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June 17, 2022 – Bulletin #220604 – Aboriginal Midwife Requested Assessments

The ministry issued Bulletin #220604 – Aboriginal Midwife Requested Assessments which is effective July 1, 2022. See attached link: OHIP – Bulletins – Health Care Professionals – MOH (gov.on.ca)

Bulletin #220604 also included a statement with regard to the ordering of pregnancy ultrasound by Aboriginal Midwives: “Additionally, ultrasound for normal, complicated or high-risk pregnancy (but not for the postpartum period) rendered in an Independent Health Facility or hospital is insured when referred by a registered midwife or Aboriginal Midwife.”

Please note Bulletin 2130 dated November 21, 2017, which provides clarification with regard to the ordering of pelvic ultrasounds in the postpartum period. This bulletin information extends to Aboriginal Midwives. See attached link: OHIP – Bulletins – Health Care Professionals – MOH (gov.on.ca)

April 12, 2022 – Individuals from Ukraine may be eligible for OHIP

Please see the attached link to Bulletin #220407 with regard to individuals that may have entered into and remain in Canada for humanitarian reasons under the Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel (CUAET).

April 1, 2022 -  Temporary Increases for Facility Fees for April 1, 2022, until March 31, 2023

The Ministry of Health issued INFOBulletin 220402 dated April 1, 2022, regarding the temporary increase of facility fees for the period from April 1, 2022, to March 31, 2023.  Please see attached a link to the bulletin:  https://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/pro/programs/ohip/bulletins/redux/bul220402.aspx.aspx

The Ministry of Health and the Ontario Medical Association have been working together to implement physician compensation increases in accordance with the 2021 Physician Services Agreement.  Year 2 (2022-2023) of the Agreement provides for a lump sum payment that will be applied as a temporary 2.01% global increase to the value of Fee Schedule Codes (FSCs) for physician services rendered between April 1, 2022, and March 31, 2023. This will be achieved through an update to the Fee Schedule Master (FSM).

Please ensure that your billing software is updated to reflect the new FSC values for any services rendered on or after April 1, 2022. The updated Fee Schedule Master can be found on the Ministry of Health website at https://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/pro/programs/ohip/sob/. This file will be available for download by April 7, 2022.

Claims processed through the OHIP claims system with a service date between April 1, 2022, and March 31, 2023, will reflect these increases and will be reported on your Remittance Advice (RA).

July 7, 2021 – Health Canada recall regarding specific sleep medicine equipment

It has come to the attention of the Ministry of Health’s Independent Health Facilities Program that Health Canada has issued a recall related to certain Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP), Bi-Level Positive Airway Pressure (BiPAP) and Mechanical Ventilators distributed by Philips and manufactured by Respironics Inc.  Please see the attached link to Health Canada’s webpage:  https://healthycanadians.gc.ca/recall-alert-rappel-avis/hc-sc/2021/75889r-eng.php.

Licensee’s should immediately determine if any equipment currently being used in the IHF is listed on the Health Canada webpage.  It is the expectation of the IHF Program that a licensee will contact the distributor and/or manufacturer to verify the equipment status and arrange for appropriate replacement.

May 20, 2021 – INFOBulletin Subscription Service

The Ministry of Health issued INFOBulletin 210307 dated March 26, 2021, regarding a subscription service.

Claims Services Branch of the Ministry of Health has introduced a subscription service for health care providers to obtain email communications. This will allow IHF licensees, other IHF staff, interpreting physicians and quality advisors to add their email addresses to the subscription notification for INFOBulletins and OHIP Announcements. This service allows you to maintain the email addresses that you wish to have notified when there is a new communication.

Note that the subscription service is NOT linked to the Independent Health Facilities Program (IHFP) database. Therefore the IHFP will continue to maintain only 1 facility email address that is used for timely transmission of information by the IHFP and other organizations when communicating information specific to your IHF or general information not contained in the INFOBulletin format. For example information related to the assessment of your IHF or general information regarding the current pandemic. The IHFP recommends that this email address be a business email address, not a personal email address and that the email address identifies with the licensee’s business. You should send an email when there is a change in the facility email address. 

January 15, 2021 – Call for applications for IHFs licensed for cataract surgery

The Director has issued a call for applications for IHFs licensed for cataract surgery. The call is open until February 16, 2021 and additional information can be found here.

July 9, 2020 – Checklist for Infection Prevention And Control (IPAC) During the Pandemic

On July 9, 2020, the ministry sent an email blast to all IHF Licensees, Quality Advisors and Staff regarding the work done by Public Health Ontario (PHO), in conjunction with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO), to create a Checklist for IPAC in IHFs and OHPs during the pandemic. Please see attached a link to the CPSO webpage for the checklist: www.cpso.on.ca/CPSO/media/Documents/physician/your-practice/quality-in-practice/clinic-inspections-special-programs/ohp-ipac/ipac-checklist-covid-19-assessment.pdf

Prior to restarting or continuing to provide services, IHFs should complete an organizational risk assessment (ORA) that assesses the efficacy of control measures that are in place to mitigate the transmission of infections. The checklist should be used by those working in IHFs for self-assessment and to guide policies, procedures, preparedness and response planning. This assessment checklist is to be used in addition to—and does not replace—the advice, guidelines, recommendations, directives, or other direction of provincial Ministries and local public health authorities.

Until further notice, this checklist will be utilized by the CPSO as a part of the assessment process.

April 23, 2020 – COVID-19 Advance Payment Program

The Ministry of Health (ministry) recognizes that Independent Health Facilities (IHFs) are a critical partner in the fight against COVID-19. The ministry is committed to working with IHFs who have been affected by the outbreak, including those who are unable to deliver their regular types of services during this time.

The ministry is establishing an advance payment program to provide payments to eligible IHFs to address any cash flow issues that may arise during the COVID-19 outbreak. This will ensure IHFs have funding available to sustain their operations during this difficult time and enable them to return to regular operation as soon as the outbreak begins to subside.

Ministry Bulletin 2145 provides more detailed information on the advanced payment program.

July 17, 2019 – Public Health Ontario IPAC

Public Health Ontario (PHO) has updated the Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) checklists. As per the ministry's July 9, 2019, letter to all licensees and quality advisors please review and ensure that the current standards are being implemented. As of March 2018 the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) is utilizing the PHO checklists during an assessment of an IHF to confirm compliance with IPAC requirements. The CPSO will be implementing the revised checklists in the near future as a part of the upcoming assessments. For more information visit Public Health Ontario.

July 9, 2019 – Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) within IHFs

On July 9, 2019, the ministry sent all IHF licensees and quality advisors a letter regarding IPAC. The purpose of the letter is to remind licensees of the importance of adhering to IPAC standards to protect patients, staff and members of the public from infectious diseases. The mail out requires licensees to return a signed Confirmation and Acknowledgement form to the ministry indicating that the licensee and quality advisor have reviewed the requirements and believe that the IHF is in compliance. A separate form must be submitted for each IHF. Email the ministry at IHFP@ontario.ca to receive a copy.

June 27, 2019 – ALARA Policies and Procedures

On June 27, 2019, the ministry sent IHFs licensed for diagnostic radiology, MRI, CT and PET/CT services a letter regarding ALARA (As Low As Reasonably Achievable). The purpose of the letter is to ensure that the ALARA principle is being followed at your facility as per the Clinical Practice Parameters and Facility Standards for the appropriate modality. Visit the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) for the current CPPs for each modality.

April 1, 2019 – IHF Licensee Requirements Related to DMS Staff

On April 1, 2019, the ministry emailed a letter to all IHFs licensed to provide general ultrasound services. The letter is a reminder to these licensees that they have mandatory reporting obligations regarding DMS staff. If you did not receive an email with the letter please email the IHFP generic account or see the attached link directly to the CMRTO webpage.


The Independent Health Facilities Program licenses, funds and coordinates quality assurance assessments of community-based non-hospital facilities in Ontario that provide insured diagnostic services (ultrasound, x-ray, pulmonary function, nuclear medicine and sleep studies) and/or insured surgical/treatment services (e.g., cataract surgery, dialysis, plastic surgery).

For More Information

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the information provided on this webpage please contact the Independent Health Facilities Program at 613-548-6637.