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.
September 22, 2016 – CPSO Newsletter
The CPSO has a newsletter for physicians who practice in independent health facilities and out of hospital premises. Please read the September 2016 edition.
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.
June 23, 2015 – Digital Readiness Special Grant Program (DRSGP)
The DRSGP will not be implemented for the fiscal year 2015/16. Please see the attached letter which was mailed to licensees.
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).
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.