Aged Care service providers will be able to send ACFI data to Medicare Australia electronically through Medicare Australia's Online Claiming Business-to-Business (B2B) and file upload channel, which requires software development by a registered software vendor, or Medicare Australia's ACFI Web form.
With the introduction of ACFI, Epicor SLS will now not only encompass ACFI appraisals, it will also incorporate ACFI into funding calculations, reconciliation and updating to the General Ledger for financial reporting.
As the first software vendor to receive a notice of integration for ACFI Online Claiming in accordance with Government legislation, Epicor will enable its customers, which include a selection of Australia's largest aged care providers, to significantly reduce staff time required to prepare and submit paperwork, improve the accuracy of aged care payments and related data and provide acknowledgement that forms and information have been received and processed by Medicare Australia.
John Stuart, CEO, Twilight Aged Care, a not-for-profit organization and customer of Epicor also commented, "Epicor has been incredibly supportive in the build up to the introduction of ACFI, in addition to other legislation being introduced around the government's Securing the Future of Aged Care package.
With 48 aged care homes throughout Australia, we felt Epicor was especially vigilant in tailoring its SLS solution to align with the legislative changes presented by ACFI and enable Amity to prepare for transition onto the ACFI online claiming system.
Without having a reliable and world recognized software vendor such as Epicor, and taking the necessary steps to be prepared for the changes outlined under ACFI, aged care providers run the risk of incurring significant potential overheads.
In addition to ACFI, the government will provide $1.
Mr Butler said the government was not cutting total funding to the sector but had made changes to ACFI so that funding would be shared among providers more equally.
We found some very unusual interactions between complex health care and personal hygiene needs--things that just didn't line up with our understanding clinically of how ACFI was going to operate.
Rather than that extra income going to some providers who are using ACFI consultants to maximise their income, and frankly fiddle with these questions that don't require much clinical evidence to support them, we changed the questions so that the income could be shared more equally.