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April 1, 2019 – IHF Licensee Requirements Related to DMS Staff

On April 1, 2019, the ministry emailed a letter to all IHFs licensed to provide general ultrasound services. The letter is a reminder to these licensees that they have mandatory reporting obligations regarding DMS staff. If you did not receive an email with the letter please email the IHFP generic account or see the attached link directly to the CMRTO webpage.

March 28, 2019 – Kaplan Board of Arbitration Award Phase One Award Elimination of Payment Discounts Effective April 1, 2019

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has been working with the Ontario Medical Association (OMA) toward achieving a new Physician Services Agreement under a Binding Arbitration Framework. Phase One of the February 2019 Award from the Kaplan Board of Arbitration includes the elimination of the some physician payment discounts through amendments to physician compensation under contracts and under Reg. 552 of the Health Insurance Act effective April 1, 2019. Details are available in the ministry bulletin 2140.

November 23, 2018 – Update to the Clinical Practice Parameters and Facility Standards for Nuclear Medicine (including PET/CT).

The CPSO has posted the updated CPPs for Nuclear Medicine (including PET/CT) to the CPSO webpage.  An email was sent to all IHFs licensed to provide these services on November 20, 2018.

November 21, 2018 – Public Health Ontario IPAC Checklists

Public Health Ontario (PHO) has updated the Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) checklists. Licensees are encouraged to work through the checklists with your staff to ensure that staff and the facility meet or exceed the requirements. Licensees were advised in March 2018 that the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) would be utilizing the PHO checklists during an assessment of an IHF to confirm compliance with IPAC requirements. The CPSO will be implementing the revised checklists in the near future as a part of the upcoming assessments.

October 17, 2018 – Update to the Clinical Practice Parameters and Facility Standards for Pulmonary Function Studies

The CPSO has posted the updated CPPs for Pulmonary Function Studies to the CPSO webpage.  An email was sent to all IHFs licensed to provide these services on October 17, 2018.

August 22, 2018  -  Low Back Pain Imaging Studies (X-ray, Computer Tomography (CT), and/or Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI))

The ministry has issued Bulletin 4712 regarding Low Back Pain Imaging Study Payment Requirements.  OHIP payment is only authorized for services that are medically necessary to the individual patient’s circumstances.

July 2018 – CPSO Newsletter
The CPSO has a newsletter for physicians who practice in independent health facilities and out of hospital premises. Please read the July 2018 edition.

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.

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 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

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.


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.