New NDIS Price Guide and Support Catalogue
The NDIA recently released version 1.3 of the NDIS Price Guide and Support Catalogue, which came into effect on 1 October 2019. There is a number of updates and new inclusions. Significantly, disability-related health supports are now claimable under the NDIS. The inclusion of these essential supports is a big step towards closing the gap between the complex health and NDIS interface. It is also notable that a number of isolated towns have been reclassified as remote and the definitions of Level 1 & 2 Therapy Assistant has been clarified.
Disability-related health supports now funded by the NDIS
The NDIS Support Catalogue now has over 60 new disability-related health line items including five claimable levels of nursing. Providers may now claim for consumables, direct assistance and assistive technology products which relate to a person’s reasonable and necessary disability-related health supports.
Typically these supports can be grouped into eight ‘support type’ categories:
- Respiratory conditions
- Wound and pressure care
- Podiatry and foot care
These categories are not exhaustive and each participant should discuss their disability-related health requirements with their Local Area Coordinator (LAC).
The health system will continue to be responsible for:
- Supports which do not directly relate to the participant’s functional impairment
- Time limited or not on-ongoing support
- Acute service
- Post-acute services
- Diagnosis and clinical treatment of health conditions
- Palliative care
Further information regarding disability-related health supports can be found in the Disability-related Health Supports Operational Guideline.
Reclassification of Modified Monash Model (MMM) for isolated towns
The Modified Monash Model is a geographical classification system used by the NDIA to determine regional, remote and very remote areas. The system uses population density informed by the Bureau of Statistics to determine the classification areas, rather than geographical distance.
From 1 August 2019, the NDIA amended its geographical arrangements to reclassify a number of locations to MMM 6. These locations are generally isolated towns surrounded by ‘remote’ or ‘very remote’ areas.
The full list of reclassified areas is found in the NDIS Price Guide. Further information about how to apply the travel policy can be found in NDS’ interactive PDF titled: Practical Guidance to Operating in the NDIS.
Therapy Assistant Level 1 & 2
The NDIA have updated the description of Level 1 & Level 2 Therapy Assistant in the Support Catalogue. Practicalities of the work environment, the therapy assistant’s experience, skill and qualifications will determine what roles they are able to undertake and the level of supervision and monitoring required. The provider should be prepared to demonstrate this to the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission.
- Therapy Assistant Level 1 (15_052_0128_1_3) - Allied health assistant working under the delegation and direct supervision at all times of a therapist. The allied health assistant must be covered by the professional indemnity insurance of the supervising therapist (or the therapist’s or therapy assistant's employing provider).
- Therapy Assistant Level 2 (15_053_0128_1_3) - Allied health assistant working under the delegation and supervision of a therapist, where the therapist is satisfied that the allied health assistant is able to work independently without direct supervision at all times. The allied health assistant must be covered by the professional indemnity insurance of the supervising therapist (or the therapist’s or therapy assistant's employing provider).
NDS is pleased that keeping up to date with these, and a number of other, important changes is assisted with a detailed version control table in both the NDIS Price Guide and Support Catalogue.
If you are an NDS member and have a question about the new Price Guide or Support Catalogue, or any NDIS related questions, please get in touch with us by posting on the NDS Helpdesk.