February 23, 2018: A weekly scan of new legislation and regulations important to the Ontario health sector, as well as articles of interest.

 

Bills

 

  1. Bill 194, Fairness in Procurement Act, 2018

Introduced by Hon. Eleanor McMahon, President of the Treasury Board, the Bill was carried on First Reading on February 20, 2018.

This Act provides that if, in the Minister’s opinion, certain measures have been imposed by purchasers from an American jurisdiction, the Lieutenant Governor in Council may designate the American jurisdiction as an “offending American jurisdiction”, which means the government of the American jurisdiction has enacted legislation or provided direction to entities under its authority to apply requirements, restrictions, policies, sanctions or other measures that may inhibit or prevent Ontario suppliers from participating or succeeding in procurement processes initiated by purchasers from the offending American Jurisdiction.

The Act provides that participation of suppliers from offending American jurisdictions in procurement processes initiated by Government entities or broader public sector entities is subject to certain measures, and that each aspect of this requirement is subject to further details and rules that are set out in the regulations.

The Act permits regulations to be made establishing processes by which exemptions may be obtained, and the consequences of contravention of the Act or regulations are also specified.

 

For more information: http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/bills/bills_detail.do?locale=en&Intranet=&BillID=5595

 

Proposed Regulations

 

  1. Health Sector Payment Transparency Act, 2017 (“HSPTA”)

Once proclaimed into force, the HSPTA will require the medical industry to report annually to the MOHLTC of all transfers of value (“TOV”) provided to certain categories of individuals and organizations involved in the health care sector. The MOHLTC is proposing regulations that are necessary to support the implementation of the reporting scheme established under the Act:

  • Specify categories of “recipients” when they receive a TOV either directly or indirectly from the payors listed in the Act
  • Specify what constitutes a “TOV” and “intermediary”
  • Add community pharmacies and laboratories to the list of payors
  • Establish exemptions to the reporting requirements
  • Set the value threshold for reporting
  • Establish info, manner and frequency of reporting
  • Outline the process for requesting corrections of posted info

Comments Deadline:  April 6, 2018

For more information: Health Sector Payment Transparency Act, 2017 – New Regulation

 

  1. School Health Professionals Act

In the 2018-19 fiscal year, contracts administered by the LHINs with service providers for physiotherapy services (“PT”), occupational therapy (“OT”) and speech language pathology (“SLP”) services in publicly funded schools will transition from LHINs to Children’s Treatment Centre funded by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services (“MCYS”). The proposed amendments would remove PT, OT, and SLP services from the definition of “school health professional services” in section 5 of the Regulation, but only in relation to the provision of these services by LHINs in publicly funded schools.

Comments Deadline: March 19, 2018

For more information: School Health Professional Services

 

  1. Ontario Infrastructure and Lands Corporation Act, 2011 (“OILCA”)

The Ministry of Infrastructure is proposing a regulatory amendment that would enable Ontario Infrastructure and Lands Corporation (“Infrastructure Ontario” or “IO”) to provide realty advice and services to entities in the broader public sector, such as entities that have some measure of governmental control provided through appointment of a board member or trustee, public entities that are regular transfer payment recipients and boards of health.

 

The proposed regulation would:

  • prescribe public sector organizations for whom Infrastructure Ontario could provide advice and services and for what purposes.
  • propose a new object under clause 10 of the OILCA (permits IO to engage in other related activities as Lieutenant Governor in Council may prescribe), to permit IO to provide advice and services to public entities that have some measure of government control, community health centres and certain transfer payment recipients, subject to written ministerial direction.
  • permit IO to assist the broader public sector in multiple points of engagement to support different organizations’ realty projects and planning services.

Comments Due: April 2, 2018

For more information: Proposed Amendment to O. Reg. 210/11 under the Ontario Infrastructure and Lands Corporation Act, 2011

 

MOHLTC News Room

Ontario seeking feedback on new rules for health sector payments

 

Articles of Interest

 

Marijuana

Ontario opens door to suppliers of all sizes in what will be Canada’s biggest marijuana market

 

Professional Misconduct

Regina doctor suspended for misconduct after making changes to medical record following patient’s death

Doctor who denied sex abuse by saying his belly was too big loses license

 

First Nations

B.C. Supreme Court order providing Indigenous mother daily access to newborn could set national precedent

Lancet series calls on Canada for concrete action on Indigenous, global health

 

Privacy

Ottawa is ‘blurring’ lines on privacy as it looks for new ways to collect data: watchdog

 

Self-care

A 23-year-old woman was temporarily paralyzed after doing a sit-up

Alcohol among biggest risk factors of early-onset dementia: Canadian study

How Our Beliefs Can Shape Our Waistlines

 

Pharmaceuticals

Purdue Pharma given free reign in Canada as it is sanctioned in the United States

Ontario law to require drug firms to reveal funds paid to doctors’ groups, patient advocates

 

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