Diagnostic Medical Sonographers to be Regulated with the CMRTO

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On August 2, 2017, the CMRTO received a letter from the Workforce Planning and Regulatory Affairs Division of the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care directing the CMRTO to regulate diagnostic medical sonographers and begin registration by January 2018. The measure will “enhance public protection and make the regulatory framework consistent for all areas of medical imaging”. The IDCA was one of several associations consulted in late July 2017 as part of the development of this decision.

 

2017 article

Labour Consultations

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The Ministry of Labour is inviting employer and labour representatives to ensure that both perspectives are heard in developing the plans for the upcoming year. Participants will be provided with the opportunity to provide input on how Ontario’s occupational health and safety enforcement strategy can work to optimize workplace health, safety and fairness. These discussions will give you the opportunity to help shape the future direction of the Ministry’s compliance and education campaigns.
Register for Jan 18, 2017, session.

Reminder re IFHP Policy on No Coordination of Benefits

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Review the latest notice reminding independent health facilities that a person may not access IFHP coverage if claiming (even in part) under a public or private health insurance plan/program. Furthermore, the IFHP does not coordinate benefits, hence, no co-payments are possible.
See the full notice in English and French.  There is contact information should you have questions.

Xray Survey Coming

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In the next few weeks, the Ministry will be contacting all facilities with an Xray machine used on humans in Ontario, to complete a questionnaire electronically.  The information your provide builds on the first assessment conducted in 2013 that helped provide the Ministry with an initial set of learnings about, and improvements to, the Ministry’s oversight of xray facilities.
Failure to complete the new electronic questionnaire may result in an unannounced inspection of the non-responding facility.
If you have questions, please call Cecilia, CIQ 2.0 Coordinator, Xray Inspection Unit,, MOHLTC at 416-314-1303.
The MOHLTC is continuing to modernize the process that its Xray Inspection Service (XRIS) employs under the Healing Arts Radiation Protection (HARP) Act to inspect all facilities that have xray machines used to irradiate humans, including CT machines.