Safe Reintroduction of Cardiovascular Services during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Guidance from North American Societies
The Canadian Journal of Cardiology has published an article entitled, “Safe Reintroduction of Cardiovascular Services during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Guidance from North American Societies”. The Societies represented include:
– American College of Cardiology
– American Heart Association
– Canadian Cardiovascular Society
– Canadian Association of Interventional Cardiology
– Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions
– Heart Valve Society
– American Society of Echocardiography
– Society of Thoracic Surgeons
– Heart Rhythm Society
– Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
– American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
– Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
– Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
– Society of Nuclear Medicine
– Canadian Heart Failure Society
– Canadian Society of Cardiac Surgeons
To review the document, click here: https://www.onlinecjc.ca/article/S0828-282X(20)30428-1/fulltext
Canadian Cardiovascular Society: Don’t Ignore Heart Symptoms, Especially if You Have a Heart Condition
The Ontario Association of Cardiologists joins with the Canadian Cardiovascular Society in reminding the public, do not ignore heart symptoms during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Canadian Cardiovascular Society: Tips, pitfalls and red flags for family physicians caring for patients with cardiovascular disease during the COVID-19 pandemic
On April 15, 2020, the Canadian Cardiovascular Society released the following guidance statement:
To access the guidance document, click here: http://www.ccs.ca/images/Images_2020/Tips_Pitfalls__Red_Flags_FINAL.pdf
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The Canadian Cardiovascular Society (CCS) has issued the following clinical and advocacy documents related to the COVID-19 pandemic:
1. Guidance on hospital-based care and cardiac procedures during the COVID-19 crisis: Guidance_on_hospital-based_care_and_cardiac_procedure_use_19Mar2020
2. Guidance on ambulatory management and diagnostic testing during the COVID-19 crisis: CCS_Guidance_for_Ambulatory_and_Diagnostic_Testing
3. COVID-19 and cardiac device patients: A message from the Canadian Heart Rhythm Society: CHRS_COVID-19_Update_EN
4. COVID-19 and use of ACEi/ARB/ARNi medications for heart failure or hypertension: CCS_CHFS_statement_regarding_COVID_EN
5. Joint letter to the Deputy Ministers of Health and Public Safety offering expert guidance on a coordinated strategy regarding the use of ECMO during the COVID-19 pandemic:ECMO Coord Resp Team CCS CSCS CANCARE 17Mar2020
The Ontario Association of Cardiologists supports the work of the CCS and will provide onging support and information to Ontario cardiologists and their patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Ontario Association of Cardiologists is offering practice management advice and support to all of its members during the COVID-19 global pandemic to ensure that high quality patient care continues to be accessible to all cardiac patients in the province. This support will be made available via email updates and regularly scheduled information webinars. More information to follow.
New Fee Codes Will Help Limit the Spread of COVID-19 in Ontario While Maintaining Patient Access to High Quality, Cardiologist-Led Care
The Minister of Health has made an Order under the authority of subsection 45(2.1) of the Health Insurance Act to temporarily list as insured services the provision of assessments of or counselling to insured persons by telephone or video, or advice and information to patient representatives by telephone or video, as well as a temporary sessional fee code. These codes come into effect March 14, 2020. For more information, see OHIP INFOBulletin #4745 here: OHIP INFOBulletin #4745.
Province Also Investing in Critical Hospital Upgrades and Repairs
KITCHENER — As part of the comprehensive plan to end hallway health care, Ontario is expanding access to cardiac care for patients in the Kitchener-Waterloo region by making increased investments in hospital infrastructure.
Today, Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, was at St. Mary’s General Hospital to announce that Ontario is investing a total of up to $7.4 million to redevelop the Heart Rhythm Program. Through this project, the hospital will add new cardiac services that treat abnormal heart rhythms to the existing cardiac program to reduce wait times.
“Our comprehensive plan to end hallway health care includes building additional capacity for specialized services in communities like Kitchener-Waterloo,” said Elliott. “This project will enable the hospital to offer a full continuum of cardiac services and provide patients and families with better access to the quality care they expect and deserve closer to home.”
In addition, Minister Elliott announced that Ontario is providing St. Mary’s General Hospital with nearly $750,000 in additional funding to help support roof replacements and upgrades to generators. This is part of the government’s investment of $175 million this year through the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund to help hospitals across the province maintain their infrastructure and ensure a safe and comfortable environment for patients to receive care.
“Investments in hospital infrastructure will help ensure that patients in Kitchener-Waterloo and across Ontario can receive the care they need in a safe and comfortable setting,” said Elliott. “Maintaining hospital infrastructure is one more example of how we are working towards ensuring that Ontarians have the health care services they can depend on while building the capacity we need to end hallway health care.”
As the government continues to work toward bringing Ontario’s world-class health care system into the 21st century, this funding will help hospitals to address urgent issues, including upgrades or replacements of roofs, windows, heating and air conditioning systems, fire alarms and backup generators.
“We are thrilled to bring these important services to St. Mary’s General Hospital, one of Canada’s top three centres for cardiac patient outcomes,” said Dr. Thomas Stewart, CEO of St. Joseph’s Health System and Niagara Health. “We are extremely grateful for the commitment by the Ontario government to support this important program that will reduce wait times and bring new cardiac services to the Waterloo region.”
- Construction of the project is expected to begin in the spring of 2020 and will include a new electrophysiology lab, adding 3,500 square feet of patient recovery space and expanded cardiac diagnostic clinic space.
- St. Mary’s Regional Cardiac Care Centre is one of Canada’s top three cardiac centres for patient outcomes.
- Ontario is investing $175 million in repairs and upgrades to 131 hospitals this year through the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund.
- In addition, Ontario is investing $7.2 million to address ongoing urgent and/or emergent infrastructure renewal needs for community health service providers who met specific criteria on a priority basis, through the Community Infrastructure Renewal Fund.
Report Provides Recommendations on Building a Sustainable Health Care System
TORONTO -The Premier’s Council on Improving Healthcare and Ending Hallway Medicine today released its second report, providing advice on how to build a modern, sustainable and integrated health care system and solve the problem of hallway medicine.
“The Council is encouraged by the government’s vision and progress being made to build a connected and sustainable public health care system in Ontario,” said Special Advisor and Chair of the Council Dr. Rueben Devlin. “By speaking with Ontarians from across the province, the Council has heard support and enthusiasm for meaningful change in health care.”
Developed in consultation with more than 1,500 health care providers, patients and caregivers, the Council’s report – A Healthy Ontario: Building a Sustainable Health Care System – provides advice and makes key recommendations focused on:
- Integration – Putting patients at the centre of all interactions within the health care system, making it easier to access and navigate the system while providing better digital access to personal health information.
- Innovation – Improving options for health care delivery with more virtual care options, modernizing the home care sector and providing a more flexible mix of health care and community supports.
- Efficiency and Alignment – Strengthening partnerships between health and social services and providing open and transparent data to improve health outcomes.
- Capacity – Addressing wait times for specialist and community care by maximizing existing assets and skills, making strategic investments in health care, designing financial incentives to promote better health outcomes for patients and populations and championing collaborative and interprofessional leadership.
The Council will provide advice on the development of Ontario Health Teams and the Ontario Health agency, which are key components of the government’s plan to modernize and integrate health care. Future reports from the Council will focus on the progress being made in delivering better health care services and recommendations on long-term planning for the health care system.
“Health care should be organized around each patient’s individual needs,” said Dr. Devlin. “Health providers must work collaboratively, and services should be more readily available and accessible within our communities. These are the changes that matter to Ontarians and this is what the health care system of the future should look like.”
Ontarians can provide feedback on this report by visiting the following website or email address:
- Read the Premier’s Council second report: A Healthy Ontario: Building a Sustainable Health Care System
- Read the Premier’s Council first report: Hallway Health Care: A System Under Strain
- Premier’s Council on Improving Health Care and Ending Hallway Medicine Member Biographies
Health Quality Ontario (HQO) is developing a new quality standard outlining what quality care looks like for hypertension.
HQO is seeking volunteers to help support and drive the development of this work. If you or someone you know is interested, it is taking applications from people who have hypertension, their family members, health care professionals, community service providers and researchers from across Ontario.
Apply by June 21, 2019 to be considered.
To apply, click here: APPLY NOW
The Ontario Legislature’s Standing Committee on Estimates has begun its consideration of the Ontario governnment’s 2019-20 spending plans in the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
The committee met on two days earlier this month to discuss health care and will resume for another 3hrs and 15min when MPPs return to Queen’s Park after the summer intercession.
To review the committee’s health care discussion transcripts , click here: https://www.ola.org/en/legislative-business/committees/estimates/parliament-42/transcriptsRead More
On April 11, 2019, Ontario Finance Minister Hon. Vic Fedeli tabled the 2019 Ontario Budget. Following is an excerpt from the Budget document:
The government’s vision for creating a truly patient-centred health care system
Every part of the government’s plan to end hallway health care and build a modern, sustainable, and integrated health care system, starts with the patient. Today, the system is disconnected, leaving it up to patients and families to figure it out on their own. This fragmented approach to care is failing Ontario’s families and, in particular, seniors.
Together, the Province will create a connected system of care where every Ontarian is truly supported throughout their health care journey.
To read the Budget’s health care plans and commitments, click here: http://budget.ontario.ca/2019/chapter-1c.html#section-2