon to be available to check and update pricing information
Dear aged care provider
I’m writing to update you on the data collection and publication process for accommodation pricing information.
As you would be aware, Healthdirect Australia has been collecting accommodation pricing and descriptive information on behalf of the Department, for publication on the My Aged Care website on 19 May 2014. Healthdirect ceased accepting web forms at close of business on Friday 9 May 2014. I would like to thank all providers who have provided their prices and information through this process.
I am pleased to advise that the Department will have an upgraded Aged Care Provider Portal available for use by providers from 9am AEST on Friday 16 May. This provides an additional opportunity for you to quality assure accommodation pricing and descriptive information prior to publishing.
Through the Portal, providers who had submitted their information to Healthdirect Australia by Friday 9 May will be able to check the information they have provided for their aged care home/s and, if they wish, edit and resubmit the information. Any updates received by 8pm AEST on Saturday 17 May will be published on 19 May. If no updates are received, the information you have already provided, which you will be able to see in the Portal from Friday 16 May, will be published.
Providers who did not provide final information to Healthdirect Australia by close of business on Friday 9 May will also be able to use the Portal to enter and submit their information. Information submitted by 8pm AEST on Saturday 17 May will be published on 19 May provided it meets the legislative requirements.
The Portal will also be available from 19 May for any providers who decide they wish to adjust published prices or information after that date.
In processing the information received to date the Department has identified a number of areas where providers may wish to check that the information they have submitted is what was intended. Details of these issues are attached. Providers can use the Portal between 9am AEST Friday 16 May and 8pm AEST Saturday 17 May to check if these data issues apply to them and update information as appropriate. In a smaller number of cases some of the information submitted would appear not to meet legislative requirements. Providers with these issues will be contacted individually.
Further details are in the Attachment to this letter, including information on how current aged care home information on the My Aged Care website is affected by these changes.
Thank you for your co-operation to date with the data collection process. I look forward to continuing to work with the sector in the implementation of the aged care reforms. We plan to issue further information before 16 May about the Portal and how to access it. Contact information for any queries on the process is in the Attachment.
Rachel Balmanno, Acting Group Manager
Aged Care Policy and Reform Group
Tuesday 13 May 2014