Sonohysterography and Echovist Usage

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Some IHFs received a short email from the IHF Program branch recently relating to Sonohysterography and Echovist usage.

The IDCA is asking IHFs operators to let us know if you have received the Ministry email and whether you wish to communicate with others who may also have received the request.   Review more information.

CPSO has additional changes to IHF Standards

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The Independent Health Facilities (IHF) Clinical Practice Parameters and Facility Standards for Diagnostic Imaging have been updated, and are now available on the CPSO website at the following link: https://www.cpso.on.ca/Policies-Publications/CPGs-Other-Guidelines/Independent-Health-Facilities/Diagnostic-Imaging.   This July 2018 document replaces the 2012 parameters.  HOWEVER…there have been further changes too.

New Organization Chart for MOHLTC

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Christine Elliott, Minister of Health and Long-term Care
Robin Martin, Parliamentary Assistant with Responsibility for Health
Helen Angus, Deputy Minister
Lynn Guerriero, Assistant Deputy Minister & General Manager, OHIP, Negotiations and Accountability Managemengt
Pauline Ryan, Director, Health Services

Conference postponed from Sept. to April 5, 2019

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Recently, the IDCA has been in discussions with Ministry of Health officials and has decided to postpone its September 21, 2018, conference until Friday April 5, 2019, at the same location, Hazelton Manor, Vaughan.
The reason:  the government is reviewing all programs and has not determined the direction and has not planned its implementation measures as yet.  We expect changes as a result of the legislative and subsequent regulatory initiatives, however, the Premier’s new Committee on Improving Healthcare (which will work with the new Minister of Health and Long-term Care, Christine Elliott, and her Parliamentary Assistant responsible for health, Robin Martin), will significantly affect the information shared at our conference.
We hope you’ll keep the date of April 5, 2019, to learn first-hand how your operations may be affected.  Currently enrolled delegates will be notified directly with their registration moved to the new date.
Please contact me if you have any questions.
Stephanie Bolton
Executive Director, IDCA

Participation in SAWO Consultations

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The IDCA is participating in the Ministry of Labour’s Safe At Work Ontario consultations to improve the provincial Occupational Health & Safety Act.  The consultation paper for discussion is available at:  https://www.labour.gov.on.ca/English/about/consultations/consult_sawo.php
Currently, the MOL is conducting an inspection blitz of community health centres until the end of March 2018 to evaluate internal responsibility compliance for implementing the new Occupational Health & Safety requirements, especially those pertaining to harassment.

New Governing Legislation

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On December 12, 2017, the Strengthening Quality and Accountability for Patients Act, 2017  passed third reading and received Royal Assent, thereby rescinding the Independent Health Facilities Act.

Under the new legislation, in Schedule 6 of the Act, the Medical Radiation and Imaging Technology Act, 2017 will replace the Medical Radiation Technology Act, 1991 with new legislation that appropriately reflects the entirety of the medical radiation and imaging technology profession. Key changes under the new Medical Radiation and Imaging Technology Act included:

·         Updating the name of the profession and of the health regulatory college overseeing the profession to accurately reflect the entirety of its membership

·         Changing the scope of practice statement to include the “application of soundwaves” to capture diagnostic sonographers

·         Appropriately identifying all radiation and imaging professionals that are members of the college.

The IDCA participated in the consultations in the development of the new legislation and was one of only a few invited to present to the Standing Committee on General Governance.  The IDCA will participate in the development of Ministry of Health and Long-term Care regulations in the coming months.

For more information please visit:

News Release

English: http://news.ontario.ca/m/47475

French: http://news.ontario.ca/m/47480

Backgrounder

English:  http://news.ontario.ca/m/47476

French:  http://news.ontario.ca/m/47478