A weekly scan of new legislation and regulations important to the Ontario health sector, as well as articles of interest.
The Ontario Legislature has adjourned until September 11, 2017.
O. REG 201/96 under the Ontario Drug Benefit – The proposed amendments to the Regulation would allow the Executive Officer to reduce the amount paid to pharmacies for claims submitted to the Ontario Drug Benefit Program (ODB). The reduction would be calculated as 2.8% of the sum of the dispensing fee, compounding fee, and mark-up claimed by a pharmacy for all ODB-funded drug products. This temporary adjustment will take effect on September 1, 2017 and end on whatever dates occurs earlier: February 28, 2019 or the day the total payment adjustment reaches 35 million dollars. These amendments are a result of the shortfall that accrued in the fiscal year 2016/2017 from the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care pharmacy related and drug pricing initiatives, which have yet to fully mature, and are currently not meeting the saving expectations:
- reduced mark-up for high-cost drugs;
- reduced dispensing fee for residents of long-term care homes;
- introduction of a maximum quantity policy for chronic use medications; and
- a change to the no-substitution policy to enhance the use of safe, effective generic alternatives to brand name products.
Comments are due on August 10, 2017.
For more information about the proposed Regulation:
O.REG 187/17 under the Broader Public Sector Executive Compensation Act, 2014 – O.REG 304/16 is amended to implement new requirements about executive salary and performance-related pay caps and adjustments, salary and performance-related pay envelope and maximum increases, and comparator organizations and development of a compensation program (i.e. what type of information should be included in the framework).This Regulation came into effect on June 8, 2017. It was published in the Ontario Gazette on June 24, 2017.
For more information about the regulation: https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/r17187
Articles of Interest
Long-Term Care Homes
Ontario calls for public inquiry into LTC amid Wettlaufer sentencing
Ex-nurse Elizabeth Wettlaufer sentenced to life in prison for Ontario nursing home murders
Health Care Funding
Federal health care deal ‘dangerous, reckless and risky’: Manitoba Premier
The Right to Language Accessibility in Ontario’s Health Care System