Resource Utilisation and Classification Study – RUCS Overview and Reports
This page provides information on the Resource Utilisation and Classification Study (RUCS) which was conducted for the Australian residential aged care system.
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Resource Utilisation and Classification Study (RUCS) Overview and Reports
The department engaged the University of Wollongong to undertake a Resource Utilisation and Classification Study (RUCS). The purpose of this study was to determine the characteristics of residents that drive residential care costs, and use this information to inform the government’s consideration of future reform options.
The RUCS was completed in December 2018. The Australian Health Services Research Institute (AHSRI) at the University of Wollongong have produced a suite of seven reports on the key elements of the RUCS. Report Six synthesises the findings of the study and consolidates the recommendations.
Report One: The Australian National Aged Care Classification (AN‐ACC)
Report One covers the design and conduct of the study undertaken to develop the Australian National Aged Care Classification (AN‐ACC). It covers the design and use of the AN‐ACC assessment tool and the resource utilisation study undertaken to develop AN‐ACC Version 1, including the preparation and analysis of the data collection. It discusses the results, the classification development process and key outcomes including the statistical analysis and clinical validation.
Report Two: The AN‐ACC assessment model
Report Two presents detailed findings relating to the external assessment tool and assessment process. This includes the development of the assessment tool using expert clinical panels and a summary of feedback from assessors regarding the use of the tool and the suitability of individual instruments. The skills and competencies required for the assessment workforce and other implications for implementation of the external assessment model are considered as well as triggers and protocols for reassessment.
Report Three: Structural and individual costs of residential aged care services in Australia
Report Three presents the analysis and findings of Study Two which identified the proportions of total care costs that are fixed (including shared care) and variable (relating to individualised resident care). The analysis focuses on the differences in fixed costs between different types of facilities, characterised by ownership, size, remoteness and service specialisation. It includes an analysis of the drivers of fixed care costs.
Report Three: Structural and individual costs of residential aged care services in Australia - PDF 663 KB
Report Three: Structural and individual costs of residential aged care services in Australia - Word 510 KB
Report Four: Modelling the impact of the AN‐ACC in Australia
Report Four presents an analysis of modelling the introduction of the AN‐ACC across Australia. This is based on the findings of Study Three. The sampling and assessment data collection process and the casemix of residents in aged care across Australia are described. The focus of this report is on modelling the introduction of the AN‐ACC to replace the ACFI.
Report Five: AN‐ACC: A funding model for the residential aged care sector
Report Five presents the design of a new funding model based on the AN‐ACC. It includes a consideration of other payment issues such as existing payment supplements, a discussion of incentives in funding model design and key issues in implementing the new model.
Report Six: AN‐ACC: A national classification and funding model for residential aged care: synthesis and consolidated recommendations
Report Six syntheses and consolidates the findings presented in other reports and provides a consolidated set of recommendations.
Report Six: AN‐ACC: A national classification and funding model for residential aged care: synthesis and consolidated recommendations - PDF 323 KB
Report Six: AN‐ACC: A national classification and funding model for residential aged care: synthesis and consolidated recommendations - Word 155 KB
Report Seven: AN‐ACC Technical appendices
Report Seven contains detailed data for reference purposes.
Addendum to Reports: Updated National Weighted Activity Unit (NWAU) values
AN-ACC NWAU values have been updated slightly from those presented in Reports 4, 5 and 6, due to technical aspects of the conversion between Australian dollars, Relative Value Units (RVUs) and NWAUs. The Addendum to Reports provides updated tables to replace those presented in Report 4, 5 and 6, and are consistent with the figures presented by Professor Eagar to the sector on 14 March 2019.