The attached letter was developed by Allied Health Professions Australia (AHPA) and its member associations asking the National Disability Insurance Agency for an immediate halt to the implementation of tiered therapy pricing.
AHPA and its member associations are extremely concerned about the National Disability Insurance Agency’s (NDIA’s) decision to implement tiered therapeutic pricing, as outlined in Recommendation 17 of the recently released McKinsey and Company Independent Pricing Review.
It is our strong belief that the recommendations around tiered pricing are based on an incomplete understanding of both the support needs of people experiencing disability and the pricing of various accident compensation and insurance schemes around Australia. We have major concerns about the lack of consultation with allied health peak bodies and the decision to implement the recommendation nationally without first testing its impact on the marketplace. We believe that implementing the pricing tier by July 1st 2018 will result in an immediate negative impact on participant services and the provider marketplace.
AHPA and its members have undertaken a number of immediate activities in response to the pricing review. In addition to writing to NDIA CEO, Rob de Luca, we are also engaging with the NDIA Board and the Assistant Minister for Disability Services requesting an immediate halt to the implementation process.