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A message from Dr. Jennifer YoungPhoto of OCFP 2018-19 President Dr. Jennifer Young

Dr. Jennifer Young shares her thoughts on the Patient's Medical Home and Patient's Medical Neighbourhood as the ‘North Star’ for primary care, and how this vision addresses health system challenges such as access, patient experience and physician wellness (burnout).

Family Docs: The Early Years

A four-part podcast series sharing insights on work-life balance, transitioning to practice, and more

In our fourth and final episode of The OCFP's Early Years in Practice Committee member, Dr. Jillie Reston speaks with Dr. Elaine Blau about the importance of leadership. Their conversation covers the skills and qualities of a good leader, the importance of self-awareness, the challenges of leadership, and other tips on how to lead. 

Listen to the previous episode and download the show notes here.

Reporting required by March 1, 2019 for 2018 health data privacy breaches

image of lock over numeric code to symbolize data and protectionAccording to new rules within the Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA), physicians, along with various other healthcare providers, are now required to notify the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario about any health privacy breaches on an annual basis. Data breaches include health information that was stolen, lost, used without authority, and/or disclosed without authority.

To permit the recording and reporting of data breaches for the 2018 calendar year, physicians are legally required to submit a record of any data breaches to the Information Privacy Commissioner through the statistics submission website by Friday, March 1, 2019. If you experienced no health privacy breaches during 2018, no report is required. Please note that submissions by mail or fax will not be accepted.

For additional information, to register/create your account and submit your annual health information breach statistics, click here.

See the OCFP's Response to the CPSO's Continuity of Care Policy

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The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) has concluded consultations on its draft umbrella Continuity of Care Policy, comprised of policies regarding availability and coverage, managing tests, transitions in care, and walk-in clinics.
To reflect the family physician perspective, and help shape our organizational response to the CPSO, we conducted our own consultation with members as well. Our thanks to all of you who shared your perspectives.

The OCFP’s response, submitted to the CPSO on Dec. 7, can be read here.

New Reporting Obligations for MAiD

Effective Nov. 1, 2018, the Government of Canada will implement new reporting requirements for physicians, nurse practitioners and pharmacists around medical assistance in dying (MAiD) requests. Under the new regulations any written requests for MAiD will require practitioners to report additional information - and include penalties for failing to provide this information. 
Full regulation changes and supporting documents are included on the OCFP's Medical Assistance in Dying Resource Page.

OHIP+ Updates

  • OHIP+ Children and Youth Pharmacare - December 21, 2017

  • OHIP+ Reminder - July 1 Deadline for Exceptional Access Program (EAP) Requests - June 21, 2018

  • Ontario Government Announces Changes to 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:

Previous Guidance for Emergency Medicine in Rural Practice Updates

Family Medicine Matters Blog

The Family Medicine Matters blog features articles discussing current topics. Members are invited to share their perspectives and ideas and engage in a dialogue.

Rallying to Save Lives

In the aftermath of a horrific crash that saw eight badly injured patients rushed to the hospital's ER, the inspiring response of the town's physician community has earned the respect of many. In this letter to his colleagues, the CGMH's chief of staff, Dr. Michael Lisi, expresses his heartfelt admiration and appreciation.
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What's Up in Family Medicine

Periodically the OCFP features articles with information, tools and resources that can support family physicians in their practices. Click here for a full list of articles.

Members' Forum Highlights

The OCFP's 2017 Members' Forum focused on supports for family physicians in Managing Pain and Addressing Opioids. Taking place in Toronto on Nov. 24, the event featured a panel of leading experts from across the health system, to share the latest information on these crucial issues. 

See the presentation slides.

We Want to Hear From You

More and more, the OCFP is shaping our website to keep members aware of our activities and those of others. We welcome suggestions for article topics, online resources and tools that would be of interest to our members. Please email suggestions to