Just 11 aged care providors identified as over claiming in three years – but $1.2B+ cut from funding

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The Australian Financial Review has conducted a review of ‘noncompliance’ by aged care operators in their claims for ACFI funding. Minister for Health Sussan Ley said last month “Since early 2013, actions have been taken against 11 approved providers and five of these were required to reappraise all residents after substantial and repeated findings of incorrect claiming”.

We have 1,032 residential aged care operators listed on agedcare101.com.au. This means that after 36 months of field audits backed up by intensive data collection just 11 operators overall were found to be over claiming and just five were found to be on a scale that required checking all the residents funding.

This equates to 1% and 0.5% respectively of all operators.

At the same time the government refuses to provide the working papers that allowed it to calculate the $1.2 billion in cuts. ACSA has gained the support of the new independent members to review the cuts.