Aged Care Alert – AN-ACC – Palliative care entry arrangements

The AN-ACC funding model includes 13 variable funding classes that reflect the different care needs of residents in each class.

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Health sector

The Australian National Aged Care Classification (AN-ACC) funding model includes 13 variable funding classes that reflect the different care needs of residents in each class.

AN-ACC Class 1 ‘Admit for Palliative Care’ is specifically for people who enter residential care for the purpose of receiving palliative care.

Pending enabling subordinate legislation, residential aged care providers will be able to indicate on the aged care entry record that a care recipient has entered a service to receive palliative care from 23 July 2022.

To be assigned Class 1, the provider must then submit evidence that the care recipient met the following eligibility criteria for palliative care status at their date of entry:

  • a life expectancy of 3 months or less, and
  • an Australia-Modified Karnofsky Performance (AKPS) score of 40 or less.

This can be done by submitting a correctly completed Palliative Care Status Form. If palliative care status is confirmed, the care recipient will not need an AN-ACC assessment.

We will provide further information, including when the form becomes available and how and when to complete it, before 23 July 2022.

Providers can read the What is AN-ACC Class 1 (Admit for Palliative Care) factsheet for more information.

We encourage providers to regularly visit the residential aged care funding reform and the funding reform resources webpages for the latest AN-ACC information.