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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:  

OCFP, CFPC and SRPC Respond to CPSO's Guidance for Emergency Medicine in Rural Practice

June 6, 2018

In April 2018, the OCFP and CFPC published a Letter to Members about the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) 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

On June 6, the OCFP, CPFC and the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada (SRPC) issued a formal response to the CPSO's guidelines. Read our three-point statement here: 

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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OHIP+ Children and Youth Pharmacare

December 21, 2017

Under OHIP+ Children and Youth Pharmacare, OHIP-insured children and youth aged 24 years and under in Ontario will be able to get their prescription medications at no cost when they visit an Ontario pharmacy. Enrollment will be automatic, with no costs (i.e. no co-payment and no deductible). 

Learn what family physicians need to know and do to avoid gaps in their patients' coverage.

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