RUCS Sector Reference Group Meeting Summary – 17 January 2018
Australian Health Services Research Institute (AHSRI) provided an update on the Resource Utilisation and Classification Study (RUCS). AHSRI reported that the project is on track:
- AHSRI expect to finalise Study One recruitment in the coming weeks.
- Data collection for Study One will begin in the Hunter Region in March 2018, and then in Melbourne and Far North Queensland.
- AHSRI is currently sending invitations to facilities to take part in Study Two.
- AHSRI is working to recruit and train expert assessors to undertake assessments for Study One.
Resident assessment tool for Study One
AHSRI presented the final resident assessment tool. This tool will be piloted in the coming weeks in some facilities in the Illawarra region. The tool will be available as a paper based form and in an electronic format accessible on a computer, smartphone or tablet.
Members expressed general support for the final tool, and interest in the results of the pilot.
Study Two methodology
AHSRI presented on the methodology for Study Two, the shared costs analysis study. Data collection for this study will be undertaken by StewartBrown. Data collection will begin on a rolling basis in the coming months as facilities agree to take part in the Study.
Policy and implementation issues
Members discussed the implementation and policy issues that would need to be considered should a casemix system be adopted to fund residential aged care. It was agreed that further discussion on the issues raised will take place at the next meeting.
The next SRG meeting will be on 4 April 2018.