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Documenting Support Delivery with Comm.care/Cancelling appointments

A progress note is legal documentation of services provided by your Organisation to your client. We made it easy for staff to create progress notes in Comm.care with a single click. Sometimes these progress notes are known as case notes or support logs. Whatever you call them, progress notes should follow basic documentation requirements to support the Provider Payment Assurance Program.

There are 3 ways to create Progress notes;

Progress notes also make the standard of care for the patient better because the history of care is available to others in their Circle, and to new support workers should they come on board.

There are two ways to create a progress note; from the Circle Timeline and from the Calendar:

From the Circle Timeline

Step 1. Go to the Circle

The quickest way to go inside a Circle is to click on Circles in the top grey bar. If you don’t see the Circle on the list, search for it by name. If you can't find the circle on this list, it means you are not part of that particular Circle, you need to ask the Admin to grant you access.

Step 2. Go to the Timeline screen

Click on Timeline in the blue Circle's menu at the top. From here, select Add New Document and then Progress Note


From the Calendar (Recommended*)

Step 1. Go to My Calendar

Click on My Calendar on the the top Grey bar. In the Calendar you will see all your appointments with little red pages showing that don't have a Progress Note associated, and green pages showing that a related Progress Note was created.

The little Green and Red pages in the Calendar are a great way to see what appointments you may have forgotten to enter Progress Notes for

Step 2. Click on the red doc icon of the appointment to create progress note

From your home page

First, to add circle to your homepage, your need to add them to your own list of frequent circles. Go to Organisation > Circles, clik on the star icon next to the circle name to mark them as frequent circle.

(* This is a preferred method as the progress note updated from the calendar will show in calendar and the timeline both whereas the other will only update the notes in timeline)

After that, just visit your home page and you can always create progress note for your frequent circles with just one click.

Step 1. Open home page

Find the circle on the My Frequent Circles list on the right side.

Step 2. Click on the red doc icon next to the circle name to create progress note

Step 3. Add a Progress Note

Complete the fields within the Progress Note. Make sure you complete these as a minimum so your Manager will love you!

  • Status This is a dropdown list to select if the care was: Provided, No Show, or Cancelled
  • Time and Date of occurrence of the service.
  • Related Service, Quantity and Fees charged from the Roadmap.
  • Attendees: This is a dropdown list to select who attended.
  • Other fields, depending on the service type (NDIS, or DSS) Comm.care will show you their related fields.
Appointment Cancellation:


If it is a short notice cancellation and the client is charged 100% cancellation fee, select Status: No Show.
If the appointment is cancelled in advance and there is no cancellation fee, select Status: Cancelled.
Depends on the Progress Notes' statuses, the cancellation fees will be included in the claim as 100% or 0.
You can read more about NDIS Service Booking And Cancellation here.

NDIS funded services

  • Support item: Select support item related to the appointment
  • Related Client: Select the client to whom the service is delivered
  • Travel Time: Depending on the line item you select, and permitting that it is eligible for travel costs, you will see a field for travel time. If you have agreed to a pre-arranged amount of travel time, this will automatically populate. This field is new due to updates in the NDIS Price Guide.
  • Report writing charges: NDIS allows you to claim fees for writing reports. You should discuss and explain this fee with your client.
  • Non Face-2-Face chargers: Select if the activity is Non Face-to-face support. Non-face-to-face activities do not include general business activities such as scheduling staff. 
NDIS Travel time, Report Writing, and Non Face-to-face charges: With Report Writing and Non Face-to-face support, the travel time will be set to 0 in order to avoid overcharging your client. This simplifies the process of ensuring that a Service within Comm.care is accurately aligned to NDIS’s complex pricing structures — which means using Comm.care will lead to more accurate record-keeping, claims, billing, and reporting.

DSS funded services

  • Added Clients: Select your DSS clients
  • Interpreter Present: Indicating whether interpreter is present in the session
  • Unidentified Clients: Number of unidentified clients associated with the case
  • Service Type: Select DSS service type you are providing

Track your time for NDIS funding

For NDIS providers, it's best to keep your time in check. Comm.care allows you to select the special fields you will need to enter for NDIS-funded services for your NDIS bulk claim upload, or when you create invoices for the NDIS Plan Manager or Statement of Services to your NDIS funded client. You will need to enter the NDIS line item and related client that is receiving the service.

NEW Now you can setup line items within an appointment and then all the related Progress Notes will have that same line item. This is perfect for support workers as it limits the chances of making mistakes when selecting the line item while creating the Progress note.

Track your funding for DSS funded services

If you are funded by the Department of Social Services (DSS) such as Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP), you will notice that other fields might appear depending on the Service Type. As an example; if the Service Type is Home Modifications, you will also need to enter Total Cost (of the Home mods) and Extra Items to detail what was done.

Remember, one of the great benefits of Comm.care is that the support workers can enter their Progress Notes on the road, no need to go back to the office and handling numerous Excel spreadsheets and Word documents. When the support workers create a progress note, Comm.care will use this information for reporting purposes for the NDIS Bulk upload, invoicing or DSS DEX interface for CHSP funded aged care services.

If you’re new to Comm.care and keen to see the full Platform in action, join us for a free demonstration. You can book a convenient time HERE.
Looking forward to meeting you then!

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Last updated on June 23, 2021