CQC seeks industry feedback on upcoming proposals

The Care Quality Commission is seeking views on its new proposals for how it should calculate fees that providers of health and adult social care must pay in order to be registered.

The proposals, which are based on what changes the CQC has observed over the last few years, have been designed to insight modifications to the health and care sectors with creation of larger NHS trusts through mergers and acquisitions, and GPs collaborating in large-scale general practice.

Over the last two years the commission has been increasing the fees that providers of health and adult social care in England must pay for being on the register.

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The CQC is proposing changes to the fees structure for community adult social care providers. It is seeking views on the most appropriate metric that should be used to calculate fees.

The proposed changes could see approximately 70% of providers paying lower fees and around 30% higher fees.

A spokesperson from the CQC said: “We have now reached ‘full chargeable cost recovery’ for most providers we regulate, including NHS trusts, care homes, general practices and dental services, as planned.”

The exception is providers of community adult social care, which includes care in people’s own homes.

“However, we are reviewing the structure of our fees scheme to ensure that fees are charged and distributed proportionately. The options that we are consulting on over the next three months could result in changes to what individual providers and services in three sectors are required to pay.”

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