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:

  • 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.
  • Implementation Updates including LHIN Sub-Regions; Engaging Patients and Providers; Quality Improvement and Population Health and Service Integration  
    May 26, 2017
    Read about the South West  and Champlain CCAC to LHIN transfers, the Toronto Central LHIN’s planning approach to support collaborative local planning around population need, to improve population health,  and how the Northwest LHIN is addressing service integration.
  • First Transition and Strengthening Partnerships And Bundled Care Models (incl. COPD)
    May 19, 2017
    In addition to CCAC transfer to LHINs updates, information about bundled care models. Continuing to pilot innovative bundled care models: Building on the experience of the six pilot sites, bundled payment models will evolve to address the continuous care needs of chronic disease, focusing first on Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and Congestive Heart Failure (CHF).
  • First Transition and Strengthening Partnerships
    May 12, 2017
    On May 3rd, 2017, North Simcoe Muskoka (NSM) Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) successfully transitioned into NSM Local Health Integration Network (LHIN); the first of fourteen (14) CCAC-to-LHIN transfers. To strengthen local partnerships, each of the 14 LHINs and CCACs has appointed a local transition lead to be the conduit of information and agents of change for their region. These individuals have been working throughout the transition process to address any concerns. Read more about the transitions in this week’s  update!
  • Minister of Health and Long-Term Care’s Update on LHIN Mandate Letters
    May 5, 2017
    Minister’s Mandate Letters set the goals and key priorities for each LHIN that will set the foundation for a transformed health care system. Recent accomplishments and next steps are also included.
  • Ontario’s 2017 Budget
    April 28, 2017
    Significant investments in health care will support interdisciplinary teams in community care and other important commitments to reach health care transformation goals.
  • Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care Webinar
    April 24, 2017
    A recorded webinar on the implementation of the Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care and the health system changes enabled by the Patients First Act, 2016 took place on Monday, April 24th.
  • Implementation Updates: Two weeks to First Planned CCAC to LHIN Transfer
    April 21, 2017
    In addition to the CCAC transfers, there’s information about the Patients First: Deputy Minister Webinar to be held April 24th and the second Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care progress report.
  • Implementation Updates: Three weeks to First Planned CCAC to LHIN Transfer
    April 13, 2017
    A Patient and Family Advisory Committee (PFAC) terms of reference and resource library have been developed to support LHINs to create PFACs and foster regional engagement with patients, families, and caregivers.
  • Implementation Updates: Four weeks to the First Planned CCAC to LHIN Transfer
    April 7, 2017

    The Minister has now approved transfer orders for all CCAC to LHIN transitions, which include the dates for the transfers to occur. Learn more about the Minister’s Order for health system integration and individual LHIN’s trnasfer target date.
  • Implementation Updates: 5 weeks to First Planned CCAC to LHIN Transfer  
    March 31, 2017
    Transition readiness has been assessed against critical readiness items to ensure a smooth transition period, planned for May/June 2017. the first transfers will begin soon!
  • CCAC Transfers to LHINs Update and Spotlight on: The Ontario Quality Standards Committee
    March 24, 2017
    Christina Dolgowicz RRT, CRE is representing RTSO on the HQO COPD Quality Standards Committee. Learn more about what the Committee is all about as well as the current update about Community Care Access Centres transfers to the LHINs.
  • Home and Community Care: Supporting the Transition of Home and Community Care Services from CCACs to LHINs
    March 17, 2017
    7 weeks to First Planned CCAC to LHIN Transfer!
  • Health Services Ontario: Supporting Ontario’s Local Health Integration Networks
    March 10, 2017
    Health Shared Services Ontario (HSSO), which officially became operational on March 1, 2017, has a legislated mandate to provide key shared services to the Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) so they can focus on meeting the health care needs of their local communities.
  • Patients First Webinar
    February 27, 2017
    This webinar provides an update on progress in implementing the Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care and the health system changes enabled by the Patients First Act, 2016. The webinar is co-hosted by Dr. Bob Bell, Deputy Minister of Health and Long-Term Care and Nancy Naylor, Associate Deputy Minister, Delivery and Implementation.
  • Engaging Patients and Families Across Ontario
    February 24, 2017

    The Patients First Act, 2016 requires each Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) to strengthen the patient voice in health care planning by creating one or more Patient and Family Advisory Committees (PFACs). This will ensure that patients and caregivers are involved in processes to identify local population health needs, address gaps and improve access to appropriate and culturally sensitive care.
  • Health Links: A Model of Local Collaboration
    February 10, 2017
    Local leadership working in collaboration can facilitate best patient experience, care and outcomes. Consider how respiratory therapists can contribute to a Health Links model.
  • How the new LHIN Organizational Structure will Deliver on the Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care
    February 3, 2017
    Proposed LHIN Sub-Regions will provide opportunities for local planning that will serve as the focal point for improved health system planning, performance improvement and service integration.
  • Enabling the Health Care We Need Today and Planning for Tomorrow
    January 27, 2017
    Provides an overview of the Patients First priorities and a projected timetable and key deliverables.
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