IHF Licensee Requirements Related to Sonographers

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The MOHLTC sent out a letter to all IHF owners on April 1, 2019.

Effective January 1, 2019, diagnostic medical sonographers (DMS) in Ontario
must be registered with the CMRTO to be legally authorized to practice the
profession and apply sound waves for diagnostic ultrasound to patients. You
can verify whether an individual is registered with the CMRTO though the
public register at this link
https://cmrto.microsoftcrmportals.com/public-register/ .

There are fines that apply to IHF owners. You can find more information
about mandatory reporting at this link
https://www.cmrto.org/resources/publications/wymkas/mandatory_reporting_2018.pdf
or
by contacting the CMRTO directly.

Reminder: Conference postponed until Sept 20, 2019

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After discussions with our confirmed government speakers, the IDCA has
postponed its Friday April 5th conference until Friday September 20, 2019.
We look forward to seeing you then!

In the meantime, the IDCA will continue to its government relations
initiatives on behalf of the IHF community.

IHFP response to recent compensation adjustment inquiry

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On behalf of IHF owners, the IDCA recently inquired and received a response
from the Ministry’s IHFP re the recent arbitration decision between the
MOHLTC and the OMA.

The inquiry was that in the arbitration decision the compensation
adjustments state: “For further clarify these increases will apply to
office-based technical fees and facility fees, but not to hospital
technical fees.” Does this mean the IHF Facility Fees will be subject to
the compensation adjustment?

The IHFP responded as follows:

The ministry continues to work closely with the OMA to implement the
February 2019 award from the Kaplan Board of Arbitration. As we continue
work in the months ahead, additional information regarding the
implementation of the remaining elements of the award will be communicated
and all efforts will be made to ensure this transition is smooth for health
care providers.

We are targeting implementation for the elimination of physician payment
discounts (0.5% discount from the 2012 Physician Services Agreement and
3.95% discount on fee-for-service and 2.65% discount on non-FFS payments
from physician compensation changes from 2015) effective April 1,
2019. Removal
of the discount will be implemented for all previously discounted physician
payments (including technical fees paid to hospitals and to Independent
Health Facilities.)

As we continue to work through the implementation process, additional
information regarding the elimination of payment discounts will be
communicated, as available.

The award also outlines compensation increases, which include:

· 0.75% effective April 1, 2017

· 1.25% effective April 1, 2018

· 1% effective April 1, 2019 (part of which will include the
removal of the current 0.5% discount)

· 1% effective April 1, 2020

Implementation of the compensation increases remain a part of ongoing
discussions with the OMA and further information regarding the
implementation of the compensation increases will be communicated as
available.

Stephanie Bolton

Executive Director, IDCA

Supplemental information from IHFP:

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As mentioned [in the previous information from the IHFP, the MOHLTC is]
targeting implementation for the elimination of payment discounts effective
April 1, 2019. Removal of the discount will be implemented for all *previously
discounted* physician, technical and IHF facility-fee payments.

In the months ahead additional information regarding the elimination of
payment discounts and the implementation of the remaining elements of the
award will be communicated and all efforts will be made to ensure this
transition is smooth for health care providers (including IHF licensees).

Annual Conference Postponed Until Sept 20, 2019

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On February 26, 2019,  the Ontario government introduced The People’s Health Care Act, 2019, that would, if passed, support the establishment of local Ontario Health Teams and would integrate multiple existing provincial agencies into a single health agency – Ontario Health.
After discussions with our confirmed speakers, the IDCA has postponed its April 5th conference until Friday September 20, 2019.  We look forward to seeing you then!
In the meantime, the IDCA will continue to its government relations initiatives on behalf of the IHF community.

Premier’s Council on Improving Health Care …first report.

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The first report puts forth the details of significant change and the foundation for new legislation.  
The IDCA is reviewing the document and will be providing feedback.  If there are comments you’d like to share please forward them to Stephanie Bolton, Executive Director, IDCA, at  sbolton@idca.ca

Assessments to Use the Updated CPPs

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During the past year, updates were made to the CPPs for Diagnostic Imaging, Nuclear Medicine and PFT.  The  Ministry’s IHF Program has advised that all new assessments will be conducted using the updated CPPs. 

The PHO IPAC checklists were also updated and these are now being using to conduct the assessments.

The IHFP will soon be sending out a letter to licensees slated to be assessed as part of the  2019/20 assessment plan.