MOHLTC Patients First Updates

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) is sharing periodic updates on the work supported by the Patients First Acts, 2016. We know RRTs make a difference in our patients care and outcomes and anticipate this information will empower RRT engagement in health system integration and change!

Review the RTSO’s Patients First Discussion Paper Feedback submitted to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care HERE.

The following updates are available:

  • Update Since Launch: OHIP+ Children and Youth Pharmacare Program
    November 3, 2017
    2.5 million claims have been paid since OHIP+ was initiated January 1, 2018. Read about special updates related to Exceptional Access Program, the Limited Use Program, the Temporary Facilitated Access Mechanism (Rheumatology), Valved Holding Chambers and the 30 Day Prescription Program through the Update link.
    Visit OHIP+ online at www.ontario.ca/OHIPplus
    Prescription Drug Checker Tool: www.ontario.ca/page/check-medication-coverage/
    OHIP+: Information for Professionals: http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/pro/programs/drugs/ohipplus/
    Weekly webinars have now ended.
  • Transforming Musculoskeletal (MSK) Care in Ontario
    November 3, 2017
    The Ministry of Health’s Access to Specialists and Specialty Care Strategy (ATS) aims to improve quality, access and appropriateness of care for patients; implementing MSK intake, assessment and management models is a key part of this work. The approach to this program implementation across Ontario’s Local Health Integration Networks may serve as a model for other program implementation.
  • OHIP+ Children and Youth Pharmacare
    October 27, 2017
    This update addresses access to the OHIP+ Exceptional Access Program (EAP) Streamlined Request Submission Process.
  • Minister’s Patient and Family Advisory Council
    October 10, 2017
    Patient engagement is a key component of building a more patient-centred health care system. The Minister’s PFAC will be composed of 15 patients and caregivers, who will share their experience and perspective, and will provide the ministry with valuable insight which it can incorporate into the policy development process. This update provides information about the implementation of this important element of the Patients First agenda.
  • Implementation Updates for OHIP+: Children and Youth Pharmacare
    August 28, 2017
    As part of Budget 2017, the government announced its intention to create and implement “OHIP+: Children and Youth Pharmacare” (OHIP+) by January 1, 2018. OHIP+ would provide universal drug coverage to approximately 4.1 million children and youth across Ontario aged 24 and under. This update provides feedback related to the implementation process.
  • Commitment to Improving Access to High Quality French Language Health Services
    July 7, 2017
    The Patients First Act, 2016 provides a solid framework for renewed partnership, and brings increased focus on enhancing equity, cultural and linguistic sensitivity, the delivery of health care services to Francophones and Indigenous peoples, and strengthening patients’ and families’ voices in their health care planning. Read about Ministry plans to integrate French language health services into local system changes.
  • Message from the Deputy Minister of Health and Long-Term Care (Dr. Bob Bell)
    June 30, 2017
    Transition was the first step – the transformation phase starts now. The cultural shift toward a more local approach begins at the sub-region level, where LHINs, local health care providers and patient and family advisory councils can partner together to identify and plan for integrated service delivery that will meet specific local needs. Transformation will provide opportunities for RRTs to make a difference! Read more in this week’s update.
  • A Message from the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care: CCAC to LHIN Transitions Completed
    June 23, 2017
    On June 21, 2017, Erie St. Clair CCAC, North West CCAC, and Central East CCAC successfully transferred to their respective LHINs. These are the final CCACs to complete their transition to LHINs. Read more in this week’s update.
  • CCAC to LHIN Transitions and the Achieving Excellence Together Conference
    June 16, 2017
    On June 7, 2017, Toronto Central CCAC and Central CCAC (Kim Baker, CEO, former RRT) successfully transferred to their respective LHINs. Also, this year marked the 18th year of the “Achieving Excellence Together” conference. This conference brings together health and home care professionals, leaders, care coordinators, service providers, and front-line staff to share innovative ideas and approaches and best practices. This two-day conference provides an opportunity to demonstrate the complex and multifaceted home and community care sector.
    Read more about both topics by clicking on the link above!
  • Implementation and Transition Updates and a Spotlight On: Change Management Support
    June 9, 2017
    On June 7, 2017, Toronto Central CCAC and Central CCAC successfully transferred to their respective LHINs. Transition experiences are shared. With the focus now shifting from transition to transformation, change management is vital to foster a high performance culture and to ensure the newly integrated organizations are supported with appropriate tools and resources to realize system transformation. Click on the link in the title to lear more.
  • CCAC to LHIN Updates and Spotlight On: LHIN Board Appointments
    June 2, 2017
    On May 31, 2017, Mississauga Halton CCAC, Central West CCAC, and North East CCAC successfully transferred to their respective LHINs. Over the past 12 months the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) has completed more than 100 appointments to the Boards of the 14 Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs); including nearly 70 new appointments in order to ensure that LHIN boards are reflective of the communities they serve. Read more about the implementation in this week’s update.