Paramedics will not become the next regulated health profession in Ontario

Introduction

In a two-volume report entitled Paramedicine in Ontario: Consideration of the Application for the Regulation of Paramedics under the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 released on March 10, 2014, the Health Professions Regulatory Advisory Council (HPRAC) recommended to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) that paramedics in Ontario not be regulated under the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (RHPA). HPRAC is the provincial body whose role it is to assess applications for health profession regulation under the RHPA against certain criteria and make recommendations to the MOHLTC. Read More

Premier proposes new accountability legislation for the broader public sector

Introduction

In the past few years, with the introduction of legislation such as the Broader Public Sector Accountability Act and its various directives and the Excellent Care for All Act, the broader public sector in Ontario, and the health sector in particular, have been held to higher provincial standards of transparency and accountability. This focus has been particularly acute with respect to how organizations spend public dollars and how they compensate their executives. Read More

Health Links: Providing coordinated care to complex, high-needs patients

On Wednesday January 22, 2014, the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA), hosted the Health Links Conference, bringing together stakeholders from across the healthcare spectrum: the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC), hospitals, the Ontario Medical Association (OMA), local health integration networks (LHINs), primary care providers, Health Quality Ontario (HQO), community care access centres (CCACs) and community agencies among others. The conference was an opportunity to share the implementation challenges and lessons learned from different Health Links, and to provide attendees with advice, tools and tactics for success going forward. Read More

Canada’s anti-spam legislation comes into force this year

On December 4, 2013, Canada’s Minister of Industry announced July 1, 2014 as the Phase One coming-into-force date of Canada’s anti-spam legislation (“CASL”). Phase One includes the section 6 provisions related to commercial electronic messages (CEMs) (commonly known as spam). In Phase Two (January 15, 2015), section 8 of CASL comes into force. Read More

BILL 78: How Ontario’s proposed regime for the sharing of electronic personal health information will impact your organization

Introduction

On May 29, 2013, the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care introduced Bill 78, the Electronic Personal Health Information Act, 2013 (e-PHIPA). If passed, e-PHIPA would amend the Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA) so as to enable the creation of a single, provincial electronic health record (EHR) created and maintained by “prescribed organizations”. The Bill does not specifically identify any prescribed organization, but it is assumed that eHealth Ontario (eHO) will be the first so named. Read More