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disability support services melbourne are essential for disabled individuals who are suffering from disability. Social Security Disability Insurance (also known as SSDI) does not adequately cover the cost of long-term or in-home care if a person is unable work. “The disability support “network” is often inequitable and underfunded. It is fragmented, ineffective, and inefficient. It leaves poor people with disabilities without much choice in the matter of quality care and assistance with daily living expenses. A recent report by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) found that “deep gaps in the health and services provided by Medicare and Medicaid lead to many patients forgoing necessary medical care.” The report revealed that many patients are not covered for “fatal deaths”, disabling hospitalizations, chronic conditions, deaths from heart disease, death from suicide, and accidents.

There are many things that could be done in order to improve the system. A Final Report was released by the Productivity Commission, which examined the state of disability support and care, and recommended five areas for improvement. These recommendations have been implemented by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The link below provides further information.

The Productivity Commission identified five areas that were most problematic in the current disability assistance system. Specifically, the Commission recommended that the Secretary of Health and Human Services create a National Registry for Quality Care Providers. They suggested that this step would “determine which providers provide the highest quality for the lowest cost.” They suggested that the Secretary create a National Application for Medicaid Waivers to ensure that beneficiaries always have access to the assistance that they need. The Productivity Commission also recommended that the federal government provide training and guidance to local and state governments on how to create registries.

As we have discussed, the Productivity Commission also recommended taking additional steps to ensure that all people who are eligible for benefits are taken care of. There is a lackluster consistency between the programs. It is not clear whether all individuals who are eligible receive the same benefits. The Productivity Commission called on the Federal government to take coordinated action to ensure that all people who need disability benefits are eligible, including those with vision impairments, children, seniors, disabled veterans, and individuals with mental health issues such as psychosis or bipolar. The Productivity Commission further recommended that the Federal Government work with the states to “examine the criteria used by each” and “develop a uniform definition of who should qualify for these benefits.”

The Productivity Commission called for a nationwide review of eligibility to receive Australian disability care and support. It recommended that this review be done by the Australian Department of Social Services (DSS). The Productivity Commission recommended that the review look at “the affordability, availability, and accessibility of the various types of support” to “ensure everybody has access to these supports regardless of their current circumstance.” The review will also identify and empower single parents with children and low-income individuals to participate in Disability Discrimination Act and ensure that everyone has equal employment opportunities.

: Allow people to make choices about accessing accommodation or other supports (sections 3 (2) (a and (b). The commission recommended that existing programs be modified to ensure that “the most vulnerable people in the communities have greater access and assistance.” These recommendations will help to ensure that people with disability have greater access to services, which will allow them to participate in employment and in the community more effectively.

Part 5 of this report identifies four areas where the Productivity Commission believes that the Federal Government must make improvements. These four areas aim to improve the speedy handling of applications for support services for disabled people, increase access and usage of the fast track application process for disability services, and create a new process to fast-track home-based application for support services for disabled people. The review recommends that the Federal Government should: “reject applications that do not contain accurate information or those that fail to provide supporting documentation.” It further recommends that the procedure for deciding on approval of an application for fast-track funding be changed to require applicants to provide an additional form with information relevant to their specific circumstances and that this information should be verified by providing signed evidence from a medical practitioner. The Productivity Commission recommends that the Privacy & Anti-Social Behavior (ASB Strategy) be updated to require that ASB assessors complete additional training after they have been certified. This will ensure that they are fully competent to perform such assessments.

The Productivity Commission’s recommendations on disability reform will see the Select Council review the current assessment methods used to determine if a person needs disability assistance. The Select Council also will review how local authorities decide what rates a person qualifies for from the support and disability care system. The review will also consider the need for an independent professional body to determine how the eligibility criteria should be modified for people who require specialized disability support to improve access to disability services for those who truly do need the assistance.

Disability care and support systems in Australia have been provided for many years, however, over time the current system has been compromised by a lack of reliable assessment tools and information that enables the local authorities to make informed decisions about who requires assistance and how those needs should be met. The Productivity Commission has recommended that it examine the current system, and make recommendations about improving the assessment methods used to determine eligibility for disability assistance. However, the current recommendations will not alter an individual’s mandatory impairment or provide universal disability support. However, the Select Council suggests that the Productivity Commission revise the current system to ensure the assessment methods are as random, simple, and as effective as possible. This will also ensure that all eligible applicants receive support as they need it.

 

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