Update on Ontario Health Teams
On July 18, 2019, the Minister of Health held a live audio town hall to address the next steps within the OHT model. During this webinar, of the 150+ teams that initially submitted self-assessments, 74 application submissions demonstrated the competence to become an OHT.
Of these 74 applications, 31 are ready to complete a full application, 43 are in development and are going to be supported by the Ministry to ensure they are able to proceed to the full application stage. A few applicants have been noted as offering innovative care models. The remaining applicants have been deemed as in discovery, indicating that they are supportive of the OHT model but further work to expand partnerships with others in their communities is needed. One suggested way to so is to partner with other successful teams in their area who are proceeding to full application or in development. For further information on the types of applications, please visit Connected Care.
While the Ministry works to publish a full list of OHTs, they encourage local community providers not currently part of an OHT application to consider becoming involved.
|Open call for self-assessments
||April 3, 2019
|Deadline to submit self-assessments
||May 15, 2019
|Selected groups will be invited to submit a full application
||July 17, 2019
|Deadline to submit full applications
||October 9, 2019
|Announce Ontario Health Team Candidates
|Deadline for Second Round of Ontario Health Teams self-assessments
||December 4, 2019
If you are interested in becoming a part of an OHT, we encourage you to:
- Reach out to the successful OHT candidate in your community, as indicated on the Ministry website. Connect with them to demonstrate why rehabilitation, and physiotherapy, is an important component of a successful OHT.
- Work with local providers in your community to develop a self-assessment application to submit by December 4, 2019. More details on what to include in your self assessment, including the guidance documents and forms can be found here.
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About Ontario Health Teams
In effort to move forward with the plan to create a more integrated and connected health care system centered around the patient, the Ontario government has passed legislation to implement a centralized agency of health oversight called: Ontario Health. Ontario Health will be created through consolidating multiple provincial health agencies and organizations.
Within Ontario Health, Ontario Health Teams (OHTs) will be established across the province through a collaboration of local providers or organizations, who will be clinically and fiscally responsible for delivering a coordinated care to a defined geographic population. The ultimate goal of Ontario Health Teams is to “provide better, more integrated care across the province.”
As the Ontario Health Team model continues to develop over the next few years, OPA will continue to support our members by providing them with updated information on the transformation, and what it means for physiotherapists in Ontario.
The first of these resources based on current available information is a webinar for OPA members:
JOINING THE CONVERSATION Physiotherapists and Ontario Health Teams.
Please email Gonxhe Kastrati if you have any questions, or for additional resources to support you as you become involved in the development of Ontario Health Teams.