Health Quality Ontario Recommendations re: Remote Monitoring of Cardiac Devices and Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI)
Late last year, Health Quality Ontario, under the guidance of the Ontario Health Technology Advisory Committee, recommended publicly funding remote monitoring for patients with implantable cardioverter-defibrillators, cardiac resynchronization therapy devices with or without a defibrillator, and permanent pacemakers. For more information, click here: https://bit.ly/2F5oRiZ.
HQO also recommended publicly funding transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) in patients with severe, symptomatic aortic valve stenosis who are at intermediate surgical risk. For more information, click here: https://bit.ly/2CQXIy1.
In both cases, HQO asked the OAC to provide experts in these fields to assist with the health technology assessment and consulted us on the draft recommendations before they were finalized.
After four years without a deal, Ontario doctors will send stalled contract talks to binding arbitration.
New Cardiology EMR Specification Released
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OMA vote breakdown shows which types of doctors rejected framework deal – Toronto Star (July 3, 2017)
The OMA has released a breakdown of how 48 physician specialty groups voted on new rules of engagement for contract negotiations with the province — and to the surprise of no one who follows Ontario medical politics closely, radiologists and cardiologists were among the minority who opposed the deal.
Four-year deal would have increased $11.5-billion physician services budget by 2.5 per cent a year
Doctors opposed to tentative OMA deal with government step up their fight ahead of Sunday’s vote.
A coalition of Ontario doctors is stepping up its campaign to reject the tentative four-year agreement between the government and the Ontario Medical Association, charging the deal is vague and could result in cuts higher than the $200-million already laid out in it.
National Post: Terence Corcoran: Judge rules OMA ‘sneaky’ in bid to have doctors ratify deal with province
The Ontario Superior Court of Justice invalidated the OMA proxy form, concluding it needed to be re-issued with fairer and more balanced language.
Today, the Ontario Association of Cardiologists (OAC) issued an open letter to Ms. Bonnie Lysyk, Auditor General of Ontario, calling on her to investigate the provincial government’s spending in cardiac care and report on what the association considers to be a serious misuse of public resources.
On January 20, The Medical Post, a subscription based magazine published an article on the prospect of the Ontario government publishing OHIP billing data in Ontario. This issue had been raised previously by The Toronto Star in December 2014. OAC President, Dr. Jim Swan, sounds a cautionary note advising that without explanatory wording to help the public better understand the numbers, the publishing of gross billing data would not be very helpful.
On January 10, 2015, The Globe and Mail published a story regarding the status of health care negotiations in Ontario.
The story centres on a leaked email from the OAC President, Dr. Jim Swan, to cardiologists who have not yet joined the Ontario Association of Cardiologists.