FAQ – ACFI 12 Complex Health Care - Pain Management

Page last updated: 07 December 2018

These Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS) provide clarification about the requirements of the  Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI) Complex Health Care pain management items.

Question 1 – One on One Staff Time

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For the provision of complex pain management treatment under ACFI items 12.4a and b, can the treatment involving one on one staff time be delivered to a group of care recipients concurrently?

Answer

The expectation is that claims for these items are for ‘one on one’ individual care provided by the appropriately qualified health professionals as listed on pages 38 and 39 of the ACFI User Guide.  Treatment is not expected to be delivered to a group of care recipients at the same time. Evidence requirements would need to support that one on one individual care was provided to a resident for a claim to be made.

Question  2 – Care Recipient Assessment and Treatment Time

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For the provision of complex pain management under ACFI items 12.4a and b, does the 20 or 80 minutes staff time include the time taken for assessment of the care recipient pre and post treatment?

Answer

As per page 39 of the ACFI User Guide, under Complex Pain Management: ‘The service provided would equate to one on one staff time delivering treatment’. Therefore, a claim for these items is for treatment time and would not include the time taken for assessment of the care recipient pre and post treatment.

Question 3 – Treatment Modalities

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For claims under ACFI items 12.4a and b, can treatment modalities other than therapeutic massage and/or pain management involving technical equipment be included as ‘one on one’ staff time ie. stretching, mobilisation, strengthening exercises?

Answer

As per the item requirements listed in pages 39 and 40 of the ACFI User Guide, these complex health care procedures are for treatment involving therapeutic massage and/or pain management involving technical equipment specifically designed for pain management.  Time spent on other treatment modalities cannot be claimed for these items.

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Question 4 – Allied Health Professionals

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For the provision of complex pain management treatments under ACFI items 12.4a and b, who qualifies as a health professional?

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For the purposes of ACFI 12 Complex Health Care, a ‘health professional’ means a practitioner as listed on page 38 of the ACFI User Guide.

Question 5 –Registration requirements for ACFI 12.4a and b

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Can an allied health professional with ‘limited’ registration issued by the relevant National Board write directives and provide pain management services under ACFI items 12.4a and b?

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Yes. Allied health professionals with ‘limited’ registration are eligible to write directives and provide pain management services under ACFI 12.4a and b provided that they are operating within their scope of practice and being supervised according to the terms of their registration. 

Question 6 – Approved Provider responsibilities

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For the delivery of care services of ACFI Items 12.4a and b, what are an approved provider’s responsibilities?

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Approved providers must ensure that health professionals delivering 12.4a and b, treatments are appropriately skilled, qualified and acting within their scope of practice to deliver the services as specified in the directive.

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