AN-ACC Frequently Asked Questions

Common questions asked by our clients about the transition from the ACFI to the AN-ACC care funding model

Will I need to upgrade?

For your system to be compatible with the Stage 1 and Stage 2 releases of the AutumnCare AN-ACC tools, you will require AutumnCare 2019.1 or later.

Will data migrate into the updated forms?

Yes, AutumnCare always attempts to migrate as much data as possible into new form versions. This will generally occur where questions are the same.

What will be the impact on clients with customised forms?

The impact of the changes to customised forms will need to be assessed with clients on an individual basis as this will be dependent on the forms that have already been customised. 

The updates may incur an additional cost and time to action.

When will the ACFI forms be made obsolete?

ACFI appraisals no longer need to be submitted for consumers who enter into care after the 1st of October 2022. 

ACFI documents will be made obsolete as part of the Stage 2 AutumnCare AN-ACC update.

Will clients be required to maintain two sets of records during the transition?

The ACFI documents that have been obsoleted during the second phase of the AutumnCare AN-ACC implementation will all be available in the consumers archived folders.

This will ensure that they can be audited and evidenced if required. However, users will no longer be able to create any new ACFI forms after this date.

Have the changes been informed by feedback from end users?

Yes, we encourage suggestions from clients and review all feedback that is provided. 

Many of the new changes to the care forms were primarily informed by feedback from our users.

How do we complete the Initial Clinical Assessments for consumers pre-admission to determine a class in an enquiry group?

Instead of relying on the Initial Clinical Assessment during pre-admission, we will provide a simulator to estimate classification. This will be available with the Stage 1 release of the AutumnCare AN-ACC tools from the 1st of August 2022.

Is there more information on reports or tools that will assist with reclassification?

Yes, there will be reports to provide information to assist with recognising when reclassification may be appropriate.

Embedded in the relevant forms will also be AI Rules that will trigger workflow prompts when an opportunity for reclassification is determined. 

Will there be a way to keep AN-ACC assessments separate from the care planning assessments?

Yes, the AN-ACC assessments will be stored in a separate folder which will be controlled by permissions so need not be accessed during care planning.

What will the trigger look like e.g. when a mobility need changes?

Some AI Rules will be predefined by AutumnCare and delivered in the upgrade. They can include, but are not limited to, the creation of tasks, notes, messages and appointments.

Further AI Rules can be designed and tailored by clients themselves, or with the assistance of AutumnCare.

How will we estimate an accurate class if AutumnCare does not have permission for all assessments?

The new AutumnCare AN-ACC simulator will allow you to estimate your consumers class without completing all of the separate assessment tools.

However, the simulator will also include the scores populated from the assessments that are included and completed.

Who can complete an Australian Functional Measure Assessment?

In terms of AN-ACC, the Australian Functional Measure is one of nine sections of the AN-ACC Assessment Tool completed by an independent AN-ACC assessor for each consumer.

Independent AN-ACC assessors are trained, qualified and experienced aged care clinicians and registered health professionals with at least five years' experience in Aged Care. 

The external assessors have been accredited to undertake AN-ACC Assessments, having completed training by the Federal Department of Health.

Please see the AN-ACC Reference Manual and AN-ACC Assessment Tool for more information on the AFM and the AN-ACC Assessment Tool.