Nick Heywood-Smith, CEO of W&L Australia, Reveals How Aged Care Facilities Can Better Utilise Their Podiatrists

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In a recent interview, CEO of mobile allied health services provider W&L Australia reveals how podiatrists can better support their facilities.

It is very important to have your podiatrist provide consistent and regular podiatry services. They need to implement systems to support infection control, facility accreditation, and Aged Care Funding Instrument requirements.

Nick Heywood-Smith, CEO of mobile allied health services provider W&L Australia, reveals in a recent interview how aged care facilities can best utilise their podiatrists.

“A lot of aged care facilities have a hard time getting consistent podiatry services, especially when it comes to documentation that supports infection control and ACFI requirements. As a result, their aged care residents often end up paying the full fee unnecessarily,” said Heywood-Smith.

When asked to expand on his statement, Nick Heywood-Smith answered:

“It is very important to have your podiatrist provide consistent and regular podiatry services. They need to implement systems to support infection control, facility accreditation, and Aged Care Funding Instrument requirements. It’s also important that they assist the residents to claim any Medicare benefits that are entitled to the residents.”

“Most aged care facilities provide semi regular podiatry services to their residents, but it is important to have a podiatrist providing services at your facility more frequently than every 6-8 weeks. This is due to possible complications that might arise with your residents. Having a podiatrist on staff more regularly can help prevent complications from becoming bigger issues that will take more resources to deal with later on,” he continued.

When asked how aged care facilities can get their podiatrists to access Medicare CDM’s for eligible residents, Nick Heywood-Smith replied:

“In order for your podiatrists to help residents claim the full amount of Medicare benefits entitled to them, the podiatrists must register with Medicare to obtain a Medicare provider number and prepare a care plan for the General Practitioners to work with. Then the General Practitioners (GPs) can add to the care plan based on their work with the patients. The GPs will need to fill out a CDM referral form to report the number and type of sessions that they feel the patients need. The podiatrists should send the care plan to the GPs after the first and last visit.”

Aged care facilities looking for more tips to obtain optimal ACFI funding can visit Nick’s blog at http://www.nickheywood-smith.com.

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