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Did you know that Canadians undergo more than a million medical tests and treatments every year . . . that they may not need?  As a family physician you understand that unnecessary tests and over-medicalization are obstacles to providing high-quality patient care. Learn how to put this knowledge into action at Practising Wisely: Reducing Unnecessary Testing and Treatmenta Mainpro+ certified Continuing Professional Development program.

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Family Docs: The Early Years

New podcast series shares insight on work-life balance, transitioning to practice, and more

Family Docs: The early Years podcast logo“Where do I turn for guidance and mentorship”, “how can I continue to hone my clinical, teaching, advocacy and leadership skills” … these are just some of the questions and challenges you may face in the early years of your practice. For members building their careers in family medicine, the OCFP has created Family Docs: The Early Years – a four-part podcast series to support you in achieving your personal and professional goals.

In the debut episode, Drs. Britta Laslo and Corey Bricks, members of the OCFP’s Early Years in Practice Committee, speak with MD Financial Management consultant Saif Khan and HealthForceOntario regional advisor James Draper on the key considerations when building your practice.
Hear what they have to say!

Ontario government announces changes to OHIP+ 

Children and youth covered by private insurance to bill those plans first
June 30, 2018

On June 30, Christine Elliott - Ontario's new Minister of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) - announced changes to OHIP+. Children and youth who are covered by private plans will bill those plans first, with the government covering all remaining eligible costs of prescriptions. Children and youth not covered by private benefits will continue to receive their eligible prescriptions for free under the OHIP+ program.
Private insurers had previously given the government a grace period for some medications, which was set to expire on July 1, 2018. Ontario's new government has asked those insurance groups to extend this period as the new changes are made.
Visit the News and Features section to read previous updates about OHIP+.

Ontario’s newly elected government puts immunization reporting requirements on hold

No July 1 implementation required by family physicians
June 20, 2018

Implementation of proposed changes to the Immunization of School Pupils Act (ISPA) and regulations are on hold. The changes would have required family physicians to report immunizations provided to children for nine designated diseases to local public health units starting July 1, 2018.
As noted in our June 15 member communication, the OCFP and other member-based organizations heard many concerns from family physicians about how these new reporting requirements would impact workload. Those concerns, among others, were shared with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC).
On June 20, Premier-Designate Doug Ford communicated that the new reporting requirements are on pause. He has committed the new minister responsible for health, once appointed, to work with the OMA to “prioritize an acceptable solution”. The OCFP will also continue to collaborate with the OMA and the MOHLTC while it works toward the integration of immunization records with public health units.

CPSO/CFPC Joint Statement - Revised Guidance for Emergency Medicine in Rural Practice

June 18, 2018

After working closely with the CFPC, and hearing from many family physicians, the CPSO is amending its document: Expectations of Physicians Not Certified in Emergency Medicine Intending to Include Emergency Medicine As Part of Their Rural Practice - Changing Scope of Practice Process. The expectations document will recognize the experience family physicians receive in urban emergency departments as meeting the necessary criteria to include emergency medicine in a rural practice; including new graduates of a family medicine residency program.

Read the full joint statement as well as the revised guidance document and FAQs here:  

Visit the News and Features section to read previous updates about changes to the CPSO's Guidelines for Emergency Medicine in Rural Practice.

Navigating the Opioid Crisis

April 2018

Doctors are on the front lines of this issue as they continue to care for patients living with complex issues related to pain. The OCFP is committed to helping family physicians continue to provide quality care at this critical time.


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