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Ontario Health Teams: Integrated Governance and Funding

Thursday, April 25th, 2019

The self-assessment form requires each applicant… to demonstrate: a history of formally working with other providers or organizations to advance integrated care; a plan for physician and clinical engagement, including physician and clinical leadership as part of the team’s leadership and governance structure; a commitment to the vision and goals of the Ontario Health Team model; a commitment to a central brand; and a commitment to working together towards a single clinical and fiscal accountability framework.

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Public health squeeze is the unkindest cut of all from Ford

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019

… this government’s method is to initially claim there are no cuts and then create confusion about what cuts it’s making and why. It leaves people on the ground scrambling to figure out what it means and when they say it means something terrible, as they have in this case, the government promptly denies it… It’s the province that’s sowing confusion, acting without consultation and downloading its health responsibilities onto municipalities…

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Psychiatrists shouldn’t have a monopoly over psychotherapy

Monday, April 22nd, 2019

An average of 57 sessions of CBT over the course of approximately one year delivered the exact same clinical outcome as 234 sessions of psychoanalytic psychotherapy delivered over four years. The implications of this study are huge… Although psychiatrists do have some special advantages when they integrate psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy treatment together, they do not have a monopoly on delivering effective psychotherapy.

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Designation Process for Ontario Health Teams

Friday, April 19th, 2019

… a new model to integrate care and funding that will enable patients, families, communities and providers to better work together… will be referred to below) as “Ontario Health Teams”… The purpose of this bulletin is to provide an overview of the application process for Ontario Health Teams… Significant dates in respect of the process for designation as an Ontario Health Team are included…

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NDP revives Tory bill curbing taxpayer-funded partisan ads in bid to embarrass Ford’s government

Wednesday, April 17th, 2019

NDP MPP Taras Natyshak is tabling private member’s legislation identical to a bill introduced by Tory MPP Sylvia Jones two years ago that would revive the auditor general’s powers to veto commercials deemed to be politically partisan… “Voting against this bill would be the height of hypocrisy,” he said, noting Jones and much of Ford’s cabinet strongly endorsed the measures in 2017.

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How wearable tech could help adults with developmental disorders manage anxiety

Tuesday, April 16th, 2019

… the Anxiety Meter’s algorithm measures a user’s baseline heart rate and detects changes that could indicate anxiety, while Reveal Stories allows users to keep track of a range of psychological and physical symptoms… if anxiety ratings rise, help participants employ mindfulness or cognitive-behavioural-therapy techniques before symptoms can intensify.

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Big drug companies might cut R&D, delay new drugs if pharmacare means more generics, Ottawa warned

Tuesday, April 16th, 2019

… brand-name pharmaceutical companies may respond to a broad shift to generic drugs by delaying the introduction of new drugs in the Canadian market or by reducing the R&D activities that they undertake in the country,” said the analysis, labelled “secret,” … The proposal calls for an expanded list of countries Canada can use when comparing patented drug prices… to take into consideration when assessing whether a drug is overpriced.

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Finally, Canada is global example for climate action

Monday, April 15th, 2019

Few climate-concerned Canadians know much about the slate of new federal climate polices, except for the contentious carbon tax. And while global experts agree that the national carbon tax is impressive – and won’t cause the economic harm claimed by conservative politicians – they are equally impressed with several other climate policies… the TransMountain pipeline can shift to transporting different Albertan products, perhaps hydrogen produced from the oil sands or sustainably-produced biofuels on the prairies.

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Time to reveal individual MD’s OHIP billings

Sunday, April 14th, 2019

The fact is, releasing physician-identified billings is hardly groundbreaking. It already occurs in British Columbia, Manitoba and New Brunswick and in the United States. But in Ontario, taxpayers have been left in the dark, wondering what to make of a health ministry audit conducted five years ago that raised some troubling questions… Allowing questionable billings to go unchallenged only serves to unfairly tarnish the reputations of all doctors.

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With a looming aging crisis, who is helping the caregivers?

Sunday, April 14th, 2019

“The cost and consequences of caring for an aging family member are high, and higher for women than they are for men, and higher still if there are no workplace, community or family supports to assist them”… the problem with women’s eldercare is that it is ultimately a problem of unpaid work that persists throughout women’s lives, from child care to household chores to emotional labour to end-of-life care… “We will all be caregivers and care receivers at some point in time. We need to figure out how to do this well.”

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