UPDATE:  Health System Integration - what's happening with implementation of Patients First?

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has shared updates on the work supported by the Patients First Act, 2016 and it is the continuing commitment of  the oversight Steering Committee of the MOHLTC and LHINs to provide regular updates - check this posting regularly for updates!

Last updated April 30, 2017 - view updates below.

View February 27, 2017 Update Webinar 
This webinar provides an update on progress in implementing the Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care and the health system changes enabled by the Patients First Act, 2016.  The webinar is co-hosted by Dr. Bob Bell, Deputy Minister of Health and Long-Term Care and Nancy Naylor, Associate Deputy Minister, Delivery and Implementation.

  • View January 27, 2017 Update Communication
    Providing an overview of the goals and visions of the proposed transformation the communiques also shares an implementation timeline and key deliverables.

  • View February 3, 2017 Update
    Learn about proposed LHIN Sub-Regions and the rationale for these local planning regions that will serve as the focal point for improved health system planning, performance improvement and service integration.  Why not visit your own LHIN website to learn about the sub-regions in your LHIN.

  • View February 10, 2017 Update
    This update focuses on Health Links and important emphasis our health system is increasingly placing on local leadership and collaboration.  This is an important article to catalyze thought about how OT perspectives are represented and heard at the local partner level.  Does your organization represent an OT perspective well? Are your thoughts about how OT can contribute to regional health priorities known within your organization?  Think about it!

  • View February 17, 2017 Update
    This update shares information about the LHINs' new organizational structure and how these will support the Patients First:  Action Plan for Health Care and identifies 7 core functions for LHINs that represent both the new LHIN mandate and the integration of key corporate and functional operations of the CCACs and LHINs.

  • View February 24, 2017 Update  
    This update focuses on patient and family engagement.  The Patients First Act, 2016 requires each Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) to strengthen the patient voice in health care planning by creating one or more Patient and Family Advisory Committees (PFACs). This will ensure that patients and caregivers are involved in processes to identify local population health needs, address gaps and improve access to appropriate and culturally sensitive care.

  • View March 10, 2017 Update
    This update shares information about Health Shared Services Ontario (HSSO), which officially became operational on March 1, 2017.  In order to equip the LHINs with the resources and supports they need to take on their new and expanded mandates, three discrete organizations - the Ontario Association of Community Care Access Centres (OACCAC), the LHIN Collaborative (LHINC), and the LHIN Shared Services Office (LSSO) - have merged to form HSSO. 

  • View March 17, 2017 Update
    There are 7 weeks to the first planned CCAC transfer to a LHIN.  This update shares plans and commitments to support the transfer of home and community care services from CCACs to LHINs​.  Government is committed to ensure that all services and supporting processes are maintained through transition.

  • View March 24, 2017 Update
    With 6 weeks to implementation of transfer of CCAC services to the LHINs you can follow along and see exactly where transition plans are at and what's coming next.  Also in this update is a focus on the Ontario Quality Standards Committee which has objectives to  improve health system outcomes and reduce unwarranted variation in care quality through a more coordinated provincial approach to clinical care standards.  HQO is currently seeking membership for this Committee....why not consider this opportunity - see Call for Expression of Interest.

  • View April 7, 2017 Update   
    This update announces the CCAC/LHIN transfer dates for all 14 LHINs which are scheduled between May 3 and June 21.  Timing of CCAC service/personnel transfer has been determined to ensure there is no interruption to patient services.

  • View April 24, 2017 WEBINAR  - Archived.
    An update presented by Nancy Naylor, Associate Deputy Minister, Delivery and Implementation, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.  

  • View April 28, 2017 Update
    This update shares an update on plans for LHIN assumption of CCAC services which commences on May 3rd and provide an overview of the health care implications of the Ontario Budget 2017.

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View Frequently asked Questions about the Patients First Act and system transformation here. 

Implications for Occupational Therapists

Ontario's health system transformation, grounded in the commitments of the Patients First Act, has significant impacts for OTs. While the goals of the transformation are supported by OSOT - a more truly integrated health system with primary care, hospital care, home and community care, long-term care and even public health more coordinated under the purview of the LHINs - the magnitude of change will pose challenges for all working in the health system.

OSOT urges members to keep the Society apprised of local and regional developments as policy changes role out.  In this way we can best support OTs in local regions and the profession as a whole in Ontario.  Contact Christie Brenchley.