Sample files now available for IPA changes to home care

11 August 2021

Software developers can get ready before Improved Payment Arrangements (IPA) start on 1 September 2021.

Watch this video to learn about the key changes to Home Care claiming as part of IPA.

Under the IPA, Home Care Package providers will need to claim for the actual cost of services delivered.

They’ll claim an aggregated total for each care recipient in each claim. Any Commonwealth unspent subsidy will accrue in a care recipient’s home care account, held by Services Australia.

These changes will affect the payment statement and the claiming and reconciliation of payments.

The new payment statement will incorporate the IPA changes by splitting the payment statement into 2 sections:

  • Care recipient itemised entitlements
  • Care recipient itemised payments.

We’ve also updated it to include new data fields introduced to payment calculations, including:

  • invoice amount
  • maximum contribution and shortfall amounts
  • home care account balance.

To help you transition your software to the new arrangement we’ve developed:

  • sample payment statements, with explanations of file elements
  • sample bulk file import files.

Download the 2021 IPA changes eKit to access the files.

Without updates, existing software may not be able to:

  • interpret the new data fields contained in the payment statement
  • reconcile for the new payment calculations.

Next steps

Find out more about the Improved Payment Arrangements (IPA) changes on the Department of Health’s website.

Register for the Health Systems Software Developer Portal.

Page last updated: 30 August 2021