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Q & A from IHFP re Directive #2

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The following Questions and Answers document was disseminated by the IHF Program regarding the recently released Directive #2:   https://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/pro/programs/publichealth/coronavirus/docs/directives/Directive_2_QA.pd

Redeployment Request for IHF Personnel

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From Pauline Ryan, Director, Independent Health Facilities: The recent Executive Order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act provides IHFs with the authority to redeploy staff to hospitals to help with capacity needs  related to the current third wave of COVID-19 in Ontario. Staff will only be redeployed on a volunteer basis but the current and… Read more »

Accommodate Guide Dogs Accompanying Patients

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Please ensure that the IHF has a policy in place to address the arrival of a patient with a guide dog.   And in the Bulletin/Notices section of the website include the following.  Link the following to the word “policy” in the aforementioned sentence:   Accommodate Guide Dogs Accompanying Patients   Under the Independent Health Facilities… Read more »

Accommodate Guide Dogs Accompanying Patients

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Please ensure that the IHF has a policy in place to address the arrival of a patient with a guide dog. *And in the Bulletin/Notices section of the website include the following. Link the following to the word “policy” in the aforementioned sentence:* *Accommodate Guide Dogs Accompanying Patients* Under the *Independent Health Facilities Act (IHFA)*… Read more »

New license application for cataract surgeries due by Feb 16

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The Ministry of Health has issued a call for application for new IHF licenses for the provision of cataract surgeries in community settings in Ontario.   Applications are due by Feb 16th. Forms are available at: http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/public/programs/ihf/applications.aspx  

Resource for Questions re Maintaining Public Safety at Clinics

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Ontario has implemented a response framework for maintaining public safety and health care capacity during the Covid-19 pandemic. Within this framework, regions may be assigned different levels of protection measures. Health care services in all zones are intended to continue providing services under the previously issued directives for infection prevention and control and continuing to… Read more »

Temporary Expanded Access to Provincial PPE

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The Ministry of Health has sent out information regarding temporary expanded access to the provincial pandemic stockpile of PPE.   As noted in item #9 on the Q&A document, Independent Health Facilities are eligible as a result of this temporary change. However, please carefully review all of the attached materials. In addition to the application,… Read more »

Advance Payment Deadline Moved into 2021

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The Ministry of Health is revising the timing and recovery period for the Advance Payments Program so that the total amount of the advance payments will be recovered in six (instead of five) equal installments from February to July 2021. *(See the letter from the Director, IHF Program.) *