CQC launches consultation on fees

On 3 October 2011 the Care Quality Commission (CQC) published a consultation on proposed changes to fees charged to providers of health and adult social care services for 2012/13.

The consultation sets out proposals to extend the fees scheme to providers of out-of-hours services, who will register for the first time with CQC from April 2012, and adjust parts of the existing scheme. The consultation also sets out CQC’s strategic approach to fees for future years, which will involve more detailed consultation over the next year for phased implementation from 2013/14 onwards.

The CQC proposes, from April 2012, to: extend the scheme to providers of primary care out-of-hours services entering the registration system; reduce the fees in the middle bandings for providers of dental and independent ambulance services; and reduce the fee in the lowest level banding for providers of adult social care services without accommodation.

The consultation is open until 28 December 2011.

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