Toronto In-Home Care Blog

A Week of Ontario Healthcare News

Posted by Steve Jones

Sun, Nov 2, 2014

Ontario Healthcare & Home Care News

Here are some highlights in the news this weeks about our healthcare system.  Sometimes its not only what you know but who you know and when you know that matters. 

KATRINA CLARKE / TORONTO STAR  Health Minister Eric Hoskins announced measures earlier this month to improve oversight of private clinics after the Star reported on infection outbreaks caused by deficient practices

Safety inspections find 13% of private clinics don’t meet provincial standards

Some 3.6% of private clinics failed inspections entirely since the provincial standards checks began in 2011. 

Read more in the Toronto Star

 

The vaccination gap: Who is up to date with shots and how do we know?

Confusion, lack of electronic registry, leave gaps in immunization records and expose the unprotected.

Read More in the Toronto Star

 

Canada won’t issue visas to residents of countries with widespread Ebola

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Canada is following in Australia’s footsteps and has closed its doors, effectively immediately, to people from the West African countries battling Ebola.


In a move that puts Canada at odds with the World Health Organization, the federal government said Friday it is suspending the issuance of visas for residents and nationals of countries with “widespread and persistent-intense transmission” of Ebola virus disease. As well, work on permanent residence applications for people from the affected countries is also being suspended.

Read More in the National Post

 

Early flu outbreaks hit seniors’ care homes

Seven outbreaks of influenza in Metro Vancouver long-term care homes mark an unusually early start to the flu season, a spokesman for the BC Centre for Disease Control said Friday.

“That’s not a good sign,” said Dr. Danuta Skowronski.

Its weekly update on communicable illnesses noted “low-level” influenza is above historical averages for the third week in a row. Most flu cases have been in people over 65 and the predominant type of virus is A H3N2 which is also the strain found in outbreaks reported in Alberta, Ontario and Quebec.

Read More in the Vancouver Sun

 

New hospital funding model 'a shot in the dark,' McMaster study says

Review of 'activity-based funding' hospital funding model around the world shows uncertainty.

A new funding model coming to Ontario hospitals is a "wild card" that could create serious unintended consequences, say McMaster University researchers involved in a sweeping new study. 

The study focuses on a hospital funding approach gaining popularity, and that the Ministry of Health wants to implement here. It would institute new incentives for hospitals to decrease wait times and increase efficiency.

That approach, called "activity-based funding", would grant hospitals a predetermined flat fee for providing an "episode of care" to a patient, like an appendectomy, childbirth or pneumonia. That fixed fee is granted "regardless of length of stay or actual resources used," according to a definition in the study. 

Read More on CBC News

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