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  • Ken Ly

The AN-ACC Assessment process made simple

We believe a thorough understanding the assessment process will assist

providers be more prepared for an assessor visit, and optimise the accuracy of their AN-ACC funding classifications. So we’ve prepared a checklist of information we think will be helpful in understanding the new funding assessment process.

What do you need to know about AN-ACC Assessments?

  • Each AN-ACC assessment is completed by an independent assessor who has aged care experience and has received AN-ACC assessment training from the Department of Health.

  • The AN-ACC assessment is designed to assess very specific clinical characteristics of a resident, which drive the cost of care.

  • The Department provides a suite of AN-ACC assessment tools for assessors use in the assessment process.

  • The final funding classification outcome is calculated based on the result of the individual assessment.

  • AN-ACC assessment for funding is separate from clinical assessment for care planning and do not contribute to or affect the resident’s care plan.

  • Despite the AN-ACC funding assessment being completed by an independent assessor, classification determinations still rely partly on the clinical data produced by the provider via:

    • Written documentations e.g. charts, progress note, assessments…

    • Verbal report via staff interview.

Inaccurate or insufficient clinical data could lead to incorrect AN-ACC classifications.

The common strategies below may assist providers in preparing for assessment visits, and ensure correct classifications from initial assessment, minimising the need for reconsideration requests.

  • Assign a key liaison, who can monitor, coordinate and support the assessors, staff and residents during the assessment visit.

  • Ensure that clinical and care staff are well trained in AN-ACC and how to support AN-ACC assessments.

  • Ensure that the residents’ clinical documentation sufficiently and accurately demonstrates the resident’s care needs and the required level of staff assistance.

  • Ensure that the assessors have everything they need to conduct accurate funding assessments such as:

    • Essential information prior to their visit e.g infection control protocol

    • Access to care system software and all required documentation.

    • Access to the residents

    • Access to staff, who are familiar with the care needs of the residents being assessed.

  • Review the assessment outcome after the visit and determine if a reconsideration request is required.

You can download a printable version of the process here

3 stages of AN-ACC Assesment Process 20230505
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