Independent Health Facilities


What's New

August 3, 2018 – Updated Clinical Practice Parameters and Facility Standards for Diagnostic Imaging are available.

The CPSO has posted the updated CPPs for Diagnostic Imaging to the CPSO webpage. An email was sent to the IHFs licensed to provide these services on July 26, 2018.

July 3, 2018 – Updated Clinical Practice Parameters and Facility Standards for Hemodialysis are available

The CPSO has posted the updated CPPs for Hemodialysis to the CPSO website. An email was sent to the IHF licensed to provide these services on June 27, 2018 by the CPSO.

April 26, 2018 – Requirements for IHFs with limiting conditions pertaining to infertility

The ministry has issued Bulletin 2135 regarding requirements for independent health facilities with limiting conditions on their licence pertaining to infertility and amendments to the limiting conditions of the licence.

March 14, 2018 – Assessment Updates - Infection Prevention and Control and Plan of Action

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) has sent a communication to all licensees and quality advisors regarding infection prevention and control (IPAC) in IHFs. Effective immediately all assessments will be conducted using the Public Health Ontario (PHO) checklists. It is recommended that every licensee, in conjunction with the quality advisor, undertake a review of the IPAC requirements and use the checklists available on the PHO webpage to conduct an audit of the IHF.

If you did not receive a copy of the communication you may email the CPSO IHF generic account at:  IHF@cpso.on.ca. You may also find a link to the PHO webpage under Resources on this site.

March 14, 2018 – CSB Connects Implemented – Improved Telephone Enquiry System

The ministry has launched the interactive telephone enquiry system "CSB Connects" designed to make it easier for health care providers to connect with Claims Services Staff.

January 3, 2018 – Communique regarding the Oversight of Health Facilities and Devices Act, 2017.
On December 12, 2017, Bill 160, the Strengthening Quality and Accountability for Patients Act , 2017, passed Third Reading and received Royal Assent from the Lieutenant Governor in Council (LGIC). Part of Bill 160 is Schedule 9, the Oversight of Health Facilities and Devices Act (OHFDA) which when proclaimed into effect, will replace the Independent Health Facilities Act.

The Community Health Facilities program, on behalf of Lynn Guerriero, Assistant Deputy Minister, Negotiations and Accountability Management Division, advised all licensees of this via email.

Links to the ministry’s December 12 news release and backgrounder are provided below:

News Release: Ontario Passes Legislation to Strengthen Transparency in Health Care
English | French

Backgrounder: Strengthening Quality and Accountability for Patients Act, 2017
English | French

As licensees were advised on December 21, 2017, the date on which the OHFDA may be proclaimed into force is not known, and at present, the Independent Health Facilities Act, its regulations and the ministry’s policies in support of the Independent Health Facilities program remain in effect.

Should you have any questions about the information provided, or if you did not receive this communication please send an email to the Community Health Facilities program at: CHF@ontario.ca.

Read full version of the Oversight of Health Facilities and Devices Act.

November 21, 2017 – Ordering of postpartum ultrasounds by a midwife
The ministry is sending this bulletin to provide additional clarification regarding the ordering of a postpartum ultrasound by a midwife.

November 16, 2017 – CPSO Newsletter
The CPSO has a newsletter for physicians who practice in independent health facilities and out of hospital premises.  Please read the November 2017 Edition.

November 3, 2017 – Email to Licensees regarding Oversight of Health Facilities and Devices Act, 2017.
On November 2, 2017, the Community Health Facilities program sent an email to all IHF licensees on behalf of Pauline Ryan, Director of Health Services Branch, Negotiations and Accountability Management Division.
The email advised licensees that Bill 160, the Strengthening Quality and Accountability for Patients Act, 2017, passed Second Reading in the Legislature and has been referred to the Standing Committee on General Government.

Information regarding public hearings with the Standing Committee and presentation submission deadlines was provided in the email. Notice for public hearings, including registration and submission instructions.
If you did not receive this communication, or have any questions, please send an email to the Community Health Facilities program at: CHF@ontario.ca

October 20, 2017 – Letter to Licensees and Quality Advisors Regarding Improper Reprocessing of Invasive Ultrasound Probes
On October 20, 2017, the Director of IHFs sent a letter to all Licensees and Quality Advisors for IHFs licensed to provide invasive ultrasound procedures. The letter is a follow up to the April 21, 2017 letter.  This letter requires that licensees and quality advisors send back a signed "Confirmation and Acknowledgement" document confirming that the IHFs are following the PIDAC IPAC requirements. The Confirmation and Acknowledgement is due December 1, 2017. If you did not receive a copy of the letter and Confirmation and Acknowledgement please an email to: IHFP@ontario.ca

October 20, 2017 – INFO bulletin #2129 Presenting Health Cards for Health Services and Health Card Validation
On October 20, 2017, an INFO bulletin was posted to remind health care providers of the policy regarding the presentation of health cards for health services and health card validation. Please see the attached link to INFO Bulletin #2129.

September 2017 – Diagnostic Medical Sonographers to be Regulated with the CMRTO
In September 2017, the CMRTO posted a follow up DMS Update #2 regarding the proposed regulation of sonographers. Please see the attached link to DMS Update #2.

September 27, 2017 – Email to Licensees regarding Oversight of Health Facilities and Devices Act, 2017.
On September 27, 2017, the Community Health Facilities program sent an email to all IHF licensees on behalf of Pauline Ryan, Director of Health Services, Negotiations and Accountability Management Division. The email advised licensees of the introduction of the Strengthening Quality and Accountability for Patients Act, 2017 for First Reading in the Legislature by Dr. Eric Hoskins, the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care.

This Act proposes several legislative changes. One of these changes is the proposed Oversight of Health Facilities and Devices Act, 2017 (Schedule 9 of the bill) to oversee community health facilities (CHFs) and energy applying and detecting medical devices (EADMDs).

If you did not receive this communication, or have any questions, please send an email to the Community Health Facilities program at: CHF@ontario.ca. Please see attached a link to the bill and the News Release.

August 3, 2017 – Diagnostic medical Sonographers to be regulated with the CMRTO
On August 2, 2017, the ministry directed the College of Medical Radiation Technologists of Ontario (CMRTO) to regulate diagnostic medical sonographers under the CMRTO and to begin the registration of diagnostic medical sonographers by January 2018.  For more information visit the College of Medical Radiation Technologists of Ontario (CMRTO).

June 23, 2017 – Letter to Licensees regarding Quality of Care Information Protection Act, 2016
On June 23, 2017, the IHF Program sent all licensees a copy of letter from Patrick Dicerni, Assistant Deputy Minister. The letter was advising licensees that the Quality of Care Information Protection Act, 2016 (QCIPA), its supporting regulations, and the amendments to Regulation 965 of the Public Hospitals Act are scheduled to come into force on July 1, 2017. If you did not receive your copy of the letter please send an email to the Independent Health Facilities Program at: IHFP@ontario.ca. Please see attached a link to the legislation. As per the letter, if you have any questions or require further information please contact Sean Court at sean.court@ontario.ca.

April 21, 2017 – Letter to Licensees and Quality Advisors regarding Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) within Diagnostic Imaging IHFs
On April 21, 2017, the ministry sent all IHFs licensed to provide diagnostic imaging services a letter regarding Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC).  If you did not receive a copy of the letter please contact the IHF Program at:  IHFP@ontario.ca.

April 5, 2017 – IMPAX PACS Software (Version 6.5/6.6.1./6.5.x) Issue
If you are a customer of Agfa Healthcare that uses any of the above noted versions of its IMPAX PACS software, you should be aware of an urgent field safety notice that was issued to all affected customers on January 25, 2017.  Please see the attached link to the complete Bulletin 2122 for more information.

December 21, 2015 – Changes to Schedule of Facility Fees
Effective December 21, 2015, ultrasound services will not be insured when rendered to support in-vitro fertilization services or artificial insemination services as set out in Bulletin 2110. This change mirrors the changes to the Schedule of Benefits that was set out in Bulletin #4662 and Bulletin #4663.

November 18, 2015 – Change to the assessment process for 2015/16
The MOHLTC and the CPSO have instituted a change to the assessment procedure for 2015/2016.  The CPSO will provide the licensee, by email, a copy of the assessment report prior to review by the ministry.  This is an opportunity for the licensee to identify any concerns/corrections with the information contained in the report and if possible provide a written plan response to address any deficiencies in advance of the report being sent to the ministry.  The licensee has 14 days to submit a response or the report will be reviewed without any submission from the licensee.  Please ensure that the ministry has an update email address for the licensee on record.  If you have questions regarding this process please contact the CPSO.

September 1, 2015 – Amendment to the Expansion Policy for the Addition of New Modalities to IHF Licences
Please be advised that as of September 1, 2015, the ministry has amended the expansion policy for the addition of new modalities to IHF licences. Previously, Licensees who wished to add modalities and who were conditionally approved , were required to submit checklist documentation that was reviewed by the CPSO to ensure the facility's plan met the generally accepted quality and standards for the conditionally approved modalities. Once the CPSO report was received by the ministry, the conditionally approved modalities were added to the licence and the Licensee was then authorized to bill the ministry in respect of the approved modalities.

Beginning September 1, 2015, in addition to the checklist documentation and CPSO review process, the Licensee will now be required to show proof of equipment purchase or lease prior to the conditionally approved services being formally added to the licence. The timeframe to provide the required checklist documentation and proof of equipment purchase or lease will remain as one (1) year from the date the Director has given the conditional approval. If you have any questions concerning the amended policy or wish to have a copy of the amended expansion policy, please call the Independent Health Facilities Program at 613-548-6637 or email at IHFP@ontario.ca.

May 26, 2015 – Requisition Forms for Independent Health Facilities
Info Bulletin #2108 asks Independent Health Facilities (IHFs) to ensure that patients are aware that the requisition forms that IHFs provide them allow them to access healthcare services in the facility of their choosing. It also recommends specific wording on any requisition forms that IHFs develop. Please see InfoBulletin #2108 for further information.


The Independent Health Facilities Program licenses, funds and coordinates quality assurance assessments of community-based non-hospital facilities in Ontario that provide insured diagnostic services (ultrasound, x-ray, pulmonary function, nuclear medicine and sleep studies) and/or insured surgical/treatment services (e.g., cataract surgery, dialysis, plastic surgery).

 

For More Information

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the information provided on this webpage please contact the Independent Health Facilities Program at 613-548-6637.