Applied Aged Care Solutions (AACS) was engaged by the Department of Health to review the Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI) and provide recommendations on potential modifications that could be made to:

- Reduce subjectivity in the needs assessment process

- Deliver a more accurate and reliable assessment that is not open to ‘gaming’

- Be consistent with contemporary care practices

- Support the assurance and validation process for ACFI claims

The recommended changes will result in:

- Improved objectivity in the assessments used

- Standardisation of the information requested

- Further provision of evidence to support resident needs assistance level claimed

- A standardised method for checking the accuracy of claims

- Improved claim review efficiencies

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