New legislative requirements for home care providers

Effective 1 July 2019, all home care providers will be required to use a new approach in the provision of home care pricing information under the Aged Care Legislation Amendment (Comparability of Home Care Pricing Information) Principles 2019.

Under the Principles, key requirements will include:

• mandatory publication of prices in the home care pricing comparability Schedule (which was recently released as part of the recent My Aged Care system upgrade) as well as a full price list on My Aged Care by 1 July 2019

• keeping pricing information up-to-date and reviewing at least every 12 months

• inclusion of the Schedule within all Home Care Agreements (for new clients from 1 July 2019 and for existing clients, providers will have until 1 July 2020 to comply)

• no longer charging separately for administration costs.

A copy of the new Principles can be found here.

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