NDIA accepts Independent Pricing Review recommendations

NDIA accepts Independent Pricing Review recommendations

Date
Fri 2 Mar 2018

As you may aware, the National Disability Insurance Scheme is being rolled out accross the Brisbane North Region with the following dates for roll out in place:

1 July 2017
Somerset 

1 July 2018
Brisbane City 

1 January 2019
Moreton Bay (including Strathpine and Caboolture)

In response to feedback from Participant and Provider groups; and the Productivity Commission Report on NDIS Costs, the Board of the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) commissioned an Independent Pricing Review (IPR) in June 2017.

The Review assessed the NDIA's pricing strategy and approach, as well as specific price settings for supports and services that are critical to the Scheme's market stewardship role and the path to price deregulation.

The Board of the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) today released the Independent Pricing Review (IPR) Report undertaken by McKinsey & Company, giving in principle support to all of the Report's 25 recommendations.

Key recommendations made by the IPR include:

  • Adding a third tier to the complexity loading to account for higher level skills or experience of workers and additional training required;
  • Allowing providers to charge up to 45 minutes of travel time in rural areas;
  • Allowing providers to quote on the delivery of services in isolated regions;
  • Changing the cancellation policy to allow providers to recover 90% of their costs if a cancellation is made after 3pm on the day before the service;
  • Removing the annual $1000 travel cap for therapy supports and aligning the travel policy with the attendant care travel policy;
  • Changing therapy prices to better reflect different therapy types, and introducing a second tier of pricing for therapy assistants;
  • Introducing temporary overhead assistance equivalent to a 2% to 3% loading on the price for providers delivering attendant care for the next 12 months.

Other recommendations relate to price limits, interventions to address specific market challenges, and improvements in market monitoring and engagement.

This is a positive step towards ironing out some of the complexities of this scheme to enable a smoother transition to the NDIS in our region. 

For more information about the outcomes of the Independent Pricing Review click here 

For more information about the roll out of the NDIS in the Brisbane Norht Region click here