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5 handy tips for NDIS providers

If you are in the process of setting up your practice for NDIS, or thinking of registering as a provider, here are 5 small but useful tips that might help you to understand how you can apply NDIS smoothly into your practice.

  1. When participants of the NDIS (individuals accessing funding) become part of the scheme, they have a planning meeting. From this, the first plan is developed which outlines their goals and services required. This is just a start. Don’t panic if the first plan for your clients does not include everything. The first plan is often a time when participants can get used to the NDIS portal, continue to consider their goals, and allows adjustment time for accessing providers. Following this, the first plan can then be changed. The first plan is normally in place for a 12 month period.
  2. When designing your service and setting your fees, it is important to think about value for money. There are particular prices for the NDIS that providers can charge, and you will not be able to charge above those set fees. Remember however, that participants in the NDIS will be looking to maximise their funding, and this may mean opting for the service that is not charging the maximum fee. There is a balance between valuing yourself and your skills and then ensuring that the client experiences value for their money. You may also find that some participants are looking to maximise their funding by seeking out practices who have options such as having part of their intervention with a student or therapy aide, whilst you are in a supervisory role. That might not work for many providers, but it is food for thought as you are planning your service!
  3. Participants on the NDIS are still encouraged to used mixed care options. For example, they are encouraged to still utilise funding such as the Mental Health Plan through Medicare. They are also still encouraged to seek out treatment from their local hospital. NDIS is not replacing existing care supports that the client is entitled to use. You may have NDIS participants access your service on other funding plans, like the Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) plan.
  4. If a client of yours applies to be a participant on the NDIS, and they are accepted into the scheme, they will receive an acceptance letter. This letter is a standard letter that goes out to all participants that are accepted into the scheme. The letter indicates that participants will be contacted shortly by a planner. This time frame can vary a lot between individuals, and it might take days or months for a participant to hear form their planner. This is because there is a staggered roll out for participants. When your area rolls out for NDIS, those participants that have been linked in the past to organisations such as FACS and ADHC will roll out first, with Early Intervention participants likely to roll out in approximately 6 months.
  5. In the future, the NDIS is aiming to have between 20-40% of their participants self-managing their funds, or at least partly managing their own funding. For a provider, that means the client will pay you directly, and you will invoice them directly. In a nutshell, they would be treated like any other private paying client in your service. At present the statistics of self-managed participants in the Hunter region and ACT region is approximately 5-20%.
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